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i pulled the motor to do my stator and i decided to pull the timing covers i havent pulled them i just bought the bike a few thousand miles ago and the owner said the previous owner just did them not to long before he parked it well the belts are in EXCELLENT shape you can still read the honda white letters just like new and all the part numbers still they are soft still not dry or brittle, the belt on the left hand head was VERY loose i just adjusted the tensioner a bit and made it taunt like any belt should be along with the other side could have been BAD!!!!!! luckily i felt like checking them....
 

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if you know for sure he changed them, well okay, but if it sat a long long time, they also can "assume the position"

doing all the work to get to them it is worth a "few dollars more" (like Clint Eastwood) to go ahead and replace them
 

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have to agree 50 or so dollars cheeeep insurance and piece of mind:action::waving:
 

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i have the billing recipts that were in the manual the orignal owner just replaced them at 46000 miles and it sat for one year and i bought it at 48000 miles
 

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i now have 52000 almost
 

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i was kind of suprised when i pulled the covers to see so much slack in the belt it adjusted and i might have one or two more little adjustments left in it

how often should you check the adjustment???? once a season or so before riding season starts kind of a winter project????
 

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They dont normally need periodic adjustment . Be sure not set them to taught as they will cause a whine / whirr noise .
 

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I suspect whoever installed them didnt tension it properly.
I would follow the Honda service intervals in the manual but since the belt WAS loose then I'd check it again after a couple thousand miles just to be sure it isnt a bad belt or a mistake by the PO.

Yeah, definitely keep an eye on it, that would worry me not knowing why.
 

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ok cool i'll check it out i just set the tension semi "taunt" not loose and not tight i install belts on semi's and carrier units i dont think i set them as tight as they should be but if they are too tight i thing the idler bearings would probably burn up from the load i'll double check the manual on the correct tension and go from there i appreciate the help
 

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really?!?!?! i loosend them and just held the tensioner steady i figured the springs did something i never thought they set the tension i'll re adust them tomorrow to that just seems awfuly sloppy i'll get a measurement on the movement and see what happens i appreciate it
 

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Sometimes the tensioners won't set theslack properly. You're looking for1/4 inch each direction. 1/2 inch total.
 

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really?!?!?! i loosend them and just held the tensioner steady i figured the springs did something i never thought they set the tension i'll re adust them tomorrow to that just seems awfuly sloppy i'll get a measurement on the movement and see what happens i appreciate it
See dingdong's comment above... the springs will do a good job if done correctly and are not sticking, but it is not straight forward... friction on the plate at the locking bolts.. plate too loose all have an affect.. the 1/3 side in particular is difficult without some "tricks" .... If you put a wrench on the cam bolt and pull the straight section taughtand let the springs do their job, you can then tighten the lock bolts (while holding the straight section taught) and you should now see about 1/4" up and down (1/2" total) on the straight section after you quit pulling on it
 
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