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timming belt tensioners

Post by notsobright » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:24 pm



Good evening all
How many of you out there in the gold wing riding world change timming belt pulley and tensioners as preventive maintance.
I have a 821100a with 124,000 miles on it and I also have a 1990 1500se with 169,000 on it. I have done belt replacement as required but the pullies are getting old so I am thinking of changing them as preventive maintance. since I am headed to wonderful Colorado next summer on the 1990se



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Re: timming belt tensioners

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:36 pm

notsobright wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:24 pm
Good evening all
How many of you out there in the gold wing riding world change timming belt pulley and tensioners as preventive maintance.
I have a 821100a with 124,000 miles on it and I also have a 1990 1500se with 169,000 on it. I have done belt replacement as required but the pullies are getting old so I am thinking of changing them as preventive maintance. since I am headed to wonderful Colorado next summer on the 1990se
My next timing belt change on my GL1500 I will be changing my tensioners for exactly this reason.

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Re: timming belt tensioners

Post by notsobright » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:40 pm

that is my thinking. also. I see a lot of automotive pulley failure so better be safe than stranded

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Re: timming belt tensioners

Post by keithg64 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:13 pm

On the 83 1100 I had I changed pulley tensioners around the 120k miles and last year I changed the pulley tensioners on my 2000 gl1500se at the 158k mile area. Both of them where done because of preventive maintenance.
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Post by Rayvn » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:33 pm

I change my timing belt tensioners every time I change my belts. They don't cost all that much compared to the damage they could cause if they fail.
I fat fingered the keys. My nick is supposed to be "Ravyn". :roll:

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Post by wiretician » Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:00 pm

I had only 67700 mi on my 1200, down for maintenance. Decided to replace belts, being the maintenance kind of guy I am, I inspected the tensioners. They felt good, but had a little side-to-side play. I could have put the back and let them rock on, but why chance it. Besides, I did the JCS tensioner mod with the Gates T42015 idle roller. Now if (or when) I do another belt change, I can replace the tension rollers for less than $20 for both. Instead of $80-90 each.
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Re: timming belt tensioners

Post by Rayvn » Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:09 pm

wiretician wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:00 pm
I had only 67700 mi on my 1200, down for maintenance. Decided to replace belts, being the maintenance kind of guy I am, I inspected the tensioners. They felt good, but had a little side-to-side play. I could have put the back and let them rock on, but why chance it. Besides, I did the JCS tensioner mod with the Gates T42015 idle roller. Now if (or when) I do another belt change, I can replace the tension rollers for less than $20 for both. Instead of $80-90 each.
hey wiretician, could you tell me (us) what mod that is "jcs tensioner" "gates T42015 idle roller" ?
My 1994 se has 44,000. miles on it and I will be doing the belts and tensioners this winter.
I fat fingered the keys. My nick is supposed to be "Ravyn". :roll:

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Re: timming belt tensioners

Post by wiretician » Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:40 pm

I found that pdf document on the 1200 DIY. http://www.sdb-e.com/TENSIONER/TENSIONE ... LD-JCS.pdf I did the 10 mm stud mod (mod #6, i think it seemed to be the easiest), with a little mod of my own mixed in. I drilled out the existing bearing from the back, with a drill bit just big enough to get the bearing off, also just big enough to press the new 10 mm stud into the plate, through what was left of the original stud material. Then used a mig welder, and welded the new stud, old remaining stud, and plate together. Then ground the bead to about 1/8" - 3/32" high, then put the bracket in place to see where the weld must be trimmed to swing fully. After that put new T42015 in place and put flat, lock and nut with a smidge of locktite (blue removable, for replacing on next belt/tensioner change). Hope that helps.
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Re: timming belt tensioners

Post by bvg123 » Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:46 pm

CHANGE MY BELTS TODAY. MY TENSIONERS FELT FINE WITH ONLY 57,000 MILES. I WILL RUN THEM TO THE NEXT BELT CHANGE. BELTS WERE ORIGINAL HONDA BRAND . LOOK A LITTLE WORN FOR BELTS BEING 25 YEARS OLD HO.HO. MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Re: timming belt tensioners

Post by Rayvn » Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:18 pm

wiretician wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:40 pm
I found that pdf document on the 1200 DIY. http://www.sdb-e.com/TENSIONER/TENSIONE ... LD-JCS.pdf I did the 10 mm stud mod (mod #6, i think it seemed to be the easiest), with a little mod of my own mixed in. I drilled out the existing bearing from the back, with a drill bit just big enough to get the bearing off, also just big enough to press the new 10 mm stud into the plate, through what was left of the original stud material. Then used a mig welder, and welded the new stud, old remaining stud, and plate together. Then ground the bead to about 1/8" - 3/32" high, then put the bracket in place to see where the weld must be trimmed to swing fully. After that put new T42015 in place and put flat, lock and nut with a smidge of locktite (blue removable, for replacing on next belt/tensioner change). Hope that helps.
Thanks wiretician. :-)


I fat fingered the keys. My nick is supposed to be "Ravyn". :roll:

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