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Old 12-31-2007
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align engine, transmission with rear wheel...HELP

trying to align all three up to stop the belt jumping the pulleys. How do I get all three of these to line up? Any special tools needed?

Sorry, guys.. I type for my husband and don't understand what I'm typing but please help. He's a mechanic not very computer savvy.
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Re: align engine, transmission with rear wheel...HELP

It won't let me edit. Keeps trying to give me a quote.

Anyway, this is on a softtail.
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Re: align engine, transmission with rear wheel...HELP

OK, understand that I am shooting in the dark here. First, do you have a HD shop manual for your Softail? The alienment should be pretty straight forward. The mounting of the rear wheel on the other hand could be the problem. I would first check the tension of the drive belt. After that check the alienment of the rear wheel. This is very easy to adjust with the tension screws on both sides of the wheel. The shop manual gives good examples of these steps. I'm sorry that I couldn't come up with more. I'm sure that others on this site will come forward with more suggestions. Good luck!!
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Re: align engine, transmission with rear wheel...HELP

the front pulley and the rear pulley are off by about 1/2 inch. We tried that already. It's kinda like the motor( and so the trans also) need to be moved over a half inch. Can't shim the wheel the other way any more to match it up. There's gotta be a better way.
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Re: align engine, transmission with rear wheel...HELP

What was done to the bike before? Tire change? Engine removed? New project? I'd check the installation of the front pulley, motor mounts, rear axle/rear pulley assembly etc., depending on what was done.
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Re: align engine, transmission with rear wheel...HELP

everything was taken out to powdercoat the frame. but there are certain holes that the engine and trans go into to bolt up. So how could they be off by that much unless they always were?
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Re: align engine, transmission with rear wheel...HELP

Or if it's not the same frame... If it is, then something's turned around somewhere. Unlikely that the holes moved, so gotta recheck reassembly. Gotta be frustrating, I know. Good luck!
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everything was taken out to powdercoat the frame. but there are certain holes that the engine and trans go into to bolt up. So how could they be off by that much unless they always were?
Just a shot. Did you remove the powder coat around the mounting holes?

Should be down to bare metal. Buildup around the holes might be throwing everything off.
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Re: align engine, transmission with rear wheel...HELP

Tranny mount could be 180 out,BUT that would also make the primary off.
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Re: align engine, transmission with rear wheel...HELP

Just wondered whether you have sorted the alignment, just a thought, are the wheel spacers in correctly. Have the powder coaters given you an exchange transmission mount so you have ended up with the wrong one for the job.
Worth checking out before you loose your temper and bash it, tee hee !
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