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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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01-30-2018, 04:56 PM,
#26
RE: V Star 950 belt issues or problems
(08-01-2012, 06:44 PM)Howard Wrote: I have a 2010 VSTAR 950 and I've always been on time for regular maintenance but now I am getting frustrated as it came back after its belt adjustment and is making a wooshing noise. I took it back in, and it stopped for a bit making the wooshing noise, but now it is doing it again. I guess I am going to have to dig into this myself and take the cover off as it has to be coming from where the engine and the belt meet.

Anyone want to give me some pointers? I guess I can take it back to them but they screwed up once and I'm not sure about their techs since they can't even fix this. Maybe find another dealer, but let me know.

This, I posted to my FB page. It is Tucson specific but will tell you what is wrong with your bike....
Oh my goodness, what I have found out about my motorcycle issue!! I have been to three different shops, one of those shops twice for this issue. Here is the deal: yamaha v stars (950) have an issue with the original pulleys, and all the parts involved in this system. The issue is WELL DOCUMENTED and is all over the internet. So, shout out to the mechanic I went to today, Rich Miller at Motion Motorsports (520-888-2887). He watched the Youtube videos I had to show him, read through the comments on the Yamaha forum that I had saved. Then he went in to see if Yamaha had address this SQUEAKING issue and they have. They have "upgraded" 4 different parts, including the pulley belt, to resolve this issue. He told me to go to Ride now and see if there was a recall in place. There is not. (But by the time I am done with this issue, there may be! Or a real good class action lawsuit!)
He said I don't need simply a belt because that would not fix the problem, it would just go bad again. But I do need to make the upgrades (including the upgraded belt). Even though my belt is not ready to break, he says the fact that it has been up against the left side for so long it is wearing on the left. I specifically asked at CSA if the belt riding on the outside like that was an issue and was told it was not a problem. :( Rich said, he thinks it would be best if I didn't ride it too much. But we both shrugged, knowing it is my only transportation. I swear, if I die because of this issue, I will be haunting some people!!!
I have a predicament now though. Most of this will be covered by my warranty (That is only good for another month) but the belt would not be covered, even though it must be changed out when the new parts are. So, I need to make sure Yamaha pays for the new belt - it is the only way to get this mouthy woman to shut up and go away! But, Rich is a one man shop (he won't be for long, now that the word is out). He is too small to be able to buy all the parts up front (almost $1,000) and then wait for a reimbursement from my warranty. I would go back to CSA, but I have lost confidence in them. ( Why didn't they look all this up?? Why did I have to do all the research??) And the Yamaha dealership, Ride Now, is SOOOO not an option. As most bikers know. But, there you have it. Time to call Yamaha. Right after I get the name of a good class action lawyer.
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