New timing belt, is this okay?


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Larrud
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New timing belt, is this okay?

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Hey fellas and fellettes,

I recently changed my belts. I would like to know what you guys would say.
So, in the left engine side there were no problems at all.
But the right side drove me nuts.. i tried everything to get it aligned, one tooth forward and backward, but this is the best it could get. i turned it 3 times und double checked everything afterswards. i just went ahead and reached out to a guy and he told me its fine. His looked like mine when he did his belt.
Since then i drove 300 km/160 miles. Good power and no strange noises

I already posted this on Facebook. I want to be save save.

Is this okay?




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biguns
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Re: New timing belt, is this okay?

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It probably is OK if it runs like you say, It is tough to get a good line of sight of the "T" mark with the timing plug out , I use a camera above the timing hole to get it dead on the mark, If the other mark is a little off also then it is probably not quit on the timing mark on the flywheel, try the camera on your phone over the timing hole and see.
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Re: New timing belt, is this okay?

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The great GL1100 question - Do you time to the arrow, or the notch, both circled. Extremely unclear. They could've put the arrow and notch both on the same cog....

The GL1100 will happily run 1 cog off on the cam, but runs better when correct.

I've always timed to the notch and not the arrow. There's one belt-cog difference. Put it back together one time, was running decent but not to expectations and found the belt had slipped one cog while putting things together... Careless on me...... :evil:


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Re: New timing belt, is this okay?

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At first, Thank you guys.

My first Intention was to Hit the upper notch (with the blue mark), Not the circled lower notch. I tried it one tooth forward and backward from the current Position. But this was the best it could get. Without the tension of the belt turning the crankshaft..
The other side is Spot on the notch and the arrow
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Re: New timing belt, is this okay?

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If you've tried one tooth in either direction and it runs best as you have it now, then I'd say it is correct! :)
A local inventor has figured a way to turn a sausage grinder backward to manufacture pigs. :lol:

♫ 99 Little Bugs in the Code, ♪
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♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
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Re: New timing belt, is this okay?

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That would make me crazy, I would take it to Honda and demand they correct their defect, then after they showed me the door get a pulley that showed the correct alignment, are these pulleys double sided?, Mine are just dead on and I thought they were all that way.
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Re: New timing belt, is this okay?

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When I did the belts and installed kia pullies on my 81 and 83 used the cam lockers. (Can find them on facebook marketplace about 20 dollars) They hold the cams in place with engine on timing mark. The belts were difficult to get on (pullies a tad bigger). And seemed to be a half notch off after a couple hand cranks of engine.


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