How I Fixed My Broken Shock Linkage Bearings
How I Fixed My Broken Shock Linkage Bearings

hey guys I am back out in the shop
working on the cr250 once again so what I’ve got going on today I’ll be
replacing all the shock leakage bearings and if you remember right when I went to
go pull apart this linkage all the bearings fell apart and it was a
complete disaster with the help of my friends over at pivot works I’ve got a
linkage rebuild kit here it’s got all the bearings seals and bushings that
I’ll need to make this linkage brand-new again and what’s cool is it doesn’t
require any special tools to rebuild the linkage here’s where I’m at with a
linkage right now two of the bearings are out and this is what it looked like
when I pulled it apart just a bunch of bearings and rust and dirt pretty nasty
of course the first step is going to be to push these two bearings out as well
as all these bearing races I’ll be using a vise and a couple of sockets to knock
the old bearings out of the linkage the larger socket fits on the outside
diameter the linkage just like that and the smaller socket goes on the inside
this is what’s gonna push the bearing race out of the linkage I’m gonna set up
the linkage in the vise just like this with one socket on the inside making
contact with the bearing race and the other socket on the outside of the
linkage so I should be able to tighten the vise down and I’ll push those
bearing races right out of the linkage and this just occurred to me I have
actually never done this before so I’m learning just as much as you guys are if
your races are being stubborn like these ones are you may want to apply some heat
to help it out this bearing has two races one on each
side I pushed the one race over to the other
and now it’s getting a bit difficult so I’m gonna apply some more heat to give
it a hand well this is pretty slick the races are actually moving on their own
just because of the heat as long as I have pressure with the bike here once I
apply heat the races will slide over by themselves so if I didn’t explain this earlier
what’s happening is the smaller socket is pushing the races out and into the
larger socket so we’ve got one race out and the other one is just about there
I’m just gonna knock it out the rest of the way with hammer Creek that’s hot
Oh burning my hands over here alright one last smashing it will be out all
right so that’s one set of bearing races I’ve got one more up here and then
another set right here it’s amazing how big of a difference
adding heat makes I don’t think I’d be able to push these races out without the
torch those ones came out pretty easy just got
one left now all right that’s it for this piece onto the connecting arm it looks like we’ve got some blind
bearings on this connecting arm so what that means is the center diameter is
smaller than the diameter of the bearing so that way I can’t push the bearings
all the way through like I did with the other ones so I lied you guys you
actually do need some special tools to pull out these bearings I’ll be using a
blind bearing puller for this situation first off I’m gonna have to empty all
the needles out of the race all right so I found the right size
polar insert for this linkage it’s gonna pop it in place and when I tighten down
this bolt here it’s gonna expand and I’ll be able to attach the slide hammer
to this insert and pull the bearing out of the linkage with the linkage in the
vise and the slide hammer attached I should be able to apply some heat and
yank this race right out that was actually a lot easier than I anticipated
this slide hammer worked pretty good the linkage is now completely bare just
gonna give it a little cleanup before I pop in this new bearing set all right I’m gonna lay out all these
bearings bushings and seals make sure I got everything and then start slapping
this thing back together looks like everything is here got the seven
bearings all the pins seals dust caps and they even included some grease so I
am all set so once again I’ll be using the vise and a couple of sockets to
press these bearings into place I’m going to start with this bearing right
here before I pop the bearing into place I’m gonna apply some grease to the
inside of the linkage and it’s also not a bad idea to apply
some grease to the bearing as well on this first part I’m not going to need
any sockets just gonna get the bearing started and pushed all the way in until
the vise bottoms out you’ll definitely want to make sure the bearings is
straight before you start cranking on the vise at all at this point the vise
bottomed out so I’m gonna have to use the socket to push the bearing in the
rest of the way so I’ve got one bearing in now I’m gonna pop the other side in
one thing I didn’t mention earlier is there’s a rounded side and a flat side
to the bearing the flat side of the bearing is marked you always want to go
with the mark side facing out all right I’ve got both bearings pressed
in till they’re flush with the inside surface now I’m going to set the depth
the depth on these two bearings should be six to six and a half millimeters
from the outside surface of linkage here so I’ve got my handy dandy calipers here
and I’m gonna measure the depth hopefully it’s around six millimeters we
are at five point five so it needs to go a little bit deeper gonna go ahead and
measure that again we are at six point one so that is within the recommended
range and of course it’s always a good idea to stuff a bunch of grease inside
the bearing to keep your lubed up this is about as packed as you can get as far
as grease goes never hurts to be on the safe side I’m just gonna grease up the
bushing as well and slide that into place let’s see how she spins man that is
smooth that’s a good feeling right there and then on this particular bearing
there’s a washer that goes on each end and of course it wouldn’t be complete
without some fresh seals and dust caps just going to apply a little bit of
grease to the inside of the linkage before I pop in those seals just going to make sure it’s pressed in
and straight and I’m going to move on to the other side and last but not least
got some dust caps got one bearing out of the way only three more to go all right on the second bearing I’ve got
both sides pressed until they’re flush now I’m going to set the depth the
recommended depth on these ones is four point four to four point seven
millimeters this side is just under four millimeters so I’m gonna have to press
it in just a little bit more I’m just about at four point four millimeters and
I’m gonna call that good now I’m just gonna pack the bearing with grease and
pop everything together now it’s on to the last bearing for this
triangle piece so for this one I’m going to press it all the way into the linkage
and then Center it to Center the bearing I’m going to use the calipers to measure
the depth on each side until it’s equal on this side were at one point three
four and this side looks pretty close maybe a little bit deeper oh it’s at two
point three six all right one side we’ve got two point one one and 1.53 still a little bit more work one point seven seven and one point
seven five so that is going to be close enough the seals and dust caps on the
lower shock bearing are situated a little bit differently so the seal goes
over the dust cap just like so and then it is pressed into the linkage so with
the smaller part of the dust cap facing out well folks that is it for the
triangle piece just got a few bearings left on the connecting arm it is time to
pick the winner for the giveaway of the scotch-brite wheel from the previous
video it’s gonna head over here to the random comment picker looks like we had
a thousand 82 comments and once I click this button it’s gonna pick a complete
random comment and that comment will be the winner all right we’ve got Deegan m
and he says 2002 cr125 well d again i hope you can find a use for the
scotch-brite wheel I’m gonna grab your shipping address and nail that thing
over to you Congrats dude thanks for all the
comments everyone it was really cool to see all the bikes that you guys have
pressing the bearings into the connecting arm is gonna be pretty
straightforward there’s a ridge down here inside the link I’m just gonna push
the bearings all the way in till they meet that Ridge all righty guys the linkage is now 100%
back together and I am really happy with how this thing turned out the pivot
works bearing kit had everything I needed and the whole setup went together
very smoothly so if you guys are in need of any sort of bearing for your bike
whether that’s wheel bearings or leakage bearings like the ones I just installed
or perhaps you need a shock or fork rebuild kit definitely go check out
pivot works I would highly recommend them I’ll put the link to the website as
the first one down in the description below thanks for watching the video guys
I will catch up with you all in a few days
take care

