My track is slightly off and when the gear hits the spot where they meet there is not enough room for the gear. I can see that this will cause problems. Should I cut out a link or trim the links on both side to make a slot for the gear teeth?
The issue Earl ran into is that he cut a small piece of the track to make it fit.. so now there is place in the rotation missing a dip for the gear to go in
I know NexDome sells the track, and it's by the foot. It is much cheaper to unstick and reattach than replacement.
The sweet spot for me is midway between the bottom of the dome and the bump out where you installed your track. I'm surprised the sprocket is tall enough to engage the track, many have reported that the rotator drive shaft sits too low to engage. Mine runs on the track in the lower 1/3 of the belt.
I totally agree that it should be noted in the instructions. I'll send a note to Babak.
You could email NexDome or call them to see if they'll send you a replacement.
Other option would be to find another source and get a new belt. The belt is a XH timing belt.
Wow really. I guess that moment has passed for any document improvements. Thanks for the constructive comment.
Well, the instruction don't say to cut the track either :)
Too bad there is nothing in the instructions about fitting the track. I will get it to work.
The way most of us installed the belt is to make it connect and then workout the slack by pushing it back and forth around the dome ... not by cutting a piece as now you have a missing gap.
It's a really tight fit for most, for some of is there was a gap and adding an extra layer of gorilla tape added enough material to male the 2 ends meet and be tight.
Base on your picture looks like you cut a full gap at the end of the belt. If you still have the piece you cut you can try re-inserting it.
The track should have come with the proper numbers of dips and teeth. Did you cut a part of it to install it ?!
Ouch, that's bad. I haven't made it this far on my system. Assuming there's no adjustment possible to make room for the gear teeth in that spot it would seem that carving it to make the space is the only thing you could do. This suggests the length of the part on the dome is off by a little bit, ie., it doesn't match the inner circumference.