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Default Belt Tension Adjustment

I'm doing a belt adjustment tomorrow and the service manual states that to make sure the wheel is on the center of the fork when done. Should I align the wheel first or just proceed straight to adjustment?

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Center the wheel FIRST. Cut the straight section off a metal coat hanger, bend a 90 on one end. Saves buying a tool.
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FWIW. I run the drive belt looser than spec. My original belt broke early in life, and the new one has outlasted it by double so far. I use the spec for play, but I make that "free play" rather than use the 10# pressure tool on it. The bike feels way better in corners with the belt looser. The tighter adjustment seemed to affect the bike in corners (like it wanted to lift the rear under acceleration).
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While you can use a coat hangar or a tape measure, I got the Motion Pro tool. It is not expensive, and I believe it is a bit more precise. I believe a belt drive needs more precise alignment than a chain. I also run mine just a little loose, but I do use the 10 pound gauge for consistency. I've heard you are supposed to have someone sitting on the bike when making the measurement, but that is impossible for me to do, so I just do it with the bike unloaded, sitting on the wheels.
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