100 thoughts on “How I Fixed My Broken Shock Linkage Bearings”

  1. Cameron Niemela says:

    What are you guys up to this weekend?

  2. Jason YZ250 says:

    All of your videos are full of information. Great content keep it up. 💯

  3. Rider Blank says:

    Love the videos always looking forward to new videos

  4. Quavo Ratatoulli says:

    I'm not tripping. They done added double ads or some crap. Shame on you youtube.

  5. Dakota Newman says:

    last time i replaced my linkage bearings I somehow broke the wall off so I had to use a carbide grid sawzall blade to cut them out. Wasn't fun in the slightest!

  6. Van Alstyne says:

    Without a blind bearing puller the dog bone races are a bitch to remove. I spent all day a while back working two very small flatheads around each race like changing a tire. Instead of one or two inches at a time, it's one or two millimeters at a time.

  7. Nat says:

    Rode my first dirtbike a couple years ago at 30. Ktm 360, scared the respect into me very quickly. Had a few diff bikes since then, always bargains requiring work. Right now have a ktm 250, yz80, and ttr125, both yamahas need a lot of work so finding your videos has been great help. I work as a mechanic by trade so a lot of it comes to me quite quickly, but then things like pulling apart forks for a rebuild seems daunting til watching a vid of someone else. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

  8. Cara Gue says:

    I wish you make a video about broken rim an how to fix it.

  9. Sean Fiba says:

    Never put to much heat or you may make the part brittle and never put your linkage against the vice like that the hardened steel jaws will dig into the alloy!

