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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-31-2015, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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So, I've read through some of the posts here regarding lowering links and adjusting the belt and I've read some conflicting information. I'm hoping to get a bit more clarity on this.

So, I've been riding with my air shock pumped up to 70 PSI. I've lowered it to 50 PSI and installed the adjustable lowering link at 1" lowered.

The bike seems to handle well and I don't have any issues (really like how it handles now).

My questions are:

1) Does lowering it loosen or tighten the belt? It seem to me that it would tighten it, but I've read conflicting points of view on this.
2) How much of an issue is it if I leave it the way it is?

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I want to say it loosens the belt but Jon and Witchdoctors has a video about installing a lowering link that will definitely answer your questions.
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So, I've read through some of the posts here regarding lowering links and adjusting the belt and I've read some conflicting information. I'm hoping to get a bit more clarity on this.



So, I've been riding with my air shock pumped up to 70 PSI. I've lowered it to 50 PSI and installed the adjustable lowering link at 1" lowered.



The bike seems to handle well and I don't have any issues (really like how it handles now).



My questions are:



1) Does lowering it loosen or tighten the belt? It seem to me that it would tighten it, but I've read conflicting points of view on this.

2) How much of an issue is it if I leave it the way it is?



Thanks all!!

Lowering the bike tightens the belt... After lowering my XC 1.5" no adjustment was necessary.
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loosen or readjust belt is a must. Lower link changes the angle and makes the belt tighter.
If you don't do it you'll tear the teeth off the belt.
You can only adjust the belt when it's over nigh cold.
When belt is warm or hot belt will get tighter

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Lowering the bike tightens the belt... After lowering my XC 1.5" no adjustment was necessary.
Yep; you're right. I'm watching the video and when the swingarm is dropped the belt does get looser.

I think I would do as VJ said though and double check the belt adjustment. Definitely critical that it's adjusted right.

Travis; yours was probably loose from breaking in so it didn't need adjustment. Better too loose than too tight IMHO.
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lowering the bike tightens the belt pretty good, it needs to be checked and adjusted to factory spec after lowering, on a cross bike factory spec is 32mm with 10lbs push with the tire off the ground.

witchdoctor will tell you it doesnt need to be done

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I just did this mod this weekend, only I used the adjustable link. You do need to re-tension your belt.

I highly recommend you get the tension gauge. This is the one I purchased: https://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...-tension-gauge

I followed the instructions in the manual which said to check the deflection at 4 points (start with the valve stem up and check it there, then move to 3 o'clock and check there, then 6 and 9.) Use the location where the belt is most tight and then adjust it to the factory specs (for the XC is was 32mm +/- 0.5mm.) It wasn't hard to do. And you don't have to turn the adjuster nuts far, turn them a 1/4 turn at a time and then re-check the deflection. See service manual pages 2.23 - 2.27.
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I just did this mod this weekend, only I used the adjustable link. You do need to re-tension your belt.

I highly recommend you get the tension gauge. This is the one I purchased: https://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...-tension-gauge

I followed the instructions in the manual which said to check the deflection at 4 points (start with the valve stem up and check it there, then move to 3 o'clock and check there, then 6 and 9.) Use the location where the belt is most tight and then adjust it to the factory specs (for the XC is was 32mm +/- 0.5mm.) It wasn't hard to do. And you don't have to turn the adjuster nuts far, turn them a 1/4 turn at a time and then re-check the deflection. See service manual pages 2.23 - 2.27.
How much did you lower it by? I have the adjustable one too and I held it up to the stock and it was about an inch longer. But I forgot that actually translates into a 2 inch drop and not a one inch drop.

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I just did this mod this weekend, only I used the adjustable link. You do need to re-tension your belt.

I highly recommend you get the tension gauge. This is the one I purchased: https://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...-tension-gauge

I followed the instructions in the manual which said to check the deflection at 4 points (start with the valve stem up and check it there, then move to 3 o'clock and check there, then 6 and 9.) Use the location where the belt is most tight and then adjust it to the factory specs (for the XC is was 32mm +/- 0.5mm.) It wasn't hard to do. And you don't have to turn the adjuster nuts far, turn them a 1/4 turn at a time and then re-check the deflection. See service manual pages 2.23 - 2.27.
Good advice! These bikes are engineered to certain specs so using the same adjustments the engineers and testers did seem like a good idea to me. At the very least; there's no way to go wrong using this technique.

I know this goes against the grain for a lot of folks but once I have found what the correct adjustment feels like; I really don't need a gage to tell me if it's right or not but it is a good way to back up an already old school way of checking it.

I don't even know why I bring this up other than to to say that maybe it's a good idea to feel the belt's tension and turn deflection after using the high tech method so later on down the road when you come out of the motel or tent you are in; you can do a quick hand check on the belt along with many other physical checks to make sure your bike is good to go for the day.

Just sayin'...
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Good advice! These bikes are engineered to certain specs so using the same adjustments the engineers and testers did seem like a good idea to me. At the very least; there's no way to go wrong using this technique.

I know this goes against the grain for a lot of folks but once I have found what the correct adjustment feels like; I really don't need a gage to tell me if it's right or not but it is a good way to back up an already old school way of checking it.

I don't even know why I bring this up other than to to say that maybe it's a good idea to feel the belt's tension and turn deflection after using the high tech method so later on down the road when you come out of the motel or tent you are in; you can do a quick hand check on the belt along with many other physical checks to make sure your bike is good to go for the day.

Just sayin'...

I agree with this method Bbob.
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