I have tore apart two bikes now that have had the piston pin bushing spun almost 90*. Last week I did make a tool and was able to replace the bushing. Had to cut the taper into the new bushing after it was installed. Used the old style bushing that harley had in the oem wheels for the longest time. These were bronze bushings and the new tapered rods had brass bushings. I'm hoping the bronze bushing will last longer, time will tell. Really wish the customer would have opted to replace the rods instead, oh well. Can lead a horse to water, but can make him drink...I am not in love with the change they made to the late rods. The old bushings were wider and not a typical problem area. The new ones too early to tell or have others seen failures or premature wear?
The wheels are not a machined forged billet so many have the impression they are "weaker" but we have not seen any break have we? They are definately less expensive to produce but that is not conclusive evidence they are weaker. I don't think the late cranks are much weaker, just the press fit is less. I have had this fact confirmed by my local crank shop that takes them apart. He is amazed at how easy the new ones press apart compared to the older units. Why is this?? I can only speculate but it is real.