Anyone figured out what the hell this noise is? 1st gear, you know what I am talking about.
Yes, sorry. I should have sourced my information to OCKTriple. He documented it first in his thread. I was in quite a hurry yesterday.dazco said:Yep, as OKCTriple said his dealer told him on his service the other day, the chirp is indeed a loose belt.
Yeah, they do. And yes, i have the manual but it tells you how to do it with the tool you'd have to buy. you don't need it tho. It's really quite simple. Push on the belt 1/2 way between the front and rear pulleys and see how much pressure it takes to move it a given amount. the ideal adjustment would be that when pushing it with 10 Lbs of pressure it moves 1/4". I just adjusted it to where it was at 1/4" with probably 1/2 to 3/4 of that and the chirping went away. I fear it being too tight so i just left it there. But if you have a good feel for things like this i think you can get it plenty close enough as i feel i did. Also theres a oblong hole in the lower guard that is hidden by the muffler. But the muffler has to come off anyways to get to the axl bolt. You can use that hole as a guage as described in that thread of OKCTriple's. Just another way to do it.
anyways, the procedure to tighten it goes like this..
1)-remove the muffler bolt that holds it near the rear and remove the heat shiel to get to the hose clamp that clamps the muffler to the cat. you can either remove the muffler or swing it a bit out of the way to get to the axl bolt.
2)-loosen the axl bolt
3)-loosen the outside nut on each side of the axl adjusters and spin it a bit out of the way.
4)-turn each side an equal amount, say a 8th turn and check the belt to see how much that tightened it. repeat doing a little at a time till the belt is where you want it.
5)-torque down the axl bolt then the outside nuts on the adjusters on each side to lock the adjuster nut in place
Remember to turn each side the same amount each time so as not to throw the alignment out. Also you can use the markers in the frame and adjusters on each side to make sure they are both in the same place, tho DO turn them the same amount each time anyways and use the markers to check and be sure it's not off on one side from the other. This is probably mostly known to you having adjusted chains in the past unless this is your first bike.
If i recall it was in the neighborhood of 80 Ft Lbs, (108 Nm) but i would have been more likely to remember had i torqued it.....i didn't have the right size socket. I looked at at the spec before i saw i didn't have a socket so i DID see what it was. So i had to use a monkey wrench. But i'm pretty sure it was in the 80's....88 (119 Nm) seems to ring a bell. by the way, i like to use Ft Lbs vs Nm just because i'm used to that so i wrote all the Ft Lb equivilents next to the Mn specs in the manual using a program called "convert".Do you know the torque spec on that axle nut?
If i recall it was in the neighborhood of 80 Ft Lbs, (59 Nm) but i would have been more likely to remember had i torqued it.....i didn't have the right size socket. I looked at at the spec before i saw i didn't have a socket so i DID see what it was. So i had to use a monkey wrench. But i'm pretty sure it was in the 80's....88 (64 Nm) seems to ring a bell. by the way, i like to use Ft Lbs vs Nm just because i'm used to that so i wrote all the Ft Lb equivilents next to the Mn specs in the manual using a program called "convert".
Now for MY question.....anyone know what size that nut is? I assume it must be in the manual but thought i'd ask so i might pick one up today at lunch.
I purchased one the manuals from ebay and the manual is of good quality.I found them on ebay and i and a few others bought them from this guy who sells copies. they are however very good copies and are about 50 bucks verses $120 from triumph, or so the guy said in an email. My speedy manual from triumph was $80 4 years ago and a much smaller manual due to the bike requiring a lot less info being injected and water cooled. So even if he's lying about triumph's cost it's still going to be much cheaper. i paid $52 off his ebay page but if you go to his site they are i think $45 as others here paid. Other can tell you how to get to it. I wish i'd known when i bought mine. Shipping is free by the way
this could also be a sign of your belt being to tight, i have reading quite bit on the harley forums as they have had belts for years, one thing i have picked up on and is quite a common problem is the two pulleys expand when hot and can expand beyond what the belt can stretch with, this results in noise from the belt, if you thing your belt is not to loose but still have the sound take it for a run and once everything has warmed up and then check it, it will be tighter than when cold but it should not be like a guitar string. some of the harley guys prefer to tension the belt when warm rather than cold to make sure its rite, as every pulley expands differently i dont know how relevant this is to the T-Bird