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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-27-2012, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Default Chirping Belt - Tension, Cleaning, or Lube?

Was told by shop A that the belt needs cleaning and by shop B that the belt tension needs adjusting. With 6000 miles on my bike, I am leaning towards the tension needing adjusting (missed at 5000 mile check by shop A?). Will have shop B adjust tension tomorrow and will provide feedback. The chirping is really annoying for such a fine machine, '08 Kingpin Tour.
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Im having the same issue with my 08 8 ball, 9000 miles. waiting to see what the pros say....
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First off new belts stretch about a 1/8" in the begging and by a thousand mile the stretching is done.
Chirping comes from the fact that Polaris has lets the belt manufacture have to big of a tolerance. I measured my belt and it Vere's by as much as 25 thousand. Polaris pulley only give about a 1/16" side to side play.
So yes at one point or four points the belt is fine but never all the way around.
Never use any kind of spay stuff to stop the chirp cause what ever you use gathers dust and and dirt and in time will ruin your belt. Dust and dirt have cutting edges to it.
Go to your grocery store and look in the isle for canning goods for food your Mom might all ready have some or buy paraffin wax. Rub it on the out side edge of your belt and chirping will be gone.
Polaris should narrow there belts by a 1/16th and all would be a quite ride.

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Im having the same issue with my 08 8 ball, 9000 miles. waiting to see what the pros say....
It was belt tension for my Kingpin! Chirping is gone! Shop B (Erv's Sales and Service, Tomahawk, WI) took extra measures to make sure tire was even side to side and ran bike and watched how belt tracked. They had to remove my saddlebag and I believe the belt guard while adjusting/checking. One could loosen the large nut on left side of rear wheel and evenly adjust small tensioning nuts for the do-it-yourselfer. I am happy with the end result. I took bike out for a test ride before they reassembled everything. Cost $60.

Thanks for advice on belt dressings/lube. Glad I waited on that possible solution.
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Hmmm... I find the Dupont dry lube with Teflon in a waxy base to be excellent for my belts. Helps to keep the teeth and belt clean too. To each their own though...
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I had my 5000 mile service completed before going to the Sturgis motorcycle rally. About 300 miles into the trip the belt started making lots of noise when cold. After a while, it was making noise all the time. I cleaned the belt, adjusted the alignment and tension, and used the dry lubricant. Nothing worked for very long. The noise kept coming back and seemed to be getting worse. By the time I arrived in Sturgis it was really loud and I went the Victory display in downtown to talk to someone. Apparently they knew about this issue with their big bikes having this problem, but nothing else. I had to go 30 miles to Rapid City to the Victory dealer and have it looked at. No mechanics or technicians in Sturgis, really? The Rapid City dealer adjusted the belt and the noise was not any better. The warrantee person at Rapid City talked to Victory and they agreed to replace the belt and pulley in an attempt to resolve the issue. According to one of the engineers at Victory, it is a problem with the drive system that they are painfully aware of. They are currently testing various belt and pulley configurations. Unfortunately, they had no belts or pulley in stock. No spare parts for Victory in Sturgis, really? My bike is now at the Victory dealer back here in San Diego getting the work done. I can tell you one thing, I am not putting soap, lubricant, wax or anything on my belt any more. This is Victory's problem, not mine. I will go back and get that belt and pulley changed again and again until this problem is fixed. For 23k dollars, people should be looking because the bike is awesome, not because it sounds like I am dragging a mouse to death.
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I had my 5000 mile service completed before going to the Sturgis motorcycle rally. About 300 miles into the trip the belt started making lots of noise when cold. After a while, it was making noise all the time. I cleaned the belt, adjusted the alignment and tension, and used the dry lubricant. Nothing worked for very long. The noise kept coming back and seemed to be getting worse. By the time I arrived in Sturgis it was really loud and I went the Victory display in downtown to talk to someone. Apparently they knew about this issue with their big bikes having this problem, but nothing else. I had to go 30 miles to Rapid City to the Victory dealer and have it looked at. No mechanics or technicians in Sturgis, really? The Rapid City dealer adjusted the belt and the noise was not any better. The warrantee person at Rapid City talked to Victory and they agreed to replace the belt and pulley in an attempt to resolve the issue. According to one of the engineers at Victory, it is a problem with the drive system that they are painfully aware of. They are currently testing various belt and pulley configurations. Unfortunately, they had no belts or pulley in stock. No spare parts for Victory in Sturgis, really? My bike is now at the Victory dealer back here in San Diego getting the work done. I can tell you one thing, I am not putting soap, lubricant, wax or anything on my belt any more. This is Victory's problem, not mine. I will go back and get that belt and pulley changed again and again until this problem is fixed. For 23k dollars, people should be looking because the bike is awesome, not because it sounds like I am dragging a mouse to death.
I had my rear tire replaced at 9200 miles and was worried the belt chirping might come back. Thankfully it didn't. Listened to a Victory chirp by at the AVR. My bike was going on the auction block if I had to listen to the chirping. Still considering shaft drive like my old Honda CX500. The shop that tensioned my belt and got rid of the chirping, charged me $50. Anyone got a Victory warranty address to send that bill to? Yes, my Kingpin is still under warranty for three more weeks.

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I think you have to get warranty work approved before they do it. Once I was having the problem, everyone I was with could spot a Victory from a distance just by the noise. At Sturgis, by friend test rode a squeaky Vision also.

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I had my 5000 mile service completed before going to the Sturgis motorcycle rally. About 300 miles into the trip the belt started making lots of noise when cold. After a while, it was making noise all the time. I cleaned the belt, adjusted the alignment and tension, and used the dry lubricant. Nothing worked for very long. The noise kept coming back and seemed to be getting worse. By the time I arrived in Sturgis it was really loud and I went the Victory display in downtown to talk to someone. Apparently they knew about this issue with their big bikes having this problem, but nothing else. I had to go 30 miles to Rapid City to the Victory dealer and have it looked at. No mechanics or technicians in Sturgis, really? The Rapid City dealer adjusted the belt and the noise was not any better. The warrantee person at Rapid City talked to Victory and they agreed to replace the belt and pulley in an attempt to resolve the issue. According to one of the engineers at Victory, it is a problem with the drive system that they are painfully aware of. They are currently testing various belt and pulley configurations. Unfortunately, they had no belts or pulley in stock. No spare parts for Victory in Sturgis, really? My bike is now at the Victory dealer back here in San Diego getting the work done. I can tell you one thing, I am not putting soap, lubricant, wax or anything on my belt any more. This is Victory's problem, not mine. I will go back and get that belt and pulley changed again and again until this problem is fixed. For 23k dollars, people should be looking because the bike is awesome, not because it sounds like I am dragging a mouse to death.
Update: Put the Cross Country into the shop one week ago. The warranty will cover the replacement of the belt and pulleys to get rid of the noise. Now I have been told that Victory has the pulley on back order till next month! Maybe Polaris should stick to snowmobiles.

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Update: Put the Cross Country into the shop one week ago. The warranty will cover the replacement of the belt and pulleys to get rid of the noise. Now I have been told that Victory has the pulley on back order till next month! Maybe Polaris should stick to snowmobiles.
Why is Victory pulling the wool over customers eye or ears.
The belt is cut to wide for the pulley.
If the belt was 1/8" narrow you or they could adjust it so it would track to the outer edge.
If you read how to adjust the belt its ass backwards of what you would think. I guess cause of the link system you roll wheel backwards them forward. All other bikes roll forward to adjust.

By the way yes I said wax the edge of the belt and 7 thousand miles and no chirp.

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