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Belt or not

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Post by panhead » Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:32 pm

After the second belt gave up I'm going back to chain:
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Re: Belt or not

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Post by Robert Luland » Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:13 pm

Have ya ever noticed that it's always a beautiful day. They air is crisp and you got a shit eating grin from ear to ear as you go tulling down the road and then that piece of manmade garbage totals it! It's not like I didn't tell ya so. Bob L

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Re: Belt or not

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Post by Panacea » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:09 pm

Must be the huge power you're dealing with?

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Post by BCOWANWHEELS » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:36 pm

i,ve been told that heat really affects belts. was this a open belt or inside the primary ? also what brand of belt & drive is it ?
bob

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Post by Robert Luland » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:02 am

Bob, I've had 11MM, 14MM belts. Open and closed primary and every one left me stranded! That thing is nothing more than a ticking time bomb. The cost of the belt, the damage to primary covers and then theres the tow. Total cost: One great weekend shot out the ass along with your wallet. Bob L

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Re: Belt or not

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:26 am

Bob!
Tell us how you REALLY feel about belts.....

I agree, a properly adjusted, clean and lubricated chain will get you down the road, AND home again. With a compensater they're even better, and almost as smooth and quiet as one of those "reliable" belts. Might drip a little oil but hey, everybody expects that, its normal.

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Post by Robert Luland » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:39 am

Normal? The bitch is christening the ground she stands upon. God bless her!

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Post by Bigincher » Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:36 am

I guess I'm just lucky--- I've been running a Primo belt drive in my '41 pan (or is it a '59 knuck?) since 1975, still the same belt.

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Post by bigrongee » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:23 am

I put a belt drive on my 57 pan in 1980. had to get a new one last year.

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Re: Belt or not

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Post by Robert Luland » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:32 am

Beginners Ruck!

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Post by BCOWANWHEELS » Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:40 am

to be honest all i was really looking for is to get rid of the dripping oil issue. a chain doesnt bother me i still have the entire assembly.

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Re: Belt or not

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Post by caschnd1 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:08 am

I've had really good luck with my Supermax belt drive. I use their Silent Drive with the polyurethane pullies. I put this belt drive on at around 10K miles. At about 40K miles, the transmission loosend up a little and misaligned the pullies. This popped the belt. I realigned the transmission and installed a new belt. I now have around 85K miles on the bike and this belt is still going.

Phil Ross (owner of Supermax) told me there were three belt killers... heat, misalignment and improper tension. I pay close attension to all three.

-Craig

Edit: I forgot, I did lose a belt to road debris right after I installed the belt drive. I picked up a piece of wire while riding on the freeway that got sucked up into the belt and wound around it. That cut the belt clean.

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Post by Panacea » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:59 am

Craig, long time no see!...Mike

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Post by indianut » Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:10 am

Same 8MM on my '61 Pan for at least 15 years. Including 3-4 Cross Country Trips. I have a Spare in the bags!

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Re: Belt or not

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Post by caschnd1 » Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:44 am

Panacea wrote:Craig, long time no see!...Mike
I'm still around Mike. :D Enjoying the spring weather before it gets too hot here.

-Craig

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