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Offline Vin829

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Gen 3 rear drive check
« on: July 09, 2019, 01:40:38 PM »
Looking over my bike after a service. I’ve noticed a small amount of play in the rear wheel. If you grab the wheel at 12 and 6 o’clock and move there is a small amount of play that would make me think a bad wheel bearing. Any chance I can get any of you to check yours with the bike on the center stand? Thanks

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Re: Gen 3 rear drive check
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2019, 02:44:52 PM »
Yes there's play - all vehicles have a bit of a play with the transmission like that. Cars, motorcycles alike. Here's a video I just shot for you

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Re: Gen 3 rear drive check
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2019, 02:48:02 PM »
Thanks for the video. I was looking for more of an up to down play, like checking a wheel bearing 12-6 not front to back  :002:

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Re: Gen 3 rear drive check
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2019, 03:11:39 PM »
 :745: sorry  :745:

So, that'd be the rear shock's play. I don't have any - don't know what TSAS does. I always leave mine at Rain mode...
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Re: Gen 3 rear drive check
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2019, 03:55:21 PM »
Hi Vin, I think previous responses may be barking up the wrong tree. If I understand your concern correctly you have a small amount of play at the wheel bearing and not within the drive linkage. If this is correct you need to get this checked with your dealer. Last year on a gen 2, on route home from a Spain/ Portugal tour, I noticed a sound grinding sound from the rear wheel. I popped it up on the centre stand and carried out a similar 6 / 12 o’clock rocking motion. There was play in the bearing. I limped 150miles straight to my local dealer who, after a similar check, confirmed the bearing failure & refused to let me continue the remaining 12 miles home. They replaced the total rear drive assembly under warranty. Please get it checked as a matter of urgency.

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Re: Gen 3 rear drive check
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2019, 04:00:30 PM »
Thanks Bruce, thats exactly what im looking for. Problem  is the dealer is about 60 miles from me. Just wondering is some amount of play is normal as the bike only has 6K miles. Im reading on some other sites that some play is ok. Wanted to get some checks on this forum

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Re: Gen 3 rear drive check
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2019, 04:10:09 PM »
Just been out to check my gen 3 with 3k miles. No play when performing the 6/12 o’clock test.

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Re: Gen 3 rear drive check
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2019, 06:27:29 PM »
I have a Gen 1 Explorer and can feel a very slight movement at the wheel rim when checking for sideways movement. I haven’t measured it but you can just about feel it. It turns with no roughness or noise. It just passed the annual MOT. It feels no different from when I checked it about 5000 miles ago so I have no concerns. I did change the differential oil at that time. The oil did have some discolouration so think it would benefit from new oil. That was at 23000 miles.

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Re: Gen 3 rear drive check
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2019, 06:29:51 PM »
There is a small amount of play. I can't recall the spec, but there is a tolerance for it. It might sound glib to say that it's normal, but apparently it is. This freeplay is taken up in the bevel gear so I understand, under load. I found a small amount rocking in mine and when I put it in 1st gear and turned the wheel against the transmission, the freeplay disappeared. I've had two of these bikes and they both did it.  I was in full panic mode when I first found it, now I just accept it.

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Re: Gen 3 rear drive check
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2019, 06:32:51 PM »
Thanks guys, getting ready to leave on a week long trip and was starting to panic....I really appreciate the time it all took to check

 


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