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Ok it's been discussed before I am sure on here, maybe a couple of years ago. So how many miles are people getting out of the OEM drive belt. How many miles before you really need to change it out to a new one? Presently got about 54,000 miles on my XR with the original belt. Going on a three day trip of around 1200 miles soon, so it got me thinking. I have checked the bike over, changed the oil & filter, front brake pads, and fluid. Toned the exhaust down also recently, so maybe people will be able to ride behind me if they want, it was pretty loud before. Still need to wash it. So the belt life pops into my head, I am hoping it is good for a 100,000 miles! So and no I have not done much dirt riding lately with it...... Also I did notice my front brake lines are looking pretty crappy,so after this trip I may be contacting Paulie for some new ones.

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I replaced my belt on my xr around 95000 miles that was only because my rear pully was wore down
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I have a new one on the shelf that I was going to change at 50,000 miles but am now rethinking that.

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I changed mine at 105,000.
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Vic manual sez to change them at what, 30k? It's laughable. I'm at 40k and looks darn good.



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52K on mine and still looks near new. No cracks.

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Have heard 100K from normal use, 65-75K if the bike was ran hard and for long times. Biggest thing is making sure the tension and deflection is sport on or within spec. Polaris wont do anything as far as a warranty when it comes to belts.


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over on a vision forum there are several guys with over 100K on their belts. On my 99 HD I had a 130K on the original belt. Sold it to a friend who put 30K more on the belt before he replaced it. Yes HD use the same Gates belt as Victory. You have to keep your belt clean and adjusted like Paulie said. Looking for cracks and missing lugs is up to you. On my vision (knock on wood ) I'm going to replace it at 100K if it don't break in the meantime.

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Older bikes seem to be not as forgiving as the newer bikes go as far as stuff being out of spec.

I do know for sure that you don't want the belt so tight that once you put the bike in gear the belt snaps....and let a actual Victory or Indian place check it over, not 'Vinny' at the local bike club.

Polaris FYI, wont do anything about the Drive belts until they get the belt back and inspect it, of the dozens we have sent back over the years, they NEVER ONCE paid us back for any of them.
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Dumb question time.......
When hot, my belt would be guitar string tight and was correctly set to spec cold. I can't imagine that was doing the belt, pulleys and related bearings any good, so I now have adjusted the belt so there is a bit a slack when hot. I invite your collective thoughts on doing this.

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