The rear suspension on my '06 ST has developed a very loud squeak, even lifting it on and off the stand produces the noise. I can't see any oil leaking from the shock. Any ideas as to what it might be?
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Are you talking about rear shocks or front fork tube/slider assemblies, either way there should be NO squeaking. Is there something on rear shocks that is contacting and rubbing?? Is any mounting hardware loose. Otherwise you probably need new shocks. Front fork tube should not be squeaking and could not likely be dry ie no fluid inside or you would notice poor ride quality. Otherwise there should not be anything that could/would squeak up there. Maybe it is not a shock that is squeaking but something else in that area that is loose or rubbing.
If it is making a squeaking sound then the sound would be constant, more of a whistle. If there is a squeaky noise coming from the unit it is likely to be either a loose bolt or a perished seal or rubber in the valve.
You need to determine whether the squeaking is being made by the engine, the primary, the drive, or the frame. While riding, pull in the clutch, does the squeaking stop or change in any manner? Is the noise there when the engine is running but standing still? Pull the clutch lever in and release, does the squeak change or stop.
If I had to say what I think it is, I'd say it's probably the rear drive belt is not tracking correctly due to the alignment of the rear wheel. Look at the rear wheel adjusters. They should be exactly the same on either side of the swingarm. Also, the belt must be tight. If not, a loose belt will make a squeaking noise.
i doubt its the shock cartridge, it may be the spring against the shock body or the upper or lower connecting joint. could also be the swingarm. remove the shock with bike on center stand and check the movement of your swingarm while checking for noise. at that time you can check the condition of the shock spring and bushings.
is there a grease fitting on the swing arm? take out the bolts that hold the shock in place one at a time and grease them. use a bit of WD40 at all the pivot points until you find the source of the squeek.
If your motorcycle has a center stand use it for long term storage.
If you're not riding for several weeks and don't have a center stand you may want to consider carefully propping up the bike using blocks. Don't do more harm than good by dropping your bike while attempting to prop it up! If done correctly lifting your motorcycle will alleviate stress on the suspension and tires.
Inflate your tires to the maximum recommended pressure will maintain their shape, since cooling temperatures will make the pressurized air contract. If the ground might potentially freeze, try to keep the tires off the ground using wood blocks.,,,
could the pads have already worn down so fast? has anyone had this problem?The higher the humidity the more noise mine makes not so loud as to be a squeal but noticeable. I kind of doubt they are worn out. You may have a shoe thats glazed that would do it also. The linings may need to be lapped down at the edges. Any drum brake rear bike squeals if the edges are higher than the center found that out on a Suzuki GT 250 I had 25 years ago. ,,,