BMW R35: new drive shaft.

Another unit from the BMW R35 that had to be replaced was the drive shaft. The drive shaft that came with the project motorcycle was a wild assortment of parts put (and somewhere welded) together so they may look like an actual working unit from the distance around 10 metres. But it completely failed closer scrutiny: a two-pin fork was welded to three-pin base, rear housing was broken and welded, an improvised seal was put upon the remains of the original one. I suppose these photos will serve better than any words:

BMW R35 drive shaft BMW R35 drive shaft BMW R35 drive shaft BMW R35 drive shaft BMW R35 drive shaftLuckily for me, reproductions of drive shafts are available. So I bought one, and some time ago it arrived at my workshop. Here it is side-by-side with old one:

BMW R35 drive shafts: old and new BMW R35 drive shafts: old and newNew shaft is chrome-plated and looks great.

BMW R35 new drive shaft BMW R35 new drive shaft BMW R35 new drive shaft BMW R35 new drive shaft BMW R35 new drive shaft BMW R35 new drive shaft BMW R35 new drive shaftLet’s take a closer look at it:

BMW R35 new drive shaft BMW R35 new drive shaft BMW R35 new drive shaft BMW R35 new drive shaftYet one item on the BMW R35 “to buy” list was crossed, but it’s still a pretty long list…

 

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