Join Date: May 2007
Location: Medford, NJ, USA
[QUOTE=Fedexrider]I gotta tell ya reading all the posts on rear drive, ABS, clutch, and god knows what other high $$$$$ failures, has got this fairly new LT owner concerned.... ...My point/question is what does the quantifiable data say about these bikes ie... rear drive failures per bike sold by model yr or miles ridden??
A quote from my post to the MOA Tech forum on K -bikes:
According to BMW, the premature failure problem of the final drive crown gear bearing was way overblown on the internet, and has only affected about two (2) percent of the LTs. The recommended final drive oil change interval has in fact been extended from 6,000 to 12,000 miles, since the oil nearly always comes out clean at 6,000 miles, and only somewhat less clean at 12,000 miles. I will probably change the final drive oil every 9,000 miles, to coincide with the engine oil change (every 3000 miles), since I want to see clean oil only. The only two LT final drive bearing failures my service manager has seen involved (a.) a metal staple introduced to the final drive during a previous service, and (b.) riding 30 miles on a dry rear after a known, sudden seal failure.
Hope this puts your mind at ease. While we're on the subject of reliability, here's another snippet from my same post:
Back in September, when I had my 600 mile break-in service, I was told by the BMW service manager that I should try to get my 12,000 mile and annual service to coincide, since they overlapped somewhat, and I could save some bucks.
He recently informed me of an extension by BMW of the one-year cycle to a two-year cycle, since the basis for the one-year service was primarily to replace the brake fluid to rid the system of water. BMW switched (before my 2006 model year) from rubber to stainless steel brake lines which proved to be a more effective moisture barrier, allowing the two-year maintenance cycle.