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Final drive preventative maintenance question

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I had the 60,000kms (38,000 mile) service done last year and one of the things noted was that there was some some very slight play in the rear wheel....the mechanic suggested keeping an eye on it...I asked if I should just get the bearings done...he said well it would give peace of mind...he wasn't trying to pressure me into something that didn't done as I have a good relationship with them...I have a big trip coming up in May and have decided to get it done....he did say that there could be a "pin"??... issue that he won't know about until he opens it up.....I plan on keeping this bike forever...so I don't mind spending the money if needed to avoid spending big money down the road. Oh and I do have two years left on the warranty too..
I would appreciate any thoughts or experience with this..
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Anybody?? Please...lol
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Re: Final drive preventative maintenance question

Trevor:

If the bike is still under warranty this should all be covered. I don't keep the bikes long enough to typically experience this.

And since the bike is still covered by warranty I would have anything that was even marginally questionable repaired.
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Trevor:

If the bike is still under warranty this should all be covered. I don't keep the bikes long enough to typically experience this.

And since the bike is still covered by warranty I would have anything that was even marginally questionable repaired.

It's not considered a "wear" item? Hmmm...I gotta talk to the dealer...never thought it could be covered...Thanks Bruce.
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It's not considered a "wear" item? Hmmm...I gotta talk to the dealer...never thought it could be covered...Thanks Bruce.
Brakes and tires are wear items final drive failure under warranty is something that should be covered.

When the tech told you he was not trying to sell you something I'm sure he didn't think the bike was still under warranty.
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Brakes and tires are wear items final drive failure under warranty is something that should be covered.

When the tech told you he was not trying to sell you something I'm sure he didn't think the bike was still under warranty.

Not likely as he probably doesn't know that I purchased a 3 year extension on the warranty giving me 6 years unlimited warranty. Question is...will warranty cover "preventative" maintenance....
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Re: Final drive preventative maintenance question

This question did get me to thinking, but, its a little like asking, how long do you think the alternator will last? Some are good forever, while another is shagged at 60,000....km's.
The only measurement I could find on my CD, was 1.5mm (about 60 thou) max, vertical & lateral movement. I'd assume this is at the bead edge of the rim, with the aid of a dial-gauge.

Ha, talk to the 'mothership' they'l probably recommend Kodak maintenance....let it develop...
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This question did get me to thinking, but, its a little like asking, how long do you think the alternator will last? Some are good forever, while another is shagged at 60,000....km's.
The only measurement I could find on my CD, was 1.5mm (about 60 thou) max, vertical & lateral movement. I'd assume this is at the bead edge of the rim, with the aid of a dial-gauge.

Ha, talk to the 'mothership' they'l probably recommend Kodak maintenance....let it develop...

I'm thinking the same....If it is covered under warranty if it goes and not if I do preventative I'm saving the pita of it maybe happening on a trip.
The mechanic had noted on the last service that there was slight play at the rear wheel.
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Re: Final drive preventative maintenance question

As mentioned, slight play does not count, it needs to be a measurement. These bearings in your final drive are sealed ball bearings, not the preloaded type of previous final drives. Some play will develop. The 1.5mm is max and I would be upset at or above 1mm.
"Pin"..have no idea what your tech is talking about. My drive was 108,000 miles old this winter and I put a 4000 mile old one in just because. That wheel play has to be done with a dial indicator because the final drive bearings pivot and the swing arm bearings are involved here unless you take steps to eliminate them. Not unusual to find the swing arm pivot bearings out of adjustment at your miles. It is an easy maintenance item.
The swing arm and final drive pivot bearings should have zero play.
If your final drive bearing is only 1mm or less I would motor on with pleasure after consulting with your favorite tech of course. Free replacement is nothing to refuse.
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As mentioned, slight play does not count, it needs to be a measurement. These bearings in your final drive are sealed ball bearings, not the preloaded type of previous final drives. Some play will develop. The 1.5mm is max and I would be upset at or above 1mm.
"Pin"..have no idea what your tech is talking about. My drive was 108,000 miles old this winter and I put a 4000 mile old one in just because. That wheel play has to be done with a dial indicator because the final drive bearings pivot and the swing arm bearings are involved here unless you take steps to eliminate them. Not unusual to find the swing arm pivot bearings out of adjustment at your miles. It is an easy maintenance item.
The swing arm and final drive pivot bearings should have zero play.
If your final drive bearing is only 1mm or less I would motor on with pleasure after consulting with your favorite tech of course. Free replacement is nothing to refuse.

Awesome Beech! Thanks for weighing in here, I really appreciate it.
Itís due to go in Thursday so Iíll go in tomorrow and have another discussion with my guy. Btw my guy is very talented...originally from the UK... raced at a high level in the late 70s and 80s... mechanic at several Dakar races and was the mechanic on Charlie and Ewanís first documentary. And heís a nice guy. Was crazy about his experience with the show though.
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