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post #1 of 61 Old Aug 21st, 2008, 12:53 pm Thread Starter
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Am in central IL stranded w/r.drive failure and need to get back to FL by Tue. Twin Cities checked and said there are none in the country. I have sent an e-mail to the fella w/the '08 unit for sale (will it fit 02?). I saw in the forum a month or so ago someone had a rebuilt unit they were willing to ship to anyone stranded. Help? Thanks, Mike Gilles.

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I have a unit from an 05 that was triked.
I can ship this afternoon if it fits your 02.
Can anyone confirm?

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I have a unit from an 05 that was triked.
I can ship this afternoon if it fits your 02.
Can anyone confirm?
An '05 will work fine. It fits from '02-08 and will work on older,just no speedometer or cruise.

Where in Illinois?

I can ship an '03 rebuilt this afternoon.
Fedex overnight is about $140

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If he is talking about Twin City BMW that is in Savoy which is a burb of Champange / Urbana.

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I am in Jackson Wyoming, and I have a rebuilt final drive in Vermont.
I could get it shipped but I am not sure of the timeline. I'd have to call someone to go pick up the drive and then get it delivered or picked up for shipping.

Sounds like you have better options at this point, but I'll stay tuned here until tomorrow AM when we hit the road again.

The drive I have is for the early bikes with a speedometer sensor.

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Bob's Used Motorcycle Parts in Phx, AZ, has several LT's in the proper vintage, with intact (non-rebuilt) FD's. Not ideal, but may get you where you need to go.

Their phone number is 602-243-4241. I'm sure they can pull and ship overnight if needed.

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Don't want to sound sappy but-------------

Ya'll should be proud off your own NICENEST (new words are good)

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I am in Jackson Wyoming, and I have a rebuilt final drive in Vermont.
I could get it shipped but I am not sure of the timeline. I'd have to call someone to go pick up the drive and then get it delivered or picked up for shipping.

Sounds like you have better options at this point, but I'll stay tuned here until tomorrow AM when we hit the road again.

The drive I have is for the early bikes with a speedometer sensor.
Charlie, I could swing by your place tomorrow and get it in the mail if we need to do that. I'll keep an eye on this thread tomorrow AM before I leave for work.

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Thanks for the responses guys, Gilles has his on the way. It did get a little stressful when the dealer said there are none in the country. He did offer to order one from Germany for $1,400! BTW, I have 82k miles on her and just got done replacing the clutch. Hope to get some trouble-miles when this job's done. Thanks again, MG.

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Wonder what the over/under is on RDF is this year for CCR.
Even better knowing no dealers in the US have any.

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Wonder what the over/under is on RDF is this year for CCR.
Even better knowing no dealers in the US have any.
I was thinking the same thing! I was hoping that BMWNA would have made an effort, knowing so many LTs will be on the road next week...

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If he is talking about Twin City BMW that is in Savoy which is a burb of Champange / Urbana.

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For those of you reading this that are going to CCR,I am bringing 2 drives with me. If you get stranded,call me. Leaving Houston tomorrow morning.

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I found this thread a little late to help mike,

but just for reference,
I've got a final drive from an 02 (rebuilt) sitting on the shelf
in St. Petersburg Florida.


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I was thinking the same thing! I was hoping that BMWNA would have made an effort, knowing so many LTs will be on the road next week...
If they did that, wouldn't they be admitting there is a problem & they don't trust their own product?

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For those of you reading this that are going to CCR,I am bringing 2 drives with me.

Dan, that is very generous of you. BUT THIS IS CRAZY....BMW Riders are carrying spare rear drives to events! Exactly why I sold my LT. Fantastic bike, but I got to the point that I couldn't trust it around the block. BMW needs to SEE these kinds of threads AND do something about it. It's a laughing stock at this point.

Now...turn on the flames....

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For those of you reading this that are going to CCR,I am bringing 2 drives with me.


Dan, that is very generous of you. BUT THIS IS CRAZY....BMW Riders are carrying spare rear drives to events! Exactly why I sold my LT. Fantastic bike, but I got to the point that I couldn't trust it around the block. BMW needs to SEE these kinds of threads AND do something about it. It's a laughing stock at this point.

