One of those days - one thing leads to another...
I had a few hours free before dinner this afternoon and figured now was a good time to finally do the fuel vent mod. Took a while to decide how and where I wanted to route the hose, but ended up going with what most do: under the center cowl.
I made quick work with it and figured it was a good time to go ahead and change the fuel filter. I thought there was a slight decrease in power and zippyness on my last ride... with the vent now modded to prevent sucking dust in, it would be good to start with fresh fuel filter on there as well. I changed it before so, the task was complete quite easily and quickly. The filter was a little brown but didn't "look bad".
With the vent modded and a fresh fuel filter in, I thought it would make good sense to go ahead and drain the tank for inspection and get some fresh fuel in there... The tank was about half full and was quickly siphoned out. The tank was free of any dirt or debris, and the gas looked pretty good... The gas will be fed to my lawn mower.
Since the gas tank was empty and the fuel connections were not yet hooked up, I realized I was almost to the point of getting access to the belt housing... may as well yank the tank out; at least I'll be very familiar with the tear down process and I can take a shop vac to the sxs and suck out all the dust and twigs that were living in my machine's belly.
At this point, I cleaned up and went in for dinner.
I'll be cracking open the housing tomorrow to blow out the belt dust and have a look-see. My machine has 1860 miles and I'm the second owner... It looks like the previous owner took good care of it, no signs of mud, water, or abuse. I've never taken it through any of that stuff during my ownership either... It's been mostly easy/moderate firebreak mountain trails and babied.
Here's my question: Are there any signs that I need to look for when inspecting my belt? Should I go ahead and just replace the darn thing since I'm in there as preventative maintenance? (I don't have a spare belt, and It'll probably have to be ordered in)