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Rear-end

Postby Jack » Sat Oct 18, 2008 5:02 pm

82,000 miles and the u-joint and rear end are looking like new. I must be blessed. Lubed her up and put her back together. So far, the only problem I've had with the rear is a left wheel bearing that went out at 35,000 miles or so. I bought spares for all the wheel bearings but they are still setting on the shelf.
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Re: Rear-end

Postby Bareass172 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:55 am

Jack, have you seen or heard of problems in the rear drive flange similar to what happens with the VTX's? I'm just curious since I see a lot more VTX's than other bikes in the garage, but I'm curious if this is a VTX only problem or more common across more bikes. I know the flange is different but similar to the VTX one.
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Re: Rear-end

Postby Jack » Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:26 pm

The only problems I have heard of really seem to be the result of improper alignment during re-installing or lack of lubrication. In fact, it seems that dealership maintenance may contribute to problems with the rear end. Tim, aka RedValk, of Alabama is on his 3rd rear end and ALL of his maintenance is performed at the dealership. He has less than 80,000 miles on his Valk.
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Re: Rear-end

Postby Jammin'John » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:33 am

I've done the flanges twice & the rear end once in 170k. :bomb:
I flushed my stealer and have a better mechanic. :buddy:
I think the pulling of a trailer doesn't help matters.


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Re: Rear-end

Postby Jack » Tue Nov 16, 2010 4:33 pm

Jammin'John wrote:I've done the flanges twice & the rear end once in 170k. :bomb:
I flushed my stealer and have a better mechanic. :buddy:
I think the pulling of a trailer doesn't help matters.


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I have wondered about a trailer and the extra weight causing a problem. I have a friend who does all his own work and does maintenance regularly and he still lost a rear-end after pulling a small trailer to tennessee and back.
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Rear-end

Postby Jammin'John » Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:17 am

Every time that you change the rear tire you should grease everything.
You should also pull the driveshaft & grease both ends.

I'm digin' the belt drive on the Strato.
86k and it STILL looks good.

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Re: Rear-end

Postby Bareass172 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:51 pm

I can tell you that I've been seeing more flange bearing failures on the VTX due to trailers. I didn't lend too much credence to this early on, but as of now I have seen 2 cases with no failures for significant mileage and then consistent failures after adding the trailer. :huh:
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Re: Rear-end

Postby big bad » Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:28 pm

I would think pulling a trailer would have a bearing on bearing life expectancy...Sorry bad joke

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