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I am trying to replace the drive belt on my 93 Harley FXR. When I attempt to reassemble the wheel axle and swing arm the belt is soo tight that I cannot get the parts back in to place. Is there a tr

Drive belt replacement is too tight to put the rear wheel and axle back on to the bike.

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Assuming you loosened the axle adjusters, then probably you got the wrong belt (too short/not enough teeth)

Posted on Mar 20, 2014

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    eric milks Mar 21, 2014

    I removed everything according to the manual. The belt was ordered from an HD supplier and they tell me that its the correct teeth count and all. I only need like an inch and a half to seat everything correctly. Would it help if I took off the engine mount?

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    Strech Mar 21, 2014

    I never had to loosen the engine mounts to change a belt before. If you still have the old belt, you can count the number of teeth on it and compare to the new one. If you have a 34 tooth front pulley and a 65 tooth rear pulley, you'd need a 135 tooth belt. If you have a 32 tooth front pulley and a 70 tooth rear pulley, you'd need a 136 tooth belt.

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