Here’s what was left of the stock belt. It’s not likely that Polaris would honor
the warranty on this belt considering the abuse we put it through. When we
were sure all the debris had been cleared out, we replaced the rubber coupler
on the duct and tightened the hose clamps.
Loop the replacement CVT belt over the front of the clutch assembly as shown.
See how much shorter the belt is than the distance around the rear pulleys?
We had to force it onto the pulley.
Place the weights at
12 and 6 o’clock on
the second spool, and
insert the fat end of
the shock-preload tool
into the cavity, rotating the tool toward
the pulley as shown to
force the spools apart.
Walk the belt on by
rotating the spools and
belt. Try not to pry it
on to avoid damaging
the new belt.
Here’s the new belt in place. Make sure the rubber seal on the inner CVT
cover is in place, and force the outer cover past the shock spring and CVT
clutch. Then, replace and tighten the eight CVT cover bolts and four wheel nuts
and enjoy your smooth, new CVT belt!
On the Polaris Scrambler, Sportsman XP 850 and 550, you have to remove
the left rear frame member and a rear-fender support rod to access the CVT
cover for removal, much like Rhino and Teryx owners have to after removing
the seats and engine cowling. ❑