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Hey all, I'm currently on a road trip and having an issue with my belt tightening up after about an hour and stsrting to make noise. When I check it its clearly too tight. After letting it sit over night though it loosens up and is wjthin specs. Is this normal, should I set it while hot? Never experienced this before. Ill chr k back for any replies after I get to another spot with connectivity.

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Belt tension is measured cold for that very reason. Cold tension is like 32mm under 10lb of force. That is pretty darn loose

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I noticed Eraser's bike is lowered. FWIW...the Vegas manual says the deflection spec is different for a lowered model. Doesn't say what it is though . Can this consideration be made for X bikes as well?

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Thanks guys. Currently on a 11k, 30 day bike trip. Belt didn't make any noise before yesterday but it didn't stsrt getting hot till then either so maybe the extra 30 degrees was just enough to have it start howling at me. I will check it in the morning when its cool out. I thought i set it to 32mm but clearly I didn't. It certainly needs to be loosened up. I don't have my manual with me and I cNt remember, is that checked on the ground or with the bike lifted so the wheel is hanging?

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The belt is checked on the ground.
If it is getting tighter, check for centered (square in swingarm) rear tire. If it is square, then I would loosen just a bit. Too tight is bad.
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And where are you on your trip???

Are you writing a ride report while traveling (with PICS)???
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I hate to be contrary but my manual clearly states that the wheel be hanging free.....also check when cool and dry

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And, isn't it 32 *Hz*, not mm? Linear deflection is 10-12mm, right?

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