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Well, I will say this. While I was NOT planning on adding the 32tooth OD pulley to my 04 TC over the weekend, I am sure glad it's on! What a sweet ride this TC is! I didnt think I could enjoy this bike any more until now. 1-4 is just where they should be, good roll outs on the RPM and Speed with 4th taking the on ramp and stabilizing into traffic then kick it up to 5th, 2700 rpms and sit back and enjoy the ride! 90% of my daily ride to/from work is 65/70mph with about 50+ on highway. Man that engine sounds sweet just chuggin on down the road!

1st get perfrect through the intersections now easily 20mph and into 2nd after the turn, etc. No struggle off the line. 2nd & 3rd, no more bouncing around on off ramps where traffic speeds up/slows down. If you get into 2nd, you stay there until the merger, if your good for 3rd, plenty of torque to get you back out quickly.

Want to get into it??? Yea, it's all still right there and when you hit 4th it is nice. Might not be quite as quick off the line but com'on... its a bagger... lol.. Once it's in the power band, I likeit more than before.

So, why did I pop this on over the weekend? Well, another thread was talking about tranny noise (which I didnt think I had any) and KevinX said to check for red dust at the front pulley which could indicate that the torque on the nut was broken. Also that there as a 10k (02 and older) retorque service interval. My 04 says 15k and I am almost due a back tire. Knowing that I was going to have to loosen the exhaust and already had identified a bad stud on the forward can, figured I would do the retorque when I replace the back tire in a couple thousand. Getting a little nervous about putting this off, I looked up in the pulley area, sure enough there was some red dust. Not good I think, I decid to not put this off and break it down on the upcoming weekend just in case I have problems (it was Wed when I looked), it should be fine thought. No noise right? Thurs morning coming home from work, I quickly found out, that was a bad call.

You can figure the rest of the story out from there. So, no bad damage, cost was for the pulley and some odds/ends (not over 375 total) and was able to modifiy the housing/cover in a couple hours with a dremmel she is back on the road. Lesson's learned, do your 10/15k clean, inspection, locktight and retorque on your pulley nut (a 1 7/8" 3/4 drive socket by the way, not sure about the metric side) and if your feeling froggy and want to play on the OD side, try that pulley. I have the guys email, PM me if you need it. Cost was 345 shipped.

Safe ridding! Tim
 

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Good to hear, the OD pulley is definitely on the list my daily commute is right at 70 miles round trip with most of it 65 and 75 mph speed limits.
I'd love to bring the RPM's down a little on the hwy but the worst speed limit for me is 35 mph 2nd gear feels to low and 3rd feels to high, drive me nuts lol.
 

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I couldn't agree more! My daily is just across town, so the whole "do I keep it in second and scream or third and lug" question is always there. I've thought about the OD pulley, but haven't known anyone who tried it! My concern is still the loss of low end giddy up... especially riding two up. How big of a difference is there off the line if you really roll it? Is it the same belt? And does anyone know if they make one for the '01?
 

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I put one on my 01 a few months back. Changed everything that felt wrong about that bike.

1st is useable finally. When I roll off in 1st, I don't feel like I'm being launched through the windshield. Took a few days to get used to the change, but as others have said....the best money I've spent on this bike - for sure. Still more giddy-up than you'll use on a regular basis...I wouldn't worry about that at all. Once you get used to a different shifting rhythm, all is great. I think...even better, as you can REALLY get into the power band in 3rd and 4th now with some serious mph.

I have to admit though, she STILL feels like she could use another gear when I'm up in the 70 mph range...I'd like to be able to cruise long distances below 3,000 rpm. 75/80 mph, and I'm starting to creep up over 3,000...depending on the wind.

All that said...I'd spend the money again. I honestly believe it saved me $19,000.....for now...haha!!
 

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I know I could do a quick search, but I'd rather just ask here... where did you get it, how bad was the install, how much was it, and do you need a new belt? I'd really like to do this
 

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Same belt.

Actually, I paid my local dealer to install. Once I found out they'd done it before, and the install was less than $150, it was a no brainer for me - because every time I get into a project like that, it takes me WAY too long to finish it.

Sorry I don't have any actual install advice....
 

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I appreciate the input, I might just wait till the end of season, I swear I've spent way too much time wrenching on my bike this year, and every time I do something I say it's the last time for the season lol
 

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Got mine from John as well, wasn't sure about the email address being his primary so I shot him a PM to verify.

1st gear thorugh intersections in a turn is awsome. I don't think you will have a problem from the line 2 up. Im 250 and to me, starts are smooth with a great sound as you got that longer gear now. Yes, you can have a good time if you want some folks to hear ya. 2 up may get you a little clutch work and throttle but I really can't see it as an issue. Im taking my daughter out for a ride next Wed, I can give ya some better feedback after that.

Crosstown 2nd & 3rd? I can relate! I did some bicyclest escortting for a fund raiser, I was back and forth to keep pace with them. The pulley would have been awsome making first gear usable and letting you stay 2nd longer unless you needed 3rd.

Torque? I don't see any issues the bike cannot easily overcome. My MPH did go upas well even with my twitch throttle wrist.

Installation? Better part of a day for me to get the old off, the Speedo mount ground down correctly as well as the "extra" material on the bolt holes from the pulley cover. I did all my griding with a Dremmel, used 3 discs. CAUTION: Fine metal particles, ensure your FAN is blowing your grindings down wind when you dump them on the floor... You can guess how I know this. Doing it myself? My only headache has been wheel alignment.

New belt? Someone recommend that with the new pulley, makes sense but going to hold off a coupel thousand till I replace the tire before breaking it down again.

Im with Skullsession, I probally saved 20k not buying a XCT... lol.. Been hanging with a coupld Goldwingers I ride with and the engine is just purring!!! At 80 before, I felt like I was just above the comfort zone but it's sounding right where it should be now!
 

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I'm sold! Definitely gonna wait till after season though. I plan on takin my bike to the dealer to have all the cables replaced with proper length braided anyway, and my tires rotated (joking). I'll give him a holler and find out if he's done one!
 

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how do you get the elbow for the rear pipe to line up with the rest of the exhaust system. Having trouble making that work.
 
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