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Devil's advocate aside, a used one is cheap, and can get you through until you can afford a brand new one. Especially when you're broke like me. I've got a $30 one on my wall that came from a guy that converted one to a trike for his wife.
True, a used one is better than none when your belt breaks.
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What's the consensus on the belt guard? I know it's supposed to keep debris out of the belt, however the bottom guard would seem to trap a stone in there. I will be doing some dirt / gravel roads.

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not a good thing for a belt do dirty roads..
either with belt guard or without...
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Thanks to Paul, and everyone who had advice.
I bought a new belt from the dealer, put it on in the shed, and carry the spare on long trips. Did 2000km this xmas.
It went on easily and l only have to carry a small handful of tools to do it on the side of the road and I know I can do it there.
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Do you have to take wheel out to change belt ??
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Do you have to take wheel out to change belt ??
If you loosen the right rear shock, put it upwards towards the rear mudguard, remove the belt guard(s) and the front belt guard where the pulley is, you don't have to take the wheel out. You might want to just loosen the wheel to put the new one on and adjust it correctly.
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If you have the belt adjusted a little bit looser than the FSM says, & is usually recommended by most of us on this forum, you'll not need to loosen the rear wheel at all. Like Paul said, it'll roll right up on the sprocket by getting it started & then moving the bike forward.
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It went on easily and l only have to carry a small handful of tools to do it on the side of the road and I know I can do it there.
Very happy.Thanks![/QUOTE]

I may have mentioned this earlier, but it bears repeating, take your old belt, give it a twist, then again, you should end up with a small pie plate sized package with no reverse bends. You can slip it into a large ziplock bag or recycle a plastic shopping bag and it packs easily.
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I just folded in thirds. is this bad?
I couldn't seem to twist it into a circle
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Folding it gives you reverse bends that might affect the internal belts, try the twist method, once done you’ll be amazed at the simplicity. First try a simple one twist from a figure eight, then you can shorten the circle up and do another twist with the larger part.
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