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I got the Track-erDie front sprocket cover installed yesterday!

I definitely dont like how the steel brakeline is now just hanging out in the breeze, so I will be swapping it our for a braided line that I can route safer around the belt, which will be changed for a chain in the future. Im also planning on trimming down the camcover.

When I finished the sprocket cover I started in relocating the coil to between the cylinders on the left side. First order of business was to relocate the keyswitch, which I had previously mounted on the top motor mount. Once I removed the loom and tape on the keyswitch wires, I found some of the worst buttsplices I have ever seen, from the factory! I cut those out so they could be replaced and so that I could pull the wires out of the loom back near the ECM and route them down the rear spine. The keyswitch will be mounted between the rear cylinder and the battery. There is no need for a fancy mounting kit, just drill a hole in the battery bracket and use the plastic keyswitch cover and screw!
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I would be worried about a stone with that cover. While a chain is more maintenance it will provide more power to the rear wheel. I wonder if anyone has dyno the difference.
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I would be worried about a stone with that cover. While a chain is more maintenance it will provide more power to the rear wheel. I wonder if anyone has dyno the difference.
What is your worry? I've had dirt bikes that had less or no sprocket cover.
It's well known that the power transfer with a chain is alot better, but know idea if anyone has the Dyno numbers for comparison.
More maintenance is exactly why I will be swapping to chain. You cannot service a belt on the side of the road or in a parking lot. And there is only 1 place to buy a belt.
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I don't believe that the horsepower losses are very great between a belt vs a chain. Not nearly as much as the difference between a shaft drive vs either a chain or belt. Belts are more susceptible to breakage if a stone or other object gets in between the belt and sprocket; which is why I keep all the guards in place on my Roadster. I've had several belts break on my Harleys and Buells over the years. As far as changing a belt on the side of the road, I've done it. It isn't that difficult with a Sportster. And belts are available in just about any bike shop, not just Harley dealerships. All the little repair and Custom shops have access to replacement belts. I'm running a Drag Specialties belt on the Roadster that I got from a repair shop.

The only time I think a chain is superior to a belt is if the bike is going to be ridden extensively over dirt roads. Otherwise, I'll stick with the belt.
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John is correct, he beat me to it.

I quote from Sportsterpaul since I haven't completed a belt change yet.

"For a belt change out,(have done it twice ay roadside), I recommend mounting a new belt while in the comfort of your home and packing the used one, it'll coil into a triple circle and slip into a ziplock bag for storing. The used belt will install much easier at roadside and the experience gained doing the previous change out will give you extra confidence. All you will need to remove is the sprocket cover, the bolt from the front of the belt guard and the lower shock bolt, if the exhaust is in the way of the lower bolt you could do the upper shock bolt as an option. You need not loosen the rear axle if you slip the replacement belt behind the shock, around the front sprocket, and start it up around the bottom of the rear sprocket. By rolling the bike forward the belt will jump onto the rest of the sprocket and you'll be good to go."
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Its been a while since an update....
The keyswitch & coil have been relocated and I really like the results!


At some point in making fine ergonomics adjustments with the handlebars, the brakelight switch suffered damage due to the plain shitty design from the factory. And they charge $60 for a $6 switch from better suppliers! But I've been meaning to change the levers for better stuff anyway. Seems the factory put too large of a Master Cylinder on these bikes to start with. I found that my old MC from my VStrom650 is a much better size for these single piston calipers, it also fixes the brake switch issue and mounts to the ProTaper 7/8" bars without adapters! The HD MC has too big of a piston, thats why there are so many complaints about the brakes locking up. The piston is 11/16"/17.4625mm! The VStrom (dual disk/2piston per caliper) runs a 14mm. Changing to this MC gives me alot more ability to control the amount of braking and I can still lock up the front, if I choose!


Here's how I fixed the brakelight wiring, just extended them out the HD switch hole and connected to the Industry standard style switch.
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Yesterday was a long day, but a good one! I started it by going to Slabsides in Campbell, for some much needed rear rubber!

Then, some of my clubmates & I went to the Redwood Rumble presented by Basketcase Magazine in Santa Cruz. I didnt plan on entering the show, but boy am I glad I did!

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Congrats on third place, like your ride, have always wanted an "S"!
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I almost forgot, I finally got a chance to check the accuracy of the speedo and the gas consumption.
At 30mph on the speedo, gps reports 29-30mph and at 70mph, gps reports 67-68mph.
Travelling a total of 106.4 miles (speedo), I used 2.29 gallons of 91 octane, for a total of 46.46 mpg. This was alot of 70-75 mph freeway, about 20% city streets and riding my usual style, bit on the aggressive side. Sea level and upto 1800 ft. Not a single bog, hesitation, hiccup or pop, so I am very satisfied with the tune!
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