The reputation precedes, other owners say fix before it's fecked, the slight weep of oil, and the ocassional roughness, and that little nag on your mind that says it can't last forever. Yup, I have bitten the bullet and going to get the FD reburbed at Mikeyboy's Overland and Classic place. Cost will be £450 ish - more if the shaft itself needs attention. Compared to the cost of 3-4 chain and sprocket sets over the same mileage there's not much in it I guess but it's a lot in one go. Got to be done though. When drained the FD oil usually comes out polluted with water - either condensation or it sucks it through a seal as it cools. Anyway, bound to have caused corrosion in there. The main seal has had a slight weep for ages but that had grown into a drip every thousand or so now. And every now and then I get a rumbly graunchy feel even though the Tarmac is good and smooth. Hopefully all good afterwards for 100,000 or more. . Just thought I would mention it.