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Old 04-08-2006, 01:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Squeaky Muffler Bracket on 2000 Ultra - Fix?

The left side rubber bushing that holds the muffler on at the rear top is squeaking like crazy. Do I I need to lubricate the bushing with something like car bel dressing, replace it or what?

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Old 04-08-2006, 01:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had the same problem on my Ultra a few years back and I sprayed WD-40 on the rubber bushings and the chirping sound went away. It happened mostly after riding in the rain or after a good soaking at the bike wash.

Every once in a while that chirping sound would come back and I'd spay it in again. Hasn't done it a few years though ...
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Old 04-08-2006, 02:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No WD-40 on hand so used spray silcone, seems to work fine.

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Old 04-08-2006, 02:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That works, or if you can find a dry lube. That way theres no dirt attraction.
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Old 04-08-2006, 02:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree with what's said and done but would also like to mention that those things become hard from the constant heat and will start squeeking. Might consider replacing them. I see yours is a 2000 but don't know what kind of mileage you have so don't know how much heat abuse they've received. Just a thought.
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Old 04-08-2006, 02:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I will probaly replace them, doesn't look like a big deal to do?
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Old 04-08-2006, 03:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It's simple to replace, and they're only about $2.50. If the problem is solved with lube, then good enough. Otherwise I just replace.

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Old 04-09-2006, 09:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Here's what I do.

Loosen the muffler clamp and support bracket screws. With the bike upright, I place a bubble level on the bracket and rotate the muffler until it levels. Then tighten the muffler clamps (while holding the muffler in position) and finally the support bracket screws.

The first thing you'll notice when doing this; the muffler has the potential to easily be +/- 15 degrees out of level. If it's rotated, you're forcing and cocking the bracket agianst the rubber bushing/isolator. This limits the directions that the bracket can move.

When the muffler is level, the support bracket is relatively loose in the bushing normally. It rests on the bottom of the bushing and the muffler is free to move left, right and up.

When I have done it this way, I haven't had any problems with noise.
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Old 04-09-2006, 10:30 AM   #9 (permalink)
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this is how i did it. get a can of beer or soda, drink it,cut the can up to make some shims, put them between the rubber and the bracket. you may need to make more than 1 shim to get the shake out.
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Old 04-09-2006, 08:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I quieted mine by turning the clamp through the bushing upside down. Goes in tight and quiet. No squeaky irritating noise that I cannot explain. Kinda like when the brakes squeak.

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Old 04-09-2006, 09:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I just took clear silicone caulk and squirted some between the rubber and the mount. Let it cure, then ride! Two years and no squeek.
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:47 PM   #12 (permalink)
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That's what that noise Ive been hearing is...............THANKS

been buggin me for a couple weeks now.
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Old 04-10-2006, 08:01 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Went for a 150 mile ride yesterday and so far the silicone spray is working.
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