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Burning rubber smell


simskid

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2009 RT. I've searched the site and didn't see anything related and before I dig too deep I thought I'd ask. I've noticed that during the last two rides at stops and when I park I notice a burning rubber smell. It's not an oil smell and it goes away quick. I've done nothing to the bike recently, oil level is fine. Any suggestions before I start digging?

 

 

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Make sure that the muffler is far enough away from your rear tire.

There is a specific minimal gap in your owners manual, as your muffler can be rotated during installation and will swing closer/further away as you rotate it on it's header joint.

 

The muffler needs to be taken off or loosened and rotated out of the way, if for whatever reason your rear wheel needs to be removed.

Check the header joint bolt and bracket attachment bolt for tightness. These have to be torqued to a specific setting.

Torca clamp to silencer joint is 55Nm and bracket to footrest is 19Nm.

 

Don't "guess", use a proper torque wrench.

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dirtrider

Morning simskid

 

I occasionally get a rubber burning smell from my RT when traveling fast for long distances on the turnpike in low traffic conditions. It seems large trucks leave a lot of fine tire rubber on the pavement in the R/H lane.

I travel in the R/H lane when traffic is light so some of that rubber gets tossed up on my wheels & brake rotors as well as on engine & cat.

 

Look for signs of a light rubber residue on the rear wheel as that is a good sign you were riding on a road with lots of fine rubber on the road surface.

 

If the above isn't the cause then look for oil on the cat from the engine rear main or balancer shaft area. And possibly look for a bit of seepage on the final drive seals.

 

 

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I think the minimum clearance between the tire and the exhaust pipe is equal to the diameter of the screwdriver handle in the bike's tool kit.

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dirtrider

The tire to muffler distance is 15mm-- as a reference a standard dime is just under 18mm. An index finger that fits between the tire & muffler should give plenty of clearance.

 

 

 

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Thanks All. Rode home from work and just a little smell, right off the muffler. Must be the magical rubber dust from somewhere. all clearances look good. Maybe i'm just losin my mind...heck maybe thats what I smelled.

 

Sorry for being a nusiance......

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dirtrider

Evening simskid

 

Another thought-- Any chance a passenger got a rubber boot sole down on the side of the hot muffler? (should be a black mark on the muffler if so)

 

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