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Old 17-11-2013, 05:10 PM
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Hi everyone
I need to replace the drive belt on my en500 soon and after trying to find one they are to say the lest not easy to come by or are priced a little on the expensive side........ So I have thought about this before and now fills like a good time. How easy and what exactly is needed to covert to chain??
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Old 17-11-2013, 06:43 PM
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Last belt I bought was 50 ,years ago .
Just chuck one on they are less hassle than chains
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Old 27-11-2013, 05:02 PM
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Well after much thought and working out the expense I have gone for a new belt.
Kawasaki wanted over 300 for a new one, even a worn one with a hole in it went for nearly a 100 on e-bay. However I was told about Scooterwork in America and tried them. A genuine kawasaki one for 175. So took the plunge
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Old 27-11-2013, 07:59 PM
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serious money for a belt isn't it,got quoted 330 for one from suzuki for my ls but hit lucky with an ebay find
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Old 27-11-2013, 08:17 PM
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LOL yer could not believe the price when I first asked. Did not pay much more for the whole bike when I first brought it!!!
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Old 28-11-2013, 08:30 AM
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Just wondering, are they an odd length/width/pitch/tooth form so theres no industrial type alternative? It'd probably be shedloads of work but how about changing the pulleys to match an off the shelf belt? Or is there an owners club, someone there might know? Sorry if these are obvious questions but you never know, there might be someone out there thats already done the hard bit?
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Old 28-11-2013, 05:44 PM
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Good idea. Might be worth investigation.
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Old 28-11-2013, 06:40 PM
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I grew up on a farm and we had loads of old machinery with a variety of v, hex, flat and toothed belts and used to get all from Redhill Bearings in Crawley ordered by size not brand/manufacturer
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Old 28-11-2013, 11:05 PM
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I think the kawasaki and suzuki belts are interchangable but chain conversions are very popular on the ls 650 and are done using sprockets from a dr i think so that may be possibly if you can get info on what fits your gearbox and wheel

a kawasaki forum or good parts man might be of help here
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Old 31-12-2013, 11:10 AM
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The belt may be twice as much as a chain and sprocket set but it'll last twice as long and is extremely low maintenance.I know people that have run belts for 40k,i put 20 on 1 and it was totally fine,almost like new
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Old 31-12-2013, 05:43 PM
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Hi. In the end it was a lot of flafing about changing to chain so got a new belt. Now just waiting for a rain free day to fit it.
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Old 26-01-2014, 07:48 PM
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My .02
I have a '91 Sportster that I use for year-round commuting. It had belt drive as stock, but I swapped to chain.
Why? Cos belts are great in being clean and minimum maintenance, but one big problem is this: because they rarely (if ever) need adjusting, you get little if any warning of when they're on the way out, until suddenly one day they just snap!
And of course they generally snap when they're under load (rather than ticking over), so like for e.g. when you're doing 80 (ooo, sorry officer, no it was 70) in the outside lane on a busy motorway! Suddenly you've got no drive and three lanes full of cars between you and the hard-shoulder! Not funny. (BTW in 34 years riding bikes I've NEVER had a chain snap.)
I've had a belt snap on me twice over the years, and the second time I decided I'd swap the Sporty to chain.
The other issue is availability - you spend f'kin ages hunting for a belt at a "reasonable" price! You might need to change it more often (but not that much more with modern H-ring chains) but it doesn't really take much longer to swap a chain than a belt, and you can buy one almost anywhere ...
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I buy my Spyder belts from the US, I pay 130.00 for a 350.00 belt.

I am also looking around to find the belt manufacturers and buy them direct, after all Honda, Yamaha, H-D, Can-Am et. don't make belts, they buy them in.
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Old 23-06-2014, 12:49 PM
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Don't know if they get manufactured elsewhere for them but http://medwayuk.com/dunlopindbelt

Or this lot have a good set of info regarding different belt types etc

http://www.robertpringle.com/wp-cont...t-Selector.pdf
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