Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Laclede, Id, USA
Re: LT Rear brake wear & Mileage drop
I haven't posted in a long while but just had the dreaded "rear end failure". Mine started with a rear brake problem and escalated in the REF. I had a bad rear rotor replaced at 86000mi. by my pinnacle warranty, finally good for something. New pads also, no more cowbell or squeal from the rear brake either. Drove 2000 miles no problems then my neighbor knocks the bike over backing out of her driveway and it isn't picked up for three hours when someone finally tells me what happened. Was in the side yard laying on right side knocked from left off kickstand side. Took two strong men to pick it up out of the dirt. Busted mirrors, scratched panels other cosmetic damage but nothing but mirrors outright broken.
Went to dealer and got a 3000.00 estimate for damages. They said that it being on it's side for such a long spell shouldn't hurt anything. Well, rode another 2000 miles as I was waiting to get money from insurance to fix it and took it to Daytona for Biketoberfest. All went well for 600 miles of riding. Day after I got back had to drive back up to Orlando to catch a flight to Idaho to visit family. The bike stayed in a garage with friends till I got back. Once back home from Idaho, one week ago now, I drove it back to Ft Myers and while on a stop in Sarasota at a friends I noticed the brake was making a dragging noise, burned finger and decided to let cool while I visited. I got to thinking maybe someting wasn't right with the new rotor and once cool went and ran my fingers around it and snagged one on something sharp. I thought it was occullions possibily in the casting and one had warpped up and bite me. Called the shop 100 miles away yet and told them I was coming to have it checked and they said they would try and get to me but... so last second I changed my mind and just went home to unload all my stuff first, by then there was no time left to get to the shop and it cool so... called and said I'de be in Tuesday when they opened again. I also noticed fluid on my wheel presumably from the brake thought. Now my centerstand works intermittantly, been replace twice, and so I couldn't get it up there to spin the wheel around. It takes 2 people to get it on the centerstand without it working, didn't have an extra man.
Looked like the pad on the inside was thinner. and was touching maybe. Monday nite I drove over to Ft. Myers to my gal friend to show her trip pics and borrow my laptop.
Around 11:30pm decided to drive home but I had felt a funny feeling in the rear end when I had turned into her street. Her son was there so I had him help me put it on the centerstand and have a look see with a flashlite. It was touching on one spot on the rotor confirming in the dark to me it was the rotor and the occlusions in the casting I felt, the wheel had no side play or up and down as in a REF. So I took off for home and the thing started making a heck of a racket. I turned around went back and stayed the nite. I figured maybe a dreaded rear end failure was on the horizon. I made it the 4 miles to the shop next morning with the darn thing making the most horrible sounds you can imagine. Told them what I thought and proceded to hang around until they could have a coursery look see and confirm my suspicions. Well Once on the lift and rear wheel removed you could see the bearing retainer had forced its way to the left moving against the inner pad and smoking most of it. A slight touch and it all fell out to reveal a really messed up final drive bearing. I have photos but can't remember how to post them here. I will say she got me to the shop and as my ONLY transportation it's been hell without her this past week. Tuesday this week they will delve into it but....and always a but they said maybe the vent in the final drive got plugged when it was knocked over and sat there as long as it did. Any of you have any thought on that? I don't know where the vent is located, Anyone?
So... in answer to your question, look at where the rear wheel bearing is and see if it isn't backing out. My mileage didn't suffer. Down from 44 to 43 but I was going a lot faster and had a tailwind. Does the bike try to die and not Idle right? Had the Idle speed sensor replaced at 85000 mile Current failure at 91236mi. 2005 bike. Hope this helps.
Brian A. Brodhead
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