2009 VTX 1300R, Long Island NY
Contact Jon Losey, I will message you his phone number. He services flanges. You can send him yours as a core, he will send you back a serviced upgraded flange. He addresses the design flaw, I can't exactly tell you what the flaw is, but the flange he sends you is ready to go, and will outlast the bike. It is worth it, I did mine, and many other members here and on vtxoa have as well.Now on with the tear down. The larger discoveries I have made including the rear drive flange bearings being shot. This is still a grey area on how to repair. It appears it is sold by Honda as difficult to service part. That being said, with 15 years dealing parts for Toyota, I'm inclined to replace it with a factory replacement flange. If you have experience replacing these bearings, feel free to share how the have lasted between tire changes.
Will add further pictures as I get more repaired. Front and rear wheel bearings are next up. Will advise with a follow up.