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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-03-2019, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Question on rear wheel

Hate to admit this, but ...
I've had a Volusia or a C50 since 2004, and never noticed this before - went for a 50 mile ride with my better half, and when I got home, I decided to check the tire pressures. In doing so, I noticed that the rear wheel hub was pretty warm - I didn't want to leave my hand on it for more that a couple of seconds. Both the brake drum and the rear differential were warm. I thought that I had plenty of play in my rear brake linkage, so I don't believe that was a factor. Question: is it normal for the rear hub assembly to get pretty warm, and if not, what are some possible issues?
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When you ride 2 up, it changes the dynamics of the rear brake over riding solo. Your brake was dragging.
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The brake may have been dragging but it is normal for the final drive to run 50 to 100 degrees above ambient temperatures.

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That's good to know. Even riding with 2-up, I have a good two inches of brake pedal travel before it engages. I was hoping that I didn't have to back it off any more.

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You might check your diff oil level also.....
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Good suggestion. That's an easily-overlooked maintenance item.
Fortunately, it was full up to the top plug and in checking my records, was changed in 2018.

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what weight oil does the diff. take ? I have 2 bottles that are different weights and yes I OVERLOOKED that last oil change whooops

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I use 80W-90.
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The hypoid gear generates a fair amount of heat when in use. Completely normal for it to be warm to hot after a ride especially after the additional load of riding 2up. 75-90 or 80-90 are fine, it's not terribly critical.

If you have 2" of play in the pedal that's more than enough to ensure suspension travel isn't binding things up.
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