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Rear linkage / swingarm maint., & Abba Skylift clearance issue?

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Before I become prematurely heartbroken over my idea to use the my Abba Skylift to perform the rear suspension linkage and swing arm pivot bearing maintenance, to those that have done this job before, is the lift going to get in the way of being able to remove everything? I can't fully extend the center stand because of Abba's
crossmember going through that area. Any hope? I thought I remember hearing that the center stand needs to be fully extended at one point to remove. I hope I'm wrong.

What mileage are people lubricating the swingarm pivot/needle bearing? I have seen no posts of bearing failure so thinking of skipping for now since my '16 has only 21.5k miles. I usually don't skip anything, but it seems like it can go a bit. At least double the 16k interval. Opinions?


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You can lube three out of the four (including the most exposed) linkage bearings with the bike on the centre stand and a support under the rear tyre to stop it dropping. If you remove the rear wheel you can also remove the swing arm completely.

In fact the abba skylift just gets in the way (and I have a skylift myself) for work in this area tbh.
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The Skylift can have the bike level, wheelie or stoppie position based on using the cam strap off the extension arm or not (which is the stoppie nose down).

IMO having the splayed legs of the lift under the centre stand, the extension arm with the cam belt around the swingarm to tilt the bike, and the lift beam right under the engine near the footpegs clutters up the work area unnecessarily.

In fact, using the cam belt around the swingarm to adjust the tilt of the bike means you can't remove the swingarm anyway.
If you were in the stoppie position only, then you could grease the three linkages - the base of the shock and both ends of the dog bones. These are the ones that get the most salt/crap on them. You could also remove the swing arm if the front was down, but the lift mechanism is still in the way to some extent.

The linkages can be done in under an hour just on the centre stand, as can the swing arm removal. This is one case where a bike lift table is easier than a Skylift.
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