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View Results: How did your failure happen?
No notice at all ,left me stranded on the spot. 66 22.53%
Noticed a problem ,but was able to ride back to civilazation 106 36.18%
Just checked and felt fine ,but died a few hundred miles later 17 5.80%
Noticed problem,rode bike hundreds of miles without total failure 104 35.49%
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Old 07-11-2005, 02:47 PM   #1
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Final Drive Death

How much notice did you get before your drive failed?
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Old 07-11-2005, 03:18 PM   #2
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Place a spot on the poll for, "It hasn't happened yet but it's in the back of my mind". I can then join in the non-fun. BTW, I prefer Vital Signs off the album.
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Old 07-11-2005, 03:28 PM   #3
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57K miles no rear drive problems. Biggest problem (besides $$$$$servicing and low mileage warranty) has been a relay that didn't leave me stranded.

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Old 07-11-2005, 04:36 PM   #4
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No problem yet.
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Old 07-11-2005, 04:46 PM   #5
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Cheep insurance,

If you do any creek crossings, always check for water in the final drive, and keep a bottle of gear oil with you.
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Old 07-11-2005, 04:48 PM   #6
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I rode bike for about 1500 miles on a rough crown bearing. After disassembly, I found one pitted ball and a pitted race. The seals and gears were in such good shape (@42,000 mi) that the only thing I replaced was the bearing (about $110). Total time for replacement: about 3 hours. Those are FD failures we can handle!
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Old 07-11-2005, 04:51 PM   #7
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I rode bike for about 1500 miles on a rough crown bearing. After disassembly, I found one pitted ball and a pitted race. The seals and gears were in such good shape (@42,000 mi) that the only thing I replaced was the bearing (about $110). Total time for replacement: about 3 hours. Those are FD failures we can handle!
I'm always on the lookout for the roughness. No problems yet in ~56k miles.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:00 PM   #8
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final drive?

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I saw your quote below. Do you have the evo paralever rear end? I've got a clicking noise coming from the rear end on my 05GS with 17K on it, and the dealer tells me I need a new FD. (Say they also see evidence of a leaking seal, although they had it 1000 miles ago and didn't say anything.) I don't want to shell $2K, so am thinking of digging in on my own. How much work went into your replacement? Got any pics? Thanks in advance for any help.

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I rode bike for about 1500 miles on a rough crown bearing. After disassembly, I found one pitted ball and a pitted race. The seals and gears were in such good shape (@42,000 mi) that the only thing I replaced was the bearing (about $110). Total time for replacement: about 3 hours. Those are FD failures we can handle!
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Old 09-24-2006, 05:33 PM   #9
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No problem yet.
Still no problems at 48,000 miles.
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Old 09-24-2006, 05:34 PM   #10
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Still no problems at 48,000 miles.


My original went fine until about 80k.
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Old 07-04-2006, 08:48 AM   #11
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FD seal

My FD outer seal started leaking at about 12k. Finished the trip I was on (about 400 more miles-leak was small), rode back to the dealer. They replaced seal (under warranty). No problem since. Supposedly the seal has been changed/upgraded since the '05 model.
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:23 PM   #12
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seeing this just made me angry again. My final drive got me all the way from Cabo to a dealer in SD when it "all of a sudden" couldn't go any further and had to stay there and pay for there overpriced repairs. It was my first (and last) FD failure. It taught me a valuable lesson: Always get your bike home. Never let an out of town dealer take apart anything that is still working.
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Old 10-03-2009, 07:49 AM   #13
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happened 2yrs ago.. chngd drive oil....

... then a slight rhythmic vibration for a few hundred miles, but no leak & checking rear end revealed nothing..... then catastrophic failure in town... what a mess. happened @~38000..... thankfully, 75% of cost covered under goodwill warranty by bmwna
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Old 10-03-2009, 09:13 AM   #14
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110K, original FD, even the seal.
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:56 AM   #15
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110K, original FD, even the seal.
Good for you.

I wasn't so lucky.


I felt the dreaded tap in the foot pegs and knew. This pic was taken about 470 miles from home just outside of Alpine Texas. I made it to Marathon and KNEW I couldn't go any further.

But $280 buck later in parts and labor from a well respected mech, and I was on the road again.

PS. "well respected mech" said he had done hundreds of oil head and air head FD bearings. Some of them were preventative, but most were failures.

I still love it.

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