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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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I dont think Im taking a wrench to my bike anymore. I took my rear to get the tire put on. I ran into hell with the adjusters, I had to rip the exhaust off to finish the job. Finally get the wheel mounted.

Now to tackle the belt deflection, got the belt riding just off the inside of pulley. Get the bike back together, roll out and no frigging rear brakes.

Take a look the metal spring thingy was out of place, reset that and still no brakes. I check the belt and well wtf its on the outside of the pulley now.

Im beside myself

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I dont think Im taking a wrench to my bike anymore. I took my rear to get the tire put on. I ran into hell with the adjusters, I had to rip the exhaust off to finish the job. Finally get the wheel mounted.

Now to tackle the belt deflection, got the belt riding just off the inside of pulley. Get the bike back together, roll out and no frigging rear brakes.

Take a look the metal spring thingy was out of place, reset that and still no brakes. I check the belt and well wtf its on the outside of the pulley now.

Im beside myself
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Aligning the belt is much harder on the vic then it was on the 2009 softail. For a while I thought there had to be a hump in the middle of the pulley. Not sure their isn't . No reason it should be that touchy.

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What sucks is that I cant safely ride it to check the belt better.
Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to get a clue on the brake issue. Doubt its air, but who knows.

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To bad Vic doesn't make the belt a 1/8" narrower.
Then it would be easier

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Yep I did my belt the other day...about 15 minutes to tighten and another two hours of trying to get it adjusted. Easy to run it to either side, then taking a quarter turn at a time was able to bring it back to the middle. Get everything all tightened back up, roll it by hand both directions several times then all of a sudden it is back to one side or the other. Never was able to get it to stay in the middle, finally gave up and went riding.....no squeeking, so I am ok with it.

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Giving up and riding sounds good to me, but no brakes could put a hamper on things LOL.

I spoke with my brother, he thinks something is binding up at the caliper. Then I wondered, I might have twisted the brake hose. He said that would make it hard as a rock. So, that comes off tomorrow.

As far as the belt goes. When adjusting should drop the bike off the stand and roll it around ? Since I rolled out the driveway and the belt did move to the outside.

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What saddlebag said.... the 'do it yourself' thing is great for lots of things, but a motorcycle, that's got some history of 'pain in the ass' fixits, not so much.

I'm TOTALLY wrenchey enough to do my oil... and adjust my mirrors. With my BMW's I'd set the valves and adjust the throttle bodies...... ya gotta be comfortable with the procedure, but then I guess you felt you were until you got into trouble... either lesson learned and take it to somebody next time, or lesson learned and you'll know what you did wrong for next time...

Sucks that changing a tire can become rocket science... these designers 'should' keep it simple, but then they don't get the fix it $$$$, progress.

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My belt was squeaking so I tried centering it. Its not perfect but no more squeaking . close enough Lets go riding.

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I have came to the conclusion that the belt will never run down the middle of the rear pulley, for one look how wide the front pulley is, it also has no sides to guide the belt so it is gonna have some movement side to side. This movement is why the belt will NEVER ride straight down the pulley! So in saying this stick to what is correct - align the rear tire by measuring from the center of the Swingarm pivot to center of the rear axle (you cannot get more true than that) of course you do not align until after you have set the tension...

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