Yup, get your hands on the service manual. But in the mean time this is how the very same manual recommends you to do:
• swingarm side play (0 mm)
• swingarm vertical movement (moves freely)
a. Measure the tightening torque of the swingarm
pivot shaft, pivot shaft nut and locknut.
b. Measure the swingarm side play by moving
the swingarm from side to side.
c. If the swingarm side play is out of specification,
check the spacers, bushing and bearings.
d. Check the swingarm vertical movement
by moving the swingarm up and down.
If swingarm vertical movement is not
smooth or if there is binding, check the
spacers, bushing and bearings.
Pivot shaft nut
125 Nm (12.5 m · kg)
115 Nm (11.5 m · kg)
7 Nm (0.7 m · kg)
Swingarm side play (at the end of
The above mentioned applys for a 01 (should be same up to 2005)
I recently disassembled the swingarm and relubed it. it's not that difficult just a little time consuming. Plus you need a really big socket. if you're mechanically inclined you shouldn't have a problem if you want to take it apart
When I let go of the handlebars, my FJR always turns slightly to the left by itself. On a chain driven bike, I would adjust this out. Is there any way to adjust the rear wheel on the FJR to get the rear wheel in line with the front wheel? I assume this is what is causing the leftward bias.
When putting it back you need to do up the pinch bolt in order to grip the shaft so that you can properly tighten the axle bolt (otherwise the shaft turns). Having done this loosen the pinch bolt to make sure the the axle is fully pulled through the swingarm. Then retighten the pinch bolt. Failure to do this can sometimes leave the rear wheel slightly out of line.