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Re: siexed bolt holding motor to swingarm
I have had similar problems to you in the past and believe me just trying to wack it out can open one Hell of a Hornets Nest.(Bent shafts ruined threads)
More so the grief I've had has been on British Machines however your symptoms seem identical, Corrosion possibly or crud 'n' **** build up and although we think the good old Jet wash cleans somtimes in the Swing Arm area it can be Fatal, it pushes the sand and crud deaper into the seals.
I don't know how quickly you need remove the Swinging Arm but suggest trying a quality penetrating oil and after a good soak may be a little heat from a blow torch. Bear in mind Flame and Oil make Fire so keep a hose pipe or fire extinguisher handy. If it is threaded? Try turning opposite direction after soaking all gaps with oil it may be left hand thread? also see if there are any Grub Screws hiding underneath, finally If there are Grease Nipples give it a good grease before removing them and gently warming up the bearing areas. Good Luck!
You are doing this hopefully to replace worn bearings?
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First off the wheel will be offset. as well the belt will run on the outside edge of the pulley. It won't run in the middle. Just like if you rotate the wheel in reverse the belt will travel inward on the pulley and remain there until you run it forward again. It part of Harley's design. Also you can't really go off of the adjuster bolts as a guide. They tend to be different. Sometimes the covers just need to be forced away from the wheel too. If the adjustments seem correct then I would try re adjusting the covers or make sure they are spaced out right as well.
This should be a simple task, but i have seen them siezed inside the bushings. Firstly i would give a healthy dose of WD40 or similar in and around where the swingarm shaft goes through and leave it for 10 mins or so to get working. Put the nut back on the shaft, a couple of turns (this is to protect the threads on the shaft itself) now give it a good smack with a hammer, it should break free enough until the nut hits the frame. After it moves, get a long strong screwdriver, or similar, undo the nut, and position the blade/point of the screwdriver in the middle, at the end of the swingarm bolt and tap it all the way through.
It depends on the quality of the weld. There is nothing wrong with welding a swingarm on an ST1100 as is shown here. Replacing a rear swingarm can be expensive.
If the weld is good, everything should be fine. If it's poor quality welding, a replacement swingarm would probably be needed.
The belt adjusting screws are on the ends of the swing arm arms if I'm not mistaken. To insure the rear wheel is aligned inside the swingarm, these two bolts must be adjusted to equal lengths.
Start by loosening the rear axle and the adjusters and moving the rear wheel forwards. Now, measure the bolts and set them to the same length. Slowly start to pull the rear wheel back by turning the nuts on the adjusters equal amounts on each bolt. Once you get the belt tension correct the bolts should be the same length.
Some swing arms have a "punch mark" on the outside of the swingarm about 6-8" in front of the axle. A Dyna Wide Glide has them. If your bike does not have exposed bolts that you can measure, look for these. Measure the distance from this "punch mark" to the center of the axle. If must be the same on both sides of the bike.
where to start... i'm not sure where you are in the R&R of your bearing so lets start after the rear wheel is off. remove your lower shock bolt and linkage ( mark all parts while removing them so you'll know where they go ) now remove the swingarm bolt, you'll have spacers in there so WATCH where they come from. Now you have the swing arm in your hand. remove the seals, take you punch and start to knock out the bearings be carefull not to dug into the swing arm. do the same for the linkage. grease new bearing, install the new bearings a socket is a driver install seals, spacers, swingarm, linkage ect..
yes buddy swing arm removed belt put behind swing n arm and the wheel losened and slide the wheel forward dont force the belt and after 100miles check the belt tension if so adjust it and also you will require a torque wrench to torque the bolts on swing n arm and on rear wheel the wheel is 100 NM and swing n arm is 79 NM bud
Hi I also have a VT500FT (and a VT500EF) in England. I don't know the answer to this particular question. But I got a workshop manual via ebay and have sourced parts from the US from ebay with success. Good luck and try to stick with it its worth it. But if you decide to get rid call me on 07932640071. Regards Mal