A smaller hole would let me get a spray lube tube in there, but I still wouldn't be able see where it was going. A 10 mm hole would let me see to put it onto the spherical joint that links the top of the shock to the rocker arm. I posted a pic of the rocker arm and the shaft it pivots on at post 9262 here a month ago. If you take off the RHS side over, sabblebag, and take the 3 securing bolts out of the plastic plate that mounts the fuse box and other electric stuff, and pry out the push fit plastic mudguard insert, you can look up and see the spherical joint that mounts the RH end of the rocker arm to the link rod that drops to the RH of the swing arm, but the shock end is hidden up out of sight.Why would you need a 10mm hole?
Could you do a smaller hole just to fit the spray lube straw or are you pumping from a grease gun?
I'll be honest I don't know what it is you are lubing up I haven't had any issues with
Yes this has been done by many members, @RICZ made a complete write-up regarding drilling of the top shaft on the shock ....The damned sqeak returned. No time for a full backend teardown and grease, so pumped the rocker arm grease nipple full of the usual EP grease, and sprayed the swingarm spherical joints with heavy duty lanolin spray, test rode. Still sqeaky so it's the top spherical joints. Pulled the plastic mud shield out, and was able to spray the one on top of the link rod easily enough, but the one on top of the shock is right up out of sight. I was eventually able to get enough lanolin in there to shut it up, but it was messy.
So, question: has any one drilled a hole through the frame there, to make lubing the shock top spherical joint easier? I know I'm a bush mechanic rather than a real one, but I don't think that a 10 mm hole in the top or the side of the frame there is too big a deal, and it would.make a quick spray lube of that joint a lot easier. I think the Vision frame has a bigger hole on top there.
Nice to see you on the forum Ricz, where is the link to that suspension shaft mod you did ? I know it's just a drilled holes, but I remember some details were standing out ....Did I hear my name mentioned?? Today, my friend who has my ex XR is coming over to put on the last pieces that will bring the bike up to pre crash condition. Then we plan a multi day ride.
The news on the Spyderside is my wife, who hasn't ridden with me for 15 years is back to riding again. It feels so good to have her back there again. Now she's climbing the Spyder learning curve.
Thanks again BP, but I already have installed a grease nipple on the rocker, after a similar conversation with you a couple of years ago. 🙂 I no longer have a problem with the needle rollers running dry and squeaking, this time it was the top 2 spherical joints. The SKF catalogue lists spherical joints with O ring seals on the spheres; might try those when the hard chromed ones I'm running flog out.
I hadn't noticed the condom chatter, but there are parts of the forum I don't go. :-|My ex XR's new owner and good friend Lee and I put the last crash repair items on 'er. Cleaned 'er and gave 'er a fresh coat of Meguiars #26 yellow wax. I'm not starting a wax thread, I know there are other waxes out there, so please don't tell me what you use. It seems that whenever someone mentions wax, oil, tires, octane or condoms, peeps have to chirp in with, "I use X and it's so much better." That's so precious.
OK, I'm done ranting.