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Old 12-16-2014, 11:02 AM   #1
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buell ulysses belt install pros out there?

my first new belt. 19k on the old belt & it will become my spare.

lost my 2010 wheel spacer & caved the seal in on the brake side.
got a new spacer & seal from Al. the seal still drags when i snug the axle & is sinking in in the center too.

ive watched a video & read some tips, but having a devil of a time getting the belt on whether i do the tensioner or the belt first LOL.
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Old 12-16-2014, 01:41 PM   #2
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Curious how often you need to change the belt. I thought they were good for longer than 20,000 miles.
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Old 12-16-2014, 01:44 PM   #3
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Mines got 35k and is still hanging in there.

It really depends on how your ride. Some guys get barely 15k out of them. But they ride much more aggressively. I'm a pretty laid back rider so it makes sense the mileage I'm getting from mine.
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Old 12-16-2014, 02:13 PM   #4
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im doing tire changes anyway

just thought i'd get a spare out of it & shoot for 30k plus on this latest generation belt.
got in on, but have a gap between the rear spkt & belt. i think it will align itself when i get rolling.
tuff job on me " ol 55 "
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Old 12-16-2014, 03:07 PM   #5
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belt install

Back off the axle 15 turns and the rest is quite easy on my 07 uly. Just 15 min. on the side of the road is really all that it takes. Belt breakage is unscheduled as is the wheel bearing failure. Poor design on the bearings is the only answer as hp, torque and nothing else that I can think of is the culprit. The long travel of the rear suspension might be reason behind belt breakage as the uly seems to have the most of buell complaints.
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Old 12-16-2014, 03:28 PM   #6
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Thanks y'all

Ill update after a weekend ride. I gotta do a front tire change yet.
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:39 AM   #7
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The 09's and earlier rear wheels only had two bearings. The 2010 went to three rear wheel bearings. I installed a 2010 rear wheel (complete) on my 09 XB1200XT just to be safe. I also installed a new belt at about 15k and kept the original as a spare. Installing the new belt wasn't very easy -- perhaps there is some variance in length on batches of belts.
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:52 AM   #8
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I'm just a newbie to belt installs

Its on & I'll do the front tire today.
Al at AS reminded me that it takes turning out the axle more because we have the two bearings on the pulley side.
Someone over at bad web mentioned making the lower stud for the tensioner a bolt. I can see it would help the install, but I'd be afraid I'd mess up the threads
Lookin forward to a ride. Geared it down a couple of months ago & like that change ...
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Old 12-17-2014, 02:32 PM   #9
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A new belt is always a little bit of a trial to get on. Buell updated and improved the belt several times since they started building XB's in 2002 and the newer belts seem to be stiffer and therefore harder to mount.

The best thing about saving a used belt as your spare is it will be more limber and slightly stretched out compared to a new belt and therefore MUCH easier to install, especially if you're doing it under less-than-ideal conditions.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:27 PM   #10
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New issue

Brake caliper doesn't want to clear its swing arm mounts - that & the deformed left seal make me fear I've twisted something...
Buell XT owner/ pro mechanic is gonna visit & look at it tomorrow night.
Argh
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:07 PM   #11
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My apologies y'all

I have been doing the spacer on the wrong side!!! Copying the 2010 wheel page I found on the interweb for my 08 service manual. Thanks for your input!
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