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I've done a lot of searching on here regarding lowering the bike. I've determined that my wire harness did not need to be moved because it is not mounted in the center as most other bikes are, it's already mounted on the side. Looking at my belt cover, it didn't appear that I would be rubbing there either as some of the older bikes did because of the new style cover. BUT my belt is rubbing. Only on bumps with 2 up. I could hear an unusual noise so when I stopped I took a look around and noticed the rub marks on the backside of the belt. You can see the mark on the left part of the belt...at least I got my belt adjusted to track properly so I have no more noise from that. thumb up I took a peek inside the cover and found what its rubbing on. The belt cover gasket! The gasket dips down about a quarter inch or so but the weird thing is, there is no bolt at that spot, just some extra gasket material. I'm going to pull the exhaust off next weekend so I can get the cover off then trim that piece of gasket off. I'd take a pic of the gasket but I can't get my camera in a good enough position. My first look at the mark it was a real crisp line going down the backside of the belt at about 1/16" wide. It's not as defined now and a bit wider, the gasket material is starting to bend over to the side.

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I decided I'd go out it today. I have a pdf file with the manual and followed instructions. I got the clamps loose, bracket bolts out and wiggled and pulled on the mufflers but they didn't budge. I tapped lightly with a hammer and still didn't budge. I'm afraid to beat on it. I put all the bolts back in and tightened everything back up. I took a small chisel and heated the end of it with a torch and reached in to scrape at the protruding gasket piece. That took the piece of gasket out that was rubbing. Then I noticed there is another one further back...this one has a bolt going through it. Anybody have any tricks of the trade to get these mufflers off?
 

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Hey Rebel.

I did a 1.25 kit on my 2011 Vegas on Friday. I tightened the shock moved the wires and went for a ride. I was banging in the rear sounded like tire hitting...I heard the rubbing noises and have the same mark on my belt.
I went home yank the kit and put 500miles on the bike! Looks awesome but worrying if your going to break something for a cleaner looking fender is $100 lesson.
 

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Hey Rebel.

I did a 1.25 kit on my 2011 Vegas on Friday. I tightened the shock moved the wires and went for a ride. I was banging in the rear sounded like tire hitting...I heard the rubbing noises and have the same mark on my belt.
I went home yank the kit and put 500miles on the bike! Looks awesome but worrying if your going to break something for a cleaner looking fender is $100 lesson.
Yeah, I'm not doing it for looks. I NEED to do it for safety. One way or another I have to make it work. I'm just under 5' 8" with pretty short legs. Even with the bike lowered and riding 2 up I still can't flat foot. At stock hieght, I can barely touch the ground. If I end up stoped somewhere and the road dips down on either side of my bike, we're going over.
 

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I've got a 2010 Kingpin that's lowered 1", I'm 5'6", 27" inseam. I went to Sears and bought a pair of Diehard boots. They have a taller heel and sole than others, and that gave me enough to flat foot the bike, and feel comfortable with it.
 

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A trick I do is where the muffler meets the header pipe spray some WD40 around it. By the time you wipe your hands your go to go.
Now twist and wiggle by holding onto the back of the muffler.
 

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Thanks, once I get the exhaust off I think I may go with them witch doctor open belt covers, looks good and may make future belt changes easier.
 
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