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post #1 of 6 Old Sep 28th, 2009, 1:49 pm Thread Starter
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96 percenter.... still

I enjoy and appreciate all of the great information gained form this site. but some of it has caused me some concern from time to time.

I think I own one of the best bikes built, even though it is only a '99 LT. But I was finding myself starting to worry about my FD on nearly every lengthy ride I was trying to enjoy. On my last ride, I could not help but to wonder about why I was nervous. After all, only 4% or so of the final drives fail. That means my odds are still very good that I will never see a failure.

With that in mind, I have decided to change my signature to show my pride in my LT. I am sure I would be leading the BMW FD bashing if I have the unfortunate distinction of joining the 4% club, but until then, I just want to enjoy my ride without the worry caused by reading too much on these threads. Yes it is all my own fault, because I would hang on every failure thread trying to gain all of the knowledge that was offered. But, now I choose the enjoyment over the worry.


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post #2 of 6 Old Sep 28th, 2009, 2:51 pm
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I'm on the 2nd FD. The 1st owner had it replaced under warranty @ 34,000 mi ago. I rock the rear wheel maybe once a month and before all long trips. I'm hoping that if I get a failure I'll at least have some warning. Not sure if there is any warning. Some riders say no.
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Ride , Fix , Ride repeat

BTW I'ma 96% too 2000 LT 59K NEVER EVER broke down

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post #4 of 6 Old Sep 28th, 2009, 10:04 pm
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Just cracked 40K barrier yesterday (had the bike three years, and have only ridden about 5K this year, because SO is down for the count until after surgery... but I digress...); never standed by any mechancal failures!

I have a total of 132,000+ BMW miles, with nary a worry!

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post #5 of 6 Old Sep 29th, 2009, 8:35 pm
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My 99' has its original final drive and I refuse to let it play on my mind. I wll go to the Catskills on Friday without a second thought. If my car breaks down, if my bike breaks down, my world will not come to and end. I might get a day or two in some nice little town that I never heard of before. Life is good.
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post #6 of 6 Old Sep 30th, 2009, 7:44 am
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I'm on my 3rd final drive. First one went at 46K and the second at 58K. Both started making a little noise before I replaced them. If you really want to inspect your FD for early signs, check it when you change the oil. Spin the wheel while you have all the oil drained and the plugs out. You should be able to hear roughness if your bearing is starting to fail. If you check it by trying to wiggle the wheel, you are wasting your time. If you had wobble in your rear tire, the people on the sidewalk would know it. Chances are you will not be able to wiggle the wheel even after a failure. It's usually just a flaking off of the bearing surface. Both my failures warned me with a "womp, womp, womp" sound at low speeds. It was like a bad tire or wheel bearing in a car. I hauled the first one out of Grande Junction, Colorado and I drove the second one home the remaining 90 miles. Neither dumped the oil. The seal remained intact. Hope this helps someone..................

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