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    I thought the slant 4's were the worst?? Not as many OF them but a higher percentage of failures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David13 View Post
    I have heard estimates as high as 17% failure rate. But you have to look at mileage, also.
    The maintenance specs were changed, on the R1200s at least. So BMW didn't even know the right maintenance.
    The F800s also have a rear axle failure, again with high numbers based on internet world wide communication, but probably only a small percentage.
    But there also, BMW did provide a new axle, an axle number superseding the previous number.
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    front axles were replaced under warranty, with or without failure. reports of rear axle bearing failures, but not a warranty item.

    (This edit is generated due to on Paul G's clarifying post #18 - "my above comment was in reference to F800GS chain driven models. I do not know about the belt driven road going models."
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerfish1100 View Post
    front axles were replaced under warranty, with or without failure. reports of rear axle bearing failures, but not a warranty item.
    The 2007 F800S and F800ST belt drive bikes had an insufficient rear axle tube. The belt pulley goes on one end of this tube and the wheel flange to which the wheel bolts is on the other. The metal was too soft and would deform, becoming a loose fit inside the inner races of the ball bearing and roller bearing. Once loose inside the bearing races the deformed axle tube would allow the wheel to wobble. I wrote about this in the November, 2011 issue of the BMW Owners News (ON) in my Benchwrenching column.

    The 2008 and later models had a redesigned/respecified axle tube that probably is OK. If you have a 2007 and order a new axle tube the part you receive will be the new redesigned part.
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    Internet has allowed a small percentage of problems, cars ,bikes etc to be broadcast over a wide area, suddenly everyone has heard about these problems. Anew G650GS
    A while ago had a front axel failure, av rider has thousands of hits reguarding that issue, if they are to be believed all G650Gs are unsafe. Somewhere BMW has the number of final drive claims made to dealers, this does not include owners who fixed their own, maybe they will part with those numbers by year and model, lawyers probably tell them no

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    Quote Originally Posted by t6pilot View Post
    Somewhere BMW has the number of final drive claims made to dealers, this does not include owners who fixed their own, maybe they will part with those numbers by year and model, lawyers probably tell them no
    It's also not good for marketing, so I'm sure the folks in marketing are yelling just as loud as the lawyers.
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