How to Remove the Swingarm on the GSX-R

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As an integral part of your Suzuki GSX-R's structural makeup, the rear swingarm must handle several duties all at once. The swingarm itself is a fork-like structure that pivots against the back of the GSX-R frame and motor, serving as a mounting point for the rear wheel, brake and the shock absorber. Although Suzuki has designed the swingarm to be very durable, extreme maneuvers and impacts caused by a crash can distort the unit's aluminum body. Removing a damaged swingarm is not an easy task without a working understanding of your GSX-R chassis and suspension.

Things You'll Need

  • 4-mm and 5-mm Allen wrenches
  • 12-mm, 14-mm, 19-mm and 32-mm sockets
  • Socket wrench
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Jack
  • Chain breaker tool
  • Suzuki swingarm pivot thrust adjuster socket
  • Remove the bolts attaching the lower fairing to your GSX-R's frame, using 4-mm and 5-mm Allen wrenches. Loosen the clamp attaching the muffler to the exhaust pipes with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Unscrew the muffler mounting bolt with a 14-mm socket and a socket wrench. Pull the muffler off of the exhaust pipes and set aside. Place a jack under the cross member on the bottom of the motorcycle frame to lift the rear wheel off of the ground.

  • Remove the master link from your GSX-R's drive chain, using a chain breaker tool, then pull the chain off of the front and rear sprockets.

  • Loosen the chain adjuster lock nuts on both sides of the swingarm with a 12-mm wrench. Unscrew the rear axle nut with a 32-mm socket and a socket wrench, then pull the rear axle out of the swingarm and rear wheel.

  • Unbolt the rear brake caliper from its mounting position on the right side of the swingarm with a 14-mm socket and a socket wrench. Pull out the clips attaching the caliper brake line to the swingarm, then suspend the caliper from the motorcycle frame with a bungee cord.

  • Unscrew the rear shock absorber upper nuts and bolts from the GSX-R frame, using a 14-mm socket and a socket wrench, followed by the lower nut and bolt attaching the shock absorber to the swingarm linkage rod. Pull the shock absorber out from between the swingarm and the motorcycle frame.

  • Unscrew the nuts and bolts attaching the pair of linkage levers to the linkage rod, positioned below the swingarm, with a 14-mm socket and a socket wrench. Unbolt the linkage rod from the swingarm with the 14-mm socket.

  • Place a 19-mm socket and a socket wrench over the swingarm pivot shaft head on the left side of the frame and hold it steady. Unscrew the swing arm pivot shaft lock nut from the right side of the GSX-R frame, using a Suzuki swingarm pivot thrust adjuster socket and a socket wrench. Pull the swingarm pivot shaft out of the frame by hand, then pull the swingarm away from the motorcycle.

Tips & Warnings

  • The swingarm pivot thrust adjuster socket is a special tool produced by Suzuki specifically for the GSX-R series and may be ordered through your local Suzuki dealer.
  • There may be some differences in this procedure between the GSX-R series variations and model years. Refer to a Suzuki service manual specific to your year and model of GSX-R for detailed instructions.

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References

  • "The Professional Motorcycle Repair Program"; Professional Career Development Institute; 1995
  • "Suzuki GSX-R750 Service Manual"; Suzuki Motor Corp.; 2007
  • "Suzuki GSX-R1000 Service Manual"; Suzuki Motor Corp.; 2009
  • "Suzuki GSX-R600 Service Manual"; Suzuki Motor Corp.; 2007
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