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Old 01-06-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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VRSCA belt adjustment help.

I need to adjust my belt since its to tight. I have the service manual and the belt tension tool. it stated the bike needs to be upright with no rider. Just wondering if the wheels need to be on or off the ground.


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Old 01-06-2013, 09:59 AM   #2
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Wheels on the ground. When I do mine I put the jack under it and jack it up just enough to keep it upright with out unloading the suspension.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:08 AM   #3
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It's just crazy because the instructions on the tension tool says in the air with a rider. I figured it had to be on the ground.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:04 PM   #4
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Working with a Clymers manual and the owners manual I've been checking the drive belt tension with the bike resting on the side-stand.

Since the belt tightens with suspension loading I am reluctant to do anything which would unload the suspension before adjustment and exaggerate the effect. Even adjusted this way the belt still seems pretty taut.

I run my Buell S3T quite a bit looser than the V Rod after toasting transmission and wheel bearings. Those belts are strong! I've traveled 35,000 miles at this looser setting with no grief.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:51 AM   #5
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Try to twist the belt. If it will turn 90 degrees easy, it is too loose. If it is a struggle, too tight. I do mine on the side stand, on the jack, or with Ann holding it. No problem. Joe
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on the ground...

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Old 01-07-2013, 07:45 AM   #7
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I adjusted the belt yesterday by the book on the ground and my wife holding it up. I used the Harley tool and it works great.
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Good to know it needs to be on the ground. Just installed a new swingarm and I've had the bike on a stand. Had the belt all adjusted in the air, guess this means I need to drop it down and re-adjust!
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belt tension

I figure on the ground ,the service manual pg 1-26 says belt cold bike upight in neutral and no rider.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:12 PM   #10
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So if you adjust the belt with the bike off the ground you run the risk of making it too tight?
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:57 PM   #11
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I figure on the ground ,the service manual pg 1-26 says belt cold bike upight in neutral and no rider.
I did mine by the book to make sure it was correct. I bought the tool from Harley and it is a big help.
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