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954 shock link needle bearings

Is there any way to remove them without the 3 tools listed in the service manual? I have had no luck for an hour trying to get them out. I had no idea when i started this lowering link project how difficult it would be to get the bearings out or i would have just ordered new ones for the lowering link before tearing apart my bike. Any help would really be appreciated

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Re: 954 shock link needle bearings

ok nevermind i just wasnt swinging hard enough
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Re: 954 shock link needle bearings

Don't know how you were trying to get them out, but I used a fair sized G-clamp and two appropriately sized sockets...one small one that fitted the size of the bearing and one big one that allowed the bearing to be pushed into it.

Put the small socket against the bearing on one side, and the big socket on the other to catch the bearing, then slowly tighten the G-clamp and press the bearing out...no bashing with hammers or whatever, no risk of denting/bending something that you don't want bent or dented !.

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Re: 954 shock link needle bearings

Thanks I got them out and bashed them into my lowering link, those things were hard getting out and getting into the lowering link, there was no sliding them in or out they took hammer power in a big way!
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Re: 954 shock link needle bearings

Ever think of heating the link a bit?

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Re: 954 shock link needle bearings

The hammer did the job it just took some really good hits to get it moving thats all. I really wasnt expecting to have such a fight getting them out and then back in but it finally worked out.
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Re: 954 shock link needle bearings

had that same trouble except a friend dad did the hammering. I figured he woulda known some easy way but nope.

You lowering it to drag race? or just cause of short leg disease?


I lowered my 929 when I got it then eventually raised it back up so it would turn in better. Also needed the ground clearance back.

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Re: 954 shock link needle bearings

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had that same trouble except a friend dad did the hammering. I figured he woulda known some easy way but nope.

You lowering it to drag race? or just cause of short leg disease?


I lowered my 929 when I got it then eventually raised it back up so it would turn in better. Also needed the ground clearance back.
I got the same problem you have and it took me 2 1/2 years to get around to lowering the bike. I've only ridden a few miles so far in city traffic unfortunately but it feels strange being flat footed when stopped after so long on my toes or leaned onto the side. Now my next project is the kickstand, this thing is scary right now its pretty much straight up with no lean at all. I have this link in now and i think i have it all the way down its the schnitz racing fully adjustable one. Anyone have any easy kickstand mods, I have yet to search the web for them but I will start soon.
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Re: 954 shock link needle bearings

I had one from schnitz also (they have a different one now than the one I had). The one they have now looks better (in looks and design). When I raised it back up I couldn't go all the way up because it would hit the exhaust. I had an adjustable kickstand also. Got it at www.myrtlewestcycle.com I would have taken it off the bike when it got totaled but I have no clue where the stock one went.

check out my gallery for pics of both the link and kickstand.

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Re: 954 shock link needle bearings

I have the same link you used to have, I think I'm going to modify a kickstand off ebay or something and keep mine for when i raise it back up someday.
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