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post #1 of 17 Old December 14th, 2013, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Clutch Coverless in the Dunes?

I aplogize in advance if this has already been discussed, I am new here. What is everyones thoughts about removing your clutch cover when riding the dunes. My dealer actually encourages it. Is sand an enemy in there?
Also, I know this has been covered already, but can someone provide the Gates carbon belt part number again, thanks
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Curious also. Check with Todd at hunter works. He has great prices.

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Re: Clutch Coverless in the Dunes?

Yes you can run without the clutch cover, I would just recommend cleaning your clutches in between trips!

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Re: Clutch Coverless in the Dunes?

Just curious... Have you had a belt failure? I have 400+ miles on mine in the sand with no issues. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Do carry a spare belt ( I carry the stocker of my old 900) and the appropriate wrench to get the cover off. You can run with the cover off in the sand lot of guys with aftermarket clutches do it for clearance reasons or just to show off 2K+ worth of billet parts (you know who you are and I don't blame you!!).
Here is what I did when I bought both my RZR and the XP. I put some miles on the stock belt and then bought a belt and swapped it out. This gets you 2 things a spare belt that is already broke in and you know what tools to carry and the procedures for swapping the belt.

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Re: Clutch Coverless in the Dunes?

I have also been wondering about this. To me it seems like there would be major issues with getting sand in the clutches but I have heard of a lot of people doing it with no issues.
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Re: Clutch Coverless in the Dunes?

Sand is obviously very abrasive. However, it doesn't seem to be a problem to run with the cover off. The faces of the sheaves are a wear item anyways, they will not last forever. We have been running Rhinos and Teryxs in the sand with the belt covers off for a long time with no issues.
In the case of the Polaris 1000s, running with the cover off is the best thing you can do, until a clutching fix is available. When the fix is proven and done, we will be reinstalling the clutch cover. Until then, no cover!

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Just curious... Have you had a belt failure? I have 400+ miles on mine in the sand with no issues. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Do carry a spare belt ( I carry the stocker of my old 900) and the appropriate wrench to get the cover off. You can run with the cover off in the sand lot of guys with aftermarket clutches do it for clearance reasons or just to show off 2K+ worth of billet parts (you know who you are and I don't blame you!!).
Here is what I did when I bought both my RZR and the XP. I put some miles on the stock belt and then bought a belt and swapped it out. This gets you 2 things a spare belt that is already broke in and you know what tools to carry and the procedures for swapping the belt.
No belt failure yet, just preparing for a run to the sand
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Just curious... Have you had a belt failure? I have 400+ miles on mine in the sand with no issues. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Do carry a spare belt ( I carry the stocker of my old 900) and the appropriate wrench to get the cover off. You can run with the cover off in the sand lot of guys with aftermarket clutches do it for clearance reasons or just to show off 2K+ worth of billet parts (you know who you are and I don't blame you!!).
Here is what I did when I bought both my RZR and the XP. I put some miles on the stock belt and then bought a belt and swapped it out. This gets you 2 things a spare belt that is already broke in and you know what tools to carry and the procedures for swapping the belt.
No belt failure yet, just preparing for a run to the sand
Don't worry it will. I'm posting this from the Glamis flats right now:



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Just curious... Have you had a belt failure? I have 400+ miles on mine in the sand with no issues. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Do carry a spare belt ( I carry the stocker of my old 900) and the appropriate wrench to get the cover off. You can run with the cover off in the sand lot of guys with aftermarket clutches do it for clearance reasons or just to show off 2K+ worth of billet parts (you know who you are and I don't blame you!!).
Here is what I did when I bought both my RZR and the XP. I put some miles on the stock belt and then bought a belt and swapped it out. This gets you 2 things a spare belt that is already broke in and you know what tools to carry and the procedures for swapping the belt.
No belt failure yet, just preparing for a run to the sand
Don't worry it will. I'm posting this from the Glamis flats right now:



$200 down the drain. I'm pissed.
For what it's worth, I commend you for cleaning up and packing out your mess. Were you running with the clutch cover off?
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Re: Clutch Coverless in the Dunes?

My dealer drove a factory supplied XP4 at Halloween Glamis. It ran with the clutch cover removed and we still lost a belt on the ride. Have to admit that we pretty much "crabbed it" on some of those tall sweeping bowls and that probably cooked the belt. Another advantage of no cover is you can change the belt quick assuming you don't have to spend an hour digging out the old pieces.

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Re: Clutch Coverless in the Dunes?

the old honda odyssey 250's from back in the day had no clutch cover. I had owned several very modified and never had a problem with clutch belts.
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Re: Clutch Coverless in the Dunes?

Curious, it seems heat is the enemy. What type of duning builds the heat. Is it speed or acceleration. Heading to the sand for New Years. Already have a spare on board.
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Curious, it seems heat is the enemy. What type of duning builds the heat. Is it speed or acceleration. Heading to the sand for New Years. Already have a spare on board.
Get two more...
It seems slogging up big climbs creates the most heat. from my few years of duning UTVs
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Re: Clutch Coverless in the Dunes?

So the end result is? Remove clutch cover and properly break in a couple belts before hitting the dunes?
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