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10-05-2012, 01:03 PM,
#16
RE: V Star 950 belt issues or problems
@bevo 1981 any issues or resolution with this? I was thinking the pulley, but who knows. Let us know, I'm really curious.

p.s. cool bike
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10-14-2012, 05:02 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-14-2012, 05:03 PM by bevo1981.)
#17
RE: V Star 950 belt issues or problems
well i got my belt replaced and after a couple weeks no squeak and no clunking from slippage. now i'll just see if it was just a defective belt that wore out too soon or if this new belt does the same thing then it means it's my pulleys. the 1st belt lasted 29K miles so i'm guessing i won't be finding out any time soon
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10-14-2012, 07:40 PM,
#18
RE: V Star 950 belt issues or problems
Cool, keep us informed.
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12-04-2012, 02:34 PM,
#19
RE: V Star 950 belt issues or problems
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(10-14-2012, 05:02 PM)bevo1981 Wrote: well i got my belt replaced and after a couple weeks no squeak and no clunking from slippage. now i'll just see if it was just a defective belt that wore out too soon or if this new belt does the same thing then it means it's my pulleys. the 1st belt lasted 29K miles so i'm guessing i won't be finding out any time soon

Did the alignment look different after the belt was changed ?

I am considering the 950 to replace my 650 since the 650 is being discontinued and the spline issues with the shaft drive on the 650.
(I know...swapped the rear with the 535 virago and using molybendium now but still) I was told the belt of the 950 would "last the life of the bike" (stealership salesman remark...arrgh) but needing a new one at 28,000 with that little wear ? you gotta be kidding me !
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12-05-2012, 01:20 AM,
#20
RE: V Star 950 belt issues or problems
(10-14-2012, 05:02 PM)bevo1981 Wrote: well i got my belt replaced and after a couple weeks no squeak and no clunking from slippage. now i'll just see if it was just a defective belt that wore out too soon or if this new belt does the same thing then it means it's my pulleys. the 1st belt lasted 29K miles so i'm guessing i won't be finding out any time soon

I'm willing to bet that when your new mechanic fitted up the new belt he made sure that the pulleys are in the correct alignment. You don't get a good reputation for doing crap work and if you're that good you don't want to be doing the job over. In my workshop I used the maxim:
"One satisfied customer will get three more...... One unsatisfied customer will cost you FIVE!" I was always booked out 3 weeks in advance!

Keep on top of it and when it's time for a rear tyre change get that bloke to do it!

My thoughts.

Gibbo Cool
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12-07-2012, 08:51 PM,
#21
RE: V Star 950 belt issues or problems
(09-23-2012, 09:05 PM)bevo1981 Wrote: took the bike out yesterday and the belt was slipping a lot more than before now, even during normal acceleration. and when i hit 80mph, it would slip occasionally slip just at constant speed until i slowed it down a bit and then able to accelerate back up to speed again. i started thinking that it could be the rear pulley needs to be realigned to prevent the issue from occurring with the new belt so i'm gonna bring that up with the mechanic when the new belt arrives. if you look at the pulley from behind the bike, the belt is tracking on the left side instead of the middle. i don't know if that's normal since i'm no expert, but that could be what is causing the 'whirring' noise. at any rate, i'll find out more once the new belt comes in.

Still wondering if you can see an alignment difference between the old belt and new ?
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12-19-2012, 10:03 PM,
#22
RE: V Star 950 belt issues or problems
I had a similar experience with my bike on an interstate trip. After a couple of hours non stop U could hear the noise you are talking about and thought I could smell burning rubber. Had a look over the bike and couldn't find anything obvious. Bike was serviced when it got home and the mechanic said the belt was rubbing on the foam that is under the pulley cover, and was probably doing it from day one. There was no major damage to the belt. I do still get the odd squeak or noise, but I've just put it down the the dynamics of the belt. I understand they are not cheap, so anything we can do to make them last has to be worthwhile! Still, SO much better than lubing chains all the time!

Cheers,
xvs950.
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12-21-2012, 05:14 PM,
#23
RE: V Star 950 belt issues or problems
On the belt issue in general...I read the procedure for measuring the belt tension and then they recommend taking the bike in to have it adjusted.
1. Does the belt need to be adjusted often ? (as compared to a chain).
2. Is it that difficult to adjust that a dealer is suggested ?
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01-12-2013, 05:47 AM, (This post was last modified: 01-12-2013, 05:48 AM by bevo1981.)
#24
RE: V Star 950 belt issues or problems
(12-07-2012, 08:51 PM)starship01 Wrote:
(09-23-2012, 09:05 PM)bevo1981 Wrote: took the bike out yesterday and the belt was slipping a lot more than before now, even during normal acceleration. and when i hit 80mph, it would slip occasionally slip just at constant speed until i slowed it down a bit and then able to accelerate back up to speed again. i started thinking that it could be the rear pulley needs to be realigned to prevent the issue from occurring with the new belt so i'm gonna bring that up with the mechanic when the new belt arrives. if you look at the pulley from behind the bike, the belt is tracking on the left side instead of the middle. i don't know if that's normal since i'm no expert, but that could be what is causing the 'whirring' noise. at any rate, i'll find out more once the new belt comes in.

Still wondering if you can see an alignment difference between the old belt and new ?


issue is resolved. whether i have a bad pully(s) that was causing the problem will remain to be seen if this new belt goes bad in a few thousand miles.

(12-21-2012, 05:14 PM)starship01 Wrote: On the belt issue in general...I read the procedure for measuring the belt tension and then they recommend taking the bike in to have it adjusted.
1. Does the belt need to be adjusted often ? (as compared to a chain).
2. Is it that difficult to adjust that a dealer is suggested ?

good idea to check it when you change your oil. you can adjust it using the end screws coming out of the end of the swingarms in the back
Ride to work. Work to ride.
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04-16-2017, 03:18 PM,
#25
RE: V Star 950 belt issues or problems
This tip might help...It's how I adjust my rear pulley alignment.

Rather than relying on the index marks, this is much more accurate.

1. Loosed the rear axel nut.
2. Raise the rear wheel in the air with a lift.
3. Adjust the left tension adjuster to obtain the proper belt tension.
4. While spinning the wheel, adjust the right tensioner until the drive belt is tracking dead center on the rear pulley. There will be a small gap on both sides of the belt.
5. Your rear wheel pulley is now perfectly aligned with the drive belt.
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