2007 Sprint ST ABS. I reviewed a number of posts at this site about greasing the rear axle bearings. A bit confusing but it appears there are sealed ball bearings but then also needle bearings in the hub that are accessible. I'm having difficulty removing the rear axle. I removed the wheel, brake caliper, and sprocket drive assembly. According to my tech manual (pg 12.18) the axle shaft should be able to be pulled out from the swingarm/hub assembly. I've tried tapping and light/moderate pounding on the left side but get absolutely no movement, hate to pound with any force here. Anyway a number of folks appear to have greased their rear wheel bearings, have you found the axle shaft difficult to extract? I'm assuming i can readily access the needle bearings for greasing once i remove the shaft? If not I'll just button it up and leave as is, but i thought i would see if anyone else had a problem extracting the axle on a late model abs sprint.