Honda CRF 1000 Africa Twin swing arm, linkage and shock bearing inspection and grease up!

26 K KM on the bike, with about 50% of it off pavement.

Have a look at the pictures 1st. Click the pic below, then hit right for next picture. Full description in each picture.
I was having some technical issues with my canon.
Flash didn’t work, so the pictures are a bit…shit.

Key here is to take your time. It’s all straight forward.
The book of Honder will have all the tasty deets starting on page 18-9.
Have a look at the below, all self explanatory!
Swing arm linkage and shock torque values

I elected to go full hog:

-Remove the rear wheel
-Remove the shock.
My tractive rear shock, needed a clean it, and service the upper heim bearing. It was looking a bit tight, and it was.
Pushed out the spacers, freed up the bearing (weird globe type jobbie).
Greased, and re-assembled. Gave the bottom of the shock a clean.
-Remove the linkage.
I cleaned the faces of the bearings, removed the spacers, and re-greased the bearings. They are captive, so the rollers stay in. This is true for all the bearings on this bike. The bolt that holds the SA to the bearing was a bit of a bitch to get out. It was starting to set in. Gave it a clean, and grease before going back in!
Honda CRF 1000 Africa Twin swing arm and linkage bearing lube

There are bearings on the front of the linkage arms. These are held with the bolt that holds the center stand on. I checked it for play, and it felt fine. I’ll pull this at 50k, clean and grease.
Honda CRF 1000 Africa Twin swing arm and linkage bearing lube

Once linkage is removed, you have good access to the three bolts you have to remove for the rear brake hose and ABS sensor. I’ve highlighted these on the page. Be careful, as there’s a bit of strain put on the lines once the SA is not supported. 2 by 4 to the rescue!
Honda CRF 1000 Africa Twin swing arm and linkage bearing lube

Swing arm (SA) bolt came out without too much fuss. Careful with the rear brake light switch. The spring stick out enough that I scratched my swing arm a touch. I took some needle nose and closed it up. The SA has no holding washers, or funny shit like that. Slowly work it out.
Mine came out easy peasy!
Honda CRF 1000 Africa Twin swing arm and linkage bearing lube

Once the SA is removed, you have quite a bit of room to play with.
I plunked it down on the slab, and cleaned off the crud with a cloth and a bit of WD-40. The seals were in perfect shape.
Honda CRF 1000 Africa Twin swing arm and linkage bearing lube

The bolt had a bit of grease on it, but could have used a bit more.
It was starting to rust in a couple of spots.
Honda CRF 1000 Africa Twin swing arm and linkage bearing lube

Quick once over with the sand paper, and it’s good to go!
Clean around the motor entry, and put a tiny bit of grease once done.
See below pic. You can a bit of rust around the motor.
Helps with the sliding!
Honda CRF 1000 Africa Twin swing arm and linkage bearing lube

Both bearing SA have small cavities within the SA (see pics)
There was a decent amount of grease on the bearings, but next to no grease in the cavities.
Honda CRF 1000 Africa Twin swing arm and linkage bearing lube
They are closed up, so reason would dictate that if one were to put some schmutz in there, it wouldn’t go anywhere. So that’s what I did.
I gobbed on lots of grease, and worked it in.

Before re-inserting the SA bolt, I greased it. Cause you know…
Honda CRF 1000 Africa Twin swing arm and linkage bearing lube

Torque everything back up as per below, or page 18-3. I’ve marked up the relevant torque values for easy reference including the location of bolts.
Swing arm linkage and shock torque values

My rear pads were done. Two sets in 26k. Both OEM pads lasted 13k each. Trying EBC organic pads.
Honda CRF 1000 Africa Twin swing arm and linkage bearing lube

When I was done, I noticed my shit OEM chain guard/slider broke off. No idea when that happened, so I ordered a shiny new one. A proper chain guard.
Should help the chain last a bit longer! Thanks To Mr. S from Oz for the tip!
https://www.advmotorrad.com/rugged-roads-acerbis-2-0-chain-guide-crf1000l-africa-twin
I forgot what color I ordered!

Drink beer!

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