Now...turn on the flames....
Jack, I agree with you. I am crazy. Don't really care. This bike pushes my buttons better than anything else. But I do refuse to test a GT. Maybe in a few years.

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For those of you reading this that are going to CCR,I am bringing 2 drives with me.


Dan, that is very generous of you. BUT THIS IS CRAZY....BMW Riders are carrying spare rear drives to events! Exactly why I sold my LT. Fantastic bike, but I got to the point that I couldn't trust it around the block. BMW needs to SEE these kinds of threads AND do something about it. It's a laughing stock at this point.

Now...turn on the flames....
Exactly why you sold your LT? Have you seen all the threads of rear drives failing on the new rear drives??? I hope you don't have those problems, change the fuild often and keep an eye on it.

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....Exactly why I sold my LT. ....

Hi Jack, all I can say is Joe.... Dave.... Ken.... Dave again.....

I don't think BMW solved the problem yet.

It is a good excuse for a NEW bike though.

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Jack,
No one could light a match that would have a flame to stand on. You are dead on. My wife and I have turned up the enjoyment level of motorcycling to a new level with this bike, but until BMW takes on a different attitude regarding this problem I won't be back to try my luck.

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Dan, that is very generous of you. BUT THIS IS CRAZY....BMW Riders are carrying spare rear drives to events! Exactly why I sold my LT. Fantastic bike, but I got to the point that I couldn't trust it around the block. BMW needs to SEE these kinds of threads AND do something about it. It's a laughing stock at this point.

Now...turn on the flames....

so you sold your LT because of final drive failures......?

Then Bought a K1200GT? , I guess you havemissed the drive failures on other models like the GT.....

I mean, gee the new final drives seem to be worse than the lt drives from whatI have seen lately, heck My final drive on my LT has about 102k miles on it now and feel perfect and fluid looks perfect

BTW my Lt is now up for sale if any one wants a spare LT, and no not because of final drives, mines tested and works perfect!
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I have just triked out our 05 LT and have all the extra parts including the rear diff, hydralic center stand, side cases, etc. If you need any of these let me know and we will play "lets make a deal."
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I think it's great that within 40 minutes of a "Please Help" post not only are there 2 solutions, but 2 people willing to go that extra mile. And then more people started offering. Great show of support all around.

Mike, hope the transplant goes well and you're up and running shortly. Make sure to put up photos of you smiling after everything is done!

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Dan, that is very generous of you. BUT THIS IS CRAZY....BMW Riders are carrying spare rear drives to events! Exactly why I sold my LT. Fantastic bike, but I got to the point that I couldn't trust it around the block. BMW needs to SEE these kinds of threads AND do something about it. It's a laughing stock at this point.

Now...turn on the flames....
No flames, but I am curious as to why you think the GT will prove better over the long haul. Is the design radically different? Is there really enough service history to have any significant statistics on failure rates of the GT?

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Exactly why you sold your LT? Have you seen all the threads of rear drives failing on the new rear drives??? I hope you don't have those problems, change the fuild often and keep an eye on it.

OK..to be truthful, everyone's at CCR...I'm stuck at home and it's BORING around here lately, so...true to my nature, I thought I'd liven it up a little!

And yes, I have heard about the new drives failing...

But the Slave cylinders aren't...the shift linkage isnt...tranny seals aren't...no Cowbells ....no leaking fuel from quick disconnects....sidestand works great ....mirrors don't fall off....rear brakes don't sound like a Mack Truck screeching to a halt ...the battery stays charged ...doesn't "fog" for mosquitoes after being parked on the sidestand ....and I know it doesn't have a radio with four speakers, but neither do most LT's Don't have to go cuttin' brown wires...the wet clutches are miles better....and the trunk latches aren't breakin!

OK...I'll stop for now. Don't go gettin' too wrapped about the axle!!!! I told you I'm bored!



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OK..to be truthful, everyone's at CCR...I'm stuck at home and it's BORING around here lately, so...true to my nature, I thought I'd liven it up a little!

