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    Posted: 27 Oct 2015 at 22:29
Evening all, im riding a 54 plate gen 2 rsvr, noticed recently a creak from i think bottom of rear shock assembly, been told may be bearings, any info on where to buy or price. The creak does go with wd or similar. Thanks for any help or advice guys.
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I'd replace with new, it's peace of mind. The bearing rollers aren't captive so be careful if you aren't going to replace them as you may lose some.
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Griff sells the bearing kits but if you take it apart it might just be dry and re greasing will cure it but if there is any corrosion I would replace them.
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Cheers guys, like i se grease or wd does sort it for a while so seems when its dried up or gets wet it starts again
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RSV_Ecosse Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Oct 2015 at 09:38
Doddle to do, bit time consuming but hey! - it's winter so its a job for now and you will be ready for the road come Spring/Summer. There's a good guide on it with pictures on the forums for a Gen 1 but the same principles apply. Info on Gen 2 bearing replacement here:-


Gen 1 guide on here (still useful to read for Gen 2 owners):-


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This is a really important subject and I don't think everyone is fully aware.

Thought I'd add to this as I had a lot of problems with the dog bone on this bike I got now. It broke when it was less than a year old. The guy who owned it before me had obviously been jet washing the bike and washed all the grease out of the bearings.

The main problem with the bearings in the dog bone is the grease comes out, or water gets in and the bearing rusts. When the rust starts to set in the bearing expands and splits the dog bone until it snaps off at the end. This happened to my bike when it was less than a year old. I just didn't know about it, neither did the shop that I bought it from otherwise they would have checked it before they sold it to me.

My advice is to take the dog bone off at least every year, wash the bearing out with petrol, use a high quality lithium bearing grease, which doesn't wash out or mix with water and re-pack the bearings. 

I would also do the bearing in the swing arm that fastens on to the suspension plates and fit Spookys stronger suspension plates as well. I bought a spare second hand dog bone which I put new bearings in and now I just swap them out once a year. Just saves any messing around and makes the job quicker.
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Originally posted by albrown001 albrown001 wrote:

I bought a spare second hand dog bone which I put new bearings in and now I just swap them out once a year. Just saves any messing around and makes the job quicker.


Good idea that Clap

I might add to the spares pile I've collected
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www.apriliaownersclub.co.uk

Looking forward to the next track day
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