Primary drive poll

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What primary drive do you use?

I run a chain primary without compensator
72
18%
I run a chain primary with compensator
97
24%
I run an open belt drive
67
16%
I run an enclosed belt drive
172
42%
 
Total votes: 408

Rain Man
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Re: Primary drive poll

#91

Post by Rain Man » Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:32 pm

Stock chain and compensator on the 65. It gives up no grief. Ray



stroker
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Re: Primary drive poll

#92

Post by stroker » Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:42 am

chain with comp

Little Stan
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Re: Primary drive poll

#93

Post by Little Stan » Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:30 am

I've been running the 1 1/2" belt drives setup for over 25 years on the two tin primary panheads that I've owned (still own one). The first was a phase three and I really liked it. One day I was at a light, pulled in the clutch and it really grabbed, bike lurched forward and scared me! The clutch then started acting normal but was strangely easier to pull with the mousetrap. Didn't think much of it so I rode it for a few more months and then for some reason I decided to take my primary apart. I discovered the clutch hub lining had disintegrated and there were brass rivets embedded in the belt but it never broke!

I'm now running a primo setup on the pan that I kept. I finally broke a belt one day because I cut louvers in my aftermarket inner primary and a bolt had fallen into it.

One broken belt in over 25 years! I run a stock motor, don't race it or do burnouts. I closed down my primary chain oiler and routed it to the rear chain. I have much better oil consumption, less leaks, don't have to adjust the chain in motel parking lots and its smoother and quieter. I always carry a spare belt on long trips.

The stock chain is fine but works better in the aluminum primary's like what my Dyna Glide has. The belt drive is a really good fix for older HD's.

Just my two cents worth.

-'lil stan

Slamshot
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Bikes: 1951 HD EL
Location: N.W. GA.

Re: Primary drive poll

#94

Post by Slamshot » Wed May 18, 2016 3:03 am

Closed belt

wmnmy
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Re: Primary drive poll

#95

Post by wmnmy » Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:07 am

I run a chain with a compensator ..

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Re: Primary drive poll

#96

Post by 48Doc » Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:40 am

I just swapped out my 1 1/2 inch 11mm BDL belt after 12k. It still looked good. How frequently do you guys change your belts?

Buddhahoodvatoloco
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Re: Primary drive poll

#97

Post by Buddhahoodvatoloco » Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:14 am

My opinion is directly proportional to the originality I am or not shooting for on the build.
Never had a belt bust lose, or a chain break.
The belt system I use are from Tech Cycle, the best by my book.

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Re: Primary drive poll

#98

Post by Buddhahoodvatoloco » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:18 pm

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Two set up's I commented on..
Hoping the attachements load up..

1947ohv
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Re: Primary drive poll

#99

Post by 1947ohv » Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:39 pm

Have a 65FLH and a 47FL. Both are all original

bangkokbob
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Re: Primary drive poll

#100

Post by bangkokbob » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:28 am

I just swapped out my 1 1/2 inch 11mm BDL belt after 12k. It still looked good. How frequently do you guys chang[quote][/quote]e your belts



Just changed my 1 1/2" belt on on 63FLH at 18,000 miles.

friday
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Re: Primary drive poll

#101

Post by friday » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:28 pm

good things are said about sifton diaphram clutch springs or equivalent set ups ,most forums respond positive feed back

the big fix rollers + 5 stud is pretty much a quik fix but not solution . I run chain and comp .
broke a belt once , only once .

Bigincher
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Re: Primary drive poll

#102

Post by Bigincher » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:19 pm

I can't vote in this poll because I have both chain and belt. The Primo belt drive on my chopper has given me 42 years of service, although ridden less and less the last couple of decades.
I have an M-6 tensioner installed on the stock chain on my '77 shovelhead. Some people might think the M-6 is a gimmick, but I think it works just fine.
And I changed the primary chain on my '94 Evo after 50 or 60 thousand miles. No issues there at all.

DoomBuggy
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Bikes: '56 Panhead bobber
Location: Oak Park, IL

Re: Primary drive poll

#103

Post by DoomBuggy » Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:09 pm

So my "new" '56 Panhead has an enclosed belt. I managed to blow it on Saturday pulling into traffic, was not a happy camper.

It appears that the person who installed it just left the primary chain oiler in place, I am sure that is not the optimal setup.

So what does everyone do with the Crankcase breather when they convert?

I was thinking of changing back to a chain, but if I can make this work consistently I do like the smoothness of the ride.

Best regards, Harry

Weedy
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Re: Primary drive poll

#104

Post by Weedy » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:02 am

hi harry take off inner primary and rework breather with a hose and let it drip on drive chain. kills 2 birds with one hose! lol. btw I run a 1 1/2" belt and have since ive owned my pan. only time I blew a belt was when I left a primary screw or 2 in the cover in my rush to get out one night. I paid the price for that !!!

Bigincher
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Re: Primary drive poll

#105

Post by Bigincher » Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:34 am

Question- Will a 2" belt fit in the stock Hydraglide primary chain case? I know the 1-1/2" is not a problem, but is the 2" too wide?
Thanks in advance...

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