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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-8-2019, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Remove Uni-Trak Linkage 2006 Ex

Hi all. Was doing some maintenance and decided to try my hand at greasing the swing arm and linkage. Was going great until I got to the pivot bolt on the linkage that is closest to the front of the bike. I undid the nut and when I try to pull the bolt out, the exhaust is in the way. My thought was to remove the left side exhaust but that seems like overkill and I’ve got to believe I’m doing something wrong. Anybody else run into the same issue? Or, is that front bolt supposed to stay in place and not be serviced?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-9-2019, 4:24 AM
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As per service manual instructions:
The exhaust system must be removed.

2006 Ninja500R Purchased new July 2006; 0 miles. Miles as of January 2019; 102,137. It's a GO bike, not a SHOW bike.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-9-2019, 1:19 PM
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Takes 30-seconds to remove exhaust. Do it.

Would be good idea to replace all O-rings on pivots. Get those ahead of time.
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Have thought about installing zerks for greasing w/o removal. This would require some small "channels" in the bushing surface so that the grease could flow - but that would be easy enough with a Dremel.

I finally figured out why I like Ducatis: With their exhaust note and dry clutch, they sound almost like a Guzzi!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-12-2019, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Well that answers my question as to whether or not to invest in a service manual haha. Thanks guys.
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