And yes, I have heard about the new drives failing...

But the Slave cylinders aren't...the shift linkage isnt...tranny seals aren't...no Cowbells ....no leaking fuel from quick disconnects....sidestand works great ....mirrors don't fall off....rear brakes don't sound like a Mack Truck screeching to a halt ...the battery stays charged ...doesn't "fog" for mosquitoes after being parked on the sidestand ....and I know it doesn't have a radio with four speakers, but neither do most LT's Don't have to go cuttin' brown wires...the wet clutches are miles better....and the trunk latches aren't breakin!

OK...I'll stop for now. Don't go gettin' too wrapped about the axle!!!! I told you I'm bored!


And you can get all these benefits, WITH a premium sound radio, WITHOUT the rear drive failures, with a Gold Wing!

Sorry, couldn't help myself.

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And you can get all these benefits, WITH a premium sound radio, WITHOUT the rear drive failures, with a Gold Wing!

Sorry, couldn't help myself.

Yea, but then you have to look through that 6 foot high windshield that's hand-adjustable and hang a few stuffed bears on the side!

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Yea, but then you have to look through that 6 foot high windshield that's hand-adjustable and hang a few stuffed bears on the side!
Actually, I look over the standard windshield, which is indeed only hand adjustable, as I pass the 4%'s stranded in the middle of nowhere spend their time posting threads so that others who are touring long distance carrying spare rear drives can ship them to each other......

Sorry for the run-on sentence....

All in good cheer - I really enjoyed my LTs.

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OK you have a few, I mean a lot of points there....

But they have a fix for the final drive - It's called an FJR


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OK..to be truthful, everyone's at CCR...I'm stuck at home and it's BORING around here lately, so...true to my nature, I thought I'd liven it up a little!

And yes, I have heard about the new drives failing...

But the Slave cylinders aren't...the shift linkage isnt...tranny seals aren't...no Cowbells ....no leaking fuel from quick disconnects....sidestand works great ....mirrors don't fall off....rear brakes don't sound like a Mack Truck screeching to a halt ...the battery stays charged ...doesn't "fog" for mosquitoes after being parked on the sidestand ....and I know it doesn't have a radio with four speakers, but neither do most LT's Don't have to go cuttin' brown wires...the wet clutches are miles better....and the trunk latches aren't breakin!

OK...I'll stop for now. Don't go gettin' too wrapped about the axle!!!! I told you I'm bored!



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[QUOTE=amarider]OK you have a few, I mean a lot of points there....

But they have a fix for the final drive - It's called an FJR



Actually, I had one. It was a great bike; only problem was I had a 2005, the last year before they fixed the heat problem. 2005 & earlier - FJR = Family Jewel Roaster

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But the Slave cylinders aren't...the shift linkage isnt...tranny seals aren't...no Cowbells ....no leaking fuel from quick disconnects....sidestand works great ....mirrors don't fall off....rear brakes don't sound like a Mack Truck screeching to a halt ...the battery stays charged ...doesn't "fog" for mosquitoes after being parked on the sidestand ....and I know it doesn't have a radio with four speakers, but neither do most LT's Don't have to go cuttin' brown wires...the wet clutches are miles better....and the trunk latches aren't breakin!

OK...I'll stop for now. Don't go gettin' too wrapped about the axle!!!! I told you I'm bored!


Jack,
So you traded all of that for false worn brake pad warnings, EWS failures, Air box and software issues, center stand failures, clutch squealing, and clunking transmissions. Yeah...I guess I can see that. Just ride it!

I just couldn't live without both my bikes. I still love my LT, and I'm totally in lust with my GT.

I'm leaving tomorrow (Sunday) for a 3 week 48 state trip on the GT. I just hope that if I have any problems, I get as quick of a response to a call for help as the original poster of this thread got. But with a great community like this, I shouldn't worry.

By the way, I'm blogging my trip if anyone is interested.

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Be careful about blogging your trip.

There have been occurances of riders blogging their trip only to have their house ransacked and major theft happen while they were on the road. An LEO friend has verified that thieves are crusing blogs and taking advantage of the owners absence.

