The drive belt on a motorcycle is the thick black belt running from the right side of the engine to the rear wheel sprocket. The drive belt transfers to power from the engine to the rear wheel allowing the motorcycle to move. The rear wheel must be removed in order to remove and replace the drive belt on any motorcycle make and model. This is not a difficult job to complete with the right knowledge.
Things you’ll need:
- Motorcycle jack
- Allen wrench
- New drive belt
1) Raise the rear of the motorcycle using the motorcycle jack to get the rear tire off of the ground. Find the axle bolt on the rear tire in the center of the rear wheels frame.
2) Remove the securing nut using the wrench and pliers. Hold the securing nut tightly with the pliers and twist the securing bolt using the wrench. Remove the axle from the center of the rear wheel.
3) Push the rear wheel forward toward the engine and slide the drive belt off of the rear wheel sprocket. Pull the rear wheel off of the motorcycle and set the rear wheel aside.
4) Remove the metal cover that is covering the drive belt on the engine using the Allen wrench to remove the screws securing the cover to the engine. Slide the drive belt off of the engine sprocket.
5) Slide the new drive belt onto the engine sprocket and lead it to the rear wheel sprocket. Replace the metal cover to the engine to conceal the engine drive belt sprocket.
6) Replace the rear wheel to the rear frame of the motorcycle. Push the rear wheel all the way toward the engine and slide the new drive belt onto the rear wheel sprocket. Pull the rear wheel away from the engine and replace the axle and securing bolt the same way that you removed it. Tighten the new drive belt according to the tension recommendations in that motorcycles owner’s manual.
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