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Author Topic: 2014 R Spec belt guard rubbing near rear  (Read 187 times)

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Offline got20z

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2014 R Spec belt guard rubbing near rear
« on: May 17, 2020, 07:47:31 pm »
Just bought a 4k mile r spec. Previous owner told me he just got it back from the shop for the same issue. He gave me the invoice showing that this was true. The belt had been a little loose and rubbed the guard. He said they replaced the guard and tightened the belt. The belt is fine but the guard is rubbing the belt near the shock and the rear pulley is rubbing it. I'm not sure if it is missing a spacer or what is up but I can't help but think that dealership put it on wrong. I was going to just take it off and do my own fix but the rear screw for it is right behind the bracket for the passenger peg and I don't really see a reasonable way to remove it.

Have you guys had this issue or know of a way to get that upper belt guard off? I thought maybe this is a common problem on these bikes. I can't seem to find anything online or youtube about the removal or if this is a known problem.

Thanks in advance for helping a newer member out!
« Last Edit: May 17, 2020, 08:00:25 pm by got20z »



Offline got20z

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Re: 2014 R Spec belt guard rubbing near rear
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2020, 08:24:56 pm »
Here's a photo showing the guard making contact.

Offline DrM

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Re: 2014 R Spec belt guard rubbing near rear
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2020, 09:30:59 pm »
The upper belt guard is fastened to the swing arm as shown in the attached parts display (attachment points circled in red).   Sounds like either the rear wheel is skewed in the swingarm, or the upper belt guard mounting tabs have been bent (as in a fall or spill.)  Most likely it is the tabs I have circled in red, so I would check them first, and bend them so the upper guard does not touch the belt sprocket.

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Offline got20z

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Re: 2014 R Spec belt guard rubbing near rear
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2020, 09:44:21 pm »
The upper belt guard is fastened to the swing arm as shown in the attached parts display (attachment points circled in red).   Sounds like either the rear wheel is skewed in the swingarm, or the upper belt guard mounting tabs have been bent (as in a fall or spill.)  Most likely it is the tabs I have circled in red, so I would check them first, and bend them so the upper guard does not touch the belt sprocket.
Thanks for the post. That should help me investigate those tabs since it's kind of hard to see in that area. Hopefully it will be easy to bend the tabs if that's what it is.

I rode the bike about 100 miles today and had no clue it was even rubbing. I cleaned the bike after the ride then noticed it. It rode fine, no noises, pulling one side or another so I don't think the wheel is cocked or out of alignment.

Thanks again.

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Re: 2014 R Spec belt guard rubbing near rear
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2020, 09:57:56 pm »
It would help to have a lift to raise the bike and keep it up straight so you can easily see the area.  Harbor Freight has a pretty nice lift for $99, if you have a store near you.  Often you can get a pretty hefty discount on it.