Originally Posted by JPSpen
I agree Ari, Get it welded...
There's some stuff over here that they sell that will weld aluminum with just a propane torch for heat... It's some kind of alloy and I understand that it works pretty well..
The comercials on TV show them rebuilding broken cases and totally restoring missing mounting ears and such...
But a good welder with a TIG should be able to get it back to solid again..
A quick drill and tap job later and you should be back in business.
Of course then there's the "time" thing...
If you decide to get a new transmission then you could keep the old one and have it repaired at your leisure and have a spare...
Good Luck and keep us posted.
Lindy says hey,
John and Lindy
Hi John (and others as well) ,
if I would pay for the fixing myself I would go the welding route without hesitation.
But I have calculated how much this accident will cost me if I let the insurance company take care of the fixing.
My cost will be:
1) the deductible 150 euros ( about 200 USD)
2) my premium bonus (discount) will drop from 70% down to 50% (but will come back to 70% in two years if I don't make additional claims) This "lost bonus" will cost me a total of 101 euros ( 135 USD) over three years period.
So my total cost would be about 335 USD.
With this money I would get
a) A totally new gearbox (worth 2446 eur = 3300 USD) + installation labor about 15 hours X 75 eur / h = 1125 eur = 1520 USD
b) New gearbox housing (worth 789 eur = 1065 USD) + installation labor of changing the old gears in the new housing x amount of hours
Now the decision which route to go is depending on the insurance inspector. Two dealers recommend route a) as they are currently terribly overloaded with work and changing the old gears in new housing would be an extra effort for them. Now both of them try to convince the insurance company that b) option will eventually become as expensive as putting in complete new tranny.
For me both routes are OK. After 66.000 km my present gearbox has become nice and smooth but will it be like that if moved to a new housing is a good question. Shims, bearings etc need to be changed anyway and the whole thing has to be adjusted.
After welding the insurance company would have more use of my old complete gearbox rather than just the housing. There might be some old model LT-riders who might be interested in the new model improved gearbox. Or would the new model tranny fit the old model ? - I don't know...At least the gear ratios are different...
Anyway, my main concern is the timetable...A new tranny from Germany will take one week at least and the dealer techs are extremely busy so in two - three weeks I will be back on the road again. I hope...
My regards to Lindy as well