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Old 05-28-2005, 10:37 AM
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3" Belt drive

Looking into a belt drive BDL or Primo, what do you guys think?
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Old 05-28-2005, 10:49 AM
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Old 05-28-2005, 01:19 PM
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I like my BDL drive, but have been plagued with starter engagement problems, as have many others on this site. I think I'd like to try a primo on my next build just to see if it works out any better.
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Old 05-28-2005, 02:23 PM
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What are the differences between the BDL and the Rivera Primo belt drives?

I am tempted to buy a Primo just because everyone has a BDL...
Perhaps there is a reason..

It seems like years ago the Primo was more common but I could be wrong...
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Old 05-28-2005, 02:28 PM
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I love my Primo

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Old 05-28-2005, 02:41 PM
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Also when is the outbard bearing support really necessary?
I like the look of the belt drive without them.
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Old 05-28-2005, 02:50 PM
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talked to bdl and he said the outer bearing support is not neccesary with my setup. 113" Ultima. He told me that its becasue of the drag bikes and they need it for so much power and torque.
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Old 05-28-2005, 06:01 PM
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The main differences are in the clutch design. Primo uses a diaphragm clutch while BDL uses multi coil springs. The BDL is much more adjustable to tailor it to your specific needs. I've used them both and like the BDL much more.
Didn't BDL just started shipping theirs with diaphragm clutches? Just what I heard.
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Old 05-28-2005, 06:38 PM
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Never had a Primo, just always went with BDL. No problems.
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Just bought BDL a month ago, and love it.choose them over primo because of $$$, I got the BDL for about half of a primo.
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I've used both and continue to. The BDL 's are quite a bit cheaper then the Primo's. I use the BDL's on cheaper builds and Primo on the more expensive shit. BDL uses a one piece backing plate which is really nice, Primo a two piece but they offer aone piece for TC. Primo uses dia. clutch, BDL springs, but did just switch to a dia. clutch as well on some of the popular models. BDL's are noisy are then the Primo and have a heavier clutch in my opinion. BDL's also have the known starter engagement problem that has yet to be taken care of, yea there are little fixes that sometimes work, but it's still there. I can buy BDL's for like $1200 and the Primos for $1850 so it's not a whole lot of money, for me I like the Primo better, but if BDL's new clutch set-up is quieter and the strater problem fixed, I like their one piece plate way better.

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