01 Here’s the stock primary drive of our 1995 Road King. It did good for us, but with a ton of miles on it, it was time for an upgrade.
02 We started by draining the primary oil out of the bike.
03 While the oil was draining we pulled the floorboard off of the bike to gain better access to the primary.
04 The chrome outer primary was removed and put in a box never to be used again.
05 The front sprocket, primary chain, and clutch were all removed as well.
06 The starter jackshaft was pulled off too. BDL provides a replacement in the kit that works much better with its beltdrive.
07 All of the bolts that held the inner primary to the engine and transmission were removed.
08 The foot shifter and shifter shaft were detached for the inner primary.
09 With it free of all nuts, bolts, and shafts, the inner primary was carefully removed from the transmission main shaft.
10 The stock foot shifter was slid into the new BDL motor plate.
11 The new pinion gear was installed onto the bike’s starter jackshaft.
12 The new BDL motor plate was then mounted onto the Road King’s engine and transmission.
13 All of the attachment hardware was torqued down as per BDL’s instruction guidelines.
14 The front pulley, 2-inch belt, and Ball Bearing Lock Up Clutch were slid onto the engine and transmission shafts as a unit.
15 It needed some gentle persuasion via a few taps with a dead-blow hammer to get the clutch on.
16 The front pulley nut was installed first with an air gun and then torqued to BDL’s specifications.
17 Out back, the clutch hub unit got the same exact treatment.
18 The ball bearing pressure plate was then bolted into its proper place.
19 The clutch adjusting screw was put on and fine-tuned to spec.
20 The billet aluminum BDL-inscribed starter housing was screwed into place.
21 The rear dome cover was installed using the supplies chrome-plated screws.
22 The outer belt guard stand-off bolts were mounted to the center of the motor plate.
23 The ingenious top belt guard screen was slid into the machined slot of the motor plate.
24 The mirror-polished aluminum outer belt guard was installed over the belt, pulleys, and clutch.
25 The shifter linkage and floorboard mounting signals that the beltdrive installation was a total and complete success.
26 Here’s a shot of the finished work. After a quick ride we noticed the better performing clutch and smother transformation of power while running through the gears. And it looks friggin’ killer!
When our 1995 Road King was having some clutch trouble, we decided that when we yanked all of the stock stuff off, we wanted to switch to a beltdrive as well.
There are many schools of thought regarding a wet chain verus a dry belt, but we were tired of our bike dripping from the primary and wanted to lighten our load. Besides, we like the chattery sound of a beltdrive and dry clutch. It’s just plain cool.
After looking at some other bagger belts, we went with a Belt Drives Limited (BDL) EVO-11S-2 Belt Drive. Not only is it good looking, but it comes complete with one of BDL’s legendary Ball Bearing Lock Up Clutches, so you know it’s a quality unit.
This beltdrive is of the 2-inch variety and it is sold as a kit with all the hardware and guards that you see here including the ingenious top guard grill, which will save your pants from any unwanted belt biting that you may encounter on some other beltdrive brands. The EVO-11S-2 Belt Drive also has a better pulley ratio that aids in better overall rpm management over the stock setup.
After running over to BDL’s world headquarters and getting a beltdrive and all the 4-1-1 on it, we hustled over to Freedom Cycles in Orange, California, and had them handle the install. Checkout how we got belted!B