How to Change a Belt on a Polaris RZR

If you own a Polaris RZR, you know that its drive belt is a critical component that helps transfer power from the engine to the wheels. Over time, the belt can wear out or break, which can leave you stranded in the middle of a ride. Fortunately, changing the belt on a Polaris RZR is a straightforward process that can be done with a few basic tools. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps of changing a belt on a Polaris RZR.

UTV drive belt


Prepare Tools

  • A new UTV belt
  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver

Step 1: Park the RZR on a Flat Surface

Before you start, park the RZR on a flat surface and turn off the engine. It's also a good idea to let the engine cool down for a few minutes before you start working on it.

Step 2: Open the Engine Cover

To access the drive belt, you'll need to open the engine cover. The location of the engine cover may vary depending on the model of your RZR, so consult your owner's manual for guidance.

Step 3: Remove the Belt Housing Bolts

Once you've opened the engine cover, locate the belt housing and remove the bolts that hold it in place. The bolts are typically located at the front and rear of the housing. Use a socket wrench to loosen and remove the bolts, and then gently lift the housing off the RZR to expose the drive belt.

Step 4: Remove the Old Belt

Now that you can see the drive belt, you can remove the old belt from the pulleys by sliding it off the grooves. Be sure to note the orientation of the belt before you remove it, as the new belt will need to be installed in the same position.

Step 5: Inspect the Pulleys

While the old belt is off, take the opportunity to inspect the pulleys for any signs of damage, such as cracks or wear. If you notice any damage, replace the pulleys before installing the new belt.

Step 6: Install the New Belt

With the old belt removed and the pulleys inspected, you can now install the new belt. Start by sliding the new belt onto the pulleys, making sure it's properly seated on all the grooves. Be careful not to twist or kink the belt as you install it.

Step 7: Reinstall the Belt Housing

Once the new belt is in place, you can reinstall the belt housing and tighten the bolts. Be sure to torque the bolts to the manufacturer's specifications, as over-tightening or under-tightening can cause problems.

Step 8: Start the Engine 

With the new belt installed and the housing securely in place, start the engine and let it idle for a few minutes to ensure the belt is properly aligned and functioning correctly.

Step 9: Test Drive the RZR

Finally, take the RZR for a short test drive to confirm that the belt is working properly. Listen for any unusual noises or vibrations, and be sure to check the belt tension after the test drive.

 polaris rzr drive belt


Changing the belt on a Polaris RZR is a simple process that can be done with a few basic tools. By following these steps, you can replace the old belt and ensure your RZR is running smoothly and reliably. Remember to use a high-quality replacement belt that matches the specifications of your RZR and keep a spare belt handy, especially if you use your RZR regularly. With a little maintenance and care, your Polaris RZR can provide years of off-road fun and adventure.

StarknightMT Drive Belt:

Drive belt Fit RZR XP 1000/General 1000: OEM number 3211180/ 3211196/ 3211172/ 3211149/ 3211148/ 3211142

Can am Maverick X3/MAX Drive Belt: OEM number #422280651 #422280652 #49c4266 #417300383 #422280654 #422280280 #417300391

Polaris Sportsman ATV UTV Drive Belt:OEM number 3211113

RZR 800 Ranger 500 800 Drive belt: OEM number 3211162

ATV UTV Drive Belt: OEM number 3211077 20G4022

Can-Am Outlander Commander Maverick Drive Belt: OEM number 422280360, 715000302, 715900030, 715900212, 422280364, 30G3750, 30R3750

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