timing belt tension on 83 GL100I

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timing belt tension on 83 GL100I

Post by velvetrider » Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:15 am

Valves adjusted, Timing belts on but the springs seem a little weak. Is there a correct tension for the rollers? I tightened um up some, but not sure as to how much is correct.

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Re: timing belt tension on 83 GL100I

Post by maintainer » Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:40 am

Experts advised me the spring tension is too slack and that definitely seemed likeit was true to me. I was told to not over tension but to help the tensioners with slightly more pressure than strictly the springs. Just until the belts became taunt and don't feel like they could jump a cog with the engine running. That's what I did, made sense to me. With only the spring tension I could envision the belts easily jumping a cog when under power.
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Re: timing belt tension on 83 GL100I

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:55 am

Have a look at How to remove and replace your timing belts, starting at step 101. Yes, this is for the GL1500, but the method is exactly the same on the GL1100. This will correctly tension your belts without relying on old, worn-out springs.

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