How to Break In a Drive Belt

Expert Advice

Amery Kuhl – A CVT Engineer at Polaris Industries – explains that there are two methods to properly break in a drive belt. Kuhl is a member of a team of engineers at Polaris Industries dedicated to CVT systems and belt reliability.

Polaris Off Road Vehicle Belt Break in Procedure

The first method described in the video is to run your UTV in low gear for 5 to 10 miles using only light to moderate throttle application. The alternate method is to run in high gear for 50 miles with, again, light throttle applications. Polaris engineers say to avoid wide-open throttle for either of these procedures.

Polaris Off Road Vehicle Belt Break in Procedure

Here’s the video with more explanation on these two drive-belt break-in procedures:

Polaris Off Road Vehicle Belt Break in Procedure


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From its entrepreneurial roots as a mechanical shop, Polaris has grown into one of the world’s largest powersports companies. And in recent years, Polaris has expanded beyond powersports into adjacent markets, such as commercial and military vehicles. Polaris added all-terrain vehicles to its lineup in 1984, and its products now include Ranger utility vehicles, RZR recreational side-by-sides, Victory Motorcycles, Indian Motorcycle, GEM electric vehicles, and the Slingshot.