Harley Swingarm Removal

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The fuel tank, fenders, oil tank, drive, transmission, and motor amongst other things have all been removed from this motorcycle. Other than the wiring harness, it has been stripped down to what is considered a rolling chassis.

Wiring Harness

As Bob explains, it may be more beneficial to swap the harness when you can remove and directly install on the new frame. It will help to avoid any confusion.

Sometime Work Big

When completely disassembling a motorcycle, it often makes more sense to take apart large sections as entire assemblies like the Harley swingarm. This typically makes for better organization and quicker reassembly. This does not mean that a removed assembly will not need to be broken down further at some point for further inspection or repair.

Off It Goes

In this video Bob and Mark show us how to remove the Harley swingarm, rear caliper, shocks, and complete rear wheel as an assembly. With the swingarm axis bolt removed, Bob removes the two shock retaining nuts and then the two swingarm spacers/bushings. These are the only things left retaining the assembly in position. Now, he and Mark can slightly lift and roll out the entire section as an assembly and set it aside in a safe location.

Plan & Budget

Bob reminds us that when taking on a large project or repair, always plan your time and budget for the unexpected. When removing the Harley swingarm check the bolts, bearings and any spacers. Also, do not skip on any questionable parts/components especially wear items such as drive belt, pulleys, bearings, or even brake pads. You should not work yourself deep into a job and hastily skip over important inspections or service points. Always make the time to service your way in and out of every service or repair regardless of the size of the job, or how involved it may be.