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Portero72
Posted on Friday, November 06, 2020 - 07:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Pretty sure I have a broken isolator. Vibes are unusually bad at certain RPMs, as well as on deceleration. My question is, is it bad to run it this way for a while? I am in the middle of an Ozarks trip and donít have an option till I get back to Texas on Monday.
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Portero72
Posted on Friday, November 06, 2020 - 07:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Also, I seem to be having a tough time finding a replacement online. Have these become obsolete?
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Tootal
Posted on Friday, November 06, 2020 - 10:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-OEM-2003-2010-Buell-X B-Front-Isolator-Kit-L1501-02A8/154180579492?epid= 1223881097&hash=item23e5e0f0a4:g:snYAAOSwQXZeJfmc
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Teeps
Posted on Friday, November 06, 2020 - 11:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)





A good isolator will have clearance see red lines.
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Portero72
Posted on Friday, November 06, 2020 - 11:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thx Teeps. Iíll look into that eBay listing when I have a moment.

My isolator has clearance in that space, but maybe less than the picture. I also had one go bad on a previous bike that didnít visibly fail. Had to pull it off to see the damage in the rubber.
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Portero72
Posted on Friday, November 06, 2020 - 12:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I guess the important question is whether or not Iím in danger of running g the bike this way till I get back to TX.
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Mark_weiss
Posted on Friday, November 06, 2020 - 03:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Since it is not all of the way down, the rubber webs have not completely torn through. I rode my bike for about three weeks while waiting for the mount to arrive. The vibrations will worsen...
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Mark_weiss
Posted on Friday, November 06, 2020 - 03:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

And probably cut out the wheelies for now.
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Portero72
Posted on Saturday, November 07, 2020 - 07:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thx, Mark. Iíve resisted getting the front up as well as cut out the dirt portions of the trip. Fingers crossed.
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Mark_weiss
Posted on Monday, November 09, 2020 - 07:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

When it breaks completely, you'll know. My first mount did that. It was sudden and the shaking got so hard that I thought that I'd broken a connecting rod. When I noted that there were no new holes in the crankcase I examined the bike more and noticed that the motor mount was resting on the head of the mounting bolt. It was not a pleasant ride after that.

Each replacement has been about 40k miles apart.
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Portero72
Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 03:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Funny, bike is at almost precisely 40k now.

Made it home from Arkansas without the motor falling out of the bike. New mount should be here in a few days. Thx for all the help.
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