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I was wondering what everyone does about their bushings? I have noticed after about 3 to 5 rides the shocks need to come off and the bushings pulled off, cleaned, and greased. It is a pain in the butt to get those bushings off. Do any of you guys do that or is there anything I can do to keep the bushings quiet and moving good?

Also was going to ask if you guys clean out the engine compartment often? It sure is a pain to get all of those panels out to clean it everytime. I noticed there was a good amount of mud in there the other day.

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Mine came assembled from the factory dry, so after I cleaned and greased mine up it fixed the squeaking and that was a few rides ago .. I'll take my panels off about once a month to clean and check for any leaks or lose fasteners
 

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I got all of the bushings off except one. That one side of the bushing would not come off so i left it. Maybe with some time it will become more loose. I just hate getting those bushings off. Takes forever and a screwdriver may be sacraficed. =) Hope this is a long term fix
 

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You need to get that bushing off so you can lubricate the spherical bearing. Once you have one of them off, find something that is the same diameter as the inside of the bearing and then tap out the other bushing. Use some WD40 or similar product to help break the bond. Once you get them lubricated, they shouldn't be so hard to get off the next time.

The dealer actually install the shocks upon assembly So they should be checking them before they install them. I informed my local shops service manager and he said he would ensure to add that to the checklist when installing them On new machines.
 

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The two metal bushings on the end of each shock where the bolt goes thru !
 

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They are tough to get apart though. If anyone has any tips on how to get them off I am all ears.
 

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They are tough to get apart though. If anyone has any tips on how to get them off I am all ears.
A 5/16" socket attachment fits in the hole perfectly……I used 2 flat blade screw drivers to work off the first side and then the 5/16" adapter to tap out the second one. clean it thouroughly, and rotate the spherical bearing to get the side exposed and apply generous amounts of grease on all sides as well as where the O-ring seats and the bushing surface. I recommend doing this every 100 miles or so depending on your conditions or if you start to hear squeaking……hope this helps.

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I assume you don't see much if any mud or water....this will make a big difference
 

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Thanks heavysledz for the write up. I just wanted to make sure I wasnt alone on that. I ride in the WV mountains and it seems I have to do this often. I use the Lucan red grease on them. Hope it prolongs it.
 

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Me too Lucas red n tacky. Broke them loose and thought it was rust deposits. The more I worked the cleaner they got. In the end I was rolling them over and over, no squeaky now
 

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You dune riders are lucky....no dust, no water, no mud.....
Maybe, but you wouldn't believe the places sand can get. And you have to be even more paranoid about air filter maintenance.
I will say one thing about you mudders though, you must love pressure washers. Did some serious mudding in the mountains over Labor Day and the clean up is a bear.
 

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yea i have to pressure wash EVERY time. It normally takes two hours to get it cleaned and ready for the next ride. When we ride though we go over 100 miles in a day.
 
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