Belt drive on 1951

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Belt drive on 1951


Post by Panacea » Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:23 pm

Description: I've run into a problem with my belt drive, the belt is too short.

Hi guys, I've run into a problem with my belt drive, the belt is too short. the tranny is all the way forward and I still can't get the belt over the pulley. I have a Gates HTD 30853x 1 1/2". I was told this is the longest belt available. I'm hopin' they're wrong. Other than that the re-build is going well, the steering dampener worked out perfect, as did the fork lock restoration. The frame is all re-built and repainted and I've got the motor and tranny back in. So now to figure out this belt problem. Any help is always appreciated! Mike

Post by Mbskeam on Sept 17, 2006, 5:33pm

does your belt have what looks like a bullseye symbol near the gates part# like this......


this belt is a bit longer than a standard belt
if it does then you have to make the tranny plate slots longer, to let the tranny slide farther forward. I had to do this to mine, I think I added 1/4" to slot.


Post by 108 on Sept 17, 2006, 9:30pm

I have a 11/2" belt on a '48 and I had to lengthen my slots also, and from what I hear, just about everybody does.

Post by panacea on Sept 17, 2006, 11:06pm

thanks guys, I've lengthened the slots to the point where the boss on the bottom of the tranny hits the end of the slot in the plate, still to tight(1/4" deflection). I'll look for the bullseye!

Post by panacea on Sept 17, 2006, 11:15pm

I just checked, I do have the bullseye. So I'll just have to do some more slot lenthening and remove a bit off the front of the tranny boss, she also hit the oil tank mount on the ratchet lid,I'll get 'er. Thanks for the info, Mike

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