Linkage bearings are asked to do a lot of work in an area of a dirt bike that is, well, dirty, muddy and yucky. As well sealed as current designs are, the bearings still need replacement, and getting them out was a pain. For years I have used a bearing driver set for the job. That works but calls for a lot of banging. The only pain involved with Motion Pro’s deluxe suspension bearing service tool is the $155.99 price.
For sure this tool is easily worth the money, but it is hard to justify if you change bearings every couple of years. For most this is a pro tool for a shop, groups of riding buddies, a club or the serious tool addict. This baby uses a threaded shaft to pull the bearings, and it works like a charm. You pick a blue-anodized aluminum mandrel for one side that fits inside the bearing and a larger one for the other side that is larger than the outside diameter of the bearing. Crank on the threaded rod with a wrench and the bearing blows right out. Installs are just as effortless. You don’t even make a mess, and there is little risk of damaging the parts compared to when you pound the bearings in or out. This kit contains mandrels for the common 20 and 22mm suspension bearings, but additional sizes are sold separately. The kit also includes a blind bearing adapter for cases where the bearing won’t slide all the way through. The design and packaging are extremely clever. Unlike some other puller sets, the parts all go easily back in the plastic case.We have a large and relatively expensive shop press at the Dirt Rider shop, but this tool is faster and easier. -Karel Kramer