  10. tedy merriman says:

    Hi Cameron, I'd recommend putting some grease on the seal lips before inserting dust caps. Helps make seals last longer & can trap some dirt.

  11. Vini says:

    Verry Nice job !!!👏👍👌😉😁💨💨💨!!!….

  12. Job den Hollander says:

    no i have done is wit a steel plug. you titend it en it spreds, then you can press it out

  13. ZTMoto says:

    I want replace all bearings to teflon material.

  14. TheHondaRider says:

    Looks Dope man!

  15. katom2111 says:

    Only if I saw u post this vid a month ago when I did my crf250r 2011 linkages I fuck my linkage arm and bent it with a bearing press cuz didn't know I had to use a sold hammer
    Now I had to fork out 250 dollars for a new arm after I didn't have my motorbike for 9 months had it 2 days and wanted to do my linkage cuz it never been down
    Pretty pissed now

  16. Scots Man says:

    nice video

  17. GooberSB says:

    Another great video!

  18. Curtis Smith says:

    My problem with is that they don’t have all the parts I need for my 150rb, probably bc it’s not a bigger bike.

  19. josh oman says:

    Another method is using a pipe on the vise to add leverage if you dont have a torch handy

  20. therealAK ALASKA says:

    dont try this with a shitty vise.. i broke a harbor freight vice in half doing this same thing

  21. cadwarrior says:

    i did this work on my cr250r 1 month ago, great video. For the bearing removal of the u shaped part, i didnt had a special tool, just used a copper 1/2" pipe with front end spreaded expanded into the bearing cage for the first one, i used the socket method for the other, worked great!

  22. Anthony Vu says:

    is the bearing depth same for every bike? i have a 2000 yz125 and i’m planning on changing the bearings soon

  23. Leroy The-Savage says:

    What's your thoughts on when I kick my bike over air come out of the carb intake can't find anything on it if ita normal or not I don't know about bikes much it starts up and runs alright not great I got it on a trade

  24. GooberSB says:

    Cameron if you ever come across a yamaha rt100 i will buy parts from you. Im keeping my sons 94 rt100 up since it was his first bike. I need exhaust and cylinder parts. Btw, it leaks clean oil from somewhere near the main sprocket or gear shift lever. Does thst sound like a bad crank seal or gasket? Im not interested in removing the engine to repair a internal gasket though

  25. mad marc says:

    love ur vids, but take care of your hands!

  26. Puckgrinder85 says:

    If you get to that point where you think you need heat and can't turn the vise any tighter, give the back head of the vise a blow with a hammer, it will jar the bearing out a bit and you can continue pressing it out. It helps when you dont want to put heat to anything. You can also freeze the bearings, they'll go in really easy as well.

  27. 64faffi says:

    As a breaker, you are one of a kind and a role model. If every business would adhere to your work ethics, giving all parts a proper clean and inspection as well as, when required, lubrication, we riders would be miles better off. I must also mention how much your videos have progressed over the past five years to where they now are highly entertaining as well as informative. Good job!

  28. Jaydon Valencia says:

    I love your videos but it makes me wanna work on my own bikes but I'm no mechanic and always mess them up worse even with simple repairs

  29. Eddi Nice says:

    How did you clean the alloy so well?

  30. Andrew Evans says:

    The next bike should be a ktm bc i havent seen one taken appart on the Chanel

  31. StilwellMotovlogger says:

    How can u tell if your linkage is worn out?

  32. Ya Boi says:

    Loved the vid! Your videos have a very professional look and quality👌🏼

  33. Escopes says:

    I have a 2008 crf250r and it doesnt want to start with choke on but choke still works. Please help

  34. Rory O'Brien says:

    The linkage on this bike would be the same as a crf250r linkage yeah

  35. Jon Tully says:

    Great video Cam, learned a few things…Thank you!

  36. chzent says:

    I love all your videos , awesome quality and information , post more of your riding days on all your dirtbikes .Hello from Chile.

  37. Jason rodda says:

    Hi Cameron and follower can I please get the make and name of the hammer slide bearing remover got the bearing kit $130 but can’t get the tool in Western Australia thanks

  38. WalrusGaming says:

    You should do like a garage/house/everything tour, I love how you have your house in your barn but would love to see just how everything looks inside and out

  39. علي الوحش says:

    Wow 😮

  40. علي الوحش says:

    Wow 😮

  41. علي الوحش says:

    Wow 😮

  42. John Chafin says:

    Time to invest in a cheap hydraulic press from Harbor Freight.

