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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-11-2017, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Default Possible exhaust issue?

I have a 2011 Cross Roads with just under 10,000 miles. I bought it a couple of years ago from the original owner with less than 2,000. He installed Arizona Slammer mufflers/baffles, some type of air intake, and an updated program. It's been running well and I like it a lot.

A few weeks ago it developed a "chirp" low on the right (throttle) side that is quite loud when cold and goes away as the bike warms up.

I took it into a local independant shop this morning, asking them to see what is causing it and to also give it a "safety check" since I am headed to the Black Hills in a couple of weeks and I've been servicing it on my own since I got it.

They confirmed that the belt is adjusted within tolerance and that everything in the exhaust system is tight. I suggested that there must be either a donut or gasket in the exhaust that is leaking or maybe something in the baffles is breaking up. They don't have time to dig into it right now so it will be a 7-10 days until they get a deeper look at it.

The more I think about it the more I figure it must be the something inside the mufflers. Maybe I should just order new ones rather than have them chase some ghost?

What do you guys think?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-11-2017, 02:28 PM
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A "chirp" is ususally the word we hear used to describe the sound that a too loose belt makes. Also note that belt gets tighter when the bike is warmed up because the pullys on which the belt rides warm up and expand which tightens the belt. If your mechanic examined the belt tension when the bike was hot, it is possible that the belt is still too loose. Follow the procedure in the service manual but do it on a cold belt. A second possibility is that the chirping is not caused by the belt tension being incorrect but, rather, incorrect belt alignment. Follow the procedure in the service manual for aligning the belt and see if that helps.

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@specialidiot 99.93% chance you are hearing the famous belt chirp. Do what @Vinish suggested.

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Thank you @Vinish and @PaiN. I've messaged the service manager to perform the procedure in the service manual.

I'll update the thread when I know more!

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I doubt an indie shop is up on specs for a Vic belt, much less anything else about Vics. Even Vic techs can get things wrong. I took my lower triple tree in to my dealer's shop to have the shaft pressed out in order to remove the lower bearing race. I was upgrading the steering head bearings. It was handed to a very experienced mechanic who has done a lot of work on Vics. He said it can not be pressed out. I told him that on a 2010, it can and he still argued it can't and said its in the service manual and grabbed one and showed me. I asked what year bike that manual was for. He looked and said 2014. I suggested he open a manual for a 2010. He did and sho nuff, the shaft HAS to be pressed out to remove the lower bearing race. I do not trust guys with tools and my stuff.
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Go up to Tousley motorsports or Northway and have them look at it.
Sorry for asking but the noise is when your riding right. If so when you hear the noise pull in clutch.
If noise stops its the belt
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Fury got me taken care of yesterday, they performed the belt tension procedure and all is fine.

This shop is only a couple of miles from me.... I don't have a way to get home other than Uber so unless I can plan way in advance it is pretty tough to get to shops on the other side of the metro from me.

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