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Default 2005 sporty 1200 belt....

belt broke on a bike I was selling today(wife wont ride..it only has 2000 miles) so I have to replace it.I have a 2004 to reference but was reading up on the rear wheel difficulty to get it correct...I am fairly handy but would like a few that have done it chim in.....thanks..
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I'm not sure what you're asking? "Rear wheel difficulty"?

Do you mean getting the rear wheel aligned after the new belt is fitted? You can just make sure that you turn both adjusters the same amount, but it's best to check anyway. You need to check that it's the same distance both sides from the axle centre to the swingarm pivot centre.

The service manual describes how to make an alignment tool from metal rod, or Mοtion Prο sell a ready made one.
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You might be able to get the new belt installed without loosening the axle bolt. Worth a try. You'll need to pull the sprocket cover and belt guard, and the lower shock bolt. Start the belt around the output shaft pulley and up against the bottom of the final drive pulley. By walking the bike forward it most times just pop into place,( much like we did decades ago with our bicycle chains). You can count exposed threads on the axle adjuster bolts to get very close on your alignment.
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You can get it very close by just rotating the rear wheel and making sure the belt is sitting centred on the rear sprocket, not rubbing on either side, then check the axle to swingarm length on both sides to confirm.
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