Dirt bike linkage bearings replacement

Video credit: Rocky Mountain ATV

Video shows how to replace the linkage bearings on linkage type rear dirt bike suspensions. It provides help on different methods of bearing removal and installation. These methods consist of using special bearing tools, common sockets and a vice. While the special tools make the job easier, sockets and a vice are effective options for those with a tight budget.


Shock linkage rebuild and bearing replacement. 9:52 minutes.

DBR comments:

Advice is given to coat the threads of the linkage bolts with antiseize. This is good advice, but you have other options. Here is what I do when I service my linkage:

  • Brush bolts clean, including the threads, with a wire brush.
  • Carefully inspect the bolts and nuts. Do not reuse fasteners with damaged threads or deformed wrench surfaces.
  • Clean and inspect flat washers. Replace as needed.
  • Apply a thin film of grease to the entire bolt, but not the bolt head and not the threads.
  • After inserting a bolt fully, push a small amount of grease in between the bolt and bolt hole behind where the nut will seat.
  • Coat the bolt threads with blue Loctite (medium strength).

Usually, locking nuts are used on linkage bolts. While Loctite may not be necessary to lock the nuts in place, it provides a durable, lasting seal on the threads. This keeps the threads from getting contaminated from the environment.

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