I smell burning rubber.

Alan

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Hey all,
During my first test run everything seemed fine except for the smell of burnt rubber. The clutch is operating properly and is in adjustment. I kept the speed to 15 or below the entire run. I did 3 miles, then another 3 miles an hour later. On both rides, I noticed the aroma of the rubber. Is this normal at first ? I hate to burn out a clutch so quickly.
 


L

Large Filipino

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Check your brake pads rubbing on yer tire. When your clutch is released,does your clutch arm still have some tension? You don't want that.
 

Alan

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No tension on the clutch arm. And the brake pads aren't rubbing. I'll give it another go tomorrow. I will sniff the engine like a crazed maniac. :D
 
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hot70cc

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did you check the obvious? are the CDI and Magneto wires resting against the exhaust ???????. I know they are plastic but some may get confuzzzed.
 

Alan

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Yes, I checked the tire/chain/wires. All is perfect.
I'm wondering if it was possibly my brake pads on the rear wheel. The pads are 14 years old (but like new) and with this clutch lever, I was using the rear brakes hard, while the fronts were going unused. I just ordered a dual pull brake lever for the right side, so now a single lever will pull both cables simultaneously. I also ordered another engine ( Kings 70cc)
Thanks for the responses. :)
I'll keep you posted.
- Alan
 
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Scottm

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Are most parts on the bike that old? Could it be the smell of burning old dried bearing grease in the axles? Just a thought. Check you left shoe and see if it's been resting against the muffler.;)
Good luck.
 

KiDD

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The shoe on muffler sounds like the most likely culprit for that burning smell.
 

cooltoy

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Funny stuff guys,with the shoe...lol. i always get that smell when I hand a plastic shopping bag off of my left handlebar on my way home from the store. Puts a hole in the bag and I lose my beer cans...lol. One time I got home with an empty bag.
 

otis st. wright

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update on burnt rubber smell?

Hey,
I know this thread is old, but I'm just breaking in my first build - an 80 cc happy time with a drum brake on the front hub and coaster brake in back - and I've been smelling burning rubber too.

Did you ever find out what it was? Did it ever stop ?

Curious,

otis st. wright
 
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