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View Results: How did your failure happen?
No notice at all ,left me stranded on the spot. 66 22.45%
Noticed a problem ,but was able to ride back to civilazation 107 36.39%
Just checked and felt fine ,but died a few hundred miles later 17 5.78%
Noticed problem,rode bike hundreds of miles without total failure 104 35.37%
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:55 AM   #271
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Take it to the dealeship, warranty should still cover it....

I had a similar problem with mine with 36K+ miles on it, it was a little over the warranty limit but they gladly agreed to repair it free of charge....

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Old 12-28-2010, 10:53 AM   #272
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Thanks, mine is a 2007, I'm sure the warranty has expired, but I'll try.

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Old 12-28-2010, 01:33 PM   #273
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2005LT w 16000 miles. I saw a sharply incresed rate of debris collection on the magnet a week ago & have decided to do a pre-emptive rebuild rather than risk a 3000 mile trip next summer.
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:09 PM   #274
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That seal is...

33117679864, about $28. I think that is a bit harder to replace than the outside one...and it could be the big "sealed" ball bearing that has spun it's grease out instead of the seal. You'll have to inspect all that to be sure.
Anyway, the proper refill is 180 cc.

09Shaft seal80X100X9133117679864$28.25
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:00 AM   #275
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Thanks cjack, I'll inspect the bearing and replace if necesary. I'll post some photos for future reference.
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:53 AM   #276
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Latest Victim - No early warning

2003 1150 GS Adventure, 26K miles, probably 10 short creek crossings where the hub was submerged since I've owned it.

Mine came on all of a sudden, riding 2 up down a back road. I had no warning at all. We rode 80 miles the day before, at speeds up to 90 mph, with no uncommon vibrations in the pegs. All of a sudden, I heard and felt vibration, and it felt like the back tire was on severely grooved pavement. It also felt like the brake rotor was warped, causing intermittent drag on every rotation of the rear wheel.

Luckily I was only going 20 mph when it happened, and I easily maintained a controlled stop. But had it happened doing 80 and leaning into a corner while flirting with the limits of traction, things could have been much different. I'm not sure if the effects would have been so pronounced at a higher speed, and quite frankly, I hope I never find out.

Also worth mentioning, there is no play 9 to 3 or 12 to 6 with the back tire off the ground, but when I spin the wheel, there's an intermittent grinding sound.

I broke out the AAA card, and had it towed home. That afternoon, I noticed a small puddle of final drive oil under the right side of the rear tire.

Now I have to decide whether to do the work myself, or have BMW do it. I am confident I can perform the bearing R&R, but since it failed with such low mileage, I'm concerned that it may need re-shimming and I can't find a DIY procedure to check the tolerances.

Can this be done with a feeler gauge, or is there some "special tool" required? Better yet, is this a job better suited for a pro? I'd like to be confident that it won't happen again, at least for another 26K miles.
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Old 01-31-2011, 03:16 PM   #277
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Old 01-31-2011, 03:20 PM   #278
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80k miles and counting, no problems.
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Old 01-31-2011, 07:13 PM   #279
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Update - Dealer Quote

The local dealer quoted $924 ($600 labor and $324 parts) for the shaft bearing, axle bearing, shaft seal and o ring gasket. That's barring any further damage they may find. A brand new Final Drive would run $1600 ($1400 parts plus 2 hours labor). Either way, they'd warranty the work for 2 years parts and labor.

I jokingly asked him if the warranty would cover "recovery costs". It doesnt.

From what I've read, the parts run about $150, so a bit confused as to what I need. Do you normally replace the Axle bearing as well as the shaft bearing?

This sucks. Anyone know a good attorney for a class action suit?
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Old 01-31-2011, 07:55 PM   #280
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I wonder what model year(s) seem to be more susceptible to FD failure?
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:02 PM   #281
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From what I've read, the parts run about $150, so a bit confused as to what I need. Do you normally replace the Axle bearing as well as the shaft bearing?

This sucks. Anyone know a good attorney for a class action suit?
If you are expecting dealer part prices to be the same as internet part prices, you have a few things to learn.

Also, you want to sue BMW over a 8 year old bike, 5+ years out of warranty? Ok, have fun.
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Old 02-05-2011, 02:58 PM   #282
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Shim Measurement

I found a video detailing the main bearing removal/replacement procedure, including measuring for correct shim thickness. http://www.bmwlt.com/uploads/lt_final_drive_rebuild.wmv

Also, here's a thread from a guy who upgraded the OEM bearing with an Angular Contact bearing. He paid $750 for a pair of them. - http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...failures-38600
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:45 PM   #283
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Got a 06 GSA 1200
got now 52400 miles and it just eaten the 4th final drive
first at 13k,26k,38k and now at 52
anyone can beat that???
ITS GOT THE WRONG SHIM IN IT .the crown bearing is gat to much preload it is a bearing that requires none the tapered bearing is loaded ,but over preloaded it will burn up the crown bearing,
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:49 PM   #284
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I found a video detailing the main bearing removal/replacement procedure, including measuring for correct shim thickness. http://www.bmwlt.com/uploads/lt_final_drive_rebuild.wmv

Also, here's a thread from a guy who upgraded the OEM bearing with an Angular Contact bearing. He paid $750 for a pair of them. - http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...failures-38600
this method works but if you dont keep the housing good and hot when you take the measurement you can get a false reading make sure you take it multiple times until you get he same measurement .05 mm of and the bearing will fail early.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:18 PM   #285
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In the parking lot of a hotel in Alcoi, Spain. Got the old one pulled off at a shop in town. New bearing
promised in Alicante tomorrow morning.

Oil changed 2.000 km ago with no sign of problem.
The bearing lasted 100.000 km.
High velocity travel with passenger and lots of (her) luggage is the norm.

Two days delay because I didn't have the bearing with me, but must wait for it to arrive.
No big deal.

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