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Old 12-26-2007, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Polaris drive belts

Does anybody have an opinion on what brand of a drive belt to buy? Should I stick with a Polaris belt?
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Old 12-26-2007, 06:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have always had good luck w/ Dayco belts in my past sleds, so that is what I run.
Here is where I buy them from.

Polaris Dayco HPX (High Performance Extreme) Drive Belts
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Old 12-26-2007, 06:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have used the oem polaris belts. The one on my sled now was a spare for a year before i put it on. It has nearly 1000 mi. on it w/little if not any wear, and no stretch.
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Old 12-27-2007, 10:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've been running Polaris OEM belts for 16 years, never had belt related problem. Only time I burned them up was towing a over a thousand pounds with my old Indy 500. Never burned one up with the XLT's doing the same thing (that 580 would really tow some stuff I'll tell you). Other than that, I replace my belt every 2-4 years depending on how rich I feel. I really don't NEED to change them, but there is a small gain in performance after replacing a belt that is used for a thousand miles or so.

I'm never that guy who is changing his belt on the trail. So I just stick with what works. Polaris OEM.
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Old 12-27-2007, 06:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I only use Polaris drive belts. I tried a Dayco Ultimax 2 belt on a '99 700 XC SP that I used to have and in less than 1,000 miles the belt had worn to the point where it needed to be replaced.
I typically run Polaris belts several thousands of miles before they need to be replaced, so I wasnt all that impressed with the Dayco.
Polaris belts cost a little bit more than does a Dayco or Gates, but IMO the Polaris belts are better and thats why they cost more.
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Old 12-27-2007, 06:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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wrong belt for your sled, the max 2 is recommended for sleds less than 500cc, you need the max 3 for sleds over 500cc.
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I use Ultimax 3's on both Machs, awesome belts.
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Old 12-29-2007, 02:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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wrong belt for your sled, the max 2 is recommended for sleds less than 500cc, you need the max 3 for sleds over 500cc.
This was back in '99-'00. At that time, the Ultimax 2 was the best belt they made and it was hyped up as the ultimate snowmobile belt. I tried it, wasnt impressed and will stick with Polaris OEM belts from now on.
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how do I change the belt on a 97 indy rmk?
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Old 11-28-2009, 04:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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how do I change the belt on a 97 indy rmk?
I got it changed by setting the brake and pulling on the belt between the two clutches to remove.To put it back on I rotated the back of the secondary clockwise while forcing the belt inward. It was a little different than the one on my arctic cat.
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Old 11-28-2009, 05:11 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Another Dayco fan here, and 1 year warranty on them to boot
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Old 12-01-2009, 06:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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dayco hp vs hpx

I have a 97 XLT touring. The Dayco belt on it was the 3211042. I replaced it with a dayco hpx that was listed to be the correct one since the XLT theoretically puts out enough power to need the hpx. The hpx 5013 is the dayco recommended for it. When I put this on I had slippage and squealing when under load(acceleration or going up hills). I put the hp belt back on and no problems. I wonder if I really need the hpx or if the hp will last as well. Why do I have squealing? Anyone else have issues like this? I would much rather pay for a dayco hp if it will preform like an OEM belt. Thanks for the advise.
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:53 PM   #14 (permalink)
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drive belt install query

I installed 2 new Max 2 belts on my 2 94 Indy sports 440. However when I started the machines the whole drive train was moving and when I lowered the machines to the ground they stall out. i cannot get them to start when the track is on the ground.

Is there an adjustment for a new belt that I need to make? I cheked to see if these max 2's were correct for my machine and was assured they are.

Any input is appreciated.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:56 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Did you wash the belt before use?
This will get the "release oil" off the rubber and give a better grip.

If the sled is creeping or stalling, you need to adjust the secondary open a bit more to compensate for the new (wider than used) belt.
Depending on the age of the machine, this can be as simple as turning a bolt or you will have to remove the unit and put a shim washer in the middle to make it slightly wider.
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:35 PM   #16 (permalink)
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drive belts

I never before heard of washing the belts but will give it a try.

When you mention loosening a bolt. is it the one in the centr of the secondary drive wheel. The new belt does seat higher above the rim than the original belt.

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