Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Haines City FL.
I've replaced 5 of the final drives. 4 out of 5 were from the same problem. There is a large 100 x 125 x 26mm bearing behind the ring gear that causes the problem. The bearing cage comes apart causing the noise and the rough feel. If let go long enough the cage particles will tear up the output seal and O ring. Next you will notice gear oil on the ground when sitting at a traffic light. It also makes a mess out of the rear wheel.The expense to repair them is much more than the cost of another unit at your local trike installation shop. I have bought them for as low as $35.00. The most important tool you will need is a "short 17mm 12 point box end combination wrench" needed to remove the 4 nuts holding the final drive to the swing arm. Sockets and 6 point wrenches won't work.You will also need to remove the right side muffler to gain access to 2 of the nuts. If you do not have a trailer hitch this job can be done on the center stand. It would be help full to have a friend there to assist. Good luck.
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Last edited by ET Rider; 03-23-2017 at 08:16 AM.