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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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Swingarm Removal for powdercoat?

So we've been discussing why BMW didn't give us a black swingarm on the gray 2013 in another thread and I'm thinking that'd be a great winter project but I've never taken the bike down that far. What is involved with removing the swingarm I don't want just just go in there and start pulling sh*t without a clear picture of what I'm getting into. Any of you more knowledgeable guys have some advice on this one?

I really like the change but am very hesitant to go messing with a machine that's been done so precisely, inevitably there will be issues getting things to fit back together as perfectly as they did from the factory with a layer of powdercoat on it. See below pictures for quick photoshop job comparison... opinions?

And this is probably a dumb question but what do I support the bike on for the job if I'm removing the rear swingarm? *

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I hang mine from the rear subframe but make sure you stabilise the front too as the bike can tip if the bars are moved from straight

Easy enough to remove, renove the rear wheel and hugger, unbolt the shock and linkage. Cut the chain, remove the lock nut from the main pivot and unbolt the shaft with a 17mm Allen key socket, I use long nose pliers to crack the castlated lock nut as I undo the main pivot shaft. Remove the rear shock with the swingarm together if you have a standard system as you won't drop the swingarm far enough otherwise


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IMHO it looks better in silver..
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IMHO it looks better in silver..
my wife is sayin the same thing but I think she just doesn't want another project honestly I'm having a hard time deciding I think the silver rearsets are screwin the black up but those are carbon heels on mine anyway.

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I hang mine from the rear subframe but make sure you stabilise the front too as the bike can tip if the bars are moved from straight

Easy enough to remove, renove the rear wheel and hugger, unbolt the shock and linkage. Cut the chain, remove the lock nut from the main pivot and unbolt the shaft with a 17mm Allen key socket, I use long nose pliers to crack the castlated lock nut as I undo the main pivot shaft. Remove the rear shock with the swingarm together if you have a standard system as you won't drop the swingarm far enough otherwise
Thanks man that's a good baseline for me to start my project research from. I realize it's probably not that tough of a job but I have a tendency to over-prepare.

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You might be right about your wife ok , but when I clean my bike my favourite part is getting the swingarm nice and shiny. Its just a gorgeous design.

Anyway good luck with your project if decide to do it!
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I've removed my swingarm for power coating and need only to remove the bearings before dropping it off. I've been searching for any threads with this topic, but can't seem to find one. For anyone who's removed the swingarm bearings, what method did you use?
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-19-2014, 11:40 PM
You need a bearing puller and heat. I PC'd one a few month's ago and without both I don't see any other way of getting them out. Bring it to a dealership, preferably your BMW shop. They should have the type needed. GL

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You need a bearing puller and heat. I PC'd one a few month's ago and without both I don't see any other way of getting them out. Bring it to a dealership, preferably your BMW shop. They should have the type needed. GL
Thanks for the reply. That's what I figured after giving one bearing a few light taps and seeing no movement.
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OP, FWIW, I would leave the Swingarm silver. As stated before, they are so good to look at when they're all shiny. Also, the engineering that's gone into that is like art man.

I always find darker colours hide the lines of a good design.

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OP, FWIW, I would leave the Swingarm silver. As stated before, they are so good to look at when they're all shiny. Also, the engineering that's gone into that is like art man.

I always find darker colours hide the lines of a good design.
In my case, the swingarm isn't silver because the bike is thunder grey and the finish of the swingarm has some imperfections that I don't want to see any more.
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