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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Buell XB Common Issues and Fixes

First off I want to preface things by saying I do not own a Buell currently, but I am looking to purchase. Also I am not coming to you from the most technical of backgrounds but after working many years in the financial industry one thing i do know is due diligence. These are some common issues and fixes I've come across in my research.



Wiring Near Horn

Earlier XB's had potential short risk. Wiring to the horn could short out on the horn mounting bracket bolt. This was prevalent on bikes made before 2003.

The Fix: replace the bolt with a shorter one, or for maximum ease wrap the end of the bolt in electrical tape to prevent a short.

Sidestand

Many XB models suffer from sidestand shear. The bolt itself will break under stress causing the bike to fall over while parked.

The Fix: There was a factory recall for this issue but if yours somehow slipped through you could try an aftermarket sidestand or invest in some crash bars...



Front Engine Mounts

The rubber bolsters have a tendency to wear out, as the rubber wares it will induce frame vibration as engine and frame come into closer contact.

The Fix: Visually inspect these often enough. Replace the rubber as soon as you feel they have worn enough.



Crank Nut

Buell changed the torque spec on the flywheel sprocket. Earlier XB's had been known to vibrate their sprockets loose causing menacing internal damage.

The Fix: Have a talk with your mechanic when in for service if you own a 2004 or earlier XB. You could do the fix yourself but make sure you use a threadlock instead of simply torquing the nut.



If you're like me and looking to own one of the last American Sportbikes don't let these little niggles deter you!

Good luck everyone, ride safe.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 12:05 PM
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As for the thread lock, it would be the blue one, right?
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 02:28 PM
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This is a great little common problems and fixes thread for people. Are these problems very common or are they just some problems that have come up before. I'm just wondering if we should be weary of these problems happening if I actually do buy a Buell.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-12-2013, 08:38 AM
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thanks for putting the thread together. useful to potential buyers and even existing owners.
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thanks for putting the thread together. useful to potential buyers and even existing owners.
Indeed.

It will help people with their decision to either back out or be prepared to do whats needed if they get this.
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use the Blue for a temporary hold, red is permanent.

@2wheelin exactly why I put it together, with service and parts dwindling down for Buell I wanted to show people that little niggles are nothing to be afraid of.. with a little grease and the will to learn you can have tons of fun.
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Can't you take your bike into a dealer to get most of these problems fixed? Harley still offers support for the older Buells right?
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I think for the engine mounts you could look into replacing it with hardened rubber (if there is an option)

or fill it with poly (might vibrate alot)
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Can't you take your bike into a dealer to get most of these problems fixed? Harley still offers support for the older Buells right?
barely.. and thats going to be winding down in the next couple of years... Besides why not learn to fix your own minor issues and save a couple bucks for more parts
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barely.. and thats going to be winding down in the next couple of years... Besides why not learn to fix your own minor issues and save a couple bucks for more parts
depending on location of dealer and how much it will cost, working on your bike yourself is worth it at times.
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