Re: Indications of impending FD failure
Reading CharlieVT's original post from 2011, I am concerned with a impending FD failure, or maybe I'm paranoid after reading about FD failures. I was at the end of a 1800 mile ride this past weekend and I heard a noise from the rear end I hadn't noticed before. The final drive has 53,000 miles on it. However, I may not have noticed the noise before because I typically have music playing in my helmet.
I rotated the tire while on the center stand and didn't hear grinding. The tire also rotated smoothly. I also noticed that the rotor had the cow bell sound when I tapped it from the side. Could this be the sound I heard while riding without braking? To be sure, I changed the final drive fluid and had the standard grey fuzz. However, I also had silver flakes/fuzz on the oil pan (photos attached). Can you all make an assessment from the pictures?
I have a ten day trip in July where I'll be riding many miles with long days in the saddle. Perhaps I should preemptively have the FD rebuilt for peace of mind.