1983 BMW R100RS Install Drive Shaft and Swing Arm Bearings

I removed the drive shaft so I can get the swing arm powder coated. You can read about how I removed it here.

Now that the swing arm is back, it’s time to install the drive shaft and new swing arm bearings.

Powder Coated Swing Arm

Powder Coated Swing Arm

I use the Cycle Works drive shaft spring compressor to install the drive shaft by compressing the spring as I did when I removed the drive shaft so I can install the new snap ring that secures all the drive shaft components on the shaft.

Cycle Works Drive Shaft Spring Compression Tool Components

Cycle Works Drive Shaft Spring Compression Tool Components

Drive Shaft Parts

Drive Shaft Parts

All Done-Rear Drive End

All Done-Rear Drive End

I installed the new sealed swing arm bearings using a large socket. I remove the dust cover and drove the bearings into the swing arm with the socket and a hammer.

Front Face of Bearing With Dust Seal

Front Face of Bearing With Dust Seal

Dust Seal Removed

Dust Seal Removed

Front Face Of New Bearing Has A Sleeve

Front Face Of New Bearing Has A Sleeve

Driving The Bearing Into The Swing Arm with Just The Socket Was Easier

Driving The Bearing Into The Swing Arm with Just The Socket Was Easier

You can read about how I do this work here:

And here are two short videos summarizing how I do the work.

VIDEO: 1983 BMW R100RS Install Drive Shaft

VIDEO: 1983 BMW R100RS Install Swing Arm Bearings

1 thought on “1983 BMW R100RS Install Drive Shaft and Swing Arm Bearings

  1. As usual very in depth and meticulous execution. I follow the advice and craftsmanship for my own rebuilding process.

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