  43. Thundercat68 says:

    Love the way those cleaned up.

  44. sean martens says:

    You should mention to your viewers that adding heat is actually causing the bore to get bigger which is making it easier to get the bearing out.

  45. sean martens says:

    And also mention that freezing the bearings will make then smaller and easier to install.

  46. TheDirt BikeRider says:


  47. The Race Net says:

    Great video but those bearings weren't done for and just needed a good cleaning and regreasing. Would cost a lot less money and you would have the same outcome as getting brand new ones.

  48. Robert Warren says:

    another idea

    put the bearings in the freezer for an hour or so and heat the linkage. grease up around the bearing and they literally go in with your hand.

  49. JMG says:

    watching your videos

  50. Senne C. says:


  51. Daniel Shaha says:

    Just a hint on the installation of the bearings. If you freeze the bearings overnight. Upon installation, use a bit of heat on the main piece, then just use a little heat on the main part. the bearings should slide right in with little/no force at all.

  52. Wheelie says:

    Nice video 👍 visit my channel if you want!!!

  53. The Entourage Effect says:

    Soft jaws! Try some (:

  54. Mitchell MX says:

    You should mount your vice to the table, it would be alot easier to use

  55. Jari Granroth says:

    Did'd read all comments but old mechanic's trick: when you pus the bearing into linkage, keep them in freezer for hour or two. Sometimes frozen bearings can be pushed to correct depth by hand. If you apply decent amount of heat to linkage and freeze bearings it should be really easy to put them in place. Nice Videos you have anyway, keep on going the good work.

  56. Rob Langston says:

    I also use a vice to press bearings in but just remember you can damage the vice threads if you apply too much pressure. It's better to get a small hydraulic bearing press.

  57. ModestTea says:

    This happened to me, right now I am missing 5 needle bearings out of the bearing on the bottom of my shock. I hope it holds up

  58. Connor says:

    What’s the tool you used to measure the depth of the bearing

  59. border411 says:

    I used this to rebuild mine from a DR350…..easy as hell! Thanks for the video!

  60. Flo L says:

    At about 6mn in your video you use a special tool. Is there any other solution without this tool ? =)

  61. Zexera says:

    You need a press

  62. Jeff C says:

    man you always have the best videos i was looking up how to do my linkage without the motion pro tool thanks… and what size vise is that

  63. Luis Sonoma says:

    Do you have a preference, OEM vs Pivot Works? I tried getting Pivot Works at the dealer but the guy insisted on OEM. Is there a difference besides price and did you have a link to the measuring caliper?

  64. Devon Staples says:

    I just did my linkage and was able to push both bearings out on that connecting arm.

  65. William Redecop says:

    I have a basically brand new bike and it has some play in the linkage could it be worn so soon?

  66. Геннадий Минин says:

    !!! very helpful.

  67. Pierre Chiasson says:

    What's up Cameron.!! Where can I get the specification for my linkage?? I'm just about ready to get mylinkage bearings put together for the week end. Thanks

  68. john smith says:

    Link for slide hammer?

  69. Glayson Guarino says:

    Bom dia gostei muito do seu vídeo eu to comprando uma rusquivana 2T 250 ano 94 e gostaria de faser isto que você fez na sua eu não falo a sua língua eu moro em BH Belo Horizonte moro em Juatuba você sabe sé este quite sai mais barato vim da ai . meu nome é Glaysom meu zap e 031 999647491

  70. Glayson Guarino says:

    Eu não falo seu idiomas

  71. Todd Moser says:

    I just wanted to say thank you. I recently bought a 1988 YZ250 and almost every bearing needs to be changed. Today, I popped out the upper and lower bearings out of the shock. I had never done this before, but watching you made me realize that I could do it, too! Thank you!!!

  72. Zoltán Horváth says:

    After watching a bunch of your videos I realized how these MX bikes are not too different from the downhill mountainbikes I used to ride when I was 20 🙂 I did all the servicing myself, not a rocket science at all. Thanks for the great content!

  73. Joran Prins says:

    My poor wallet! 25 bucks for one bearing for my crf150r!

