The outside of the axle is wherever it winds up after torquing the axle nut. (May or may not be flush)
I did check and clean the two with the red coverings but had no idea about the third one! I will have the wheel off again in a few days as I am curious to see how everything played out and I have to put new brakes on. Seems easier to take the wheel off to do the brakes then to fiddle with all the annoying bolts on the brake brace. I will take a look! Thanks.Steamrider,
Looks like your rear wheel is already back together but next time to be sure to check your wheel bearings... including the 3rd one behind the drive splines.
And don't worry about that rusty u-joint.. these are tough little units and the bearings are sealed well (but not officially serviceable).
And yes, the u-joint and drive shaft do spin FAST:
Assuming a std rear tire size 180/55 x 17 with a rolling circumference of ~76” giving ~834 revs/miles x Final Drive ratio of 3.66 = 3058 revs/min drive-shaft speed at 60 mph.
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Well... The tick is gone. It just makes the normal FJR ticking again. I owe you two drinks now.Is it up high, right side of the engine, or down low left side at the driveshaft/u-joint? There is driveline lash, normally you can turn the rear wheel on centerstand, in gear, back and forth about 2" at the OD of the tire..... you'll get lash when you coast/let off throttle, and it will take back up when you accelerate.
A couple noticed some noise at the u-joint, are those splines greased?