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Hi Rich,
 
As 426hemi says, the needle rollers are packed in, no gaps between them and no cage to retain them.  If the bearing is in reasonable condition you'll find that when you push the sleeve tube out, the needles remain in position, stuck in the bearing grease.
 
There are two bearings on each sleeve, one pushed in from each side.  You can pick the needle rollers out with a small screw driver, clean the old grease out of the bearing outer ring, and clean each roller with a rag, and clean the sleeve pin.  If the needle rollers or the pin is pitted then you'll have to replace the bearing.  If they're just discoloured, you probably find a good rub with the rag recovers them.  polished areas on the pin are OK, but if you can feel the damage with your fingernail, again you'll have to consider replacing the bearing and sleeve pin.
 
To put them back together, smear grease in the bearing outer sleeve and put the clean needle rollers back one or two at a time, the grease will stick them in position.  Be careful you don't get any stuck in the gap in the middle, between the left and right bearings.
 
Once you got all the needles back in there should be no gaps between them.  put some more grease in so they're well covered, and slide the sleeve pin back in.  You can put a cable tie through the bearing you've done to keep the sleeve in place and stop dirt getting in while you work on do the other bearings.
 
 
Hi spiceweasel,
 
Yeah, the chain tension is OK, and I think it'll relax some more once the bike's been moved under its own power.
 
Just running it through the gears on the Abba stand seated everything and made enough slack to get another link out.  There isn't a rear shock on the bike yet, so I can move the rear wheel through the full range of suspension travel and check chain tension all the way.
 
The rear shock has been stripped and parts ordered, I called in to see Reactive last week.  It needs the service kit parts, and a few more bits.  The two bushes in the bottom bearing are too corroded to use, and he had to cut a lock nut between the bottom eye and the piston rod.  Everything else is useable.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rich Simpson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Apr 2019 at 21:16
Thanks both, that's incredibly useful...I have a fear of taking something apart for the first time, bits going everywhere, and then not knowing if they are all there when it's put back together. Forewarned is forearmed and all that.

BTW, where did you get the special key for undoing the swing-arm spindle nut?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote constant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Apr 2019 at 03:24
hi rich if you are taking the bearings out you might as well buy new ones they are not lot cost wise if you order them from a bearing supplier if you go to fowlers or another aprilia parts site you can get the sizes 
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Hi Rich, If you want to replace the bearings and sleeve pins, AP do a complete kit for a Gen 1 which now includes the Teflon washers as well for just less than £70.
 
 
The kit includes the six bearings, six seals, three sleeves and six "Spooky" Teflon washers.
 
Of course if you pull it apart and check the bearings first, you might find they just need a clean up and new grease.
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Brilliant, thanks.

I'm going to take a peak at it this weekend.
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I forgot earlier Rich...
My swing arm lock ring Special Socket was bought from eBay, described as "Aprilia RSV, Tuono, RST, SL & ETV Swing Arm Socket Tool", and priced at £15 including postage.
 
They're sold by GBMotorcycleproducts2016.  They've sold 170 of them and have "more than 10" in stock.
 
 
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Brilliant...you are saving me a lot of leg-work!
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Up early again so thought I'd better get on with a job I've been putting off, the rotted and blocked petrol tank drain...



It's the fuel overflow, and rainwater drain that's blocked, and it was blocked solid.  When I laid the tank on its side, the drain emptied smelly water out.  Stud extractors wouldn't shift the remains of the old aluminium insert so I've had to drill it out and re-tap the thread.

Two new inserts fitted, and all's well.



I've used some new rubber hose from these to the under-tray, and more new rubber pipe to the belly-pan.  Those pipes were melted and blocked too, which might be why the alloy adaptor rotted if it had water in it all the time.  All back together now, and very little left to do.  I've got to clean up the old "V" panel and put the belly-pan halves back together, then I need to have a look at how much clearance there is between the belly-pan and the exhaust collector.

Ah that reminds me, I've got to try and fasten the heat shield back on the underside of the tank, there's another job...

I rang the suspension guy on my way home last night but he'd already shut up shop for the Easter weekend.  There's still a few small cleaning up jobs to do, and I really should give the MV a good clean too, it's been rather neglected since the RSV arrived.

Another task for the RSV rather than on it, I need to make a rack for when I go away.  I've bought a cheap, likely candidate Givi rack that I'll cut and adapt for the RSV.  Years of going away on the bike has taught me to put up with the embarrassment of having a "Top Box" for the ease and security of carrying my stuff.  It's always taken off when I get where I'm going, but seems the best travel luggage solution to me.
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Again mucho progress,respect Clap

You've just reminded me that somewhere I have a Givvi monokey topbox mounting and rails to attach it to an Sv1000s. 
I bought it as a job lot,used twice complete with the matching side rails and monokey rigid panniers just incase I went touring again,I didn't and have since moved the panniers and mounts on and I'd forgotten about the top box bit.

It's probably still up in the attic with all the Kwak 636 bodywork,a job for later methinks Wink

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May just be the way the tank is laying but watch out for the pinch in the fuel intake hose. Few of these have started to break down because of their age and the angles you have to stick them at to refit 
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Thanks IanG and Wigginsjp.

Yes, I was a bit concerned about the fuel pipe.  It doesn't feel hard, and sits OK when the tank is level, but looks horrible like that.

I've used double sided carpet tape to stick the heat shield in place under the tank, though my hopes aren't high that it's a long term solution.  So long as it sits in the right place, I don't suppose it matters too much if it's securely fastened or not.

The sun's out, and I'm so close that I couldn't help myself.  Pushed the bike outside for a couple of photos.  Please ignore the block of wood where the rear shock should be.







I'm relieved the exhaust seems further away from the belly-pan now the panels are fastened on properly, and I've re-routed the petrol tank filler drain and breather to the notch in the belly-pan, I'll ty-rap them in place and trim them off nicely.
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Looks good!
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2nd that Clap

Proper classic,I've just been out in my garage and got a bit misty eyed looking at my Mille all covered over with old quilts and cardboard boxes,it does seem a bit of a shame having it just sitting there on stands for the last couple of years.

I had put some fuel and a battery in it not so long ago and it fired straight up,I'd forgotten what the Evo can sounds like,bought back a few happy memories of foreign trackdays in the sun when I could be arsed to ride
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Go on IanG, drag her out of the garage and rekindle the magic...
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Mmm,not insured,sorned,no Mot,track tyres and not been run for almost 3 years

I'm tempted,I'm just watching some old footage of it on track and feeling the need...
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The last-but-one piece of the puzzle came yesterday, a new windscreen all the way from China.  I'd asked about the price of a real Aprilia screen at my dealer and fell over laughing when he told me.  I'd found a couple that looked OK on eBay in the UK at around £45, and one in China at £12.69.  So I had a punt on the Chinese one, my reasoning being that maybe the UK ones are coming from China anyway...

It's fine.  The profile is good, plastic the same thickness as the original, and drilled in the right places.  I had to open out the bolt holes to take the well-nuts, and take a little material off the back edge corners where it didn't quite line up inside the top-fairing plastics, but now it's on and I'm happy with it.
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