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  • 05 Kingpin belt rubbing on frame after wheel removal

    Posted by Alex on March 16, 2024 at 11:31 am

    I just replaced my rear tire on my 05 kingpin and upon installation I can’t get the belt to track quite right as it is rubbing slightly on the frame. If I look at the front sprocket it looks like it is off center towards the engine side no matter what adjustments I make to the alignment screws at the back. The spacers are right with the big one on the sprocket side and the smaller one on the caliper side. I’m assuming something didn’t get put back together quite right but I can’t seem to figure it out. Thanks for your help. This is my first post!

    • This discussion was modified 1 month ago by  Alex.
    Alex replied 1 hour, 23 minutes ago 2 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Rylan

    March 17, 2024 at 8:14 am

    Some things occurred to me as I read this.

    1) The belt will move around a bit. This is normal.

    2) Some guys will try to set the belt with the bike in the air, which is wrong.

    3) Next time you go to change the tire, slacken the adjusters by a known amount, like say, two full rotations. Then when you go back to put the wheel on you just tighten the adjusters two revolutions and you’re good to go!

    4) Re-torqueing the front drive sprocket is part of routine maintenance. Every 50K miles. The front pulley’s splines can wear out, make the front pulley wobble, and forcing the belt all over the place.

  • Alex

    March 21, 2024 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks for the reply Rylan.

    I did have the bike in the air. So I pushed it down the road like I saw you suggest in a video and it did at least get better so it’s not rubbing on the frame any longer. It is still off center as you can see in this picture of the front pulley. Not sure how important it is to be perfectly centered…..

    I haven’t tried torquing the front pulley yet as I don’t have the right size socket. The pulley does not wobble though, so I’m not sure if that’s the problem.

    • Rylan

      March 22, 2024 at 6:26 am

      Another point to consider is: don’t over think it.

      The belt will move around bit and that is normal. If you’ve got the bike on the ground, the tension is good, the axle is even, that is all you need to worry about. When all these factors come together, the belt naturally rides within the confines of the pulley.

      Guys tend to get lost in the trees. They’ve never paid attention to what the wear marks on the pulley look like, or how the belt rides during normal operation. Now that you’ve done the tire install you’re hyper fixated on something you’ve never paid attention to before. So step back, know the belt moves around a bit depending on load, tension, direction, temp, etc. This is normal. Your job is to ensure the axle is straight, and the belt has the correct tension. Then the belt will fall into place.

  • Alex

    March 27, 2024 at 5:59 am

    Ok Thanks Rylan, I definitely am hyper aware of the belt now that I’ve worked on it. I’ll just chill out and ride it. Thanks for all your Replys!

  • Alex

    April 18, 2024 at 9:55 am

    Turns out the belt was installed backwards. I Randomly noticed that the ‘Victory’ logo was upside down and thought I had read somewhere that you should be able to read it right side up if you’re standing on the right side of the bike. Anyway, I got it installed the right way and now tracks much better. Thanks for the replys