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Old 11-11-2012, 07:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cush drive replacement

When I had a rear tire put on my America last week the mechanic showed me that the cush drive was shot. I only have 20,000 miles on my bike, and I don't really ride it that hard, so I'm wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem.

Also, have anyone else replaced their cush drive? It looks to be a pretty straight forward repair, but sometimes things that look simple have a way of biteing you in the a$$.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had the triumph dealer order me a new cush drive and then had the place that works on my bike put it on. I really didn't ask him much about the install - it only took a half hour, so I'm assuming there wasn't much to it. The dealer told me it should be replaced when I had it in on my 12,000 service a couple of years ago - if I remember right he told me the ones that came stock with the bike weren't as beefy as the ones he was putting on to replace them with !
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the response. I'll be doing the work myself since it doesn't seem all that complicated. What surprised me is that my friend Al in Nevada has an 09 America with over 40,000 miles on his bike and hasn't replaced his yet. Hopefully my premature wear was due to poor quality and not something that I've done wrong.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I recently looked at the original cush drive in my 2004 Thrux - seemed fine. No play, no visible wear/damage. What evidence did you see that warranted replacing it?
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Okay, I'll bite, what the H... is a cush drive?
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A cush drive is a rubber shock absorber in the rear hub, to damp the forces inflicted on the sprocket by the chain.


Mine was shot to hell at 5000 miles, lots of slop and free play. I packed it out with pieces of inner tube.

I have a cush drive from a Thunderbird triple ready to go on when the wheel is next removed. That is supposed to be the one to have.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yeah, the t-bird one is, from my understanding, the bees' knees. i have 23k and mine's shot to ****. i just keep forgetting to order a new one.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I recently looked at the original cush drive in my 2004 Thrux - seemed fine. No play, no visible wear/damage. What evidence did you see that warranted replacing it?
Matt, as you probably know, the cush drive is supposed to be one piece. Well, mine was individual pieces that were no longer connected and when the wheel was removed they just fell out. You could also see the wear on the individual pieces.

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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I guess I should have hung on to the Goldwing, all it wore out was tires...I guess there is always something on these mechanical beasts.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:00 PM   #10 (permalink)
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When mine was replaced, I'm pretty sure mine was replaced with the Thunderbird one to!


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