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Hi, a tip for those planning on keeping their Cross Country, Cross Roads, HardBall or

Vision running to the bitter end.  I imagine that only dedicated bitter enders come here now.

My HardBall chewed out the spherical bearing on the top end of the rear suspension pushrod, at 85,000 kms.  Apparently this is only available as part of a full assembly, rocker arm (with needle roller bearings), pushrod with top spherical bearing and 2 spacers, $800 quoted price from Brisbane Victory.

A quick wander through several bearing catalogues,  and a quality German made 15 X 26 X 12 spherical bearing came over the counter at the local bearing suppliers for $12.  A hard chromed one with a higher load rating could be ordered in with some delay, at $30.  One of those is now ordered and will go in when next it flogs out (I do lots of rough dirt road use).

While it was apart, I greased the rocker arm needle rollers, and pulled the 2 spherical bearings at the bottom of the pushrod and the shock.These are 16 X 26 X 12s, which seems to be a proprietary part, listed on an old parts list at $40 US.  When these need replacing, I plan on turning down the reduced diameter of the adjacent spacers to 15 mm, and using the same bearings as the one I just replaced.

Keep an eye out for slight vertical free play in the rear suspension and replace the top pushrod bearing before it flogs out the 2 adjacent spacers or the pushrod eye.  Pull the rocker pivot shaft and grease it at the first sound of the rear suspension squeaking.

Keep them running!  Steve.

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