Fixing This Problem For Good!


now one thing that’ll really piss a
guy off when it comes to dirt bikes is seized up bearings and bolts and
obviously the best way to prevent that is by keeping your stuff greased and one
product I’ve come across that really makes that job easy is a greasable bolt
so what we have here is a Bewlbar from steelhorse innovations
it’s a greasable swingarm bolt so replaces the actual swingarm bolt itself
as well as the spacers that go or the sleeves that go in the swing arm so a
really cool design so I’m excited to open this thing up and see what it’s all
about so once I get this thing installed and test it out I’ll just be giving away
one of these bolts that up to one of you guys so make sure you stick around for
that all right so it looks like we’ve got the bolt itself the spacers nut and
an attachment that goes on your grease gun so basically how these work is you
have a grease fitting on both ends it looks like and then use this in
conjunction with your grease gun to shoot grease through the bolt and then
it comes out these holes here really curious how the grease is gonna make its
way through these sleeves and to the bearings alright in order to install
this bolt we’ll have to pull apart the back of the bike and that would include
the back wheel and the swing arm so we’re replacing the actual spoon our
bolt this is the OEM one as well as the spacers that go in the pivot so these
two bushings right here replace baby om bushings up here at the pivot and
believe it or not these pivot bearings are the only bearings I didn’t replace
on this bike so we will be replacing them in this video as well you see the
old bushing has some rust and corrosion here so you can only imagine what the
actual bearing itself looks like now the new steel horse bushings are the same
width as the OEM ones they just have the greasing holes and one thing I noticed
inside zoom in here there’s actually a little cavity or cutout inside that
bushing or the grease that flow through so pretty cool design there so I’m gonna
mock this set up on the bike without the sewer arm and really get an idea how it
works this should be interesting all right so I’ve got the bolt and the
bushings mocked up in the bike I’m just gonna give it a couple pumps and see if
any grease comes out there we go I see some that works pretty slick if you ask me as
you can see after just a couple pumps we’ve got grease coming out of those
holes on either side pretty pumped on how the system works you definitely know
those bearings gonna be well greased up so that bolt works exactly as it should
it delivers grease to the swing arm pivot bearings but one thing I noticed
is it doesn’t grease the center of the cases here and the reason I bring that
up is I’ve seen a lot of super molt stuck or seized in the cases they’re
from rust now to be completely fair I don’t know if it’s possible to add a
center greasing hole to keep Greece in the center of the cases I’m guessing
that would weaken the bolt quite a bit so now it’s time to get the swing arm
all set up I’m just need to pop these bushings into
place now for you guys with a good eye you’ll notice this swing arm is
different than the one we just pulled off the bike so this is the original oh
three swing arm now I’m just swapping it out for one from a 2009 CRF 250r z– a
few different reasons why I’m swapping the swing arms the first being this one
is lighter than the o’the reefs worm by three-quarters of a pound so that’s
pretty cool apparently this is stronger as well and I can also run the newer
style chain guide with these mounts here so I picked up the swing arm on ebay for
pretty cheap went through cleaned it up shined it up took all the casting marks
out with the prime of X cleaning pads went ahead and popped in some fresh
bearings as well so this thing is ready to go now the last thing to do is pop
these bushings into place and you’re gonna want to look at the end
of each bushing for a little punch mark and if you see a punch mark that end of
the bushing is going to go toward the frame side of the swing arm now before your swing arm goes back in
you’re gonna want to put anti-seize lubricant or grease inside of the cases
to prevent that bolt from getting stuck I’ve seen way too many bolts seized to
the point where I have to cut them out with a sawzall or a cut-off wheel right
here just really crappy situation so you want to avoid that you have to tap on the bolts at all make
sure you use a socket that fits over the grease fitting that way you don’t damage
it and for the nut you can just torque that to the factory spec on this
particular bike that is 65 foot-pounds now we can go ahead and get this linkage
back on as well open one more thing I noticed I’m gonna have to find a
different bolt for this new swing arm because obviously that ain’t gonna work let’s go ahead and take a peek at how
this new style guide will look on here don’t quite how to be slider for it yet
but yeah that looks a lot better really digging the black queue now it’s the
bike together for the most part the last thing to do is shoot some grease into
that smear bolt and you’re all set honestly pretty straightforward so once
you see a little bit of grease purge out the end of the bolt that means the
bearing is completely full now I would recommend greasing both sides of the
bolt after every long ride every time you wash the bike or if the bike has
been sitting for a while and keep in mind when you do grease that bolt make
sure there’s no dirt or debris around that fitting or else it would just be
pushing all that crap right into the bearings alright so what are my thoughts
on the steel horse view of our kit so it’s really well designed does exactly
what it was designed to do greases those swing arm bearings the fit finishes
great installation isn’t too bad you do have to take a couple things apart which
isn’t a huge deal it’s made of quality materials isn’t
gonna break on you or anything and in my opinion it’s gonna save you a lot of
time and hassle down the road in keeping those bearings greased you know the
bearings aren’t gonna fall apart the bolts not gonna get stuck in there and
you don’t have to take your bike half way apart just to grease those swing our
bearings so definitely got a thumbs up in my book and as promised we’re going
to be doing a giveaway for one of these kits to one of you guys so the only
requirement is that you need to have one of the bikes that steel horse makes this
kit for so you’re gonna head over to steal horses website while we get down
below you’re gonna check through their inventory see if they have something
that would fit your bike and if they do you’re gonna go down below in the
description again hit the giveaway link that’ll take you over to the page where
you enter your name your email address so I can contact you if you’re the
winner and your make and model of your bike and that’s about it alright guys
sweat my ass off out here time to go inside but I will see you guys next time
thanks for watching you


