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I had a rubbing noises coming from the rear of my '13 XCT. While cleaning today with the saddle bags off I noticed a loose plastic piece hanging under the rear fender. My driver's backrest has dropped all the way through the mounting bracket and pushed this plastic piece into the rear tire well. When the rear tire bottoms out it rubs on the plastic piece that the driver's backrest has pushed through. This plastic piece has a channel in it that holds the air line for the rear shock. This could puncture the air line and cause the rear shock to bottom out even more, which causes an unsafe situation. The driver's backrest has 4 slots to adjust the height. If the backrest goes past the 4th slot it will push the plastic piece into the rear tire well. Do Not Push Your Driver's Backrest All The Way To The Seat Cushion. Driver's backrest must stop at the 4 slot. I will show to dealer tomorrow and keep y'all posted. I believe Victory has an unsafe situation and a recall issue. Ride Safe, Godspeed.
 

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Good luck on that one! I had my rear shock start leaking hydrolic fluid onto my rear tire and after it was fixed (under warranty) I asked them if their should be some kind of recall or fix for this because slick hydro fluid all over your back tire is not a good thing. They didn't seem to care so I emailed Ma Vic who just sent me a generic apology email.
 

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this was talked about a couple of years ago. i heard a rubbing noise
on hard bumps. same thing.. i took my cutoff wheel and cut an
inch or so off the post[at the bottom, of course]. others have
had the same issue. hope this helps. im using the vic backrest
on my ultimate seat.
 

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this was talked about a couple of years ago. i heard a rubbing noise
on hard bumps. same thing.. i took my cutoff wheel and cut an
inch or so off the post[at the bottom, of course]. others have
had the same issue. hope this helps. im using the vic backrest
on my ultimate seat.
DAMN! For the life of me I've been search for the source of a banging when I hit dips and bumps! Couldn't find a scrape or anything. Just started about 500 miles ago. Went out and checked my bike and the seat back is all the way down. Going to take it for a spin and see if it's fixed.

Thanks for the tip!
 

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+1 on cutting off the bottom inch or so of the backrest's post.
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This should be a sticky for all too see. Particularly for lowered bikes!!!

Looks like I need to cut 1' to 2" off. Any feed back on how much is safe to cut off?
 

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No One Should Die For A Fix

Good luck on that one! I had my rear shock start leaking hydrolic fluid onto my rear tire and after it was fixed (under warranty) I asked them if their should be some kind of recall or fix for this because slick hydro fluid all over your back tire is not a good thing. They didn't seem to care so I emailed Ma Vic who just sent me a generic apology email.
I hope Ma Vic takes notice. No One Should Die (or serious injury) Before Vic Fixes This. Too many times we see in traffic safety or transportation only death and law suit gets corporate and gov. attention. I am not sue happy and despise frivolous law suits but some times unfortunately that's when something has to be done. Anyone remember Chevy Cobalt. It's called accountability. Vic should fix this before it's too late. The backrest post should be bolted permanently to the mounting bracket and the backrest height should be adjusted on the post. I have 28,000 miles on my '13 XCT, I bought it in Dec. of 2012 with the backrest on, I installed it and it just now became a problem! The driver's seat post has had pressure on the plastic piece and for over a year. There should be a warning or message or something on the instructions to notify the installer. I have a call in to service. We'll see where this goes. Godspeed.
 

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This should be a sticky for all too see. Particularly for lowered bikes!!!

Looks like I need to cut 1' to 2" off. Any feed back on how much is safe to cut off?
MTVic, if you look at the backrest post, you will see that it is separated into about four or so sections by a perpendicular lines on the post. I cut mine off at the lowest line with an angle grinder, then used a regular grinder to straighten the cut out. I did taper the end slightly with the grinder to help make it easier to slide into the backrest mount. I haven't bottomed out since I cut and inch or so off of the post.
 

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I installed a Utopia back rest. It mounts directly to the bracket under the seat that held the passenger strap. It seems very secure and was much cheaper.
 

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Hmmmmm...I installed my backrest today and think I may have accidentally pushed it all the way down while getting on the bike. Every time I hit a bump, I heard a rubbing sound in the rear. It is making sense now. How do I fix get the plastic piece back up out of the wheel area?? Can I just take the seat off and pull it up or do I have to take the bags off??
 

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pull the seat and see what there is and go from there.
 

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Or take the right saddle bag off and look past the wheel towards the shock. You'll see the black plastic piece that they are referring to. If it is out of place take the seat off and fix the top of it and make sure the bottom of the plastic is caught in the notches on the sides that retain it.
 

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Thanks fellas. I just hope I didn't do any damage to my rear shock air hose.
 

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I got home from work and removed the seat. The flap of plastic that holds the air hose was pushed down. I just pulled it back up and reinserted the air hose. I put some air in the shocks (it was really spongy) and took it for a spin. No more scraping problem! Thanks again!
 

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I had this problem. It actually broke the piece of plastic and had to be replaced. To keep it from happening again I went to Lowe's and got a thin strip of metal that is held in place by the back rest bracket. Now I can't push the rest too far down. And it was easier than cutting off some of the post.
 

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I had this problem. It actually broke the piece of plastic and had to be replaced. To keep it from happening again I went to Lowe's and got a thin strip of metal that is held in place by the back rest bracket. Now I can't push the rest too far down. And it was easier than cutting off some of the post.

Do you have any more information or a picture of what you have done?
 

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Do you have any more information or a picture of what you have done?
I tried to upload some pics but haven't figured out how to get my pictures on to some online site so I can give this forum an URL. (I know, I did it for my avatar, but that was a long time ago and my memory is short.)

I wanted a piece narrow enough to fit under the back rest mount and long enough to go completely under the mount and also rest over the metal strip in front of the mount (the one holding down some cables and wires. The piece I got is 1 5/8 inch by just under 5". It is also pretty thin, less than 1/8" thick. I loosened the mount enough to allow the metal piece to slide under, then I tightened it back up. When the back rest post slides into the mount it stops at the metal piece and doesn't press on the plastic hole cover. If I could upload the picture you could see where the post is rubbing on the metal piece instead of the plastic cover.

Hope this helps.
 

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I think I got the idea. I may have something like that laying around! Now all I have to do is figure out how to keep my windshield from fogging up on a cool, Florida night!
 
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