As we challenge ourselves and push the limits of our extreme-performance UTVs (and ATVs), we’re bound to cook a CVT belt every now and
then, but racers seem to go through belts faster than
most. Standing on the throttle and brakes at the same
time might earn you a good start, but what happens
We removed the left rear wheel so we could take
better photos of the process, but the belt can be
changed trailside with the tire attached. Besides
the ATV lift, we used a flat-blade screwdriver,
10mm T-handle, 10mm socket, 17mm T-handle
(wheel lugs) and the Polaris shock-spring preload
tool. Park the UTV on a level surface, chock a
wheel and leave the transmission in neutral or any
gear but park.
when that abused belt lets go while in front of the
pack? This happened to one of our test pilots during
last month’s shootout between Polaris’ RZR XP 900
Jagged X and Walker Evans, so we replaced the belt
with a Gates G-Force belt (part number 21G4140).
Here’s how to do it.
Remove the eight, self-tapping CVT cover screws and then the outer CVT cover by rotating the rear out
and down. The bulbous front will bottom against the shock spring; force the cover to bend it into submission. Loosen the hose clamps on the exhaust duct at the top rear of the inner CVT cover and remove the
In our case, all that was left inside the CVT covers were chords wrapped around the clutch. We
unwound the chords and pulled them away, making sure no chords or pieces of CVT belt remained
on or in either spool.
Remove the engine cover in the XP’s bed, and remove the seats or storage bins to access the insulated
hatch, which uses two plastic latches, just like the RZR hood. The way the exhaust duct is configured, belt
debris was slung up and forward where it was deflected by a metal screen. We fished all the debris out of
the duct and screen. Check the cut intake duct, too.
CHANGE A RZR XP 900 CVT BELT