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Thanks for the warning, but the house is still occupied and well protected during my absence.

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Got her up and runnin' last night. Big thanks to all who replied and especially Gilles, who (went the extra mile). I'll see what I can do about pics. See ya'. MG.

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I think it's great that within 40 minutes of a "Please Help" post not only are there 2 solutions, but 2 people willing to go that extra mile. And then more people started offering. Great show of support all around.

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this is a good thing about many groups such as this site,
it also seems that here no one gets greedy

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Well, no calls today and no posts about failed rear drives. Made it into Albuquerque,stay tomorrow and then Grand Junction,then Midway.

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Be careful about blogging your trip.

There have been occurances of riders blogging their trip only to have their house ransacked and major theft happen while they were on the road. An LEO friend has verified that thieves are crusing blogs and taking advantage of the owners absence.
My house got ripped off while I was out on the road and that was way back before there even was an internet, how do you suppose that happend?

Dude, it's a big country/cyberworld so these guy are crusin blogs and then traveling how far? to rip me/you off, com/on you can't be that paranoid, almost everybody knows that 90%+ of the time its somebody you know that robs you ask your leo buddy.

Oh and regarding you LT "bashers"
y'all can kiss my rear end or final drive (your choice)
I just did almost two hundred miles in the rain and got home "relatively" dry,
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Aw, come on Hans...them gray hair's ain't mile markers...you got those frettin' 'bout a Final Drive failure!

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Oh and regarding you LT "bashers"
y'all can kiss my rear end or final drive (your choice)
I just did almost two hundred miles in the rain and got home "relatively" dry,
Hans:

Interesting that your primary measure of quality, reliability, and performance in a long distance luxury tourer would be a short morning's drive in the rain without getting wet. I can do that on virtually any bike with the proper rain gear. The fact that you would find 200 miles with decent protection against the weather as newsworthy may be more of a bash job on the LT than others who actually complain about two successive rear drive failures. Just an observation.

YMMV, probably does, and eventually will.

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My house got ripped off while I was out on the road and that was way back before there even was an internet, how do you suppose that happend?

Dude, it's a big country/cyberworld so these guy are crusin blogs and then traveling how far? to rip me/you off, com/on you can't be that paranoid, almost everybody knows that 90%+ of the time its somebody you know that robs you ask your leo buddy.

Oh and regarding you LT "bashers"
y'all can kiss my rear end or final drive (your choice)
I just did almost two hundred miles in the rain and got home "relatively" dry,
I love this bike.
Dude...read HDusenbery's profile...he's an Inn Keeper..I bet he's selling everyone's address to the thiefs when you check in..LOL

There are a lot of ways a thief can find out your not at home...my mother was ripped off while at a funeral...wonder how they knew she wouldn't be at home?

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Aw, come on Hans...them gray hair's ain't mile markers...you got those frettin' 'bout a Final Drive failure!

love ya bro!
Thanks for the laugh Jack.
But I stopped worrying about that after my first failure.
Nowadays I tend to worry more about large hairy four legged things
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Interesting that your primary measure of quality, reliability, and performance in a long distance luxury tourer would be a short morning's drive in the rain without getting wet. I can do that on virtually any bike with the proper rain gear. The fact that you would find 200 miles with decent protection against the weather as newsworthy may be more of a bash job on the LT than others who actually complain about two successive rear drive failures. Just an observation.

YMMV, probably does, and eventually will.
Maybe I shoulda been more specific,
anything mechanical can and will break eventually,
that's not going to keep me "sitting on the couch"

I don't think I ever said anything about "newsworthy"

the rain gear was in the saddlebag, I never felt the need to stop and put it on.

There was light rain when I left (I didn't mind) I had the option of Interstate verses backroads, I opted for the slower long way just because I enjoy riding this bike that much and the ergonomics of this fine machine make even a less than perfect day a pleasure.

Sure I could have done the very same on a 1968 Suzuki X6 Hustler
(my first bike)
but it wouldn't have been as much fun!

