Ripley Bearing Replacement

Swingarm Bearing Installation

To press in a bearing on the swingarm, start with the tool set up like this:

Spin the "T-Handle" until the bearing is pressed into the frame:

The handle should be turned until tight. The only difference to press an upper bearing is to swap out the green spacer for a blue "upper" spacer.  Blue (sky) = upper  & Green (earth) = lower.

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Swingarm Bearing Extraction

To extract a lower bearing, configure the tool like this:

Load the bolt through the bearing from the inside and put the spacer on the bolt (if this were an upper bearing, you would swap the green lower spacer for a blue upper spacer):

Put the black extraction body on the bolt and dial the adjusters down until the rubber feet just touch the carbon:

Then remove the black extract body and green spacer, and put the body back on so the feet touch the same spot they were adjusted for:

Use a 5mm allen wrench to hold the bolt steady and crank the bearing out with the "L-Handle":

Remember, the only difference to pull an upper bearing is to use the blue "upper" spacer.

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Front Triangle Bearing Installation

Last up is the installation of the front triangle bearings.

Set up the tool like this (this setup is for the upper bearing, but the only difference to the lower bearing setup is the width of that black spacer in between the bearings):

Preparation: Be sure to clean the bearing surfaces and bearings, making sure the press surfaces are free of any contaimination such as grease or oil. Apply a thin layer of Loctite 680 retaining compound.

Make sure the spacer goes between the bearings, then assemble and press the bearings into the frame:

We usually hold the L-handle steady while spinning the T-handle, that seems easiest. Let the bearing retainer dry overnight before riding the bike again.

As a side note, the method for extracting these front triangle bearings involves carefully hammering them out.

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