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Swing Arms, Wheel Bearing Shims

David Wallace
(@david-wallace)
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I'm close to getting my '72 R75/5 back on the road after an extensive rebuild (heads, timing chain, clutch, all seals, etc) but have a couple questions maybe you all can help me with.

Haynes manual says 75 ft #'s of torque for the swing arm pivot shaft lock nuts.  Sounds like a lot, is that correct?

What is the grease fitting I need for my grease gun to lube the swing arm bearings?  What's it called, and can I get it at a regular auto parts store? 

Scotties appears to be out of wheel bearing shims for a while now, any idea where I can get some?

Thanks.  -  Dave

 

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Topic starter Posted : 08/24/2021 11:11
Scot Marburger
(@8166)
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When I had the swingarm out of an R80 G/S last week, the Clymer manual said 75 lb. ft. for those lock nuts.

The grease gun fitting you seek is the same one lumberjacks use on the bar nose bearing on their chainsaws. Some call it a needle fitting. It should screw into the existing fitting on your grease gun.

Try Cycle Works for the shims. They seem to have them in stock.

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Posted : 08/24/2021 11:51
Richard Whatley
(@wobbly)
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Posted by: @david-wallace

What is the grease fitting I need for my grease gun to lube the swing arm bearings?  What's it called, and can I get it at a regular auto parts store?  

You need a Needle Nozzle, but don't buy a whole new grease gun, all you need is an adapter. 

Needle Nozzle Adapter on Amazon

There are about 10 different versions on Amazon, or at your LAPS. It snaps onto your existing grease gun and gives you the ability to insert grease into tight places. Use it on other squeaky garden equipment and such by drilling a 1/16" dia hole. Really a handy tool to have around. 

To use it on the Airhead, simply insert it all the way into the hex wrench hole in the center, press lightly home, and start pumping. 

Hope this helps. 

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Posted : 08/24/2021 12:29
David Wallace
(@david-wallace)
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Thanks Scott

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Topic starter Posted : 08/24/2021 16:18
David Wallace
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Thanks Wobbly

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Topic starter Posted : 08/24/2021 16:19

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