Join Date: May 2005
Location: St. Petersburg, FL, USA
40 Miles into a 3 week trip, rear end failure
There was so much talk about failing final drives on this board, I stopped reading them,
figured if it happens it happens.
We have been making preperations for this trip for a while,
good itinerary, Texas hill country, Ozarks, Natches Trace, Blue ridge parkway and Iron Horse.
At least 3 weeks maybe more if the weather holds.
Got up around 3.30am secured the homestead and was on the road before 5 am, beat the traffic through Tampa, yeah, riding while the sun comes up, oh yeah.
We slowed to around 25 for the Sunpass lane of the second tollbooth on the Veterans Expressway and as I accelerated out of there the big Buffalo started dancing, felt like a flat tire, before I got her to the curb lane I already knew what was happening, heard it scrape every go-round.
Oil all over the wheel, 5.35am this is not going to be a good day!
GPS said Tampa BMW 2-1/2 miles, can I make it? Four way flasher on in the bicycle lane in first gear, hope I don't tear it up, I'm so pissed I don't care.
6am at the shop that don't open till 9 am, puddle of oil under the rear wheel is growing, now what, called a night shift working buddy that's just leaving work, I'll promise you anything if you'll just come and get me please, ok but you gotta take me diving soon, its a deal.
Back home an hour and a half later short trip, dissapointed wife, I'm just pissed.
St. Petersburg FL
"Silver Buffalo" Totaled 5/06
"Our preferred long distance carrier"