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Late T140 primary adjuster

Posted By: Tigernuts

Late T140 primary adjuster - 06/11/19 12:22 pm

How does the adjuster work on the post-1979 models? The earlier ones had a hard to reach sleeve nut which you had to screw in on the threaded rod, drawing it towards the nut and bowing the tensioner blade upward. But the late sort has (going by the parts book) a steel screwed-in boss into which a long hex-headed screw fit, with a locknut. It looks as if the screw must somehow push the tensioner blade, but the threaded rod is still shown in the parts book illustration - which would get in the way of the push-bolt, surely?

I've had a belt primary so haven;t had any of this, hence not knowing or being able to look at it. But I now think the new-ish belt could do with a tad of tension - that's why I need to understand the system, if anyone can kindly explain it?
Posted By: L.A.B.

Re: Late T140 primary adjuster - 06/11/19 1:45 pm

Originally Posted by Tigernuts
But the late sort has (going by the parts book) a steel screwed-in boss into which a long hex-headed screw fit, with a locknut. It looks as if the screw must somehow push the tensioner blade, but the threaded rod is still shown in the parts book illustration - which would get in the way of the push-bolt, surely?


Firstly, the later 71-7255 tensioner rod isn't threaded.......

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....and the parts diagrams show it facing in the wrong direction, so the larger diameter section of the rod goes between the tensioner blade (and trunnion) and the adjuster bolt, in the space the earlier adjuster sleeve would have occupied.

Posted By: Tigernuts

Re: Late T140 primary adjuster - 06/11/19 3:16 pm

That's very helpful LAB - it explains why, when feeling inside the hole in which the steel boss is fitted, all I can feel is a blank surface - it is clearly as it should be, and when the long screw is screwed in, it pushes the larger diameter part in your photo and causes the blade to arc. This forum is great for almost instant advice - thanks.
Posted By: tridentt150v

Re: Late T140 primary adjuster - 06/12/19 2:22 am

If you do use a tensioner with your belt drive, make sure that the slipper is polished right up. Remove any friction material that the chain runs on and polish away.

I did this on my previous belt for the Trident [it was a looser fit and needed tension], my newest belt didn't need it.
Posted By: Stein Roger

Re: Late T140 primary adjuster - 06/12/19 7:25 am

Originally Posted by Tigernuts
That's very helpful LAB - it explains why, when feeling inside the hole in which the steel boss is fitted, all I can feel is a blank surface - it is clearly as it should be, and when the long screw is screwed in, it pushes the larger diameter part in your photo and causes the blade to arc. This forum is great for almost instant advice - thanks.

Very useful info, in case a later bike comes my way. However, long time ago I owned and overhauled a Harris made Bonnie, a 1986 model. I can't recall this set-up on that bike.
Did Harris revert to the earlier system, or is it brain-fade on my part? That wouldn't surprise me to be honest.
Posted By: L.A.B.

Re: Late T140 primary adjuster - 06/12/19 8:12 am

Originally Posted by Stein Roger
Very useful info, in case a later bike comes my way. However, long time ago I owned and overhauled a Harris made Bonnie, a 1986 model. I can't recall this set-up on that bike.
Did Harris revert to the earlier system, or is it brain-fade on my part? That wouldn't surprise me to be honest.


According to the Harris parts book, yes, it seems they did revert to the earlier system!

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