Need a drive shaft yesterday 08 GSA

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  1. Carlisja

    Carlisja Been here awhile

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    I am sitting on the side of the road is SC waiting for an AMA tow-truck. The bike is my primary transportation. Does anyone have a driveshaft I can buy from you and have you ship it to me ASAP?

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    Chances are you're gonna need more than just the driveshaft....
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    ErikMotoMan Clearwater Lights and HELITE airbags Save Lives!

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    Built before or after 01/08 ?

    I just checked BeemerBoneYard, that are sold out.

    Checked ebay - nothing
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  5. Carlisja

    Carlisja Been here awhile

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    Thanks much. I have emailed and called George to leave a message. I am almost certain he has them in stock but I hope to get a replacement sent out on Monday. I bet he won't even see the message till Tuesday evening.
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  6. Carlisja

    Carlisja Been here awhile

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    After 01/08. 22 spline.
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  7. Carlisja

    Carlisja Been here awhile

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    The swing arm looks good. The drive shaft has not actually parted but the joint started disintegrating. I think I got it stopped before any serious dammage occurred.
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  9. YesRush

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    Isn't there a guy in Va that rebuilds them? Jim mentioned it before.
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    I just said a lil prayer for you... get The Lord working on this project! That will speed it along. Best wishes brother
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  11. Carlisja

    Carlisja Been here awhile

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    Thanks to everyone here and on the GS Giants site. Also a special thanks to Heloflights (Steve Bussmann) who spent hours researching and sending me links.

    I pulled the trigger on one of Ted Porter's Ei Rebuildable 22 spline drive shafts from BeemerShop.com. I even went for fast shipping in hopes of being back on the road soon. I will lower the swing arm and clean everything out tomorrow night. With any luck, I will be on the road again by Thursday. Friday I plan on taking a Cornerspin Class in NC. Maybe I will see some of you there.

    Thanks again.
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    Good luck and what's cornerspin ?
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  13. Carlisja

    Carlisja Been here awhile

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    Cornerspin and Cornerspeed are two skill enhancement schools. Cornerspin is road racing but done in the dirt to enhance your traction control techniques. http://www.cornerspin.com/main.html
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    How many miles on the bike?
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    Whatever it is, it sounds like it would hurt.
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    Cool, after you put a few miles on the new drive shaft report back and let us know how you like it
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  17. Carlisja

    Carlisja Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I've heard of several of them failing around 50K. Good luck with the repair and the rest of your trip.
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    Are there any pictures of the gs while we wait for updates? :)
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  20. Carlisja

    Carlisja Been here awhile

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    Glad you asked. After taking a close look at the swing arm, I think it can still be used since any area that was worn down is not also load bearing. Regardless I decided that (better safe than sorry) I would replace the swingarm. I found a low mileage one that will be here tomorrow (Friday). I also ordered a bearing set and two new boots.

    Let me tell you a bit about the drive shaft and boots. I got them all from Ted Porter's BeemerShop.com. He has a line of impressive reproduction products that seem to exceed specification of OEM in every way except price. The drive shaft is a thing of beauty and can be fully rebuilt for less than $150. Yet even with express shipping it is less than half the cost of OEM. What is more is that he has them in stock and I had one in hand Tuesday afternoon following my Sunday evening breakdown.

    There was an extra part in the box that resulted in my calling and talking to The Ted Porter. He has a guy that lives near a whole bunch of automotive factories and also happens to be a BMW nut. The guy has a day job but whenever he detects a need, such as sight glass for the R1150, he seeks it the factories that produce the ORM component. Often he finds other suppliers willing to provide a superior part at a higher cost. But the cost is still lower for the consumer because BMW AG, BMW USA, and local dealers don't all mark-up the parts.

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