Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Eastern Washington, , USA
Final Drive assembly advice
I pulled the final drive myself on my 99 LTI and had it rebuilt by a dealership in Seattle (crown bearing disintegrated and took out the faceplate as well), so with a 2 year parts and labor warranty I brought the unit home. While my 99 was down for parts I went and bought a 2000 LTC that came available, so when I got home I had this wild idea to pull the FD from the 2000 (58k miles) and stick it in the 99, then put the rebuilt FD into my 2000 which I plan on keeping. As I had both drives out, I checked the floating (pivot) bearing and the bearings felt different. One set was definitely a little smoother than the other (the smoother rotating ones on the FD going into the 99 of course!), so I had bought a set thinking could swap the out easily if I ever needed to. Now, chapter 33 of the service manual and I have become new best friends, but I couldn't find anyway to tell me how to get these puppies out. I tried heating it up with a gun but became a little nervous when I thought I may do something to the pinion seal with the heat so I decided to reassemble it with the old bearings after giving them a dollop or synth bearing grease and tested it with a little ride. Everything on both bikes felt perfect, so I am wondering if I should leave it the way it is or let one of you kind gentlemen give me the scoop on how to get these in and out and I can practice my FD remove/replace/adjust while replacing the fixed/floating bearings. So is it heat or a bearing puller? I REALLY do not want to mess this up.
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