100 Responses

  1. 829racer

    September 3, 2019 10:50 pm

    I love your videos on this 250 project. It’s fun seeing you do what I wish I could! Also you are really skilled at wrenching on bikes and have a unique approach. Keep the videos coming bud!

  2. Angelo Santaniello

    September 3, 2019 11:17 pm

    That’s a pretty cool idea, I work at a Honda shop and can’t tell you how many times we had to cut the swingarms off ATV’s

  3. frank kapsner

    September 3, 2019 11:22 pm

    Thank you Cam for the stuff you sent me , you didn't have to ,thanks, be good , do good stay healthy , A friend for life.


    September 3, 2019 11:41 pm

    the bike is looking clean as always bloody love the thing and those swing arm pivot bolt is awesome straight away signed up to enter one for my 2017 fc250 that I keep as clean as I possibly can just wish to every single piece of knowledge that you do love your videos always re watching em

  5. LiveFreeandShred

    September 4, 2019 12:50 am

    Nice! I'll prob pick one up for my YZ. As a machinist you can absolutely make the center have a hole for grease to get to the center cases. You only need the grease to get in from one side.

  6. Kevin Mcdonnell

    September 4, 2019 12:52 am

    I'm 2 minutes in I can already tell it's brilliant why didn't I think of that I'll watch the rest later because I want one

  7. zrkn1

    September 4, 2019 12:53 am

    It looks like a Fantastic Company and what a awesome idea. I wonder if these brake bleeder caps would fit over the grease fittings.

  8. Don May

    September 4, 2019 1:05 am

    Cameron bike looks great. I was wondering what size air compressor you have to use with your blast cabinet? Videos are a great resource for wannabe builders.

  9. Jesse Ison-Bowman

    September 4, 2019 1:42 am

    Sweet product. Love smart unseen upgrades like this! Hope they make em for my two steel frame CRs!!

  10. Brandon Capone

    September 4, 2019 3:27 am

    No shit look at that kinda cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That's one thing that doesn't change is the swingarm bolt going through the engine.

