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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-30-2013, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Baron Front Pulley

Well, I installed the Baron front pulley, and have to say, I'm a little disappointed. I didn't notice that much of a difference. My vibe moved maybe 2 mph higher. So, should I do the rear? Can I feasaably move the vibe to around 75mph with just pulleys, or do I need to get a bigger tire too?

On a side note, I noticed sort of a harmonic whiring, specifically between 47 and 48 mph, consistently, clutch in or out. Does anyone else have this? It gets pretty loud. I'm not 100% sure it wasn't there before the pulley change, but noticed it after.
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I am surprised you didn't notice more of s change. The change is a reduction of about 5-6%. With both front/rear pulley change it's about 11-12%. I do have all 3 and it's dropped the rpms 4100 (70mph) to 3250 (70mph) making cruising at 70-75 really comfortable.

You can go to this site and enter in your parameters to see the changes.
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As for the harmonic vibration. When you installed the front pulley did you remove the belt guide inside the cover? I have heard you can get the cover to go back on, but this will cause rubbing issues and maybe a vibration (just a thought).

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just remember mxboost that no matter what pulleys or tires you put on your bike the engine will always spin at the same rpm for any given indicated speed! and I say indicated speed as in the speed indicated on the bikes speedo.

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I am surprised you didn't notice more of s change. The change is a reduction of about 5-6%. With both front/rear pulley change it's about 11-12%. I do have all 3 and it's dropped the rpms 4100 (70mph) to 3250 (70mph) making cruising at 70-75 really comfortable.

You can go to this site and enter in your parameters to see the changes.
http://www.gearingcommander.com/

As for the harmonic vibration. When you installed the front pulley did you remove the belt guide inside the cover? I have heard you can get the cover to go back on, but this will cause rubbing issues and maybe a vibration (just a thought).
If the change with both pulleys is that much, I may do the rear as well. I'm also going to adjust the belt a little looser. I made note of how tight it was from the factory, and tried to get it the same. I think it may be tighter.

Thanks for the response.
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Well, I installed the rear pulley, strapped on a gps, and went for a test ride. It was much better. I think I can live with what I have now. At 65 I'm doing about 70, which works for me. Big Worm, an appology for my thoughts. I kept reading what you were saying, and thinking to myself, that's the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. But after days of reading your posts, in this thread and many others, it all makes sense now. Haha. My bad. I'll take a long ride this weekend to really check things out.
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Bosco, what size rear tire do you run?
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Bosco, what size rear tire do you run?
200/70-15. Installed it this spring, and like the way the bike rides and handles. With this addition when speedo indicates 65, actual speed is 71.

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The Baron's front pulley is imo better than the SW because of the metal. I had a Sw that was noisy, they took it back. I bought the Baron's, no noise. When the season ends this yr. I am getting the rear installed, I have had it for a year or longer. I was waiting to replace the tire at the same time. The 200 tire and both pulley's will give yhou a reduction of 15%..
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I have the Baron...and removed the belt guide...smooth as silk, and quiet. I am going to do the rear pulley when $$ permits.
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The Baron's front pulley is imo better than the SW because of the metal. I had a Sw that was noisy, they took it back. I bought the Baron's, no noise. When the season ends this yr. I am getting the rear installed, I have had it for a year or longer. I was waiting to replace the tire at the same time. The 200 tire and both pulley's will give yhou a reduction of 15%..
I would have gone with the Baron's as well, if it had been on the market when I purchased the SW. But, so far, the SW has given me no reason to replace.

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