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Hooked
2006 GT 200
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Location: Green Valley Az.
 
Hooked
2006 GT 200
Joined: UTC
Posts: 206
Location: Green Valley Az.
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Changing out my belt today on the GT 200 and reading Salty Dodd's excellent post on this from back in '08, there was a fellow who posted in, Stareem, who recommended removing the variator backplate and using it as 'backing' when replacing the roller side as a unit, to keep the rollers and shoes from falling out.

That sounds great and would cure that problem, but mine seems stuck in place and won't budge. I haven't used much pressure on it, but dribbled a bit of WD40 on the shaft to encourage it, still no go.

Does this thing actually come out, or is it meant to be fixed in there?

Thanks
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Ossessionato
2005 GT 200
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Posts: 2083
Location: Montgomery,Alabama
 
Ossessionato
@hachi avatar
2005 GT 200
Joined: UTC
Posts: 2083
Location: Montgomery,Alabama
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LapinAgile, it comes out. The first time that I changed my belt I used a small rubber mallet to pop it loose. Others say to wiggle and pull it to get it loose. The inner half pulley, rollers, guide shoes, back plate and bushing go back in as one unit.
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Hooked
2006 GT 200
Joined: UTC
Posts: 206
Location: Green Valley Az.
 
Hooked
2006 GT 200
Joined: UTC
Posts: 206
Location: Green Valley Az.
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That's great news Hachi, thanks. It'll make replacement easier and give me a chance to clean it and the area behind.

This belt was in for only 3478 miles, but it was installed in late '05 on an '06 and it was badly glazed and shiny. Getting home recently after 75 miles on the slab at WOT it smelled badly of burning rubber near the bike. It reminded me of going through Akron Ohio where Goodyear made tires. Very glad for the new one with summer coming here!
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