Honda AT shock linkage

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by canyncarvr, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. canyncarvr

    canyncarvr Adventurer

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    Any rider experiences with the bottom shock linkage on the AT? A dirtbike with a similar linkage requires maintenance of that linkage, cleaning and packing the various bearings, on a frequent basis if you don't want to be replacing it all during irregular maintenance.

    Any riders taking it apart on at least an annual basis for service? Any known problems with it? Are the bearings caged?

    Any input would be appreciated.
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  2. Motociclo

    Motociclo Been here awhile Supporter

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    I stripped mine down when new, then every 25 k km.
    Nothing to write about. Clean old grease out, put new in.
    Centre stand and side stand need to come off to get link rod bolt out of frame.
    I use anti seize on bolts also.
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  3. canyncarvr

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    That's good to hear. I am most familiar with Kawasaki's shock 'knuckle' linkage that had a lower shock bearing destined to fail by way of how it was designed. It has seals on either side, but the bearing itself is NOT sealed. Even with a 3x/year maintenance schedule, the bottom shock bearing would likely need to be replaced. A re-fit with the intention of using a double-lipped bearing resolved that problem, but I doubt most riders went to that trouble; having the OEM seals machined to fit the wider DS bearing is problematic.

    The center stand/side stand notes are unfortunate.

    Are the OEM bearing pins of a retained sort? Do they stay in the outer shell?

    Thanks for the input!
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  4. Sunosauno

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  5. Motociclo

    Motociclo Been here awhile Supporter

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    Bearing pins all slide out. Only retained on assembly.
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  6. canyncarvr

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    More that's good to know. If I know they're not caged, I'll exercise more caution on disassembly.

    Thanks!
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  7. Motociclo

    Motociclo Been here awhile Supporter

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    Sorry i thought you meant the main race pins/shaft.
    I can't remember if the needles are held in by a cage. Pays to be careful all the same.
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  8. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    One of the items on my winter todo list.
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