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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-02-2013, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Rear Tire Alignment

I recently installed new tires on the Custom.
My concern is, how can I be 100% sure that my alignment is correct, I would hate to put premature wear on my new tires, because of a faulty alignment job.

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I go by the tracking of the belt itself. If it is centered in the pulley, I feel I am OK. Both alignment marks on the left and right side should be close to the same setting but hard to eye for final tweeking of a turn or two of the adjustment nut(s). I put mine up on a wood block to get the rear tire up off the ground. I do the adjustment, then run the bike in 1st gear to watch how the belt tracks. may take several trys but I feel good when it tracks in the center. I usually have to do the adjustment anytime the tire is changed. They always come back tracking to the left most of the time. A left turn on the right adjuster nut will cause the belt to move right. Once you are close, a very small rotation of the nuts are required for belt movement. Besure your belt tension is correct.


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the best way
loosen both adjust bolts tighten the belt side to get proper belt tightness the (belt at this point will want to track to the inside) adjust the other side ever so slow untill the belt starts
to track back to left from the back of bike
i bought a laser tool it works but after adjusting the belt like above it was right on

my marks are about a 1/2 of mark off from each other so don't worry about them
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+1 on Adjusting based on belt tracking. I have mine set the same as when it came from the factory (about a dimes thickness gap from the left side of the pulley). The alignment marks are very close but not exact. Tire looks to be wearing normally.

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Rear wheel and pulley adj.

I am thinking there would be more wear on the belt and pulley than the tire if not properly aligned. This is easier to do with the stock pulley, but the OD pulley's I have seen are a bit wider than stock and take more care. This is what I encountered with my SW pulleys.
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I've replaced my rear tire twice now and I use nearly the same method as Byron. With the bike off the ground and level (on my bike jack) I snug the belt up with the left adjuster; match the alignment marks left-right; check and adjust the belt tension as needed; re-align marks; start the engine and let it idle in 1st; adjust the right adjuster until the belt tracks about 2mm from the left wall of the pulley (not everyone is comfortable with running the bike in the air. If you have any concerns, don't do it, just spin the wheel). I haven't seen any wear problems on the tires after adjusting. When I replaced the last one, the tire wear looked dead even after 14k miles.
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How do you guys balance the wheels once you get the new rubber on the rim?

I hate to spend almost $100 to get a new $120 tire mounted. It is perverse, in a way...

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How do you guys balance the wheels once you get the new rubber on the rim?

I hate to spend almost $100 to get a new $120 tire mounted. It is perverse, in a way...
You can pick up a motorcycle wheel balancer pretty cheaply at Harbor Freight.

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How do you guys balance the wheels once you get the new rubber on the rim?

I hate to spend almost $100 to get a new $120 tire mounted. It is perverse, in a way...
Dyna Beads. It's the way to go. Have them in three of my bikes and have used them over and over again. Go here, www.innovativebalancing.com/ and read all about them.
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Dyna Beads. It's the way to go. Have them in three of my bikes and have used them over and over again. Go here, www.innovativebalancing.com/ and read all about them.
Since I have tubes, I went with Ride On Tire systems. Works really well.

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