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Old 11-17-2009, 08:42 AM   #1
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Belt drive conversion.

Hello All, just picked up an '03 SV1000S from my 71 yr. old neighbor (he's switched to a V-Strom). It's got Yosh slip-ons, PC III, K&N, GIVI flip up shield, GSXR Radial brake fork, Handlebar risers, reworked saddle (added padding).
My intention is to use it as a Sport Touring mount that is more comfortable to do miles on than my V-Rod.
I'm wondering if anyone has done a rear belt drive conversion on these. The V-Rod has spoiled me there, 31000 miles, it's clean, quiet and I have yet to have to adjust the tension.
The HP is fairly equal so I have no worries about strength or durability.
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:45 AM   #2
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Re: Belt drive conversion.

Gotta love the belt I am interested as well if anyone knows about it. The buell rode sweet
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:46 AM   #3
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Re: Belt drive conversion.

if you search, there's a humongous thread discussing the topic.
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:56 AM   #4
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Re: Belt drive conversion.

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if you search, there's a humongous thread discussing the topic.
Tried a search, you have a particular thread link?
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:50 AM   #5
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Re: Belt drive conversion.

Here's a link to it..this discussion started back in '05. Zak650's been working on this exact idea.

http://forum.svrider.com/showthread....ght=belt+drive
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:01 AM   #6
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Re: Belt drive conversion.

I'm starting to think a <$500 kit will never see the light of day. I are dissapoint.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:28 AM   #7
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Re: Belt drive conversion.

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I'm starting to think a <$500 kit will never see the light of day. I are dissapoint.
Is that, $500, what it would take to make it practical/desirable?
I read some of Zak's postings and he expresses issues with strength and longevity.
I don't understand. The V-Rod guys, myself included, have been running them since introduction in '02 without major issue. The serious drag racers do switch to chains but there are the majority that do not. Additionally Gates has developed a narrow section Kevlar belt for HD thats even stronger than the stock offering.
There were some comments about torque vs. HP as a detrimental factor with disparaging remarks about the lower output ratings of Sportsters but the 1130 and 1250 Revo engines have no less than the typical SV1000 and still manage to get 50+k miles per belt. Additionally the typical V-Rod weighs 200 lbs. more than the SV which must increase loads due to acceleration.
As commented earlier, I've got over 31k miles on mine (V-Rod) without adjustment, and I'm now on my 6th rear tire. I marked the snail adjusters and swingarm the first time I removed one and have set it at that location with every change and the tension remains within spec.
Interesting.
I will have one by spring.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:57 AM   #8
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Re: Belt drive conversion.

I don't think the issue is the belt itself handling the torque of the motor, but rather the much tighter turn it has to take to get around the countershaft sprocket. The tighter the bend, the more wear the belt will experience, and it will have to make a much tighter turn on the SV, since it is smaller than a Harley, and has tighter clearances for the driveline. That, and the issue Zach had with the belt "climbing" the sprocket, and stripping the teeth off, which is also probably due to the tighter turn.
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:57 PM   #9
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Re: Belt drive conversion.

I have yet to remove the engine sprocket cover. If there is room you can go larger on both front and rear to keep similar gear ratios. The swingarm section is large at the front (larger than the V-Rod) and there are chain guides to prvent damaging the aluminum swingarm as much as guiding the chain, which add additional bulk.
I don't currently know the stock rear drive ratio or sprocket sizes to calculate. Currently V-Rod riders have available anything between a 26-30 tooth front with 70-72 tooth rear. That provides a range from 2.33:1 to 2.77:1
Larger sprockets would enable the belt to clear the potential rub areas of the swingarm and promote longer belt life.
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Old 11-17-2009, 01:04 PM   #10
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Re: Belt drive conversion.

The belts do use much bigger sprockets.. more surface area is how they keep the belts from jumping teeth under hard acceleration
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