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Hey all, been lurking in the shadows reading all the threads and thought I would give a big thanks to all the knowledge and help that has been offered on this site to everyone. I bought an 03 LTE in June with 26,500m and so far I don't have any complaints, just a few concerns. On the subject of rear end failure, does it go all at once and lock up causing loss of control or does it start roaring like a pinion bearing an a car. I know that if gear dope is seen on the rear that the seal has failed and if let go, bearing failure follows. I rode
Cherohala Skyway and Deals Gap last Sunday 2 up and when we got home the rear hub was about 140 degrees, it was 94 degrees outside so I figure that a lot of that was ambient temp. I know that Industrial temps on bearings
and gear box drives and couplings anything under 185 degrees is acceptable.
Has anyone ever checked hub temps after riding, if so what did you get.
Do the RT riders have the same problems with rear ends as the LT riders.
Sorry for the long post, just had to ask. Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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post #2 of 4 Old Sep 2nd, 2006, 9:54 am
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Hey all, been lurking in the shadows reading all the threads and thought I would give a big thanks to all the knowledge and help that has been offered on this site to everyone. I bought an 03 LTE in June with 26,500m and so far I don't have any complaints, just a few concerns. On the subject of rear end failure, does it go all at once and lock up causing loss of control or does it start roaring like a pinion bearing an a car. I know that if gear dope is seen on the rear that the seal has failed and if let go, bearing failure follows. I rode
Cherohala Skyway and Deals Gap last Sunday 2 up and when we got home the rear hub was about 140 degrees, it was 94 degrees outside so I figure that a lot of that was ambient temp. I know that Industrial temps on bearings
and gear box drives and couplings anything under 185 degrees is acceptable.
Has anyone ever checked hub temps after riding, if so what did you get.
Do the RT riders have the same problems with rear ends as the LT riders.
Sorry for the long post, just had to ask. Thanks in advance for any feedback.
We don't think anyone has actually had one lock up and cause an accident. One in Portugal was a possibility, but we will never know for sure. There is always a grinding noise, and then a little looseness in the rear end, but just about everyone has had time to get the bike off the road. The warning can be very short, so if it happens, just get off the road as quick as safely possible.

The hub temp can get pretty high under normal operation. It is normal to be hot enough that you cannot hold your hand on it more than a couple seconds. Remember, some of the brake heat goes into the hub, more so than the front brakes.

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Thanks David for the info. We are going back up through the Dragons Tail and into Cherokee NC tomorrow. I am going to take temp. readings at every stop and see what variations there may be in the hub. \
Thanks again ..
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Hey all, been lurking in the shadows reading all the threads and thought I would give a big thanks to all the knowledge and help that has been offered on this site to everyone. I bought an 03 LTE in June with 26,500m and so far I don't have any complaints, just a few concerns. On the subject of rear end failure, does it go all at once and lock up causing loss of control or does it start roaring like a pinion bearing an a car. I know that if gear dope is seen on the rear that the seal has failed and if let go, bearing failure follows. I rode
Cherohala Skyway and Deals Gap last Sunday 2 up and when we got home the rear hub was about 140 degrees, it was 94 degrees outside so I figure that a lot of that was ambient temp. I know that Industrial temps on bearings
and gear box drives and couplings anything under 185 degrees is acceptable.
Has anyone ever checked hub temps after riding, if so what did you get.
Do the RT riders have the same problems with rear ends as the LT riders.
Sorry for the long post, just had to ask. Thanks in advance for any feedback.
I have checked mine with a infrared temp gun and on a 95 degree day I have had my rear end at 155 degrees.. actually was the same as the rotor (which is bolted to the rear end) and the same as my Smartire sensor said the rear tire was.. and sure enough the infrared gun confirmed..

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