111 Drive Belt Replacement

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  1. Dan_Frisbie

    Dan_Frisbie Well-Known Member
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    Is everyone replacing your belt when Polaris tells us to?
    If I remember right, it's supposed to be replaced at 30k miles. Mine was replaced to fix the squeak at 15k, so my recommended replacement will be at 45k and I'm at 40k now.
    Not an expense that I'm looking forward to...
     
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    I plan on changing mine when I change the rear tire after I hit 30K.
     
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    I plan on changing mine but I have 3 miles of gravel road to get in and out of my property. Plus the many roads that suddenly turn to gravel in this cheap dang state.
     
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    Nope. I'll run mine till it shows signs of age or wear. I had 65k on my roadking and it still looked great, have friends that have put over 100k on belts. I'll take my chances.
     
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    Had over 70K on my Ultra and 80K on my Victory and both were on Original Belts and Looked and Tracked Great .. I have Free services for 2 Years so if have 30K in before reach that mark will probably let them change it as it's Free otherwise will change it when looks like it needs it ..
     
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    I'm getting my 30,000 mile service in the next week or so. I will follow the Dealership Mechanic's advice on that. I have a squeaky pulley too, so will see about that as well.
     
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    Approaching 40,000 miles, not replacing the belt on my 2015 Chieftain till it shows it's needed.
     
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    On my 1997 Harley Road King I had over 100 thousand miles and the belt was in excellent condition. Did not need to change it however I did since the engine was out for a rebuilt. On my Indian I will change it when it is necessary, if not necessary I will not change it just because Indian wants to give their dealers some work and they can sell parts at their crazy prices.
     
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    42k and mine looks fine. May replace prior to my next three flags rally (Canada, Mexico, USA ) just cuz I don't want it to fail in the wilds - - but on the other hand catastrophic failures are rare (usually a big sharp object smacking into it at speed) (which could happen at any mileage )
     
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    I just got my 30,000 mile Service done today. I asked them Not to replace the Belt unless it really needed it, same with the Fork Oil.
    They checked the Fork Seals, said they were good so didn't need that done. They checked and moved the Belt. They checked the adjustment and tension. They said the Belt was showing signs of wear but didn't really need replacing. Yay! :)
     
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    What does checking the fork seals have to do with the fork oil? That oil takes a beating. I didn't have mine changed because I wasn't prepared for the 6 hour service. But no getting around it, it will be done at 20k. The nose diving is getting worse as I ride so I'm sure that oil is shot and my fork seals are just fine too.
     
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    I agree, but when they check the seal, they also check the rebound and and dampening and said all seemed fine. I haven't had any issues with nose diving, so I call it good to go. :)
     
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    Developed the dreaded chirp/squeaking from the drive belt and pulleys during my vacation this week. I'm armed with lots of info on the subject from this site and the other one.
    Visiting the dealer Monday to "encourage" them to repair and replace the above said part's under warranty. It will be a nice conversation on my part because my dealer has been great about past minor issues.
     
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    What year is your Bike? Mine is a 2016 and it came with the updated pulley. It developed a squeak and it just happened to be out of adjustment - does that every 4,000 to 6,000 miles. Dealership mechanic adjusts it and it is good for another 4,000 to 6,000 miles. Normal wear on the belt itself. 38,000 miles on it and haven't replaced it yet - Dealership mechanic said it should go 100,000 miles.
     
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    It's a 2016. Got 6600 miles on it. All adjusted at 5000 mile service. By the time I got back home it was very loud. Front and back pulley squealing.
    Just 1600 miles into the recent service.
     
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    If my bike is equipped with the updated version of belt and or pulleys why would it do this? Is it that sensitive to a perfect alignment?
    New to belt drive bike's.... just want informed. Thanks
     
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    I don't know, first time for a Belt Drive for me also. I know that dust and particulate matter can make them squeak also, may need a washing? I'd still have the Dealership Mechanic look at it and see if it is needing adjustment. My mechanic said it is not as simple an adjustment as it could be. I had a non-Indian shop put my new tire on and the belt squeaked afterword, so I ran it down to the Dealership today and the mechanic adjusted it - Squeak gone.
     
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    Yes, I'll have to give them the opportunity to fix it by whatever means. I'll have it documented anyway. If it continues than they'll have to keep trying.
    60 miles away makes their first effort important. I have to admit they seem to have good mechanics.
    Does other belt drive bike's/manufacturer's have this issue now or in the past? If not I wonder what the difference is in design?
     
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    If Ride often other than the First 15K Fork Oil which I believe should be done, maybe even at 10K if Do It Yourself .. But after that unless Notice a Problem or Leak should be able to go 30K Easy from then on ..
     
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    Same. I just had the 30k service - they did the belt, fork oil, etc. I also had them do the Stage 2 cams when I was there for the service. Meh. in for a penny, in for a pound.
     
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