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IMHO, when hot, you don't need slack but you don't need it guitar string tight.
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IMHO, when hot, you don't need slack but you don't need it guitar string tight.

Done the same. I Slackened the belt tension off a bit. when my belt is stone cold it's fairly slack, almost as much as a motorcycle chain. After a nice ride it's tight but not "oh my goodness it's gonna snap" tight.

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Done the same. I Slackened the belt tension off a bit. when my belt is stone cold it's fairly slack, almost as much as a motorcycle chain. After a nice ride it's tight but not "oh my goodness it's gonna snap" tight.
We had a issue with a gent on his older Vegas, took him three belts before he figured out what he was doing wrong.....You cant just toss the belt on and wing it, you need the info out of the service manual and a decent belt tension gauge, Motion Pro makes a good one and I think the VIC one may still be available. I know when the techs out back do a belt they check, double check, triple check, THEN road test and then check again. Them belts are not cheap.
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We had a issue with a gent on his older Vegas, took him three belts before he figured out what he was doing wrong.....You cant just toss the belt on and wing it, you need the info out of the service manual and a decent belt tension gauge, Motion Pro makes a good one and I think the VIC one may still be available. I know when the techs out back do a belt they check, double check, triple check, THEN road test and then check again. Them belts are not cheap.
Like many, when I bought my XCT I was concerned about the belt adjustments. I ordered a gauge a month or two later. By the time I got around to checking it, I had a pretty clear picture of how it needs to be. I adjusted it and aligned it, but I never took the gauge out of the package. Still haven't. YMMV
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Like many, when I bought my XCT I was concerned about the belt adjustments. I ordered a gauge a month or two later. By the time I got around to checking it, I had a pretty clear picture of how it needs to be. I adjusted it and aligned it, but I never took the gauge out of the package. Still haven't. YMMV
The first belts that Victory had were pretty poor. I broke several of them. The new belts are much stronger. I don't hear anything about them braking. 10 years ago it was pretty common. I use to carry a spare on road trips. The old type of belt was soft and pliable. Easy to roll up and pack.

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Polaris many moons ago changed the way they shipped the belts as well. They use to come folded up on themselves, till they started to realize that when they did that the belts started to fail faster.

They were cracking on the folds, so after a while they changed the boxes and ship them now unfolded.

Its the same as when you keep folding over a thin piece of metal or whatever, if you keep folding it back and fourth on its self, sooner or later it snaps.
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We had a issue with a gent on his older Vegas, took him three belts before he figured out what he was doing wrong.....You cant just toss the belt on and wing it, you need the info out of the service manual and a decent belt tension gauge, Motion Pro makes a good one and I think the VIC one may still be available. I know when the techs out back do a belt they check, double check, triple check, THEN road test and then check again. Them belts are not cheap.

yea i done the whole service manual procedure, back wheel off the ground, belt at ambient temperature, belt tension tool etc etc... still backed it off a little after.

I check my belt thoroughly and clean each groove with a toothbrush on a regular basis.... especially at the moment as the roads are kinda shitty after the winter season.

I hear ya though and i am usually a stickler for specs.... but that "guitar string" tension after a long ride.....

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Dumb question time.......
When hot, my belt would be guitar string tight and was correctly set to spec cold. I can't imagine that was doing the belt, pulleys and related bearings any good, so I now have adjusted the belt so there is a bit a slack when hot. I invite your collective thoughts on doing this.
I agree and have done this with all my belt drives for years ..

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Over 55K on my original belt and it still looks great. I've never, not even once, cleaned it. It was adjusted on the loose end of the spec and has never made noise either. I'm contemplating replacing it at 60K miles but the jury is still out on that.

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Is the rear pulley a 'wear item"? I've read several accounts of people having to replace a worn rear pulley. Or does the rear pulley really only wear out when the belt is too tight?

I can't imagine the solid steel front pulley ever wearing out.
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Over 55K on my original belt and it still looks great. I've never, not even once, cleaned it. It was adjusted on the loose end of the spec and has never made noise either. I'm contemplating replacing it at 60K miles but the jury is still out on that.

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Is the rear pulley a 'wear item"? I've read several accounts of people having to replace a worn rear pulley. Or does the rear pulley really only wear out when the belt is too tight?

I can't imagine the solid steel front pulley ever wearing out.
I changed the belt at 105,000 roughly, did not change the pulleys.
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