With real estate becoming a precious commodity under the hoods of many new sleds, finding a place to carry a spare drive belt is becoming challenging. Nobody in their right mind would leave home without a spare drive belt!
A couple of things to remember when mounting a spare drive belt, whether it is in a factory-located belt clip or youâ€™re using cable ties to keep it in place, or trying to cram it into any nook or cranny you can find; make sure the spare belt doesnâ€™t contact things like a coolant hose. It will sit there and vibrate and move around, and over time this sort of contact can wear through things like rubber coolant hoses and plastic wire insulation. Contact with the exhaust system is not wise, as this will deform the belt edges and render it useless.
It used to be accepted practice to coil up a spare belt and throw it into the trunk, but this is now discouraged unless sit is your only option. The belt manufacturers tell us this is hard on the new compound belts and shouldnâ€™t be done any more.
We still try to place the spare belts on top of the clutch cover, when possible, and really like how Arctic Cat hides them under their removable seats on so many models. As long as you remember it is down there! Spare spark plugs, however, donâ€™t fare as well down under the seatâ€¦.