rear wheel not spinning freely

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by nitrox32, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. nitrox32

    nitrox32 Adventurer

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    I was checking on the bike this evening for a ride tommorrow. When I went to spin the rear wheel it is taking a alot of force to spin. The best way I can describe it is a compression stroke when I spin the wheel. It is real hard to turn for a few degrees then it is easier to turn for a few degrees. There is no play side to side. The brake pads and rotor looks good and not warped.. Any ideas ?
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  2. Multiplicity

    Multiplicity Been here awhile

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    FD Bearings, brakes or what sounds like a possible U-Joint/drive shaft bearing issue :norton
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  3. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    take it out of gear.
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  4. AndyM

    AndyM Been here awhile

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    Drive shaft, u-joints
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  5. BKFoster

    BKFoster Been here awhile

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    U-joint. Mine was just like that. It would bind then loosen up then bind again every rotation.

    Mine was the front u-joint @ 42,000 miles.
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  6. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Long timer

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    Is it also making a "Clunk-clunk, clunk-clunk" noise? That's probably a u-joint on the driveshaft. How many miles on the bike?
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  7. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    What others have said, you have a bad u joint, most likely the front. Definitely do not ride the bike until it's repaired. How many miles? Sure would like to see the NHSTA get involved and force a recall.
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  8. nitrox32

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    I have 37K on the bike. I do hear some clunking. Thanks for the input.
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  9. kimokk

    kimokk Been here awhile

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    What's the recall for? There's no safety issue and the bike has 37k miles, Sounds like normal wear and tear to me. Replace it and keep riding!
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  10. Multiplicity

    Multiplicity Been here awhile

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    I don't know about a recall, but U-Joints shouldn't fail at 37K, IMO. RWD automotive applications will last over 150K
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  11. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    No safety issue, are you kidding?
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  12. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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    I have a hangover, so maybe we could stay on topic? This isn't a recall thread. It's about finding out what is wrong with this guys drivetrain. I would like to know before my 09 blows up in BFE.
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  13. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    If the bike is on the center stand..it will SLIGHTLY u- joint bind anyway..you can feel two SLIGHTLY stiffer spots as you rotate the wheel thru...

    That being said, if it feels like it' s literally froze up in two spots, your front u- joint is toast. If you roll the bike across the floor, you'll here a distinct "click" as the u- joint rotates..

    Yeah...it sucks, at 37k though, dealer should be able to get warrantied...mine did at 40k..
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  14. kimokk

    kimokk Been here awhile

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    No, not kidding. I think the symptoms of imminent failure will be evident way before it breaks. This should give you more than ample time to get it replaced or repaired. Sorry OP for your current problems!
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  15. whisperquiet

    whisperquiet Long timer

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    Fixed.
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  16. nitrox32

    nitrox32 Adventurer

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    Bike is out of warranty but this was one of the few times I bought an extended warranty.
    The wheel not even spin with the bike running in neutral on the center stand.
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  17. mwood7800

    mwood7800 Banned

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    Front u joint on a gsa 35000 is all you get. To much angle. My buddy's 08 gsa just went south on a ride. He waited to long and had to also replace the swingarm. You can have serviceable u joints put in for 350$. The gsa front u joint just has to much angle. But it does look cool.
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  18. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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    Nah. Source of info?
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  19. mwood7800

    mwood7800 Banned

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    Ask around or do a search or just wait till your wheel locks up. BMW should put it in the manual.
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  20. vagueout

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    Strongly suggest you eliminate other likely suspects first. In this case remove the brake caliper and see if there is any difference to the drag.:*sip*
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