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    Default New rear tire

    Installed a altimax rt 43 rear tire ,piece of cake (son has a good tire machine ). Adjusting the belt though is a pain in the rear,what bone head engineer designed the adjusters ?

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    Best to leave those alone.
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    First, when changing a tire correctly, the adjusters do not normally need changing. Leave the belt alignment alone.

    Second, once you know how they work and how to adjust them, they work very well and easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcthorne View Post
    First, when changing a tire correctly, the adjusters do not normally need changing. Leave the belt alignment alone.

    Second, once you know how they work and how to adjust them, they work very well and easily.
    ...What most folks here do is to remove the Shock BOLT first ….. this allows enough slack to move the belt to the side and drop the wheel /tire down …. If done this way the belt alignment remains the SAME as prior to wheel removal ….. Sooooooooooooooo next time remember doing it this way ….. Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by stmike 1800 View Post
    Installed a altimax rt 43 rear tire ,piece of cake (son has a good tire machine ). Adjusting the belt though is a pain in the rear,what bone head engineer designed the adjusters ?

    One in Canada apparently, but if you do as suggested above after some research before you attack it you don't have those sort of problems.
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    Which size did you use? I'm looking at the 215/60 15 of the same tire.

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    for those wanting to see a tire change without changing the belt alignment or tension watch this.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWtbQPdKd8w

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    I just slacked left side 3/4 turn ,pulled axle ,removed belt . Put it back together with no problems ,belt out of align .There are easier was to make adjusters i am sure . Over & out .

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcthorne View Post
    First, when changing a tire correctly, the adjusters do not normally need changing. Leave the belt alignment alone.

    Second, once you know how they work and how to adjust them, they work very well and easily.
    JC are you still using the "lower" belt tension?
    If so can you tell me what value you have it set for? I have a 2018 F3L.
    Thanks, Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by pegasus1300 View Post
    for those wanting to see a tire change without changing the belt alignment or tension watch this.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWtbQPdKd8w
    I like the video ,will give it a try next tire change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Genradman View Post
    Which size did you use? I'm looking at the 215/60 15 of the same tire.
    Yes that is the size i installed.

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    BTW i could not believe how thin the old worn kenda is ,feels as thick as a balloon in the center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Genradman View Post
    Which size did you use? I'm looking at the 215/60 15 of the same tire.
    I just bought that size, my second one, from Amazon, $91.34 delivered free today. Bought my first from Walmart in Feb '18 for $77.57, delivered free, but this year they wanted $107.98 with free delivery and Wally has outsourced it to a third party, Tire Bros.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stmike 1800 View Post
    I like the video ,will give it a try next tire change.
    So, did you get the tracking taken care of? I know exactly what you went through. For some unknown reason there are times you can reinstall the axle exactly where it was before the tire change and the belt will track differently.

    Here's a long thread I started discussing problems getting the belt aligned. https://www.spyderlovers.com/forums/...m-amp-Question

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    I put the spyder up on my car hoist ,no fear of it falling .I did finally got the alignment were i wanted. It would be much easier to have a push pull system ,but that would make sense . I had the dealer adjust the belt three times because of burning smell , so i am not the only one that struggles with the adjustment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stebrock View Post
    JC are you still using the "lower" belt tension?
    If so can you tell me what value you have it set for? I have a 2018 F3L.
    Thanks, Rick
    We aim for 90 to 100 lbs with the wheel lowered on the shock stop. (spec was 95). On most RTs this nearly eliminates belt vibration. Most F3s still need a tensioner to get rid of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stmike 1800 View Post
    BTW i could not believe how thin the old worn kenda is ,feels as thick as a balloon in the center.
    I had the OEM tire it was changed @ 5,824 miles. I am now running the General Altimax RT 43 tire ( 2nd one installed this past winter.

    The OEM was not safe enough to drive( bald in the center of the tire.)
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    My OEM Kenda was bald in the middle at 10,000 miles. Just had the General Altimax RT-43 installed today.
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