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Bad odour smell, yuck... - ETIMS Rear Cylinder shut off

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Old Aug 30th, 2009, 06:06 PM     #1
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Bad odour smell, yuck... - ETIMS Rear Cylinder shut off

Hi there -

I don't find anyone posting complaints about this issue, and it surprises me. Or maybe I'm not searching right.

I have a 2009 FLTR, and I find the exhaust blech smell so strong when ETIMS kicks in, that I have disabled ETIMS. It's hard to breathe comfortably, in fact, when it's on.

I get the impression the degree of odour varies bike to bike. My bud has a 2009 Electra Glide, and he doesn't notice any smell at all.

What are you're experiences? Is there some adjustment I can do somewhere to reduce the potency of this exhaust smell?

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Old Aug 30th, 2009, 06:08 PM     #2
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Re: Bad odour smell, yuck... - ETIMS Rear Cylinder shut off

it smells funny but cant say mine has came on enough to say how bad
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Old Aug 30th, 2009, 06:16 PM     #3
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Re: Bad odour smell, yuck... - ETIMS Rear Cylinder shut off

Smells more like oil to me than fuel
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Old Aug 30th, 2009, 06:17 PM     #4
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Re: Bad odour smell, yuck... - ETIMS Rear Cylinder shut off

Mine came on last year in Gatlinburg,the smell was terrible almost a rotting egg smell. I don't have the option of shutting mine off.If you rev it like a fool you can keep it from engaging when sitting at extreme temperatures.On the plus side it only activates when stuck in traffic at temperatures above 100*
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Re: Bad odour smell, yuck... - ETIMS Rear Cylinder shut off

Quote: Originally Posted by Stylz View Post
Hi there -

I don't find anyone posting complaints about this issue, and it surprises me. Or maybe I'm not searching right.

I have a 2009 FLTR, and I find the exhaust blech smell so strong when ETIMS kicks in, that I have disabled ETIMS. It's hard to breathe comfortably, in fact, when it's on.

I get the impression the degree of odour varies bike to bike. My bud has a 2009 Electra Glide, and he doesn't notice any smell at all.

What are you're experiences? Is there some adjustment I can do somewhere to reduce the potency of this exhaust smell?

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You may have cats on the bike and that would account for the bad smell with the ETIMS working.
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Old Aug 30th, 2009, 10:39 PM     #6
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Re: Bad odour smell, yuck... - ETIMS Rear Cylinder shut off

I haven't enabled mine yet. Just a little leary of it not working right maybe. Just a little curious is there anyone else who has theres disabled?
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Old Aug 31st, 2009, 09:45 PM     #7
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Re: Bad odour smell, yuck... - ETIMS Rear Cylinder shut off

Quote: Originally Posted by Hobbit View Post
im assuming you mean the smell of fuel?
No, it's definitely not the smell of fuel. That's a very sweet smell by comparison.

STEVE07 sounds pretty close... dunno that I would say "rotten eggs", but it's not far off... something between that mixed with raw exhaust fumes.

Glider, yes, I might have cats. Gotta check. I think I read that all Canadian models do... and my pipes are still (gasp!) stock.

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Re: Bad odour smell, yuck... - ETIMS Rear Cylinder shut off

I have mine disabled, my dealer told me not to even turn it on unless i'm in a parade or heavy city traffic. mine is off and don't plan on being in either places....

I did have a issue at 32 miles though, the bike ran, but didn't have any throttle. I ran at 2000 rpm and nothing else. dealer told me it was the ETIMS but i don't think so never happened again.
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Re: Bad odour smell, yuck... - ETIMS Rear Cylinder shut off

I automatically engage my ETIMS every time I get on my 09 Road Glide because I come from the water cooled world and I'm paranoid about overheating. It's kicked in briefly a few times and I've noticed a slightly different smell. However, the smell wasn't strong, offensive or overwhelming. Maybe I'm just less sensitive to smells than other people. I'd check out the cat angle.
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Old Oct 13th, 2009, 01:41 PM     #10
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Re: Bad odour smell, yuck... - ETIMS Rear Cylinder shut off

I smell that as well. I think it is the unburnt gas in the rear cylinder.
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