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    Hi, name's John. Just bought a 2005 Road Star and love it. I have discovered a couple issues and would like to know how best to get advice on them. I have a steady leak that appears to be coming from behind the drive pulley and was wondering if that shaft seal can be removed once the pulley and collar are off or if we need to go deeper. I ordered the seal, o-ring and new pulley lockwasher. The other question is about considering going back to stock exhaust from BUB jug huggers. Did putting the BJH's on require jetting or tuning and if so would reinstalling factory pipes need any other work for optimal running? Finally, I ordered a OEM quick release med height windshield and it racked my brains (buffeting) so much I went home in only five miles of riding. I've heard a lot of talk of lowers but I am concerned that I might be diminishing the ability for the bike to cool itself if installed. Any advice on this stuff?
    JBG

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    Wait for the experts to start chiming in.
    With enough beer you can do anything...D.Pate

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  • #3
    Yes, the seal can be replaced from outside. Often just tightening the pulley with red loctite on the nut solves the leak. Lowers won’t affect cooling.

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    • JohnnyBGreen
      JohnnyBGreen commented
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      Thanks. I've read the recommended torque for the pulley is 74 ft lbs but seen others recommending higher, thoughts?

    • JohnnyBGreen
      JohnnyBGreen commented
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      I got the red loctite and have ordered an o-ring and oil seal. I decided to try to just tighten the nut and was surprised to find how loose it was. I didn't loctite it yet and plan to just change the o-ring and seal as it didn't appear that tightening that nut went very far. It really doesn't look like that nut can go very far with it's internal cut out design. Makes me wonder how many people have had the misfortune of that pulley coming off and also if folks have gotten hurt. Seems like a recall issue where they should grind a flat and drill for cotter pin...

  • #4
    Do you have stock air cleaner assembly or an aftermarket assembly? If stock likely wasn't jetted but really need to pull the bowl off and remove jets to be sure. I'm up just north of Fort Wayne (Avilla IN)...

    If you want to get rid of Bubs let me know... I may be able to get you a set of like new factory exhaust if you want to swap them out.
    LET'S RIDE

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    • JohnnyBGreen
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      Thanks just went to valpo and bought a set of good looking factory pipes last night. If I decide to let go of the Bubs, what are they worth? I also like the look of beach bars, any thoughts on them?

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    From Plano Texas.

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    • #6
      Beach bars are very comfortable for me as are 10 in mini apes. I like the beach bars for long drives for sure With pull back/raised risers. Exhaust is hard to sell because of shipping. Might be worth 150 but then figure maybe $80 for shipping plus all the boxing up etc. Best to sell big items local. Try advertising on FB marketplace unless your willing to package up box and get shipping estimate for potential buyers.

      Looking for any parts for your bike... Seat windshield etc?
      LET'S RIDE

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      • JohnnyBGreen
        JohnnyBGreen commented
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        Been thinking of a rear fender rack, but they seem hard to find. There are a bunch of cheap ones listed but none of them appear to have bolt holes in the right spots for R*. I have been researching sound/music options and also would like to add a tach. I bought the bike with bags, sissy bar and mustang double seat, but also got the nice wide factory seat and prefer the solo look so bags, bag racks mustang seat and sissy are beginning to gather dust. Those saddle bags were scuffing up the paint pretty good as prev owner had it under the seat with no protection between it and the fender...any thoughts? Fine polishing compound did no-ting mang.

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      For the pulley nut I would clean the threads of the bolt with brake cleaner and a wire brush... Real real clean... Used red loctite... New nut and washer... And put on at 100 foot pounds.
      LET'S RIDE

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      • #8
        from California. Fork lowers are a must and no cooling issues. As for the pipes, there's more than enough info here to do the re-jetting yourself. Another vote for the Loctite Red on the pulley nut; it's not uncommon for a pulley nut to come loose and strip the output shaft splines, the Loctite is good insurance against that. See your other thread for my comments on beach bars.

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        • #9
          Going through the same issue with my new to me windshield. See my thread titled JIMMY BUFFETING for some suggestions.

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            from Solon, IA

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                Thank you sir!

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                • #13
                  From Ontario, Canada.
                  "It's not the destination...it's the ride"

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                    from EL Paso, TX


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                      Toronto Canada

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                        • JohnnyBGreen
                          JohnnyBGreen commented
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                          Where did you get the rack?

                        • roadiemort
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                          At the used rack store in Quebec lol.Online.

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