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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-15-2014, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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Default victory vegas drive belt issue. about 1/8" from frame??

Hi guys, I have a 2004 victory vegas. I had installed new wheels and the hubs seem to be the same as the original and the wheel was snug getting it in with the wheel spacers so I don't think that is the issue. The question is, with the belt running true in the center of the rear pulley, the belt is extremely close to the framewhere the back tube comes down. It's actually probably smaller that a 1/8" gap. The belt is running on the inside of the engine pulley, so there is probably 7/16" room to move it over to the outside and get the belt away from the frame. This is all with the bike sitting on the ground with no one on it. I'm not sure how much it will change to have weight but it seems like it shouldn'tbe that close. I was going to get some steel spacers roughly 3/16" and put them between the rear hub and pulley to space the pulley out more to get more distance from the frame
Has anybody had to move the pulley out a little bit before? Do you think the spacers will be safe? I don't see why they wouldn't be, but II'm curious as to why it is like this in the first place. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

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Check your tire that it is centered in the fender. I believe the spacers are different lengths. You may of gotten them mixed up.

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Yeah i definitely checked that first. The small spacer is on the rotor side and the big spacer on the pulley side.
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I would think rear tire is possibly not square (straight) in the frame
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If the small spacer was on the pulley side wouldn't that move the wheel over?

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If I adjust it for more clearance it just puts the belt on a bind. Right now it is centered on the rear pulley. I'm just going to space it out 3/16". I don't really care where it is on the engine pulley as long as it's centered in the rear pulley and I have plenty of clearance. I know if I adjust the wheel it will squeak.

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If you had the small spacer on the pulley side yes it would move the wheel over. But then you would have no back brakes because your rotor wouldn't fit in your caliper, and if you did get it to work the caliper bracket wouldn't be mounted in the swinger slot and you still wouldn't have back brakes.

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Then I would think it has been that way all along. You should be able to see wear marks on the drive pulley and see if that is where it has been riding. It seems to me if you space out the pulley it may have a shearing affect to the bolts

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That's very possible. I personally haven't had the bike on the road. I bought it from auction. It was in a garage that caught fire. I have rebuilt it and am coming to the end and had noticed that. I know i shouldn't have to space it because it's not from the factory, but I just don't know how to do away with besides cocking the wheel and putting the belt on a bind. It's odd for sure..

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I just checked my pin and the belt is a good 1/2 inch from the frame. And the belt is in the middle of the of the drive pulley and has always ran to the outside of the wheel pulley.

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