Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: The State of confusion
I didn't touch the pre-load, mine just happened to be perfect from the factory for my light weight 265 lb arse. I will say I love that rear the way it's set up. When I hit a divit or hole at 65 plus mph I don't feel like my tail bone just got shoved into my throat. With the hardware I have my my back holding it together, hitting bumps on other motorcycles I owned would hurt like a pig!
Did you find the Yamaha write-up telling you how to adjust the belt using the hash marks on the belt guard and using that fine belt tension adjustment tool? The way this proceedure is written up in their manual leaves a little to be desired, a little confusing, but it does work in the end.
I had a 1999 Sportster with the belt drive. The belt did the same darn thing when it got out of adjustment. The noise it made would drive me crazy riding down the road. When I got the bike on the lift and jacked the ass end up so I could adjust the belt. The trouble was even the slightest movement to the adjuster bolt, the belt would react by going to the opposite side of the pulley. It can be a pain getting the belt just right. In the end when there is no slack, and no noise, it's worth all of the aggravation!
As the adjustment tool goes, I'd say if you can get this tool from Yamaha for about the same price as the ones on ebay? I'd buy the thing from Yamaha.
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