Manual clutch or centrifugal choice?

Discussion in 'Frame Mounted Engines' started by professor, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. professor

    professor Active Member

    I am deleting the electric drive from my gas/electric and making it a straight belt output, now that the bike is NY legal.
    I can do a idler that tightens the belt (like in a lawn tractor) or buy a centrifugal clutch.
    Any thoughts?
     

  2. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    If you use a toothed belt, I'd go centrifugal (I think the idler option would eat the teeth). If you're going to use a V-belt, I'd go with the idler because it should provide better control of the engagement point.
     
  3. professor

    professor Active Member

    It will be a "V" belt. Inexpensive and always available.
    Yeah, I like a manual since I can putt- putt quietly at low speed.
    But the cent. being automatic, doesn't need to be engaged with a lever- needs rpm to be up to go slow.
    Like your signature says, you can't have everything, just wondering which the guys like best. HT style manual or cent.
     
  4. Al.Fisherman

    Al.Fisherman Active Member

    Even if it is a toothed belt, the teeth don't ride on a idler, nor would the "V" on a V belt, the back of a belt contacts the idler pulley.
     
  5. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I was not concerned about the idler eating the teeth off the belt. I was concerned that the drive pully would eat the teeth off as the idler was engaged.
     
  6. professor

    professor Active Member

    Well, I'll be doing the idler / manual clutch thing.
    Got the bike up on the operating table as we speak. Gonna be a long operation. Did the 450 watt- dectomy along with controller and wires. Leaving the alternnator and one battery on the bike for light power.
     
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