Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums banner
Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 20 of 23 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
210 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
imported post

putting on new belts(timing) funds getting low, need to know if i can re- use tentioners even though they spin freely and old belts looked OK. Read somewhere to only use tentioners that were tight, is this etched in stone?:?



My bike is in pieces in the driveway, got several projects want to complete that i have already bought parts for( belts, thermostat, coils, wires, and thinking of a valve adjust).



Will i hurt the bike and waste my time to put the old tensioners back in even if just for a few weeks?:?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
168 Posts
imported post

coincidental timing, (pun) anyway, i've had belts in my garage for a couple months, but now i'm starting to hear high pitch whine, only have 60k but it's 30 years old... i'm positive it is the tensioners. i found a link on how to rebuild the tensioners with bearings and that is my tomorrow project. right now, i'm more worried about my tensioners than my belts.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
935 Posts
imported post

it seems to be the thing to do today. Most cars and bikes that use belts seem to have belt and tensioners changes as one.
A little common sense says otherwise. They are bearings and easy enough to examine and decide if they are failing. Their final demise should not be sudden and as the engine is right under your nose you should realise when they start to make terminal noises.

If moneys tight just do the belts and keep the tensioners in your mind for the next change.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
210 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
imported post

goldtop wrote:
it seems to be the thing to do today. Most cars and bikes that use belts seem to have belt and tensioners changes as one.
A little common sense says otherwise. They are bearings and easy enough to examine and decide if they are failing. Their final demise should not be sudden and as the engine is right under your nose you should realise when they start to make terminal noises.

If moneys tight just do the belts and keep the tensioners in your mind for the next change.
That's what i was feeling, but i guess i just wanted to take, an extra minute to cross-reference (chicken factor:D). I'll probably get rolling really early tomorrow, earlier started is earlier done and all.:action: Thanks for the serious input.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,379 Posts
imported post

if you wanna change them and wanna save up some money, look on the faq forum for the guide to rebuild the tentioners, a fellow member created a very detailed guide with three or four ways to rebuild them and lists parts numbers needed for the project. good luck.

if the tentioners are good you could also reuse them.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
210 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
imported post

William_86 wrote:
if you wanna change them and wanna save up some money, look on the faq forum for the guide to rebuild the tentioners, a fellow member created a very detailed guide with three or four ways to rebuild them and lists parts numbers needed for the project. good luck.

if the tentioners are good you could also reuse them.
rebuild......:cool:, now that's an option that i had not considered. I believe i will take the extra minute (?) to look into what that involves, can't hurt, and sure might get me another skill on this machine under my belt;), thanks:waving:.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,235 Posts
imported post

I replaced mine... but I'm just that way. I did spray them with oil and save them in plastic, just in case. (Hey! Ya never know! Might be worth a fortune on EBay one day!)

I will say examine them closely. What I look for is: any sort of "sandy" or "grinding" feeling to the bearing... any sort of a "tight spot" in the rotation or any excessive "off axis" wobble.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
168 Posts
imported post

ok. just an fyi, my bike is in pieces in my garage, my tensioners work, but are rough, one belt was showing wires on one side. tried every single autoparts to get the replacement tensioners per the rebuild, and they are all special order... so my advice.. order them in advance.. i just got done ordering them from rockauto for $18.50 each. but now, as this is my daily rider, it will go back together with old tensioners, new belts, and wait for the new bearings to come in, and then i tear it all down again...
 

·
Administrator
1987 GL1200 Interstate
Joined
·
23,323 Posts
imported post

Bschofield wrote:
ok. just an fyi, my bike is in pieces in my garage, my tensioners work, but are rough, one belt was showing wires on one side. tried every single autoparts to get the replacement tensioners per the rebuild, and they are all special order... so my advice.. order them in advance.. i just got done ordering them from rockauto for $18.50 each. but now, as this is my daily rider, it will go back together with old tensioners, new belts, and wait for the new bearings to come in, and then i tear it all down again...
Are the 11 and 12 tensioners the same? I've got some.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
210 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
imported post

us385south wrote:
I replaced mine... but I'm just that way. I did spray them with oil and save them in plastic, just in case. (Hey! Ya never know! Might be worth a fortune on EBay one day!)

I will say examine them closely. What I look for is: any sort of "sandy" or "grinding" feeling to the bearing... any sort of a "tight spot" in the rotation or any excessive "off axis" wobble.
I did do that first thing, theywere fine thanks
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,276 Posts
imported post

Bschofield wrote:
coincidental timing, (pun) anyway, i've had belts in my garage for a couple months, but now i'm starting to hear high pitch whine, only have 60k but it's 30 years old... i'm positive it is the tensioners. i found a link on how to rebuild the tensioners with bearings and that is my tomorrow project. right now, i'm more worried about my tensioners than my belts.
If you're hearing a high pitched whine, you may want to check the tension. Could be too tight.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,111 Posts
imported post

Rebuild my tensioners on mine and have about 200 miles on them!! It's an easy fix if you want to go that way;)!!:cool:Bob
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
168 Posts
imported post

mikef wrote:
Bschofield wrote:
coincidental timing, (pun) anyway, i've had belts in my garage for a couple months, but now i'm starting to hear high pitch whine, only have 60k but it's 30 years old... i'm positive it is the tensioners. i found a link on how to rebuild the tensioners with bearings and that is my tomorrow project. right now, i'm more worried about my tensioners than my belts.
If you're hearing a high pitched whine, you may want to check the tension. Could be too tight.
i would agree with you if i had done any work, however i have put 7000 miles since i bought it, and the belts were my last thing I was planning to do. and the fact that it just recently starting getting louder concerns me as well.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
41 Posts
imported post

"I sprayed mine with oil".I'm just doing my belts also ( don't have them off yet) My first thought was to spray oil on the tensioner bearing'swhen I do get the belts off; I recently got a new service manual..it specifically says NOT to oil the tensioners! It says that any oil that may get in/on the belts will cause them to delamiate and fail....Don't shoot the messenger...:cheeky1:
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,088 Posts
imported post

I have reused the tensioners in my GL1200 for two belt changes, but next time round I will buy new ones.
 

·
Administrator
1987 GL1200 Interstate
Joined
·
23,323 Posts
imported post

You really only need to replace the tensioners if they fail...and they give lots of warning.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
168 Posts
imported post

Bike...and Dennis wrote:
You really only need to replace the tensioners if they fail...and they give lots of warning.
YES they do.. they Scream at you.. since I changed mine out, I keep speeding as i can't hear my bike as loud as it was.. I have to watch it! it was quite amazing how much quieter my bike got.. now i hear other noises... oh well..
 
1 - 20 of 23 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top