NHTSA Investigates BMW Final Drive Failure

After over 145 individual complaints filed between April 2001 and August
2011, the NHSTA has finally opened its first official investigation into the
failure of crown gear bearings on BMW models equipped with the Paralever
style final drive.  NHSTA investigation DP12001 opened 1/20/12 is centered
on 1999-2005 K1200LTs for now.  But, if the findings are what we all believe
they will be, the scope of the investigation should be expanded.   I found
the only way to get NHSTA to listen and focus was to pepper its director,
David Strickland, with repeat letters as well as inquiries from WA Senator
Patty Murray who chairs the subcommittee over funding for the NHSTA.   If
you have had a final drive failure on your Paralever equipped BMW, and have
NOT already reported it to the NHSTA, I urge you do it now.>

You will need your VIN, (est.) date of failure and mileage.  State your
model as well. While they should be able to identify from VIN, their data
was wrong 50% of the time.  Specify if gear oil leaked.

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