  11. Gabe Bowden

    September 4, 2019 3:32 am

    Is that a primary drive chain? I have one on my 03 yz250f and it is incredible and never seems to get dry easily

  12. Longneck

    September 4, 2019 4:05 am

    hey cam do you know if you can change those grease fittings out on the bolt? say if the ball or spring breaks in there it would be quite the inconvenience to change the whole bolt again

  13. Jordaan Du Plessis

    September 4, 2019 4:19 am

    cameron… love your videos…. got to thinking about the crap and debrie that might get into the greese hole… why not manufacture a rubber stopper for each hole… kinda like the rubber stopper on a yz 250 swing arm that way you can keep mud and water from getting into that hole

  14. morgan moore

    September 4, 2019 1:49 pm

    Would you be interested in a project 2012 yz250f if I donated it?It’s in pieces but would be a good project

  15. Alex Postma

    September 4, 2019 2:17 pm

    This bike is going to be soo cool! But don't finish it to fast, because i enjoy the build vids so much as well!

  16. GAbel338

    September 4, 2019 3:16 pm

    Just grind the two sides off the linkage bolt so it fits in the slot. The grease fittings are spring loaded no covers required just clean them before lubing

  17. Honda

    September 4, 2019 4:21 pm

    Lol, my swingarm was destroyed and I just put an 09’ CRF250R swingarm on it too, On my CR250R but mines an 04 not an 03’. Thanks for the facts about weight etc, I didn’t know.

  18. Honda

    September 4, 2019 4:21 pm

    Lol, my swingarm was destroyed and I just put an 09’ CRF250R swingarm on it too, On my CR250R but mines an 04 not an 03’. Thanks for the facts about weight etc, I didn’t know.

  19. Ulises Glez

    September 4, 2019 4:43 pm

    I can't believe how amazing is looking bro, an absolute eyergasm, you're killing me with the wait man😬😬

  20. Roger Quenault

    September 4, 2019 6:10 pm

    You could drill and thread a grease nipple (I think you call them zerts) into the bottom or top of the case to grease the center bearing.

  21. Chase Norman

    September 4, 2019 6:27 pm

    Insane job done on the bike so far ,never seen some one who really pays 110%to attention to detail !!!!amazing

  22. TwoStroke Powa

    September 4, 2019 7:14 pm

    Hi Cameron, can I have a private mailbox to talk with you about my fork? really need to talk about it, please take a mintue for me…

  23. mx documentary tv mx documentary tv

    September 4, 2019 9:31 pm

    I dont follow this dude alot but seen alot of his vids is this the same bike from all the other vids ? This bike build has taken him over a year to do

  24. Anthony Wiley

    September 5, 2019 4:33 pm

    Looks cool and all but once the swing arm bolt is in tight against the inside how will the Lube come out ?

  25. Sticks 1

    September 5, 2019 8:57 pm

    Good idea but….. the inner seals will push out towards the motor cases with the pressure from the geese gun and possibly pop out of the swingarm itself. Especially if you keep pumping more and more grease in with nowhere else for it to go. I would have thought it would be better to remove the other side grease nipple while pumping grease in to allow fresh grease in and the bad out without blowing out seals. Maybe I’m wrong?

  26. Erik Bredt

    September 12, 2019 12:44 am

    Back in the 70's and eighties we would just put zerc fittings in the swingarm at the bearing location ,,it was easy ,cheap and achieved the same thing. Looking at my 2002 Cr125,,I don,t see any reason that wouldn't work here either. The real problem is that most bikes are not serviced as regularly as they should be.

    A bike should be disassembled to some extent ,cleaned and greased after every 10 power washings or so. More often than not ,it's the power washing that forces dirt in places it shouldn't be and /or forces lubricant out of where it should be .A smart person would check all the critical greased parts even if the bike was new.
    The Honda's with aluminum spoke nipples is a good example, factory assembled with NO anti sieze.
    My current Cr125 project shows signs of reasonably low hours ,and shows signs of nearly zero maintenance or proper cleaning. All of the damage to this bike is because of poor maintenance.

  27. Edward Douglas

    September 23, 2019 7:39 pm

    Cool, I always installed swingarm and linkage pivots fittings myself on bikes I rebuild. Those sure would make it better than my method. One last thing…no supermoto, keep it a dirt bike.


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