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    I've got an 08' arctic cat 650 H1. I've had it for about three months and have put about 700+ miles on it. Does anyone know about how long the belts usually last in ATVs before they need replacing. Some of my riding has been pretty tough (across tundra) and I use low range when I have too. Just wondering how long your belts are lasting in your ATVs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjustinm View Post
    I've got an 08' arctic cat 650 H1. I've had it for about three months and have put about 700+ miles on it. Does anyone know about how long the belts usually last in ATVs before they need replacing. Some of my riding has been pretty tough (across tundra) and I use low range when I have too. Just wondering how long your belts are lasting in your ATVs.
    #1 Killer of belts is incorrect use of Hi/Lo range. Unless the 650 has a reputation of ****ting belts, I wouldnt worry about it, just carry a spare. On occasion take the shine off the sheaves and spruce them up with brake cleaner. Also making sure your box has a good seal will keep the junk out.
    We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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    These days belts last for years unless they are defective or you abuse your tranny. New belts will wear down a bit over time but that is normal and no reason to replace it. With 700 miles on your machine it is just getting broke in. You may want to look at picking up a replacement when you get over 2000 miles just in case.
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    thank for the advice guys, i definately should get a replacement belt just in case. some of the riding up here is very remote and I dont want to walk 50 miles to get home.

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    Changing one in the field is a pain in the butt. It can be done, but it's best to learn how in the comfort of home first.

    I have two AC 500's and I took my belt covers off at the beginning of the season to blow out the dust and dirt. To my surprise, even at 1600 miles, there was little to no belt dust and the belts were in perfect shape. They last WAY longer than any snowmobile belt. I completely HAMMER on my 500 in the mud and it looked just as good as my wife's machine that doesn't get much more than trail miles with the kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjustinm View Post
    thank for the advice guys, i definitely should get a replacement belt just in case. some of the riding up here is very remote and I dont want to walk 50 miles to get home.
    Just make friends with a Yamaha guy and you will never have to walk...they can tow you out!!! hahaha...just a joke but I couldn't resist...it was too easy!!!
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    I replace my belts at about every 100-150 hours of run time. Sure it might seem excessive but that much time on a machine is ALOT of miles. $65-75 bucks is a cheap investment. I hate the Idea of walking!

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