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Old July 29th, 2018, 11:22 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the input. I changed the tires also, which is why I needed the axle nut specs. Some notes:
- The 1/2" eBay socket I ordered that was supposed to work on both rear axle nuts wouldn't make a solid purchase when the nut was actually on the axle...pissed. I was able to source sockets that worked, but they were mated to breaker bars. So, torque was spec'd to "really fucking tight". I slip marked both, used red loctite and will monitor.
- I used the best machine gear lube I could locate in Italy. There are no "Autozone" type stores here. But, I went to a performance bike shop and explained what I was doing and, though I couldn't read "Moly-" anywhere on the tub, it looked like the right stuff.
- So, those swingarm bolts that hold the foot controls on are aluminum. I was tired, getting a little impatient, and my impact gun twisted the bolt head off like it was made of playdoh. If I had realized it was aluminum, I wouldn't have used the gun...

I'm gonna try and extract the broken stud. I don't have a good track record with extruding broken bolts, but it being aluminum has me optimistic. I might be able to tap the swingarm guide rod out and fix or replace that way. Worst case, I looked at the diagram and think it's safe enough to limp to a shop.

Sprocket and chain swap went fine. I re-used the lock washer as the factory only folded one wing, so I had plenty of new metal to bend. Ordered the superlite kit from Sprocket Center with the gucci titanium hardware and new cush drives. Went 14T front, which I'd love to comment on but, read above...
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Old July 30th, 2018, 10:34 AM   #12
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Get the steel rear axle 1/2" socket - worked a lot better than the aluminum one. Yamalube or some other moy grease is what's called for. Red loctite may work, but I think the moly works to prevent galling, and the torque specs are calibrated to it.

Foe the front sprocket nut - a deep impact socket worked fine. That's theonly place I used an impact driver - oof.

Not to be "that guy", but as a barely mediocre mechanic, the 2 things I've learned over the years: Don't force anything, and patience. I'm ready to walk away for an hour when the frustration rises.

Can I ask why you replaced the cush drives?
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Old July 30th, 2018, 11:33 PM   #13
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Unfortunately, I have to use an automotive hobby shop as we don't even have garages on my post. You get a hefty charge if your vehicle remains overnight and they are closed on Sunday, meaning my bike would have been stuck for 2 nights. It's a good facility, but not many motorcycle specific applications.

I bought a full sprocket/ chain kit from Sprocket Center. Superlite 520 conversion with 14T front. I went full retard and ordered the titanium hardware and new cush drives.
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