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final drive belt life expectancy

I`m at 57,000 miles on my 04 road king. Its been suggested that I change out the belt.now I hear from others that a pully change is wise as long as i`m in there....what is common mileage for these parts? thanks
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Re: final drive belt life expectancy

If you are doing the work yourself take a look at the pulley for any unusual wear or cracks. If the pulley looks worn or has crakcs then replace it. If you are having a mechanic do the work ask them to check the pulley they will tell you if you need to replace it.
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Re: final drive belt life expectancy

our eyes tend to play tricks on us,,, it would be great if you could lay hands on a new pulley ,just to compare them...
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Re: final drive belt life expectancy

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I`m at 57,000 miles on my 04 road king. Its been suggested that I change out the belt.now I hear from others that a pully change is wise as long as i`m in there....what is common mileage for these parts? thanks
Check the service manual for the "recommended" mileage for a belt change then inspect your belt for missing or partially missing teeth, cracks, etc. and if it looks like it needs changing, change it. If you change belts, change pulleys; a worn pulley will eat up a new belt much faster than a new pulley and, if this is a DIY project, not one you want to repeat any time soon.
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Re: final drive belt life expectancy

That was my winter project. Hubby and I did it ourselves. New belt and pulley. We wanted to just put a new chrome wheel on and while it was off noticed the belt looked bad and I have just under 50,000 miles on it. About every other tooth was about ready to come off. The whole project was a pain in the a** but we got er done.
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Re: final drive belt life expectancy

For what it's worth, we replace the pulleys on our blower motor race engines when we replace the belts. I personally know that if I don't, we'll be replacing the belt again soon. The belt definitely lasts longer when mated to a new pulley. And like others said... you have to tear all the same stuff apart again anyway. So you can bet when I need to replace the belt on my bike, I'll have the new pulley in the garage too.

Just cheap insurance when you look at the big picture.
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Re: final drive belt life expectancy

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Check the service manual for the "recommended" mileage for a belt change then inspect your belt for missing or partially missing teeth, cracks, etc. and if it looks like it needs changing, change it. If you change belts, change pulleys; a worn pulley will eat up a new belt much faster than a new pulley and, if this is a DIY project, not one you want to repeat any time soon.

Just looked thru my manual again and it doesn't give a "recommended" milage to replace the belt. The only thing I found was to adjust it up to 50,000 miles but nothing about replacing.

Personally I inspect the belt everytime I was the bike and change the fluids. Now I don't wash it everyday but I do look at it regularly. I drive a truck for a living and I am in the habit of a pretrip inspection and that carries over to my bike and pickup.
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Shouldn't both pulleys be changed at the same time?
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Re: final drive belt life expectancy

When I purchased my first new Harley I was a bit resistant to the idea of a drive belt. The salesman told me that the belts were "rated" at 100K miles. I intend on putting that claim to the test.
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When I purchased my first new Harley I was a bit resistant to the idea of a drive belt. The salesman told me that the belts were "rated" at 100K miles. I intend on putting that claim to the test.
I think you will find yourself on the side of the road at some point if you go much over 60k miles on one belt. I'm sure some people go that far though.
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