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post #1 of 22 Old 07-16-2015, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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rear axle change, need help please

Ok fella's I have read (I think) all the post's regarding this job.

I dropped both rear shocks (drivers side rear is what I am replacing), pulled the end from the diff free, and still no love. I can almost get it out. Is there some kind of trick?

I am really trying not to disassemble the A arm. I'm not a wrencher and the fewer things I actually take apart the better off I am.

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post #2 of 22 Old 07-16-2015, 11:32 PM
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You must remove the rear arms. It will not come out if you don't. And if you actually get lucky to get it out. You will not get it back in. Don't mess with it too much cause of you damage the diff seal. Your doing this all over again.

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is there a "how to" for the A arm? Do I need any special tools??
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Remove your rear sway bar and then there is one long bolt that holds the rear trailing arm to the bike . Very easy to do


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Remove your rear sway bar and then there is one long bolt that holds the rear trailing arm to the bike . Very easy to do


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To add to what Troy said, I look up the parts list sometimes and try to see what that can help with to better understand.

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So if Im lookin at this right. The nut at the end of the A arm rod, The four bolts on that rectangular attachment point, Then pull the bolt, (all the way or just far enough to clear?) back from the A Arm???
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So if Im lookin at this right. The nut at the end of the A arm rod, The four bolts on that rectangular attachment point, Then pull the bolt, (all the way or just far enough to clear?) back from the A Arm???
There is no A arm in the rear, just terminology, its the swing arm.
1. Loosen the big nut on the end of the axle while the tire is on the floor, sometimes you have to strap around tire to keep from spinning, I don't like using park. Then jack up and make safe and remove wheels.
2. Remove torsion bar bolts and bar. Also on the passenger rear, remove single nut and drill out rivets to caliper brake line, then remove caliper and hang out of way.
3. Get jack stands under rear swing arms both sides.
4.Remove lower shock bolt, loosen top one, tie up shocks out of way.
5. Remove big nut on ends of shaft.
6. Remove long bolt and nut from swing arm at the frame. Have help here if possible, heavy and jamming fingers is possible.
7. Rotate swing arm up and slide of end of shaft carefully and straight.
8. Reverse for assembly, follow torque sequence for torsion bar, mount caliper, put nut and clamp back on brake line and rivet back the other clamp.

There are seals on the swing arm pivot, spacers and washers, seals on the shaft joint through the swing arm, be aware, clean the and the contact points, look for dirt etc. Does not hurt to have spare seals around just in case.

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So if Im lookin at this right. The nut at the end of the A arm rod, The four bolts on that rectangular attachment point, Then pull the bolt, (all the way or just far enough to clear?) back from the A Arm???
There is no A arm in the rear, just terminology, its the swing arm.
1. Loosen the big nut on the end of the axle while the tire is on the floor, sometimes you have to strap around tire to keep from spinning, I don't like using park. Then jack up and make safe and remove wheels.
2. Remove torsion bar bolts and bar.
3. Get jack stands under rear swing arms both sides.
4.Remove lower shock bolt, loosen top one, tie up shocks out of way.
5. Remove big nut on ends of shaft.
6. Remove long bolt and nut from swing arm at the frame. Have help here if possible, heavy and jamming fingers is possible.
7. Rotate swing arm up and slide of end of shaft carefully and straight.
8. Reverse for assembly, follow torque sequence for torsion bar

There are seals on the swing arm pivot, spacers and washers, seals on the shaft joint through the swing arm, be aware, clean the and the contact points, look for dirt etc. Does not hurt to have spare seals around just in case.
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Thanks, I'm learning Bollax!

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I just replaced a rear diff in mine with out pulling swing arms. Took top shock bolts out. Loosened the swing arm nut on each side and the swing arms dropped far enough down for me to yank the axle out of the driver side. Then I unbolted diff slid over to driver side and and popped the passenger side out. Getting them in took two people since I was worried about knicking the axle seals and they both needed to go in at the same time.
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