The belt goes INSIDE the frame,so unless there is a master link in the belt, the arm has to come off to get it to the front pulley. he only way to gt the arm off is to take the shock off - if of course you value you digits that is.... The pipes have to go to pull the rear axle to start the whole process. Have fun!!As previously posted, the belt on my 08 900 Custom snapped a few weeks ago. I wanted to know if it is really necessary to remove the shock (and the exhaust) along with the swingarm, or if there is any way around either of these? Thanks.