Pinion cover fail...2017 with less than 21 hours
Unfortunately the failure hit me which was shocking. I ride trails, and enjoy the performance of the 1000, but don't think I actually beat on it hard in comparison to hard core riders. But I knew the weak link was that front pinion cover when I bought it.
I purchased the billet aluminum cover and brought my machine in for the first service and have the new cover installed. Of course they found the cracked cover and some leakage. Basically, if you ride it in 2 wheel drive and drift, or spin the tires, the front drive engages and the cover is the weak point and fails to contain the action. My internals where safe.
Thankfully the dealer was great. Repaired under warranty and they put the aftermarket cover on as part of the job.
Now I have to worry about it happening again. The cover should help a lot, but my service manager also let me know it shifts the weak point to the internals as far as he knows. I am not a mechanic, so I am not sure exactly what can happen. But knowing I have a machine that can fail again, and sort of easily, shakes my confidence. In might be difficult to have the repair done again under warranty if it happens again. Not something I would appreciate. But my dealer would likely battle for me.
The builder of the cover said to just ride, don't worry. I will use AWD more often now as this helps but it also takes away from my ability to powerslide/drift a bit on the trail...the most fun part of the ride.
Still love the comfort of the machne and the power, but it will take awhile to feel confident about the front end.