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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-23-2012, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Barons 34 Tooth Front Pulley for Vulcan 900

Has anyone tried the Barons 34 tooth front pulley on their 900?
Does anyone know why the SW pulley has such a problem with squealing? Is it because it is aluminum? It seems that this is the major problem for the 900, and in some cases it is so bad that people have been know to take it off and return to the stock pulley for no other reason. I understand that the Barons pulley is steel, and I'm wondering if it also has a squealing issue. Or any other issues for that matter.
I am planning to install an "overdrive" pulley on my '06 Classic, and would really like to have some input regarding the pro's and con's of these two choices. I would be grateful for any insight that would help me choose between the SW and the Barons.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-24-2012, 12:40 PM
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Re: Barons 34 Tooth Front Pulley for Vulcan 900

I have the Scootworks - the only time it makes noise is when the belt is out of alignment. Once it's aligned, no noise. I've only had to do that once in 4 years. The pulley makes a fairly significant difference, too. I've never heard of the Barons so can't make any comments. I do recommend the SW if you're looking to reduce the high rev buzzing on the 900.

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Re: Barons 34 Tooth Front Pulley for Vulcan 900

What he ^^^ said!

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Re: Barons 34 Tooth Front Pulley for Vulcan 900

Mine would squeak if the adjustment was off. I did buy it used so it sort of had a grove "set" in it where the belt wanted to run. I think I remember reading somewhere that the first couple years they used a different hardness of alum. If the Barrons is steel I kind of think that might solve the issue.

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Re: Barons 34 Tooth Front Pulley for Vulcan 900

Just installed the Barons 34 tooth pulley and completed a 700 mile trip thru Colorado. Rode 2 up plus luggage and performance was great, handled the mountain passes with no problem. Bike seems much smoother particularly at cruising speeds of 65-70. I agree with prior comment, this is how bike should be geared from Mfg.
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Re: Barons 34 Tooth Front Pulley for Vulcan 900

Any installation tips or instructions to pass along? I'm going to purchase the Baron's and I understand they don't come with any instructions. I'm concerned about getting the belt tension correct.
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Re: Barons 34 Tooth Front Pulley for Vulcan 900

found install picktures from a scootworks thread call scootworks install front pulley. here was the link they gave that gave great pictures of the process.

http://s154.photobucket.com/albums...or vulcan900/
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Re: Barons 34 Tooth Front Pulley for Vulcan 900

Thanks for the reply but the link to pics isn't correct - could I get you to re-post link?
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Re: Barons 34 Tooth Front Pulley for Vulcan 900

Does anyone know if there are any performance differences between the Barons and the Scootworks pulleys? I've installed the scootworks front pulley on my 900 and haven't had any belt noise or sqealing at all. I was just wondering what the reduction was for the Barons. I think Scootworks front pulley is something like a 5.9 % reduction?

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Re: Barons 34 Tooth Front Pulley for Vulcan 900

I do not have the 900 but my wife does. We ride all over the country 44 of 48 states so far and never on a trailer. Most at highway speeds of 80 to 85 indicated (77 actual and highest was 103 indicated outside of Birmingham). She rides at those speeds all day long, longest day was 700 miles.. I just dont get what you are complaining about. The 900 rides all day long plus at Hwy + speeds with no problem. But if you want to waste your money for a 4.9% change which includes a reduction in the lower end performance...go for it. For us our money is too hard to come by to change a more than credible bike.

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