Swing Arm Play


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jtmcnees
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Swing Arm Play

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How much side to side play should there be in the swing arm? 1987 Interstate.



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I aim for "none" ;)
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^^^^ What he said! ^^^^^
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Okay but at what point should I take the thing apart and make repairs

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If I can detect play on mine it's time to fix it.
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Have you tried to adjust it? Make sure the right bolt is torqued to 73 ft-lbs. It takes a special tool to move the lock ring, but you can make one with a grinder and a socket if you can't find one. The proper tool is a lot easier to use; it's hollow so you can hold the bolt while you tighten the ring. It has an offset so the torque figure is less than using a modified socket.
Loosen the left locking ring and tighten the bolt to 14 ft-lbs. Move the arm up and down a bit to make sure the tapered bearings are seated, then re-torque. Tighten the locking ring to 65 ft-lbs while holding the bolt, if you have the tool, but if you don't, mark the bolt so you can see if it turned when you final-torque the ring to 73 ft-lbs. Repeat as necessary.
This should take up any slack in the tapered bearings. Of course, if you have very much slack, they might be toast already...

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I just replaced the bearings in mine and WOW what a difference it made in handling. I could have cleaned the original ones up and regreased them but new bearings are cheap and new compared to 32 yr old bearings. I went to a bike shop and got a Park tool fr-6 for like 10 bucks that worked for the left castle nut. You can call a bike shop and ask if they have it. Most large bike shops will have it in stock.
Thanks to all who answer and help. It is greatly appreciated!
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Re: Swing Arm Play

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Great thanks I will get parts ordered and the tool also.

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Re: Swing Arm Play

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I had a dangerous weave on my GL1100 at 70 mph that got worse the faster I went, and it was due to a swingarm with lateral free play. There should be none.

Incidentally, the Park tool is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-Freewh ... ingdocs-20



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