Originally Posted by JimVonBaden
I've done it a few times. Does yours have a lot of corrosion on it? I found that an appropriatly sized socket is the best "drift" to push out the collar.
I'm with Jim on it. It can corrode and stick into the bearing race. I got mine out with heat and a press If you have the swing arm off. I did not need to take it off... it came out with a drift though. You will need a new bearing(s) / seals, also - they are cheap... The left side (bolt side) needle bearing was severely corroded.
In fact when I did mine as a matter of course I replaced the two sleeves, and both bearings and seals while I was at it.
Not much more to say. Sorry...