2006 V2K Classic LT
Which part concerned you, that the belt was crowded to the right or that it found itself in the middle? I think it wants to be towards the left of the pulleys, but the middle might be OK who knowsSo… final word on it. Definitely loosen the tensioners from the get go. Yes, the tensioner mounts come loose when you pull the axle and it’s easy to get the wheel off. BUT… when you go to install the wheel back on, like others have said, there is too much belt tension. Problem you have if you don’t loosen them prior to removing the axle is you have no torque to loosen them later. So then you have to reinstall the axle to loosen the adjusting nuts. Don’t repeat my mistake.
So while the manual doesn’t mention the tension nuts, DEFINITELY mark your stating spots on both sides, take a belt deflection reading, then loosen them before pulling the axle through.
I have a bike jack that lets me get the bike up high so the wheel and tire rolled out pretty easy. On install, I placed the tire on my low profile floor jack and used that to do the heavy work of lining up the axle holes and associated spacers once I got the belt back on. That made it WAY easy to get the axle back in without straining my own back.
I tightened the adjuster nuts until my marks lined up then checked belt deflection and it was dead on the pre-removal reading. Took a 10 min ride and no belt whining or slapping etc., and it didn’t pop off ☺
Hopefully it stays that way!
As for trying to get the old tires off and new tires on I gave up! That rear tire is WAY too stiff. Tried heating it, had motion pro Wrenches, big flat pry bars, lots of soapy water, and while I got the old off (after enormous struggle), no way I could get the new one on. I took it to a small shop and they charged me $40 to mount it.
I’ll close by saying I didn’t muck with the belt once I took it off the wheel. Just let it hang there. When I got everything back together but before I tightened the axle nut I happened to look towards the front sprocket and my belt was way toward the right (passenger side) of the sprocket. I tried everything to reach in and encourage it to the left but couldn’t get it. It wasn’t off, but way too far right. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of the front before I broke it all down. But don’t know how I could have done it because I barely touched the belt.
Anyway, I tightened everything else and took that test rIDE. When I got back I shined a light up front and it had moved itself back to the middle. Don’t know if anyone else has seen this but it definitely concerned me.