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Last year I posted a topic about using a replacement Dayco drive belt. Well here is an update, good and bad. I fitted the belt at 20,000 miles and have been very happy with the performance of the bike until yesterday when it started making some odd noises when coming to a halt. Having inspected the belt, the top has disintegrated in a section about 10" long. This is more than a little disappointing as this belt has only done 7000 miles. I telephoned the supplier and explained the situation, and asked if they would be prepared to do anything. They called me back a few hours later to say the have ordered me another replacement belt from an alternative supplier, at no cost. So not happy with Dayco belt but I am very happy with www.wemoto.com a supplier of parts in UK.
 

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Dayco doesn't last in the snowmobile world either. Not rotten, but not real good either.
I have used Gates on my previous Majesty with no problems. (the new owner reported it to be still good after 25,000 klm). I have now installed one on my Burgman seeing it was dismantled for all my planned mods which i will post about soon with pics.
 

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I have heard that wemoto.com is a great seller. They do sell to the USA and Canada too, well some items are not but most things are.
 

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I have a Gates on mine done about 4000 miles only thing I have noticed
is that there does not seem to be the same amount of dust round the rear
were the cooling air exhausts from the transmission, and no noise of any
kind on take off but I did chamfer the leading edges of the clutch shoes so
don't know if it's the belt.
 

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1. I guess we can't get Gates in the states. My belt at 20,000 miles was a Suzuki part, $160 I think. I was looking for a cheaper alternative, but maybe I should stick with Suzook.

2. You can make a variator or clutch bell holder when you torque the nuts. I had pix in an earlier post (maybe 2012). Some people jam a socket against the fin to keep it from turning. The home-made holder has 6 contact points though.
 

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What about Malossi X?
 

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A good way to hold the crankshaft from turning is to turn the engine by hand up towards the compression stroke - not all the way up, then with the plug removed insert a length of nylon rope into the combustion chamber, turn the crank until resistance is felt then undo the nut, same in reverse but using a Torque wrench to get the right tightness.

I've restored two 125's in the last year and used this system on both, it's very satisfactory and won't damage the engine.

Jim
 

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With the time involved why buy anything other than the stock belt when it seems to last 20,000 miles with no problem and the others never a fraction of that?
 

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With the time involved why buy anything other than the stock belt when it seems to last 20,000 miles with no problem and the others never a fraction of that?
Shudder -- some riders claim they could eliminate chatter in the CVT box by changing to Malossi Kevlar X belt.
 

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Is there any basis for this hope? Does it decrease shudder and what has been its history as far as reliability compared to stock?
 

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Somebody has reported, possibly be on this forum, that shudder disappeared after Malossi belt had been installed. Could be attributed to the fact that it produces less dust.
 

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Fitted a Dayco to the brothers 400 and it fell apart after 4k miles. Stripped the outer casing same as OP's. Never use them again
 
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