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2003 Bull Dog Belt tension

Discussion in 'Vintage Big Dogs' started by Powerfact, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. Powerfact

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    Installed a new drive belt on my 2003 Bull Dog with right side drive, how much tension should I have? And what is the proper way to check the tension? Thanks, Anthony
     
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    I can check my manual but if my memory serves me correct it’s a 1/2” play. Like I said going off memory :(
    Check out you tube allot of videos covering it , they sell a tensioner and you can get it through almost any hd dealership and it’s fairly cheap. I have even used a ruler while pushing on the belt to check play


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    A late welcome to ya Anthony.
     
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    You can probably use the same method as the softail harley belt tension adjustment if you cant find the big dog adjustment procedure on here. 2 members ( Broadband and bdm7250) have posted links to most manuals.
     
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    Thanks for checking
     
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    firm[ish] pressure up and down with finger and 3/8 to 1/2 inch total play [max] between the two is good for my Bulldog - never caused any issues.
     
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    I didn't know 03 came as right side drive.
     
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    If you are really picky like me pick up a Motion Pro Belt Tension Gauge
     
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    Harley sells one for their softails and most dealers keep them in stock
     
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    main thing is to line up the sprockets(pulleys)
    then twist the belt at the center of them.( one person sitting on bike if you have rear suspension )
    about 1/4 turn with your hand is good.
    any more is too loose, any less is too tight.
    belt chirp/squeal is caused by mis-aligned sprockets .
    save your $$ on that gauge and use it for more fuel to ride with :chopper:
     
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