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6. Swingarm Pivot

Another bearing that is very susceptible to damage from the pressure washer is the swingarm pivot. A definitive test is to remove the shock and move the swingarm through its full travel, but most likely, the current owner won't allow you to do that much work. Nonetheless, sit on the bike and make the rear suspension move, listening for bad sounds. Also, with the bike on a stand, grab hold of the end of the swingarm and try to move it left to right. This will take some force, so have someone hold the bike; but if there is any freeplay, new bearings are in order, and again you're looking at give or take a C-note for repairs.

 

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