7Mile, there are a few FD's on Ebay. But one in $85 and free shipping but it looks like it is missing the first gear that is the input from the clutch. I took his picture and added a red circle.
Could be the tire, as you suspect. Or could be the wheel bearings. I'm not an expert on this, but I think you should check out side-to-side free play when you have the wheel off the ground.Your fluid looks delicious. I'm envious.
I'm not sure if I complained of a slight front end wobble on here on not. But it has gotten much worse. It's the front tire. I don't know if it is out of balance or what. When I lean right at slow speed, like turning into or out of a parking lot, I feel a bit of wobble being on the right side of the tire. Not so much when leaning left. And now it does the wobble from about 15 mph to 35 mph. It wobbles the whole front end of the bike gently left and right the rate speed dependent. It smooths out at higher speeds. Just rode down from my dad's house last night. Fine on the interstate at 70 mph. I don't know if it is a balance thing, or if the front tire has a broken belt. The way it has gotten worse, I suspect a belt.
But it is bad enough now that I think I'm going to have to rearrange my garage (because it is jam-packed with toys), lift the front and rear off the ground, pull the wheels, get a new front, go dark on the rear and pull apart the FD, see what's going on in there. That whole project may take me a couple weeks. I don't work fast on stuff I'm new at (new at least on this sickle). And I have to rearrange because if I pull the wheels off where I normally park it, I won't be able to get my Scamp out.
Agreed. I sort of jiggled the front wheel while riding to see if anything felt … not right. It all felt OK, the people on the interstate behind me during this "safety check" were probably confused or uncomfortable with what I was doing. I do get some kind of moaning sound from the front end under certain circumstances, that I had figured was the bearing. But when I was reading about tires, a couple few people mentioned a moaning noise from BattleAx tires, so I dunno.Could be the tire, as you suspect. Or could be the wheel bearings. I'm not an expert on this, but I think you should check out side-to-side free play when you have the wheel off the ground.
But you can edit down to almost nothing, as you saw.This new(er) forum software doesn't allow members to delete any posts. Only the moderator/admin can do that... and even then it's still floating around somewhere in the forum database even if not able to be seen by members any more.
Whoa. It's long overdue replacement (just from age)!But I'm close to certain it is the original tire, so it is what … 10 years into its service life maybe?
You guys say, "swap them bearings." Ok, fine. But I don't just have replacement bearings laying around. And I don't know how to go about finding & ordering replacement bearings. I didn't see any at Walmart either. So, if you guys would go ahead and smack me upside the head with the info, I might learn. Maybe. Plus, I don't rightly know how to slap 'em out, and slap 'em in.
Well. I just tore the cover off. I'm going to have to say I've pretty much got TOTAL FINAL DRIVE FAILURE.
I took pictures. Gonna start a new thread sbout it. Maybe tonight or tomorrow. I'm going to need you guys expert opinions and guidance to resolve this. I'll say, no wonder Ive got so much noise.
A quick summary. It looks as if the 2nd bearing back from the front, on the main FD housing is in process of flying apart. I'm not sure what it's called, but the little guide loop things around the balls, one of them is sticking out. So that bearing is a gonner. But that allowed that second gear to squirm and its teeth are all toe up at the edges. Then the primary driven gear (gear number 1) has its teeth fairly gnawed up from being meshed up with #2 gear in there doing its dance. Number 3 gear is fairly bad too. Number 4 looks like there some evidence from number 3. Big ole number 5 looks ok.
So looks like I'm going to buy a used FD from ebay or similar and be swapping gears and at least one bearing. I'll make sure all the other bearings are ok.
I don't know how hard the bearing(s) will be to remove and replace. It is not beyond my capabilities, but it is something I have not done before.