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Old 11-13-2012, 01:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm not sure, maybe it is better material. My Thunderbird has 43k on it and no slop in the cush drive, so it seems to last better.

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Slinkey, what makes the cush drive from the Thunderbird triple better? I already have a replacement on order, but if this one only lasts 20,000 miles I may need to get one of the Thunderbird cush drives.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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So, is the thunderbird cush rubber identical to the speedmaster / america back wheel, a direct replacement?
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:18 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I have read that it is a perfect fit but I have not tried yet, I'm waiting till next time the wheel comes off. It's not entirely identical- my Tbird rubber is one peice and I seem to recall the one in my Speedie is multiple pieces.

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So, is the thunderbird cush rubber identical to the speedmaster / america back wheel, a direct replacement?
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:31 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I have read that it is a perfect fit but I have not tried yet, I'm waiting till next time the wheel comes off. It's not entirely identical- my Tbird rubber is one peice and I seem to recall the one in my Speedie is multiple pieces.
The cush drive on my America is one piece. hahaha, well it used to be.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:53 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I used a cush drive from a tbird sport no play yet got over 20000 miles on it. The first time replaced it with a speedmaster cush drive 1000 miles it had play in it the tbird cush drive fits real snug in the hub where the other one just drops in think it has play in it right from the go


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Old 11-25-2012, 08:58 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I have 48,000 kilometers on my 2003 America and have never changed the cush drive. When the play showed up early on, I cut an old leather belt up placing equal length pieces of the belt on the backside of the rubber modules of the cush drive taking up any play. Did this 20,000 kms ago. Still no play.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:30 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Thunderbird triple cush drive is tight fit ..weel has no play ,is direct replacement (as is thunderbird rear wheel) is in one piece as it should be....first time fitting is a bit of pain...is really tight
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:13 PM   #18 (permalink)
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The original Speedy and America Cush drives are pretty soft for a Cush drive..
My speedy's got 20k miles on it. The Cush drive was shot at 11k.
Replaced it with a thunderbird sport Cush, (easy job to change), and had no problems since..
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Well, I finally have the time to replace my cush drive. I haven't had to remove my rear wheel for any reason yet, so I have no idea how difficult this job is going to be. I have the Haynes manual and hopefully that will at least cover the removel and replacement of the rear wheel.
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Hey Stan, a fairly straight forward job, an extra pair of hands and removing the shocks
come in handy during re-assembly especially on the brake side. Although it can be a one man job if you know all the choice words !
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