yup makes a lot of senseI use a tape measure, one that locks the tape. I set the base of the tape measure on the ground and the tape pointing up and extended 6 or 8 inches. I have a mark on my swing arm that is about the center between the pulleys so that I consistently measure from the same place. I note where the belt is on the tape and then I use my belt tool to push on the belt until the correct pounds of pressure. The deflection is the location on the tape with the belt at rest versus where the belt is on the tape with the correct pressure from the tool. Does that make sense?
It's like your old drive chain in bikes that have chains, they tend to stretch a little over time and the stretching is not uniform.with the rear wheel off the ground and rotating the wheel. How does the belt tighten up.
Never understood that part. But it does
Dang Joseph! I can't believe you left out the most important scientific part of adjust a drive belt!!!
You have to hold your tongue just right or it will never be right!!
There. Now everyone knows how to do it the right way.
Um, er, ahem... is there an established right way yet? Eyeball and feel seems to work best for those who have it down.
I just eyeball it and feel it. When I double check it with a tape measure it's within normal limits.
I must be an old Dog as well (and I am,:wink Bob, wanna meet for lunch in Kingman sometime? Email me) because I just grab the belt and feel it up.Ok I assumed all us old Dogs knew the tongue must be held just right. If for nothing else to avoid from smashing ones finger or thumb in the process. My bad my very very bad for leaving that out.