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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-18-2011, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Drive belt replacement

Let me start with what has been done. Had the teryx snorkeled at the kawi dealer and belt replaced (just cause it hadn't been done since we had it). Then added Muzzie exhaust. Well been ridden about twice since snorkel and belt once since exhaust. The belt broke and I mean broke on the second ride. I am replacing it and the belt rolled on like a chain. I don't know how to know if the tension correct. Do any of the mods have anything to do with having belt trouble. Guess I should have left the original belt on there. The dealer said it was in good shape but I thought since they are in there already. We ride in literally all terrain. Water sand and mud. What are the odds the belt tension is correct?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-18-2011, 01:42 PM
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Belt is measured at 22-27mm deflection @ ~13lbs (59N).

If you need to adjust the tension, you do this by removing or adding shims on the driven pulley (secondary).

Exhaust and snorkel isn't going to change the belt deflection. BUT if water got inside the belt housing, your belt could have been slipping. Also, most will agree that buying the Kawasaki belt is better than any other belt.

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Well we snorkeled for safety so water wouldn't get into the belt. Well maybe we will get it set correctly. Thanks for your input
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Well we snorkeled for safety so water wouldn't get into the belt. Well maybe we will get it set correctly. Thanks for your input
No worries, if you DIY the shims, you'll need to make/buy a secondary spring compressor to get it all apart.

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There have been numurous ocassions that the dealers have not set the tension correctly when changing belts. I don't know if it is a lack of knowledge or just plain being lazy and taking the $$, I mean who is really going to check the tension after the dealer adjusts it? Plus after about 10 hours on a new belt it will need adjusted
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I called the dealer yesterday to tell them about it since it was a new belt. They said there was no adjustment for the belt. Right, either lazy or just plain don't know. Well doing it ourselves, a friend who has done a few is helping with the tension. Yep it an involved job but it has got to be done. Oh the dealer offered another belt at cost, guess he didn't have to do that.
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If the dealer told me that here I would make sure that Kawasaki knew about it and he would never see me or my money again! These toys cost too much to put up with that kind of service IMHO. Sorry, I get off kilter when I here stuff like that. Must be frosty beverage time.
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I called the dealer yesterday to tell them about it since it was a new belt. They said there was no adjustment for the belt.
Thats not the first time I have heard this same statement and probably won't be the last. The bottom line is that an imporperly adjusted belt is like a bomb just waiting to go off.

A broken belt is the last thing I would want to replace while out on a ride even though I don't have any problems changing one out in under 45 minutes.
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I believe there is an indicator on the belt area about the adjusting the tension.
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Which shim is generally the one to remove to tighten the belt, thick or thin? I can't for the life of me remember. Just replaced the belt and will have to adjust it in about 10hrs of riding or so.

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Which shim is generally the one to remove to tighten the belt, thick or thin? I can't for the life of me remember. Just replaced the belt and will have to adjust it in about 10hrs of riding or so.
take out the thin one but you still need to messure when reassembled

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I believe there is an indicator on the belt area about the adjusting the tension.
no their isnt ????????????

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