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Thats not a washer, it's a flanged nut. Probably the same as yours.
BigGuy, I too did not adjust my belt at 2500 mi. and am now in the process of doing the first adjustment at 5500 mi. on my 2012. A couple of questions: 1) At 5000, was your belt loose enough to deflect beyond the visulizer window in the drive belt lower cover by pushing on the belt w/o using the Triumph tension tool? 2) Is it really necessary to use the Triumph wheel alignment tool if you have the vernier calipers to measure the distance on each side?
As I've been thinking this adjustment through, it seems to me that the whole process is more complicated than it needs to be as stated in the owners manual and service manual. Basically each side needs to be adjusted accurately to the same distance and the belt tension needs to be approximately within specification (after all, it was out of spec after the first 2500 or more miles anyways).
Any thoughts on my questions or observation? Perhaps you would be willing to discuss via phone?
1) It was pretty loose. I don't remember if I could push it out of the window, but I'm sure it was at least close ... it clearly needed adjusting. 2) The tool gives you a reliable, repeatable reference point through the center of the axle. You could probably find another way to line it up, but for $30 bucks or so, I figured I'd just go with the tool and the manual.
If you want to discuss on the phone, leave me your number on the email link and I'll call you.
By the way, over 2,000 miles since adjustment and the belt still has good tension, no noises and no visible edge wear.
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