Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Here is a start at listing the points of importance. When this is complete, then all someone needs to do is write it up in a user friendly format: Feel free to add or omit things that you deem necessary:
Belt change--at each?????? distance ???????? time interval. If you are unsure of the last belt change, do it.
Orientation---while sitting on the bike, left is port side, right is starboard side. That never changes, no matter from where you view the engine.
The timing cover is at rear center top of the engine and looks like a big silvercoin with a slot in it.
Easier done if the coolent is drained and the rad removed or moved foward at the bottom.
Remove both belt covers--good time to polish them if they need it.
Remove the spark plugs
Rotate the engine CCW(moving the top of the crankshaft bolttoward the port side) until the T-1 mark in the viewing hole is aligned with the reference mark, and the two cam pulleys are aligned with their marks on the outboard of thehousing, and the "UP" marks on the pulleys is pointing up. If it all aligns, then the old belts were installed correctly.
Do not move the crank or cam pulleys again until you are completed.
Loosen the tensioner bolts and remove both tensioners and springs.
Spin the tensioner pulleys and listen for any noise and feel for any roughness. Noise or roughness means a bad pulley-replace it.
The stbd. cam willwant to rotate about 20 degrees when you remove that belt. Expect it but do not worry aboutit now.
Remove both belts
I gotta go for awhile so am going to post this uncompleted--I will edit complete it or if anyone else wants to chime in--feel free as we should include all ideas and tips in the final version.I would volunteer to write it up if we get a reasonable concensus as to its content, and it is agreeable with Exavid, and ultimately,the Wingnut.
Per Ardua Ad Astra
1997 GL1500SE--White Cloud
2001 GL1800----Blue Yonder