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Hey guys, I just got a 98 v-star 650. I took it in for inspection and asked them to check the final drive, as it was leaking dark oil. Well, he called and said that when he drained the oil, there were chunks of metal throughout. He seems to think that there was a bearing bad/thrown and chewing up the insides. I have seen several cases of this on google (which is how i found this site).

Right now, i see final drives on ebay, but all for the 1100's. do any of you know whether or not the 1100 rear will fit a 650. My gut tells me no, and researching parts lists and such all seem to indicate that they are all diferent part numbers. but have any of you found any other diff's that will fit a 98 650 custom?
 

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I've known guys that have had to replace the final drive a few times. It appears to be an alignment issue with the swingarm. It's not all that common...but among the ones that do have the issue, if you have to replace one, chances are you'll have another failure in 8-10k miles.

I always said if it happened once it wouldn't happen to me again. When it did, my 07 got traded in for the 950.
 

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It's something to check when you or you have someone remove your rear wheel. There is a correct sequence (in the service manual) for tightening and torqueing the rear hub and wheel. If this is followed there shouldn't be an alignment issue. Alot of shops turn and burn, see only four, five, ten bolts that need tightening and go to town.
 

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It's something to check when you or you have someone remove your rear wheel. There is a correct sequence (in the service manual) for tightening and torqueing the rear hub and wheel. If this is followed there shouldn't be an alignment issue. Alot of shops turn and burn, see only four, five, ten bolts that need tightening and go to town.
That is not correct. There are a handful of 650's that appear to have had a factory defect. They are not caused by improper tightening, lack of lubrication, or anything else. One guy I know of in particular took his swing-arm off and actually drilled a new hole to properly align it. Prior to that, he had 3 failures, and none since.
 
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