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post #1 of 6 Old Dec 27th, 2007, 2:18 pm Thread Starter
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How to store a FD?

I just received my 0 mile 08 Final Drive.

I have to say it is in fact 0 mile by all indications to my rookie eyes.

All splines and the bearing are still new with white grease. The ABS ring and rotor are as new, no dust, shiny as new. The lugs are as new for sure. Case is 100 % new not a blemish.

Best 400 I have spent on the bike and this guy is dead on his word when it comes to his description on triked FD's.

Now the question on topic.

I have not pulled the plug and am going too. I have it standing up in the proper position, in my house. I will put it over a clean oil pan, spin it as much as I can stand, and then drain as I want to see the plug and the oil, I just got too.

So do I refill it and keep it standing in position? This is my first choice.

Filling and laying case side down? My second choice

Or do I leave it dry and laying flat? Plugs in or out?

It will be stored in the house so no extremes to form condensation but still......

I thought I read that storing these flat can cause a leak? This is why I ask which way to lay, case down, or rotor/lugs down?

I have to say once I get my slave drilled, I will never feel any bit of uneasiness going anywhere on a trip with the LT.

Thanks for thoughts and help on this.

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Lee I would drain without the spin. Refill with the hypoid and store upright after a spin. Now you have a insurance policy!

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Lee I would drain without the spin. Refill with the hypoid and store upright after a spin. Now you have a insurance policy!
Good recommendation. Manual sez, as a 'caution', to "not lay oil-filled rear-wheel drive on its side prior to installation, as this will cause oil to escape when the motorcycle is on the road (suction effect)".
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Good recommendation. Manual sez, as a 'caution', to "not lay oil-filled rear-wheel drive on its side prior to installation, as this will cause oil to escape when the motorcycle is on the road (suction effect)".
Dick you are right on . The real issue is if the FD is stored on it's side the oil will drain out the vent on top.

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Yeah.. when new there was 'too much' oil in there and it sprayed it out... big mess.

I'd change the oil, spin 'er good, and, if you have some "dessicant", throw it inside a plastic bag and seal it. If no plastic bag, then a tightly sealing container.. like a 5gallon pail from a local restaurant.. clean it out until there is no odor.. put the FD inside and seal it.

Back in Louisiana we used RICE as dessicant inside our salt shakers...

However, I hear Wally-World will sell you a pint sized jar of some dessicant that you can just open and put in the container... The whole reason being to keep as much moisture away from the FD as possible...

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Thanks for the replies.

I did not spin it and just released what was in it. I think the guy cracked it to drain for shipping because not a lot came out, only an ounce or two, and the lower plug was loose.

The plug was all but clean with some charcoal dust around the edges and that is it.

I had some Castrol synth gear oil with the slim spout on it and squirted a lot of that through it. Let it drain well.

Filled it with Amsoil Sever Gear wiped it down stood it upright.

I inspected the scrubbed spotless before hand oil pan, and I did see flecks in it. I am not too concerned as I suspect it to be quite normal in the first few miles and normal gear finishing.

I know I will need to drain it before a trip. It will not ship well standing up and no matter what, they are going to tun it on it's flattest side all through shipping. I guess no biggie just need an Auto Zone or Pep Boys for some Castrol Synth Gear oil on the road.

Now I need to find a "How To" on removing and installing a Final Drive, needed tools, and torque specs on everything I need to touch, and see if the small torque wrench will cover it.

As an aside, the rear rotor is still tight, no rattle, so I am thankful that is on as it should make a swap alongside of the road pretty easy with out having to deal with that, I may even put my near new rear pads in the "rescue" box also.

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