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post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old 05-29-2011, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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So I had the dreaded gas smell some XC/XR riders have. Kinda funny how it's only some and not all.

Anyway, after much trial and error in finding a fix, a Tech Guru at Ma Victory sent an email to my dealership saying it's a common problem and the fix is to separate the two vent lines where they come together under the seat and run them separately down to where the existing one ends.

The cause is the two lines coming together so close to the gas cap causes a positive pressure which force gas fumes out the vent hole in the gas cap.

So I separated them. Put a bolt in the T-fitting and added a length of hose and secured it with some zip ties.

Problem fixed. No more gas smell. Victory came through in the end.

Hope this post helps others who experience the same issue.

Edit: Using a 2"-3" length of hose in place of the T-fitting is better than using a bolt to block one part of the fitting off. Just thought of that.

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Thanks, BBob.

I'm printing your post and taking it to my dealer here in CT so he is aware of the fix for other XC/XR riders. No dreaded gas smell on my XC yesterday but, it was the first day on my new XC.
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That's fantastic RedRocker. Helping others and learning from others are two of the things I like best about forums.
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Great fix Bob.
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Well, scratch out my last reply. I caught a whiff of the gasoline at least twice on our latest ride today. Thanks to BBob I will have my service tech perform this fix when I take it in for the 500 mile service on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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So I had the dreaded gas smell some XC/XR riders have. Kinda funny how it's only some and not all.

Anyway, after much trial and error in finding a fix, a Tech Guru at Ma Victory sent an email to my dealership saying it's a common problem and the fix is to separate the two vent lines where they come together under the seat and run them separately down to where the existing one ends.

The cause is the two lines coming together so close to the gas cap causes a positive pressure which force gas fumes out the vent hole in the gas cap.

So I separated them. Put a bolt in the T-fitting and added a length of hose and secured it with some zip ties.

Problem fixed. No more gas smell. Victory came through in the end.

Hope this post helps others who experience the same issue.
I just noticed the smell today.

What size hose is required?
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That's a good question. I just used some hose I had laying around since it was just going to handle fumes. If you take the left side cover off you will see the end of the vent line. You can take a measurement there because it's the same under the seat where the T-fitting is. Now that I think about it; a 2" inch length of the hose can be used in place of the T-fitting. I don't know why I didn't think of that before. Duh.

I routed the hose going down under the wiring harness in that area then over to the same place the existing line ended.

I'd like to see Victory do a recall on this with the correct hard vent lines and connectors at the T-fitting. Seems like a safety/fire/health hazard issue with the gas fumes and all.
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Am I correct in assuming that, when the job is completed, you simply end up with two independent tubes? I too have smelled gas fumes in my garage. If this is a serious safety problem, perhaps NHTSA should be informed.

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Am I correct in assuming that, when the job is completed, you simply end up with two independent tubes? I too have smelled gas fumes in my garage. If this is a serious safety problem, perhaps NHTSA should be informed.
Yep. Two hoses, lines, or tubes. However you would like to describe it.

Well, actually I do think it's a safety hazard, and emailed my dealership about it. I'm hoping he forwards it to Ma Vic but unless fires start happening or someone passes out from the fumes; I doubt anything will be done about it.

I'd be happy if Victory would just send out the repair kit which would include a hard line like the existing one to run parallel and two pieces of hose to connect them. Just send it to everyone who has bought an XC or XR. If someone is uncomfortable installing it themselves they can always take it to the dealer or anyone who can take two bolts off for the seat.
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I have a contact at the Vic factory that I informed about this issue. He requested a link to this thread and said he would pass the info on to the engineers. Hopefully, we will get the results we desire.

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