I am a hour and a half away but have fixed a bunch of them
New owner...new member. Have done a lot of searching and reading.
Looking for Local Help!
Prolink started squeaking....and I have no idea of how long it will take to fix.
Looking for a local member that has corrected this and can look at and offer guidance!
I am in N. Durham.
If you can help...I have beer and cigars..or Bourbon if so inclined. (Shameless bribe attempt)
1.5hrs is not that far. How long does it take to fix?
it depends on how badly its worn and how badly its seized
there are some good articles in the wiki on fix ing th eproblem its not hard
Have been reading...and thanks for the response!
1. Do you need a press?
2. Is this a multi-day job (guessing the answer is tied to the condition)
3. Any special tool required?
My issue(s) no press and no garage. So I am trying to determine if I can perform or will need a shop to do.
If you have mechanical skills and a good set of metric wrenches and sockets, you can do this repair at home. The Prolink linkage uses bushings that were lubricated at one time. There are no fittings to add grease, so unless you are pulling it apart to lubricate it, they will eventually dry out and cause biding. If your bike has lived outdoors, then the weather will accelerate the problem.
Do the search for the details; here is the jist of what you are going to do. You are going to remove the rear shock (you end up removing the airbox, battery to get to the top of the shock) and all the prolink linkage components that bolt to the swing arm. The bike can stay on the centerstand. You will see as you remove the components where are all the moving parts, especially with the bushings. You will need to tap out all the bushings. Clean them up (hopefully they are not rusted and pitted) to include the bore they came out of. Once done cleaning, use a good grease coating the bushings and opening and reassemble the parts. You will be amazed at the difference.
Current 7 bikes:
2012 Can Am Spyder RT-S (spring F/R changed, Corbin, windscreen w/ vent)
2009 Aprillia SporCity 250 (suspension F/R, brake mods)
1996 Honda PC800 (NT650V wheels/17" radial tires, CBR 600 F4 fork, rear shock change, F/R discs upgrades, Corbin, givi top case)
1986 Honda VF700 (stock, to be sold)
1984 Honda CB700SC (NT700V wheels/radials, VTR front fork/KYB rear shocks, F/R disc brake upgrades)
1983 Honda GL650 (FJ1200 rear shock, modified comstars/radial tires and front suspension changes coming)
1981 Honda CM400A (GL500I front fork, GL1100 front brakes coming)