Drive Belt Issues

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  1. cerobinson

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    So I started hearing a "noise" on my XCT while I was riding that I could hear over the radio. The only way to describe the noise is it is a "worble" over the sound of my pipes..

    Once the wife heard the same sound, off to a local Victory service department and it is suspected that the drive belt is loose and is the cause..

    My question is that with less then 10,000 miles on the bike, should the drive belt stretch?

    The back wheel has never been removed and no adjustments have been made after the first dealer service.
     
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    Once the belt is readjusted after the initial break period it should be good for the belts life. Are you sure it was ever adjusted by your dealer at the 500 mile service?
     
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    Yep, they could and really after tire replacement and make sure a final alignment follows the retension procedure and if you are unsure how to do the Dealer can. But, the adjustment is supposed to be made with belt dry and at ambient temp and no washing or moisture prior to adjustment. So I do my own...
     
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    I can only say that it was on the sheet of what was done after the service. I just got confirmation from the current dealer that it was loose and they adjusted it and the noise went away.. If it comes on again, I will get the belt replaced.
     
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    I'm guessing it was never readjusted. No need for a new belt for a long time-provided it was adjusted correctly. This is why you need a lift & a service manual.
     
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    Its on my bucket list!!!!
     
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    your belt is good for 80K if not more.
    your belt like he said has to be adjusted when cold.
    When riding and you hear the sound pull in clutch if sound stops its the belt for sure.
    Have you lowered the bike
     
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    Why do you tell people this when Victory recommends replacement at 35,000 miles? If someone uses this info and runs a belt to 75K miles and ends up on the side of interstate with a broken belt, 500 miles from home, wouldn't you feel bad?
     
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    Mine says 30k ('13 XC), is the vision 5k better?
     
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    My CR is at 30k.
     
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    35k and new belt !
    Is there a longer lasting belt option ?
    A drive shaft conversion kit ?
    Lol just kidding.
     
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    Coincidentally, there is a shaft conversion available. It goes in a v-twin and comes out an inline 6. The tank badge changes a little from a V to a wing, you lose a little bit of the exhaust sound, some of the coolness factor but you can set the autopilot and take a nap. I hear you can get it done for just under 24k these days.
     
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    I have been following the belt threads and have not seen a story when a belt failed on a Cross Country. You are widely respected by many on this forum for your knowledge of all things Victory. So I ask this question with all due respect: Have you heard of or seen a belt fail on a Cross Country that has been properly maintained with less than 80,000 miles?
    I ask because my bike has 53,000 on the same belt and every time I take it to a mechanic I trust, he says keep going, it's fine. Of course, I check it regularly for rocks, tears and cracks in the teeth. I also check the belt tension at every tire change.
     
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