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On Monday while returning home from Colorado I began to have some noise from my gearbox. It now seems that I will have to rebuild or replace it. Has anyone had any experience with their gearbox failing, why or what failed? I searched the forum and found only one thread regarding this type of problem. My bike just turned over 116,000 miles and has had excellent care all it's life. I know that mechanical things fail, but have a hard time with it all the same. This is my main means of transportation and the expense of repairs is a severe problem. I don't want to have a repeat of this if at all possible. Any information about this problem would be appreciated.

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Connie was on the way to winning the Iron Butt last year when his trans, failed in Nevada........
I started using Red Line shock proof heavy in mine and I don't know if it'll prevent failure but it sure made it shift smoother................................

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Phil: Had another famous BMW bearing go bad on the input shaft in the transmission. Mine had to come all apart to make sure no metal was left flouting around inside. A used trans or a rebuilt of yours is about the same price $1400 so you make the call.

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Connie was on the way to winning the Iron Butt last year when his trans, failed in Nevada........
I started using Red Line shock proof heavy in mine and I don't know if it'll prevent failure but it sure made it shift smoother................................
Actually It was Jim Owen on a 1150 RT with < 700 miles to go his input shaft trans bearing failed.
Had it not been for the failure he had it in the bag!

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On Monday while returning home from Colorado I began to have some noise from my gearbox. It now seems that I will have to rebuild or replace it. Has anyone had any experience with their gearbox failing, why or what failed? I searched the forum and found only one thread regarding this type of problem. My bike just turned over 116,000 miles and has had excellent care all it's life. I know that mechanical things fail, but have a hard time with it all the same. This is my main means of transportation and the expense of repairs is a severe problem. I don't want to have a repeat of this if at all possible. Any information about this problem would be appreciated.

Thanks,

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Phil sorry to here of your misfortune. The rule of thumb is at 100 K one should consider changing all trans seals and bearings!
That will be one of my winter projects.
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Well I guess I'm somewhat heartened by the small number of replies. I hope this means that there is not a serious problem with the transmission. I just have to decide what to do. Repair, trade off or part out. Unfortunately parting out may be the most finacially attractive option. Any further input on the nature of these transmissions would be appreciated.

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Well I guess I'm somewhat heartened by the small number of replies. I hope this means that there is not a serious problem with the transmission. I just have to decide what to do. Repair, trade off or part out. Unfortunately parting out may be the most finacially attractive option. Any further input on the nature of these transmissions would be appreciated.

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Phil,
My transmission went out - 4th felt like it was skipping a tooth under load.
I lucked out and got another tranny with about the same mileage as mine from somebody on this board. I listed a WTB in the classifieds and had about 5 replies after being totally disheartened by searching all the usual places. Dealer wanted about $3500 for new one incl. labor or about $2500+ to rebuild.
I replaced it myself - not too difficult, but time consuming.

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Connie was on the way to winning the Iron Butt last year when his trans, failed in Nevada........
As mentioned, that was Jim Owen on the final leg of the 2005 Iron Butt Rally. Coni lost an engine early on in the rally, had that replaced, then lost her transmission on the ride home. Tranny failures seem rare on the LT, but it can happen just like on any other bike, especially as the miles pile up.

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got mine in about a million pieces right now.....in the middle of replacing the transmission

basically just strip the entire bike to the frame and u are half way there....

went to work one morning....got a bad grinding sound in the gearbox.....found lots of loose metal inside.....

took me about ? 10 hours to take it all apart......

ill let u know how how many hours it takes to get it going

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I drained the transmission Tuesday and found the expected parts of the bearing cage. I've decided to buy a lift and take it apart next week. I don't know that I will try to do the gearbox after it is removed. I think the local service department will be reasonable for that. They wanted $600-700 to R & R the transmission. For $400 I can buy a lift which I will then have to use. Would also be good for a tech day. Thanks for all the input.

Phil

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