Well folks, I finally bit the bullet and decided it was high time to properly service the rear suspension linkage - specifically the linkage bearings. When I purchased my '06 back in Aug 2018 I noticed that there was an annoying squeak to the suspension. My previous ride was a '92 FJ1200 which had an FZR1000 swing arm assembly installed and an almost identical suspension configuration as the FJR. I made the mistake of assuming that it wouldn't be all that difficult to remove the relay arm on the FJR and pack the bearings with grease. Well, it wasn't that hard except for removing the front-most pivot point from the frame. One needs to remove the centre stand to pull that pivot bolt out. Yamaha, in their infinite wisdom decided to put the front-most mounting bolts of the centre stand in such a way that you would need to remove the entire exhaust system, which in turn requires one removal of the fairing assembly just to get those two bolts out. Either that, or go with the reciprocating saw (sawzall) approach, which I chose to do. Thanks to any previous posts I've read on this site regarding the procedure as well as Two Wheel Obsession YouTube guy - I don't know his name but his videos are very detailed! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxM083YoWR4&t=1881s
Here are a few pics and highlights of the procedure thus far:
I mounted the bike on a lift, on a lift so I could keep it raised with the rear wheel and centre stand removed.
The only thing that gave me some grief was the left-side centre stand nut. It was nearly impossible to get a socket on it from the inside and when I did, it slipped off the first couple tries, thus rounding it off (yay!). I sprayed penetrating oil and it still wouldn't budge. It took some heat from a propane torch to get things to start to move. I had to put a set of vice-grips on the nut and turn the bolt with a wrench on the other side. It was a real Martha Focker, but I got it!
Once I got the nuts off I was able to slide the bolts out far enough to get the reciprocating saw blade on them. It was a tight fit but I was able to do it. I couldn't actually see what I was cutting but my buddy Rob came over and let me know if the blade was aligned properly as I was cutting. Didn't take long at all. Oh, and just as the video from Two Wheel Obsession indicates, you need to have the bike on the centre stand to put some load on the bolts so they don't spin when you're cutting them.
Once those two bolts were cut we were able to pop them out, remove the centre stand and finally had the space available to remove that front relay arm bolt.
In case you're wondering. this is why you service the rear suspension linkage. That's not a healthy colour.
I brought the relay arm assembly to my local Yamaha shop and we identified the parts to be replaced - which is all the bearings and seals, one bushing, and two centre stand mounting bolts and nuts which will be installed in the opposite direction making for much easier service next time around. I'll also be replacing the bearings in the swing arm mounted pivot.
Since I'm into it this far, I'm going to remove the drive shaft as well as the swing arm so I can inspect and grease the swing arm pivot bearings, the shaft splines and I'll replace the pumpkin juice once the wheel is back on.