Of course my wife will tell you that
I don't ever stop to put raingear on until I'm already wet!


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Dude...read HDusenbery's profile...he's an Inn Keeper..I bet he's selling everyone's address to the thiefs when you check in..LOL

Dude, it's a big country/cyberworld so these guy are crusin blogs and then traveling how far? to rip me/you off, com/on you can't be that paranoid, almost everybody knows that 90%+ of the time its somebody you know that robs you ask your leo buddy.

Just one thought

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Just to clarify my comment, it was made in jest...so does that mean I won't be welcomed at the "Dry Ridge Inn" Weaverville, NC?

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The LT may be experiencing FD failures but I have to say that I love this forum and the LT owner's on it. I have ridden bikes for 30 years (many different makes) and I love BMW because it is like a family to me. I have ridden HD, Yamaha, Kawasaki and others and nothing is like BMW. I love my LT and wouldn't trade it for anything at this time.

I am in Dallas and if anyone ever needs a hand just let me know. Great riding to each of you.

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I repeat. If you are as concerned as I was, purchase a used final drive, have it inspected/rebuilt, then pack it for shipping with the tools necessary to replace it and leave it with a non riding buddy who will ship it to you when it's needed. When you sell the bike include it as an accessory and you will get your money back. In the mean time you have peace of mind that if you do have a failure you will be prepared.
I learned this trick as a truck driver years age when we hauled cars with gas motors in our tractors. 409 chevys as I remember, good for about 80,000 miles and then they would blow. Most of the O/O's would have another engine in a pickup with a set of tools and 1 call home sent either the wife or son on the way with the spare. When you got home you had 80,000 or so to rebuild for the next time.
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I repeat. If you are as concerned as I was, purchase a used final drive, have it inspected/rebuilt, then pack it for shipping with the tools necessary to replace it and leave it with a non riding buddy who will ship it to you when it's needed. When you sell the bike include it as an accessory and you will get your money back. In the mean time you have peace of mind that if you do have a failure you will be prepared.
I learned this trick as a truck driver years age when we hauled cars with gas motors in our tractors. 409 chevys as I remember, good for about 80,000 miles and then they would blow. Most of the O/O's would have another engine in a pickup with a set of tools and 1 call home sent either the wife or son on the way with the spare. When you got home you had 80,000 or so to rebuild for the next time.
An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.
I just find this funny, here we are paying 20k for a bike, and now keeping a spare final drive around to ship to us for WHEN it fails, I mean thats kind of Ironic or silly or sumptin.................

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May be we need to buy a second LT, have it triked so that we have an extra FD, buy a trailer to put the disabled LT on, and tow the trailer behind the trike to pick up the LT?

Huuuuum. Come to think of it, we could just ride the trike, and pull the trailer with and LT on it.

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I just find this funny, here we are paying 20k for a bike, and now keeping a spare final drive around to ship to us for WHEN it fails, I mean thats kind of Ironic or silly or sumptin.................
Likewise. If I get to where I don't trust my LT to get me there and back without an FD failure, I'll get rid of it. And if it leaves me stranded, I'll get rid of it. I've only had one vehicle leave me stranded (I do most of my own maintenance and don't let things go neglected intentionally) and I got rid of it shortly thereafter. A vehicle gets one shot with me.

So far, I have no concern with my 07 LT, but if it leaves me stranded ... it, and BMW, are history for me.

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Likewise. If I get to where I don't trust my LT to get me there and back without an FD failure, I'll get rid of it. And if it leaves me stranded, I'll get rid of it. I've only had one vehicle leave me stranded (I do most of my own maintenance and don't let things go neglected intentionally) and I got rid of it shortly thereafter. A vehicle gets one shot with me.

So far, I have no concern with my 07 LT, but if it leaves me stranded ... it, and BMW, are history for me.
+1 on this.

If it ever leaves me on the side of the road it will never get a second chance.

And I have a new FD boxed with the tools since I have owned the bike. I think it was the only thing that kept me from selling it to begin with. Even with warranty I felt I needed it because warranty is no good if there is not a shop or a FD in the Country when you need it.

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