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Yet another Baron front pulley story

Hi all, inspite of all the posts regarding the installation of Baron's front pulley, belt tensioning, wheel alignment, etc, I just felt like sharing my own recent experience with this customization. If for no other reason, then to encourage others who might be thinking about it that this is much easier than you might expect, if you have the right tools.

Grant it there are differences of opinion on all of the various aspects of this install, but here is my personal experience:

1. Baron front pulley was a drop in fit, with no scraping or dremel tool modifications required. I did remove the plastic part from the belt guide and reinstalled the metal bracket.

2. I used the markings on the frame to align the rear wheel, no problems.

3. Set the tension on the belt using a tension gauge. As per the maintenance manual, within spec 1.5 to 4mm. Belt rides very close to the left side of the rear pulley.

4. No alignment issues, no belt squealing, no problems.

5. As for effect of the change in gear ratio, the bike happily hums along at 80 km/h in 4th gear, whereas before I would need to shift to 5th at anything above 70 km/h. At highway speeds of 100 - 110 km/h in 5th gear, I no longer find myself looking for another gear.

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I had mine done when I had the service.
The belt runs on the left side of back pully needs alignment.
It did make a big difference in the gears, very rearly looking for 6th gear now.

Glad you had no issues installing it

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Wait till you do the back pulley.

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congrats! very curious about this MOD.......do you have a vid, or where to find a good one on HOW TO DIY?

quick ques. on that:

1. what would the dealer charge including the front pulley and labor?
2. is front pulley enough? or you have to the rear at same time?

3. drop or hike in MPGs?

4. I hear that you will lose low end torque after the new front pulley, is that true? THANKS
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congrats! very curious about this MOD.......do you have a vid, or where to find a good one on HOW TO DIY?

quick ques. on that:

1. what would the dealer charge including the front pulley and labor?
2. is front pulley enough? or you have to the rear at same time?

3. drop or hike in MPGs?

4. I hear that you will lose low end torque after the new front pulley, is that true? THANKS


1. The dealer will be high. I found a local shop and since it was time for tires(I bought through him) he only charged 40 bucks to install the pulleys.
2. I did both pulleys.
3. I really didn't notice a change in mpg. I did notice a change in the ride.
4. You do have to throttle up a little more on take offs but once your out of first gear your fine.
I did both with no regrets.

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thanks for the detailed response

so no low end torque loss?...........b/c you said you had to increase throttle pressure to get on it, i would that would b a sign of low end loss...

so no more vibrations? at 70mph

i would just like to do either front or back, which ever is easier AT FIRST..........

any DIY VIDS?
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I had mine done when I had the service.
The belt runs on the left side of back pully needs alignment.
It did make a big difference in the gears, very rearly looking for 6th gear now.

Glad you had no issues installing it
What makes you think you need an alignment? Mine ran on the left side from the factory. Just assumed it was normal, no squealing, no issues.

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congrats! very curious about this MOD.......do you have a vid, or where to find a good one on HOW TO DIY?

quick ques. on that:

1. what would the dealer charge including the front pulley and labor?
2. is front pulley enough? or you have to the rear at same time?

3. drop or hike in MPGs?

4. I hear that you will lose low end torque after the new front pulley, is that true? THANKS
Sorry, no video. There are a couple on YouTube, but they aren't great. I suspect there would be some low end loss, but hardly noticable with just the front pulley. Still worth it for the improvement on the highway, in my humble opinion.

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so your saying front pulley, would be the one pulley that doesnt sacrifice must low end torque that the 900 is appreciated for?

what other mods are a must do for the 900? thank you!
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My belt before was running in the middle of the pulley and now I have a slight noise which I heard as soon as I rode away from the shop

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