  74. kingofbotswana1 says:

    Love your videos man, you have a real talent

  75. AZ Niteforce says:

    Your causing street fractures in your linkage when you apply pressure with those teeth on the vise….soft jaws you need.

  76. Hamza says:

    Just a tip you can use a can of compressed air and turn it upside down and freeze the bearing and should drop right in.

  77. Lorenzo Mugnai says:

    Non si capisce una sega di quello che dici però tutto ok il video va bene

  78. Brendan Redler says:

    Get yourself some hand lotion for the winter time, my man! haha.

  79. Justin Lock says:

    Do you remember doing this a similar video 6 years ago 😁

  80. Raptor MX says:

    should i get pivot works bearings or OEM

  81. Matthias Schulze says:

    put some aluminum softies on that vice, so you dont leave marks on the parts

  82. STAFFIHOUND says:

    Thank you Cameron. This video really helped me with my 450 linkage. Look forward to seeing you back fighting fit mate.

  83. MattBlackY1986 says:

    Bearings are an interference fit. You should avoid putting grease in to aid installing them as you run the risk of the outer race spinning in the casting. The best way to help installation is to pop the bearings in a fridge or freezer for a few hours and pop the casting in the oven. They will virtually fall in.

  84. Mad Mally says:

    Great video I just did the same job tonight but didn’t you say you don’t need any special tools int a vice and a slide hammer not what a lot of people have laying around the garage ? Lol

  85. Edward J. Rapp says:

    Invest in a bench press….you'd be surprised how many uses there are for it besides pressing bearings.

  86. Jon Jon says:

    I was riding my pit bike and I hit a massive pot hole in the ground and now mg shock has no air init do I need to get a new shock or is there a way to fix it someone please help me

  87. Queer but u can call me suckalotofdick says:

    lol, I checked my bearings and they fell apart and were all rusted to hell so i cleaned as much rust as I could off and re assembled them and now i have a good greased bearing (that have a very large amount of play in them but oh well)

  88. Trav Scoop says:

    My old 2008 xr650L had spots/raised areas for grease fittings as it originally had zerks when it was first introduced in 93 but since have stopped drilling and tapping holes for them as it's cheaper. 15500 miles and the grease was still decent in them but I put three fittings where there was spots for them so I can just pump some grease in there every year or so.

  89. WELLIBDAMN says:

    What size sockets did you use, larger and smaller? Oh OK I think I have that size,

  90. Dian Dermawan says:

    Great explain guys !! Its very helpull me, thank you

  91. Kevin Mcdonnell says:

    Hello Cameron this is Kevin from Pa, I haven't watch all your videos but I've watched quite a few how did you get so smart was your father a mechanic? and you don't seem to be worried about the teeth in in the jaws of the vice or wearing gloves any thoughts … curious to see if you take the time to answer me back I'm sure you're busy making another video about something cool ….peace out brother

  92. Founas Chafik says:

    Algérie. 🇩🇿

  93. nick payne says:

    It makes things a whole lot easier when you bolt the vice to the table. Also aluminum dissipates heat very rapidly so don’t be afraid to torch the bitch a little harder. Just my two cents, carry on!

  94. NS Ramage says:

    thanks Cam great help. saved my Tiger shock rebuild with open cage pins. Now doing swingarm without manual and found what look like shims. Do these need a special gizmo to pull out.. or can i just belt the lot through with swing arm supported with jack. Cheers.

  95. YZRider says:

    Hey Cam, question. We were rebuilding my friends 2004 Cr250 this weekend with the all balls kit. When we got to the linkage bearings we followed your directions centering the bearing so we could install the dust caps . You show the smaller part of the the dust cap facing out as does the factory diagram. No matter how hard we tried we couldn’t get the seal to stop popping /falling out . It’s not for a lack of skill or tools so kinda at a loss . We flipped the dust cap with larger side facing out and it works perfectly, like that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Any insight on this issue ? Hope your feeling well. Thanks

  96. Andrea Barba says:

    Good cameron

  97. Richard Tschida says:

    Blind puller works good. It's a lot less work to keep those bearings lubed up!

  98. David Tinney says:

    Are the bearing clearances the same on all suspensions linkages?

  99. Arden Nielsen says:

    if the bearings are still tight all you have to do is clean the dirt and rust off and put them back in with new grease… wast of $150.

  100. Massimo Russo says:

    You didn't grease the oil seal lip.

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