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Old 04-02-2019, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I admit after reading about all the 2017 horror stories about belts exploding I was reluctant to buy a SW but after 2 seasons on one I have gotten a full season out of each belt. 4000 km's each and very happy with belt life but under WFO throttle I keep expecting to go boom but so far so good.
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Old 04-02-2019, 04:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you just change them as maintenance or did you see wear?
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Did you just change them as maintenance or did you see wear?

I change the belt after a full season regardless but there were no signs of wear. It's a peace of mind thing.
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My Dad has a stock 2017 with almost 7,000 miles. He slaps a new belt on at the beginning of each season and he hasn't blown one yet.

I picked up a 2018 RTX SE this fall. At 1,046 miles the stock 8JP exploded. I replaced it with a new 8JP. I have 500 miles on this belt. I'm going to see what kind of life I get out of the 2nd belt. If it blows at less than 1,000 miles, I will be checking alignment.

I've heard great reviews about the Ultimax XS825. I purchased one as my spare. I will be trying that next.
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Old 04-03-2019, 08:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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A buddy blew a belt on his 19' srx 2 trips in. His next belt lasted the rest of the season. No rhyme or reason to it.
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A buddy blew a belt on his 19' srx 2 trips in. His next belt lasted the rest of the season. No rhyme or reason to it.
I eventually want to tune mine. My worry is that whatever causes these belts to explode will be magnified with more power. I don't want to blow a belt every 500 miles.
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I eventually want to tune mine. My worry is that whatever causes these belts to explode will be magnified with more power. I don't want to blow a belt every 500 miles.

That's the reason why I've waited to tune mine. Now that I see I don't have the belt issues that many do, it's tune time.
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for the 270hp you need to get the xs825 ultimax, buddy blew belts every 400k and now after putting on the xs825, he has 1200k no problems
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