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Bought a 2004 Kingpin on Friday afternoon, rode about 130 miles, thought I heard a noise coming from back wheel area just at the last
couple miles from home. Never had a Victory before or belt drive, had a Honda, shaft drive, so lots of different noises anyway.
Took it back to dealership on Saturday. The tech on duty reset belt tension and alignment noise got worse. Thinking wheel bearing but
wanted a second opinion from a more experienced tech.
Found out yesterday( Monday) it was wheel bearing.
Had to order parts, hopefully ready by Friday or Saturday so I can have bike for weekend. Bummer though, new to me bike and can't ride.
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My cousin had a bad rear wheel bearing once on his 2003 Victory because the shop that installed the rear wheel with a new tire over-torqued the rear axle nut! Keep that in mind, if that nut isn't torqued to spec it could damage the bearing.
 

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That is a bummer. I hope the dealer is going to fix it free. Seeing as how you just bought it from them. How many miles are on it? You might want to consider having them through a new belt on it. If it is the original belt and has any high amount of miles on it.
 

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Humm... Well the bike does have almost new tires, a good 90% tread
left. So that very well could have been the problem. I know the techs
at the shop so I will bring that up to them. But I do have confidence
that they will do it right. They tell me I will not have to pay for the repair because I had the bike less than 24 hrs. Don't think they will mess it up or will have to do it again.
Thanks for the input. Ride safe,

Loren
 

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Bummer Update,
Got my bike back on June 17th, one month to the day that I bought it.
New bearing did not come in till the 28th of May. No matter what the techs did
they could not get the noise to go away, spacers in the bearing would not seat
inside the wheel. The decision was made to get a new wheel, the new wheel came in
on the 7th of June. Get this, wheel was inside a sealed plastic bag, inside two perfect
packing boxes. About 6 inches of the rim was bent to the outside, no scratches or dings in the wheel looked like it came out of the mold that way at the factory. Had to order another wheel. That wheel came in on the 17th of June.
Side note: I said in last post that there was 90% left that was the front tire, rear was
less but had cupping wear on it, bad wheel?, both tires were radials. After finding out radials on a Kingpin is not good, I went down to the Harley shop and bought a set of Dunlop 407 & 408's they gave me a 15% discount, (better that internet price), I didn't tell them they were going on a Victory. ;-) Anyway, bike is back on road and I just finished a 500 mile overnight trip to the Cottonwood Az. area. Lots of twisties and fun. Bike just ran awesome, can't wait till next weekend. Oh yeah, bottom line, dealership charged me nothing even mounted the new front tire for free. I'm a very happy camper right now. :)
 

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Now that is a dealer that is concerned with their PR.....and one I would use again and again in the future. Good for you....good for them. Hope you have it fixed....and a summer full of fun ahead.
 

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Take the old bearings to a bearing store you can buy new ones on the spot and they will be better then OEM.
Don't wait for Vic might be two weeks down time
 
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