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Saturday I broke my FIFTH belt !!! After I broke my 4th, I replaced my Rear Pully, as well as my Front Pully. ( in my Sportster Repair Manual it says that if a belt breaks & it's not due to stone damage...you should spend a Buttload of money & replace everything) My 2nd belt was an OEM Harley Davidson product, since I was 200 miles from home when my 3rd one went, I had to settle for a 'Drag Specialties' because that's what the out of town repair shop had in stock. On my 4th, I did a good bit of research before investing more & decided that 'Falcon' was a better way to go. Well, I think I got the neighborhood of 10,000 miles out of that new setup. Since I'm about to roll over 60,000 miles on my bike....I guess they might average about 12,000 miles per belt. p.s. I got another 'Falcon'.
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I'm on my 4th belt. All factory replacements, the latest at $220. I got about 37k total miles so I'm less than 10k average on each. (how many chain conversions could I have done).
I drive aggressive as heck so I know it can be prevented but I like the belt over chain. Its cleaner, quieter and doesn't rob the power like a chain...
But I'm slowly becoming a believer in the chain!! Pushing it sux!
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I snapped my first one at over 50 thous. miles. Only because I had rigged up a soft tail swingarm for trike. It had warped it. When I modified swingarm to fit Sporty it finished it off. I expect my second belt a Falcon to last forever. And, I leave it looser than spec. If you continue to snap them. A chain would be the thing.
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Get a chain conversion kit, I don't worry now ,if or when the belt is going to snap. I use a dry lube so I don't get grease on the rear wheel
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I have lost count of how many belts have either broke or lost teeth and had to be replaced. The old Sporty probably has close to 300,000 miles or maybe more on it. Don't remember how many miles on the belt drive Sporty before this one. I just figure the belt is another part that is gonna wear out and need to be replaced just like tires, engines, or cables. Back when chains were the only final drive there was I was having to replace chain and sprockets about every time I changed the rear tire. The dirt road I live on eats chains. I am glad to have the option of belts now which will usually go 50,000 miles with a little luck. Inspect both pulleys every time you have a belt going bad and change them if they are worn down or have sharp edges. Worn pulleys will wear out a new belt twice as fast.

I don't ride as aggressively as I did when I was younger. The dirt road has had limerock put on it and the sugar sand is not so bad about getting in the belts. Things are gonna wear out if you ride it. Keep the belts adjusted and inspect them regular. They are a huge improvement over what used to be. If you added so much torque with modifications then you might need to use a chain. If you have a much wider rear tire it puts more stress on the belts too. The narrower tires can slip a little and allow some of the stress to be relieved on a hard launch. With wider rear tires they hook up better and the belt will be the weakest link if something has to give. Take care of the belt and it will last a long time, but nothing that moves will last forever.
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Do these belts have a life? meaning change after so many years regardless of mileage?
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Mine stripped the teeth off at 50,000 miles. The cracks appear on the side of the belt not the teeth. I have heard of breaking from rocks getting stuck in sprocket keep the belt covers on. Also heard of the wild burn out breaking them. I would change my next one the minute I see a crack on the side maybe 40,000 miles?
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Do these belts have a life? meaning change after so many years regardless of mileage?
Inspect them and change them if they have torn teeth, holes where something went through the pulley under the belt, missing teeth, or extreme wear. Also inspect both pulleys and change them if the teeth get worn down and sharp on the edges. It is all in the manual.
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At one time Buell offered a 100,000 mile warranty on it's drive belts, on my Sporty's 60,000 is doing good. As a sidenote when you change yours out save the old one for a spare, note the rotation direction, don't fold it up, do a twist stack three high, it keeps a nice big radius and packs well.
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