Squeeky Drive Belt
This is nothing new for many XC/XCT riders, but I want to share an easy fix with everyone that is as simple as pie to do. I cannot take credit for it as I have read about it either here or on other forums, but finally put it to use for myself. It does in fact work and I could not be more pleased.
Like many riders, my XCT drive belt has always made some noise. Recently when it really got bad, I removed the right side bag and side cover and used some hot soapy water and a brush to really scrub the inner belt and sprocket, rolling the bike forward until I had cleaned the entire belt. When I took off....the thing REALLY squeeled until it dried, then it got a lot quieter, but still made enough noise to be noticeable.
A week later, and ready to go the next step, I again removed the right side cover and bag. With the belt still fairly clean from my prior scrubbing, I simply took a small dry bar of soap (like you would find in a hotel) and started to rub it all over the outside edges of the belt, the entire inner belt, and the exposed rear sprocket, making sure to rub the bar along the inner edge of the sprocket on both sides. I then rolled the bike forward a couple times and repeated the process until I had hit the entire belt. There were lots of soap shavings lying on the floor when I was done.
I took off for work the next morning and could not believe my ears. The belt noise was completely gone...I mean like GONE gone....like there was no belt at all...!! All the way to work I kept waiting for it to come back, but it stayed silent. I was both amazed and ecstatic. What really blew me away was how much quieter the bike was when I hit the freeway. I never really realized how much the belt noise ramped up at speed until there was none. At 70 mph, there was the wind, the hum of the engine and my Witchdoctors exhaust. It truly sounded like a whole new bike. It has always been a pleasure to ride, but now it is a pleasure to listen to as well.
This remedy took me less then ten minutes to apply. Try it if you are battling the belt whine.
Last edited by Netnorske; 08-15-2013 at 08:12 AM.