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post #1 of 22 Old 07-23-2012, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Belt drive conversion

Does anyone make a belt final drive conversion kit for the Wee. And why aren't more bikes coming with belt drives. It seems better than a chain in a lot of ways.
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post #2 of 22 Old 07-23-2012, 03:15 PM
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Seems like there is, but probably not worth it..

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Seems expensive and also read somewhere that the swingarm needs to be removed in order to install, or change the belt...

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Thanks. Yea, I didn't think about having to remove the swingarm as you can't separate a belt.
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When sprockets and chains are so cheap, easy to maintain and lasting north of 40,000kms... Why would you even want to convert?

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Quieter, less maintainance.
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Quieter, less maintainance.
I can buy 5 chains for the cost of your conversion... Chains are quiet... wind is noisy... "Chain maintenance" is a misnomer... I squirt lube on mine once in a while... wouldn't exactly call that maintenance...

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Quieter, less maintainance.
They will leave you when you are one the adventure of a lifetime, then do not hold up in dirt or gravel, that is why you see them on cruisers only. One small rock embedded in the belt will wear the sprocket and the belt. My fatboy is belt, same one since 97, but I have read the "How toos" on maintence and what to look for.

Replacing a belt in the mddile of no where may very well be your undoing. I think I would rather throw on a master link and ride in the next ....2 minutes.

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Does anyone make a belt final drive conversion kit for the Wee. And why aren't more bikes coming with belt drives. It seems better than a chain in a lot of ways.
Sigh..... A very BIG Sigh......

Up towards the top of the forum, there is a "Google Custom Search" dialog box. It is there as a resource to be used by forum members.

For example, if you type in the words; "Belt Drive Conversion", the search results can be found by following the link I have provided below.

This topic has been discussed MANY times over the past several years. It IS a great idea for certain motorcycles. In my opinion, not for the V-Strom.

Suzuki V-Strom Stromtrooper.com Wee-Strom DL1000 DL650 Discussion Forum adventure rider v-strom forum V-Strom RIders International VSRI - Search Results for belt drive conversion

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Sigh..... A very BIG Sigh......

Up towards the top of the forum, there is a "Google Custom Search" dialog box. It is there as a resource to be used by forum members.

For example, if you type in the words; "Belt Drive Conversion", the search results can be found by following the link I have provided below.

This topic has been discussed MANY times over the past several years. It IS a great idea for certain motorcycles. In my opinion, not for the V-Strom.

Suzuki V-Strom Stromtrooper.com Wee-Strom DL1000 DL650 Discussion Forum adventure rider v-strom forum V-Strom RIders International VSRI - Search Results for belt drive conversion


i would agree, if you want belt drive, the Vstrom isn't the motorcycle for you.
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Newbys are always fun in the eagerness fir the right answer now.
Belt is sucky, quiet yes but pricey , very yes. The replacement for my F800 BMW is $425 plus tax and a few hundred for R&R at the dealer. Suggested interval is 24K miles
I had the local Suzuki dealer replace the Chain for $154 installed.
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