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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-19-2013, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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After market drive belts?

I broke a drive belt a couple of weeks ago on my 07-650. I took it all apart and then ordered new rollers, dampers, belt, and roller plate. I bought all AC parts except for the belt...I bought a Gates G force belt instead, knowing gates is a good brand. I assembled everything step by step off the U tube video (same on as on this site under clutch assembly). I started it up and ran for a few minutes in garage, everything looked great! I put it all back together and made it about 75 yards down my drive way and it started making a weird noise and burning the belt. I towed it back to my shop and haven't pulled it apart yet. AC dealer said belt might be too wide. Any Ideas before I dump more money and try the same thing over again?? Thanks Tom

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Did you install the belt with the arrow going in the correct direction? I have heard very bad things about after market belts even those made by the best companies out there. Arctic Cat has their belt made to their specs and they test them in their vehicles. I recommend staying with the factory belt. I have the original belt from my turbo Prowler sitting in my garage with over 1200 miles on it and i am only on belt # 2 and it looks great.

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when I had my 08 650, I tried a couple different aftermarket belts and never had good luck with them,,i always stick with the factory belts new with no problems

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So if I am reading this correct that you switched to a Gates belt and then had a problem?

Pull your primary and secondary and inspect the rollers and sheaves then if everything is good put it back together with a factory belt. Pay attention to the arrow on the belt and install it in the proper direction. Be sure to break the belt in before driving like a mad man. You should be good to go.

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So if I am reading this correct that you switched to a Gates belt and then had a problem?

Pull your primary and secondary and inspect the rollers and sheaves then if everything is good put it back together with a factory belt. Pay attention to the arrow on the belt and install it in the proper direction. Be sure to break the belt in before driving like a mad man. You should be good to go.
yes, all factory parts except the belt! also the Gates belt did NOT have an arrow like the stock one?

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I will re inspect all parts, and put back together with an AC belt...Thanks guys! didn't know what else to try. Also what's the recommended mileage for belt replacement? mine broke at 3200 miles.

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I have been running a Dayco HPX for a couple years no problem. I smoked the stock belt playing in the wet snow of UT a few years ago. I have about 200 miles on the Dayco but so far so good.

That being said, probably safer with oem.

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ok...took off clutch cover and found a piece of the old belt and part of the rubber seal off the very back plate behind the primary....it must have been stuck in the back behind the rubber seal....yay, I get to buy more parts, but at least no major damage. Thanks to everybody for the help. Tom

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I'm also rather interested in this topic due to my belt slippage.

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I'm also rather interested in this topic due to my belt slippage.
If your belt is slipping, repair it now!!! do not wait for it to break. when mine broke, it grenaded my rollers, grooved my moveable roller plate, grooved the outer half of my primary where the rollers sit....a lot of parts to replace. preventative maint. is well worth it. There is a great video on this forum and on you tube on belt...clutch assembly-disassembly. The only thing I would add is to use light sandpaper or even a scotch brite pad to remove the glazing from you primary and secondary. Tom

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