Final drive dust cover


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Final drive dust cover

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I rode my 1990 SE on Saturday, 338 miles round trip. When I got home there was a smell of burning rubber. Checked it out and the final drive dust cover was scraped up on the inside. It's rubbing. Does the wheel have to come off to fix it?


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OldbikerJames wrote: Mon May 03, 2021 10:05 pm I rode my 1990 SE on Saturday, 338 miles round trip. When I got home there was a smell of burning rubber. Checked it out and the final drive dust cover was scraped up on the inside. It's rubbing. Does the wheel have to come off to fix it?
Is item 11 in the diagram what you are asking about?


If so, then yes. You need to inspect the final drive to see why it is being scraped up.
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Yes, thats it. It looks like it's not on straight, one side seems to be pulled off a bit. Someone told me on another site that it is held on by one bolt and the rest just clips on. He said it may just need pushed back into place where it clips on. Hope I don't need to remove the wheel.
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Had you done any work in that area recently? Any possibility that you disturbed its position?
Your information is correct, one screw. Item #23.

It is your choice but if it were me, I'd remove the wheel.
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I doubt that there is enough wiggle room to get it into place with the rear wheel on. You can give it a try. There are three or four tabs that enter onto the housing and then rotate the cover until the bolt hole lines up.
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Thanks, just bought the bike last month, he had new tires put on it last year and then never rode it again. Guess it's best to remove the wheel, just hate the thought of all that work. LOL.
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I'm doubting that is the cause of your problem. That shield isn't rubber, it's plastic, and it will melt without much smell from friction.

The fact that you just had new tires put on is where I would focus. What tire did you have put on the back? Check the inside upper fender, fender sides, and swingarms for rubber powder. Examine the tire for evidence of chafing.
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Not sure what tire make it is. Bought it last month with the new tires on it. No sign of rubbing or scraping on the tire.
Maybe I'll take the saddle bags off and check it out.


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