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SmokinRZ

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My final drive blew a pinion seal two months ago. The drive shaft seal was on two weeks back order. After two delays, the company I ordered from told me the end of September. Bike has been down over two months due to a $15 seal and I'm going to miss my annual fall trip. I didn't have this much trouble with Bultaco parts in the 70's. I checked every parts house online and they say two week delivery. Should I start hoarding spare parts for anticipated failures?. I'm not sure what I would have done on the road. The part # is 93108-49003-00. Venting :(
 
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Yup, my last three deliveries for OE parts have been delayed. It's a symptom of the times we're in. And... I've done exactly that for the more odd-ball non-stock parts that I think I'll need. Have a complete set of front & rear bearings for Tenere and FJR, fork seals and sliders, misc gaskets...you get the idea. It's only a couple hundred $$$ so I figure cheap insurance to avoid unneeded downtime. There's a pretty big FJR and Tenere contingent in the PNW and at least in my circle, share parts as needed.

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it happened to me Two years ago out in Montana, needed rear wheel bearings, couple different Yamaha dealers told me those bearings had been on back order for over a month already so I ordered Two complete sets All Balls bearings On eBay , spent a week in a motel to fix a pretty simple problem, that was the most expensive breakdown I ever had and that was way before any pandemic !
 

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it happened to me Two years ago out in Montana, needed rear wheel bearings, couple different Yamaha dealers told me those bearings had been on back order for over a month already so I ordered Two complete sets All Balls bearings On eBay , spent a week in a motel to fix a pretty simple problem, that was the most expensive breakdown I ever had and that was way before any pandemic !
That scenario is one i would very much like to avoid but it could happen to anyone.
 

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Glad, (but not glad) I'm not the only one. I ordered Yamaha OEM brake pads, front and rear, from BB on August 15th. Nothing yet!! We're talking brake pads not a flux capacitor!!! My rears were so bad I went to my local dealer and they had EBC pads in stock. Changed them out before the worn ones started digging into the rotor. I won't cancel my order because I'm sure I'll need another set in another 25K miles.
 

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Glad, (but not glad) I'm not the only one. I ordered Yamaha OEM brake pads, front and rear, from BB on August 15th. Nothing yet!! We're talking brake pads not a flux capacitor!!! My rears were so bad I went to my local dealer and they had EBC pads in stock. Changed them out before the worn ones started digging into the rotor. I won't cancel my order because I'm sure I'll need another set in another 25K miles.
Same. Had to wait over a week for oem pads because i didnt want ebc sintered pads.

Clearly there are supply chain issues right now.

Im just hoping to finish out the season and then ill tear the bike down this winter for maintenance where a parts delay is nbd.
 

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COVID has thrown the world upside down as far as deliveries and from what friends and I've put together there are several key reasons.

Early on, there was a problem with nobody working so nothing was being produced. That seems to be pretty well behind us.

The wholesalers had stock in inventory and not knowing where the economy was headed they really did not want to put in new orders to manufacture in lot-size quantities. The best example I know personally is the local manager of a West Marine. I could normally walk into almost any of their stores to buy stainless fittings, but suddenly needed to wait for parts from the other side of the country as the company used up stock. He said they seem to be coming out of that but it really depends on the part in whether it will be on hand, coming from he other coast, or they just can't tell him when.

He added that because they buy parts by the thousands and it ties up so much inventory cost, they need to be fairly sure the stuff will sell fast enough to commit the money. On top of that, they need to raise prices on a lot of items that they do order because of tariffs imposed by the current Administration, which are a back tax on US and they've seen higher prices decrease demand on tariffed items.

The shippers are still totally screwed up too. Early on, they were giving priority to PPE and we all could understand that, but normal overnight stuff suddenly took forever. Now, it appears the problem is more with EVERYBODY getting used to home delivery and so the shippers are still overwhelmed. I went to replace a broken Fitbit this week and there is clearly no shortage on them, as I could walk out with one from almost any Target, Walmart, or Best Buy, but the nearest possible delivery from Amazon was two weeks out.
 

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Don't forget that a lot of things are common size. Wheel bearings are a good example. It's not a Yamaha specific part, any decent bearing supply house will have a selection of wheel bearings in the correct sizes. NFK, ceramic, etc. For all I know that seal is a common size too. Find a supply house and take the old seal to them and see if they can match it.
 

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COVID has thrown the world upside down as far as deliveries and from what friends and I've put together there are several key reasons.

Early on, there was a problem with nobody working so nothing was being produced. That seems to be pretty well behind us.

The wholesalers had stock in inventory and not knowing where the economy was headed they really did not want to put in new orders to manufacture in lot-size quantities. The best example I know personally is the local manager of a West Marine. I could normally walk into almost any of their stores to buy stainless fittings, but suddenly needed to wait for parts from the other side of the country as the company used up stock. He said they seem to be coming out of that but it really depends on the part in whether it will be on hand, coming from he other coast, or they just can't tell him when.

He added that because they buy parts by the thousands and it ties up so much inventory cost, they need to be fairly sure the stuff will sell fast enough to commit the money. On top of that, they need to raise prices on a lot of items that they do order because of tariffs imposed by the current Administration, which are a back tax on US and they've seen higher prices decrease demand on tariffed items.

The shippers are still totally screwed up too. Early on, they were giving priority to PPE and we all could understand that, but normal overnight stuff suddenly took forever. Now, it appears the problem is more with EVERYBODY getting used to home delivery and so the shippers are still overwhelmed. I went to replace a broken Fitbit this week and there is clearly no shortage on them, as I could walk out with one from almost any Target, Walmart, or Best Buy, but the nearest possible delivery from Amazon was two weeks out.
Great perspective. I think you are right about almost all of that. Just in time logistics is great until its not.
 

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Don't forget that a lot of things are common size. Wheel bearings are a good example. It's not a Yamaha specific part, any decent bearing supply house will have a selection of wheel bearings in the correct sizes. NFK, ceramic, etc. For all I know that seal is a common size too. Find a supply house and take the old seal to them and see if they can match it.
Yep, it is Yamaha specific. :(
 

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Had a friend needing a clutch slave cylinder. It was on back order indefinitely. He had to go aftermarket.
 

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So I got tired of waiting so on Wednesday I ordered from another vender who said "ships in the 3 days" thinking they have it in stock. Today I get an email that says "available Friday October 16, 2020". Same two week promise as the last vendor on August 11, 2020 and every two weeks it will get pushed back another two weeks. I won't be making my annual fall trip because of a $12 seal and now I'm wondering if it will ever be available.
 

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So I got tired of waiting so on Wednesday I ordered from another vender who said "ships in the 3 days" thinking they have it in stock. Today I get an email that says "available Friday October 16, 2020". Same two week promise as the last vendor on August 11, 2020 and every two weeks it will get pushed back another two weeks. I won't be making my annual fall trip because of a $12 seal and now I'm wondering if it will ever be available.
If your local dealer uses “light speed” for their dealer system, they can do a search on their parts system to see which dealer has the part nationwide. They can also call the service division and ask their phone rep to see if there is a “hero” part available. The service side will keep certain items held back for emergencies. As a former dealer, I have done this with great success, but it takes some effort from the dealer. This is why it’s important to frequent your local dealer. If they can’t do a search on their system, send me a message and I will get it done for you.

~Tony
 
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