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Last Thursday, I removed both wheels in prep for Friday's trip to the dealership for new tires.
I like to put things away in a certain order to make reassembly easier. Example: Wheel spacers, washers, etc... get placed on the bare axles so I can remember which one goes where.
I've never adjusted the belt tension or wheel alignment on my SCR950. It's as it came from the factory - straight and properly tensioned.
That said, I couldn't help but notice for the first time that the adjusters are not even close to being set the same as in "This or that many marks back."
Oh, yea. They are different-different.

So much for the theory of setting them the same and adjusting from there.
What'd I do come reassembly time? I taped them to the end of the swingarm with a small piece of duct tape each, fed the axle through from the left side and worked it on out the right side with the help of a plastic mallet. I never changed a thing from the way they were set originally. I'm REALLY glad I didn't loosen them to take the wheel off. I'd have gone bonkers before I figured out what was weird about them.
 

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Last Thursday, I removed both wheels in prep for Friday's trip to the dealership for new tires.
I like to put things away in a certain order to make reassembly easier. Example: Wheel spacers, washers, etc... get placed on the bare axles so I can remember which one goes where.
I've never adjusted the belt tension or wheel alignment on my SCR950. It's as it came from the factory - straight and properly tensioned.
That said, I couldn't help but notice for the first time that the adjusters are not even close to being set the same as in "This or that many marks back."
Oh, yea. They are different-different.

So much for the theory of setting them the same and adjusting from there.
What'd I do come reassembly time? I taped them to the end of the swingarm with a small piece of duct tape each, fed the axle through from the left side and worked it on out the right side with the help of a plastic mallet. I never changed a thing from the way they were set originally. I'm REALLY glad I didn't loosen them to take the wheel off. I'd have gone bonkers before I figured out what was weird about them.
mine were off too !!! so i started from scratch. found my belt was loose after checking with the tool. i adjusted as per the manual, seemed tight but it is fine after first 200 miles. the bike was new when i changed the rear wheel.
i would look to see where the belt is riding on the pulley and adjust them in/out if it is off. still aren't even , fart in a wind storm !!!
 

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Is rear wheel installed at factory or is it part of dealership setup?
I would be willing to bet that they are installed at the factory. As with quite a few of the bikes I've had, the adjusters are just a guideline to get you close. You should always align the rear wheel to the front wheel and make minor adjustments for the tracking of the belt. But you probably already know that!
 

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Is rear wheel installed at factory or is it part of dealership setup?
I would imagine belt tension/alignment is part of the dealer PDI.

I got a puncture last year, so had the rear off then, but I’ve got one of those laser alignment tools for chains. Fortunately, it also works for belts - you’re not going to get a better-aligned belt than that! :grin2: It does make clear how far off the marks on the swing arm are though.
@Burke - what did you set your belt too? Is it 8-9mm in the manual (IIRC)? It’s **** tight. I think I left mine at about 10mm (I’ve got a 10lb belt tension gauge too), but it still seems tight to me.
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I would be willing to bet that they are installed at the factory. As with quite a few of the bikes I've had, the adjusters are just a guideline to get you close. You should always align the rear wheel to the front wheel and make minor adjustments for the tracking of the belt. But you probably already know that!
Yeah, for sure... wheel alignment is really important.
 

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Since we are talking belts here........
Is it the belt drive that creates all the black dust that clings to the aluminum wheels?
I have never owned a bike that gathers so much black dust on and around the rear wheel.
But I have never owned a belt drive motorcycle until now.
 

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Might be, but my virago didn't seem to create that much brake dust. But I have been told I brake hard.
 

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I would imagine belt tension/alignment is part of the dealer PDI.

I got a puncture last year, so had the rear off then, but I’ve got one of those laser alignment tools for chains. Fortunately, it also works for belts - you’re not going to get a better-aligned belt than that! :grin2: It does make clear how far off the marks on the swing arm are though.

@Burke - what did you set your belt too? Is it 8-9mm in the manual (IIRC)? It’s **** tight. I think I left mine at about 10mm (I’ve got a 10lb belt tension gauge too), but it still seems tight to me.
Ben
10mm, seemed tight but it has been fine. swing arm is junk. want to make a monoshock.
 

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Is rear wheel installed at factory or is it part of dealership setup?
They come with the rear intact and the front apart.
Here's my bike's debut. =)

I checked my belt with a 10# measurement tool I got from the local HD dealership. It works perfectly. The belt on my bike is at the edge of loose. With my 200# self aboard, I'm confident the back end drops enough to tighten it up quite a bit. It runs true and doesn't make any weird noises.
 

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Monoshock sounds awesome!

The stock shocks are junk for sure... what's wrong with the swingarm?
it is steel and it looks like they took two tubes and welded them together with a 1x3.
 

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it is steel and it looks like they took two tubes and welded them together with a 1x3.
Haha yeah I see what you're saying...I'm actually ok with the simplicity of it but yes, it would look great in aluminum! And a monoshock would be sweet! The one thing about the frame that kinda bugs me is the bend in the down tubes.
 

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To me though, if you’re going to go to the length of changing the swing arm for a monoshock etc., then you’ve bought the wrong bike. Should’ve gone with a KTM or summat!
Ben
No way. If you have the talent and skills to alter and modify a bike to that extent then you gotta do it. Anybody can buy a bike.
 
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No way. If you have the talent and skills to alter and modify a bike to that extent then you gotta do it. Anybody can buy a bike.
Build one from scratch then.
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Yeah but the SCR is a solid foundation to build whatever you want for an incredibly affordable price. im anxious to see a raked out SCR chopper. Lol
Oooo, with King and Queen seats! Big ole sissy bar ... :)

Actually, might be kinda cool ... hmmmmmm
 

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Oooo, with King and Queen seats! Big ole sissy bar ... :)

Actually, might be kinda cool ... hmmmmmm
Do it Higs. You said the roads are straight and boring by you. Sounds like a perfect place for an almost unrideable chopper.
 
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