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Corvetteman115
Posted on Monday, September 07, 2020 - 06:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

2004 xb12S bike has 40k but only 2k of those are from me the rest are from the original owner (I just got the bike back in July) Iím getting ready to take her on a 100 mile round trip ride tomorrow.. and I was giving her a once over tonight and I noticed this single crack in my drive belt.. what do you guys think? Should I risk taking the bike (I want to) or take the car instead. The weird thing to me is the belt isnít dry rotted and there is no other cracks. See pics for reference



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Baybueller
Posted on Monday, September 07, 2020 - 06:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I have owned many belt drive bikes and have never seen one do that.
If that starts to come apart at speed it wont be pretty.
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Corvetteman115
Posted on Monday, September 07, 2020 - 07:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Same here, I think Iím gonna park the bike and just take the car. Iíll order a belt tomorrow. Any suggestions on where to get the best deal on a belt and are they interchangeable with any year sportster belts? Itís a good thing I noticed it tonight and itís a good thing that crack happened to be in my line of sight.. had it been hidden under the chain guard or on the bottom I never wouldíve seen it, like I said the rest of the belt is in great shape.
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Corvetteman115
Posted on Monday, September 07, 2020 - 07:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

It looks almost like it was cut with a knife to be honest
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Froggy
Posted on Monday, September 07, 2020 - 07:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The belt is going to break, it is a matter of when, not if.

St Paul Harley is your best bet, sportster belts do not work.

https://st-paul-harley-davidson-buell.myshopify.co m/products/128t-drive-belt-replacement-for-g0500-1 aah-most-xb-models?_pos=4&_sid=c83a49f18&_ss=r

(Message edited by Froggy on September 07, 2020)
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Corvetteman115
Posted on Monday, September 07, 2020 - 07:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thanks, yea Iím not going to risk riding it on a 100 mile trip.. I feel like if I baby her sheíd probably make it but itíll be bothering me the whole time and I DO NOT feel like getting stuck on the road
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Ahampton128
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 09:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hey Corvetteman while you have the wheel off to do the belt check/change the wheel bearings too. They blew out on my 04, luckily at low speed. Replaced the whole thing with a 3-bearing wheel.
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Corvetteman115
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 12:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Some people on the Buell Group on Facebook said that split is where the belt was join together and not to worry about it what do you guys think?
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34nineteen
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 12:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Well, if the Facebook group says its going to be OK, then go for it!
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1313
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 12:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

that split is where the belt was join together

There's no such thing. The belt is molded as a tube and individual belts slit to width.
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Sagehawk
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 09:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I have a a split in my belt like that , just on the inside not outside. fixing to order as I don't trust it. not much mileage on this belt but i bet that sitting does more harm than good. I've often wondered for those of us that have a lot of down time, if it wouldn't be wise to take tensioner off and let belt relax while it sits for weeks. Just thinking.
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Midknyte
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2020 - 02:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

It's not actually a tensioner. The geometry of the swingarm in concert with the "tensioner" creates a zero slack belt path.
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Corvetteman115
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2020 - 11:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hey guys, so I ended up ordering a belt.. just a basic drag specialities 128 tooth 1- 1/8 belt. Anyway Iíve never seen swing arm spools like this. All my Japanese sport bikes always had an Allen bolt through the center, these are a solid piece.. are they just threaded in and unscrew?

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Froggy
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2020 - 11:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yep those are aftermarket sliders, they unscrew. There should be a small hole on the edge that you can stick a small screwdriver or something else for leverage.
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Shoggin
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2020 - 03:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Might be an allen in that hole to lock it in place. You could strip it if you force it without loosening that allen
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Corvetteman115
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2020 - 09:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I didnít see any holes on them but will check tomorrow in the daylight
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Shoggin
Posted on Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 04:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

If they don't have any holes for a lock screw, be careful putting a wrench on them. I would try to loosen the slider from the axles threaded side (still lefty loosey on the brake side) I have had some sliders that have a hex to lock into the hex side(belt side) that you put the tool in.

Or maybe they are just threaded together and cranked on.
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Corvetteman115
Posted on Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 01:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The slider on the break side has a hole init, the one on the belt side has nothing..
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Shoggin
Posted on Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 02:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Then, thats your answer.
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