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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-29-2015, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question Belt Alignment, Noise?

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I have a 2008 Kingpin. I have noticed lately a faint chirping noise when going slow. Looking at my belt it seems to be running against the outside of my rear pulley. Marks on the edge of my belt confirm this. Is this normal? Should I adjust my belt and alignment?

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Hi,
I have a 2008 Kingpin. I have noticed lately a faint chirping noise when going slow. Looking at my belt it seems to be running against the outside of my rear pulley. Marks on the edge of my belt confirm this. Is this normal? Should I adjust my belt and alignment?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lay58u9hql...50001.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sx84kqx3xw...50034.jpg?dl=0

Thanks!
The belts on Vic's, for whatever reason, are incredibly temperamental. If the alignment and tension isn't just right, they make noise (dirt in the belt teeth can also cause this).

That said, the belt should ride on the outer edge of th epulley ever so slightly and set to proper tension (not sure what the tension should be set to on your 'pin).

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Should ride on the outer edge of pulley?
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Should the belt be riding on the outside edge of the pulley?
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My noise is not intrusive, i almost have ti listen for it, but belt is against outside edge of rear pulley.
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Loosen your axle nut , not a lot but enough so if you tap it lightly it will move . Loosen your left side adjusting nut 1/4 -1/2 a turn , no more than that , tap it forward to bottom out the adjuster and tighten the axle nut . This should help to pull the belt more towards the center of the rear pulley if its riding tightly against the outside . Sometimes your belt is more likely to squeak too if its unusually on the loose side . 1/4 -1/2 is a very small increment but may just do the trick . Clean your belt while your there with a plastic bristle brush and some soapy water , dish detergent is fine .

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Can I do that with bike on the ground?
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Yes , I had to do a full adjustment one time after my dealer overtightened my belt and virtually locked up on me when it heated up .... 60 miles from home . Yours is simple , this is why I told you to tap it forward , use a small piece of wood to put against it and hit it just until it bottoms out , then sock down the axle nut to 60 ft lbs , or in layman's terms , till its tight .

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And , don't get your finger caught in the belt and cut the end off of it like I did last year .... Actually , today might even be the anniversary of that faithful day .... I did it while spinning the wheel on the lift with the belt guards removed , Don't remove your belt guards !

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I'm not sure the belt will ever be whisper silent. There will always be some type of friction with moving parts to make some noise


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