Swingarm bearing question

RCinNC

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Have any of you (especially the higher mileage riders) ever had to replace any of the bearings in the swingarm components based on excessive wear? I have 85,000 miles on my 2014 and so far, I've the only bearing I've had go bad was a rear wheel bearing. I don't have any symptoms of a problem, but I was just curious if anyone here has had a swingarm bearing fail, and at what mileage?

I've attached a diagram, so you can reference which bearing failed.

Also, if you did replace a bearing, did you also replace the bushing? Are bushings like the races on a headset bearing, and should be replaced as a set?

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Since no one seems to be responding to your question about all I can say is my Goldwing currently has 576,000 miles on the original swing arm bearings and as far as I can tell there doesn’t seem to be any issues yet.

I think former member Balistic Chris took his apart at pretty low miles to grease those bearings which I thought was a waste of time especially because he never even rode in any water or mud.
 

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Thanks Cycledude. I last took my swingarm off in April 2019 when the bike had 55,000 miles on it, to do what was supposed to be the every two year service (I was a little late LOL). I greased the bearings with Belray waterproof grease when I did the service. I'm not sure how much difference that makes, since the bearings were impregnated with some sort of yellow rubber-like substance which I believe is some type of lubricant.
 

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Since no one seems to be responding to your question about all I can say is my Goldwing currently has 576,000 miles on the original swing arm bearings and as far as I can tell there doesn’t seem to be any issues yet.

I think former member Balistic Chris took his apart at pretty low miles to grease those bearings which I thought was a waste of time especially because he never even rode in any water or mud.
The same guy that said you need to replace your brake lines every 4 years
 

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Have any of you (especially the higher mileage riders) ever had to replace any of the bearings in the swingarm components based on excessive wear? I have 85,000 miles on my 2014 and so far, I've the only bearing I've had go bad was a rear wheel bearing. I don't have any symptoms of a problem, but I was just curious if anyone here has had a swingarm bearing fail, and at what mileage?

I've attached a diagram, so you can reference which bearing failed.

Also, if you did replace a bearing, did you also replace the bushing? Are bushings like the races on a headset bearing, and should be replaced as a set?
The only bearings I've replaced were the steering bearings at about 75,000 mi. I'm now at 130K
 

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Ive taken this all apart about 200 + times LOL.... I dont recall replacing the bearings before on the Tenere. I would say that the vast majority of bikes are bone dry and defiantly need lube. Here are just a few examples of the swing arm pivot and the steer tube. Typically they need to be cleaned up and lubed and that's basically it. If they need to be replaced for SUPER rust issues that is not really a problem. For the folks that have never taken a look or serviced these areas before I highly suggest that you do, "if you plan to keep the bike".

Also Ive mentioned before that on 2014+ models check the "square" of the top steer tube race to make sure its properly seated. Ive come across quite a few that are NOT, and the bearing is only riding on 30-40% of the top race and they are dry. MOST of us ride on the rain or off road with dirt, wet, grit, water, so on- Take a look at these major areas and clean and lube them up.

The one bolt in the photo is the rear brake pedal that was "a bit sticky"..... ya think ? The pedal bolt felt like it was lubed up and installed with JB-Weld and Super glue before I got my hands on it. And some people wonder why the pads are toast so fast ! (on SOME bikes / a few people). Take a look at your equipment folks !

For the 1000th time, check the shifter bolt, make sure it's snug. I see so many loose and even missing.... Seriously...
 

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Tabasco, thanks for the advice!
your are correct we should take care of our toys, we can not trust on the mechanics, we should look over their shoulders, we should know our bike better than anybody else!
In this forum there is all the information and help needed to know our bikes! also there is a lot of information in the WEB, using the GOOGLE motor tool and Youtube too!
 
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