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Old 01-31-2011, 11:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 95 Polaris RXL belt and clutch ?

Hello again, got a few more questions about the '95 RXL I recently picked up. I'm almost positive the drive belt is original and needs to be changed. The previous owner never changed the belt and the sled has 3000 miles on it. He used the sled for ice fishing and towed all his gear on a sled with it. The belt seems to have a couple flat spots on it, and the clutch seems to clunk, or bang, over these spots and vibrated that entire side of the sled, untill you get up around 40, when it seems to smooth out a little. Now the question, do you guys think its the belt? or is the clutch itself worn out from towing Also, I was given two brand new Gates Xtreme 44x4640 belts, will these fit my 95 RXL? If you search the model number of the sled it comes back as an 1995 Polaris RXL LT, so I'm a little confused? Thanks for the help guys!

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Old 01-31-2011, 12:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes it will fit ...I haven't used a Gates belt in a long time so I'm not sure what the quality is like ... but I do know that I'm very happy with the Dayco HPX5013 belt I put on my RXL ( your takes the same ) It has a couple hundred miles on it now and feels really good , if that makes any sense.
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Yes it will fit ...I haven't used a Gates belt in a long time so I'm not sure what the quality is like ... but I do know that I'm very happy with the Dayco HPX5013 belt I put on my RXL ( your takes the same ) It has a couple hundred miles on it now and feels really good , if that makes any sense.
Well thats good to know, now I'll have a good belt and a good spare. I'll keep the Dayco in mind if I'm not happy with the gates belt. Now just got to figure out if that clutch is bad or not; the shaft looks really pitted. And to find an owners manual, been keeping an eye on ebay and haven't seen one yet.

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I just went out and put the Gates Xtreme 44x4640 on the RXL and it doesn't engage until about 6000 now, and squeals when going slow. You can feel the clutch slip on the belt and then grab hard and you take off. Pretty sure its just because its new and will go away after break in, but just wanted to be sure. Been awhile since I put a new belt on a sled.
Dennis Kirk's site says the Gates 38x4730 is the correct belt for my sled, so is the 44x4640 not going to work?

On a side note, it was definitely flat spots in the belt making the clutch "clunk" like it was with the other belt. So that solves that problem.
Thanks again for all the help!
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The first number is the length of the belt, so the 44 is too long.
The squealing is often due to the release compound on the belt. You should wash it in warm water to clean it off before use.
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The first number is the length of the belt, so the 44 is too long.
The squealing is often due to the release compound on the belt. You should wash it in warm water to clean it off before use.
Yup, was definitely too long, stopped down to the local dealer and picked up a Polaris belt #3211070. Made sure to clean up the clutch faces from the other belt being on there, washed the belt, let it dry and put it on. Sled drives much better now, no squealing and no flat spots. Just trying to finish the break in before hitting the trails hard this weekend!
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