It’s easier than you think!
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
; Whether you’re on a 4x4 ATV or in a UTV, CVT belts
wear out and break over time. On long rides, it’s best to
carry a spare with you along with the tools you need to
change the belt, but changing out a CVT belt is also part
of your scheduled maintenance routine! We have
changed quite a few in our day, whether it be on the trail,
at camp or in the shop. Many machines are different, but
all CVT belts go over two clutches, which is the backbone
of this “How-To.” Some machines are easier than others.
For example, on a RZR XP, you can change the CVT belt
in less than 10 minutes; others, like the Teryx, require
much more effort and quite an involved process. We will
guide you through it step by step here, so keep these
Find your CVT cover. It will be a large, oval-shaped
cover made of plastic or aluminum that is mounted on the
side of the ATV/UTV’s engine. Machines like the Rhino,
Teryx and Commander will be accessed under the seats.
Remove all necessary body panels and covers to access
the CVT cover, and then remove its bolts. Place the bolts
in a consecutive order so you know where they go when
you reassemble the cover.
With the machine in “park” and the engine off, note
the build of your CVT. Yamahas, some Arctic Cats and
some Suzukis will have an aluminum cover over the primary (smaller) clutch. You must remove this cover to
access the belt.