Originally Posted by KYchris02
How many miles on you bike when the RD failed? Do you tow a trailer? Ride 2-up mostly? Any other history on your bike that could make sense of this prob?
None of these seem to matter. It is most likely an assembly error, bearing manufacture issue or bike tolerance situation. Miles, type of lube, trailer or not, load, all these do not seem to matter.
A scatter chart shows LTs failing from under 2000 miles to over 96,000 miles!
Most failures have occured to older bikes. 99s, 00s, 01s, some 02s. Very few 03s to 06s. The problem is less frequent - BUT, not gone.
Besides the stop-gap 17 ball unit, there have undoubtably been other behind the scene process and/or manufacturing changes made as well.
Also, this bearing is used on RTs, GSs, and others. They have had failures as well. The new GS (for 05) even came with a sealed FD unit! LOL!!
The LT's weight may exascerbate the issue... but, the problem is a bit of a mystery!