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Old 01-01-2009, 03:29 PM   #1
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I recently bought two 1996 ZRT600's from my work. They have both barely been used..one has 1000kms and the second, parts sled, only has 850. I took it out for a burn just before Christmas and blew the belt to shreds at about 8000rpm. I installed a new belt which meets the size and width criteria set forth by the manual. However, it now slips really bad when attempting to move from a dead stop. Once you get going it seems okay, but any kind of uphill slope or powder when starting just burns the belt. I have even burnt a ware mark in the primary sheave trying to get going from some deep snow not too far from home. The belt size in the manual says between 47.5 and 48 inches should be okay...however I am thinking that 46 inches would be more like it. Has anyone else had a problem with this and/or any suggestions?
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:09 AM   #2
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Here are the specs for your belt P/N 0627-010 Length 47 3/4 3/16 inch Width 1 3/8 inch

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DRIVE BELT DEFLECTION
Drive belt length, condition, and deflection are all
important for peak performance. To check and adjust
drive belt deflection, use the following procedure.
1. Turn the engine off; then open the belt guard.
2. Make sure the drive belt is sitting at the top of the
driven pulley sheaves.
3. Place a straightedge on top of the drive belt. The
straightedge should reach from the drive clutch to
the top of the driven pulley.
4. Using a stiff ruler centered between the drive clutch
and driven pulley, push down on the drive belt just
enough to remove all slack. Note the amount of
deflection on the ruler at the bottom of the
straightedge. The deflection should be within the
range of 25-31 mm (1-1 1/4 in.).
NOTE: Push down on the belt with the ruler only
until the bottom of the belt flexes upward; then read
the amount of deflection.
5. To correct drive belt deflection, washers can be
removed or added between the stationary and
movable sheaves of the driven pulley.
NOTE: If the drive belt deflection is above
specifications, the snowmobile will bog and lack
power at clutch engagement. For good
performance, proper belt deflection is critical.
6. Secure the belt guard.
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:38 AM   #3
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Best to check center to center first. It should be 12.250. They sell a clutch aligniment tool just for this. After that, I'd check belt deflection.
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