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PostSubject: New Drive Belt and Sliders   New Drive Belt and Sliders I_icon_minitimeSat Sep 27, 2014 4:04 pm

So I picked up my 2003 SWing about 5 weeks ago and have been cleaning it up and changing the liquids, etc.  With 14,800 miles, I decided to change out the drive belt and while in there, to replace the rollers with Dr Pulley sliders (26 gr).  The objective, aside from a new belt, was to quiet down some of the vibration and associated noise.

First, a thanks to Bigbird for the video demonstrating the procedure.  I probably would not have tried it without that.

It took about an hour and a half to do the whole thing.  The only problem was twisting off a bolt when putting it back together and that was easily handled.

The results:  while there is still vibration, it is noticeably quieter.  Acceleration appears to be a little bit better (subjective judgement) and at 65MPH actual, I was running at 5,000 RPM as opposed to 5,400 with the old belt and rollers.  All in all, a worthwhile effort and doable by pretty much anybody with the tools.

Gary
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PostSubject: Re: New Drive Belt and Sliders   New Drive Belt and Sliders I_icon_minitimeSat Sep 27, 2014 5:13 pm

Congrats Gary! Glad it worked out good for you. Keep us posted. And don't throw away your old belt Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: New Drive Belt and Sliders   New Drive Belt and Sliders I_icon_minitimeSat Sep 27, 2014 6:08 pm

GHM-PM wrote:
Congrats Gary!  Glad it worked out good for you.  Keep us posted.  And don't throw away your old belt Embarassed

Yeah, I will hang on to that. Have not checked the belt and rollers to see if they remain in spec, but I will do that tomorrow. Been busy riding my scooter all over town today! The weather is gorgeous and the roads are full of bikes.

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PostSubject: Re: New Drive Belt and Sliders   New Drive Belt and Sliders I_icon_minitimeSat Sep 27, 2014 7:42 pm

Gary,

It is good you did your own maintenance. It saves a lot of money and feels good sometimes to do your own work. I liked the sliders better than the rollers and felt it was a bit nicer riding.
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PostSubject: Re: New Drive Belt and Sliders   New Drive Belt and Sliders I_icon_minitimeSat Sep 27, 2014 7:49 pm

JeffR_ wrote:
It is good you did your own maintenance.  It saves a lot of money and feels good sometimes to do your own work.  I liked the sliders better than the rollers and felt it was a bit nicer riding.

You know, Jeff, it really does feel good to do something like that. I'm not a "wrench", but I can follow instructions. I was thinking about that when I was buttoning the job up. And while it may just be perception, the bike does feel smoother to me.

Gary
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