Simple question, does the drive belt have a "direction". I used the bar and shield logo as a guide, putting it on so the logo was in the proper orientation looking at the belt form the side of the bike.
That seemed logical but ever since I installed the 28T I've been getting the notorious belt whine. It comes and goes and I don't see any signs of wear but the belt is all the way on the outside of the pulley (away from the engine) regardless of the tension or alignment of the rear wheel.
I'm thinking about smoothing off the pulley flange with some light sand paper just to make sure it's clean.
I've also noticed that belt tends to stick a little to the pulley at slow speeds when it's hot and you're going real slow (like the 1 hour "cruise" up main st. for Biketoberfest). The best way I can describe it is it feels like a sticking bearing because it sends a shiver through the pegs. I checked it out and it seems the belt sticks a little on the bottom side of the pulley making it twang like a guitar string.....
I'm thinking a light coating of graphite on the pulley after I clean it up might be in order. Any thoughts?
BTW, I haven't turned the belt around or tried the old belt so those are other options.
Added Note: I did some searching after the initial post and every shop says the initial installation direction isn't important but subsequent installations of an old belt must be in the same direction. I guess the belt wears a little or takes a set. I guess I answered my own question on direction...........