How is Hunterworks Belts better than the OEM?
I thought I would write a short article explaining why our belts are better than the OEM and mostly I am talking about Polaris here.
Before I get started, is the OEM belt a bad belt? No!! OEM belts have been the best belts until now. The simple answer is they make them per application or just good enough for each application to save money. Can Am by comparison uses the same belt on most all models and only changes the cord on a couple models but the belt dimensions are the same. Since we are going to be making belts for Can Am vehicles soon, our belts will be just as good hopefully better, less money and have a warranty. We can't guarantee a whole lot better because they use the same dimensions on most all vehicles so they are already doing what we are doing now. So this one statement should tell you that by changing dimensions we are really increasing reliability.
If you have read our belt dimension article and our detailed dimensions article you should know by now on most all applications our belts will be thicker. So does it take a rocket scientist to know that a 1/2" rope is stronger than a 1/4" rope? Silly huh? Well if you make a belt thicker than the OEM does for most applications why wouldn't it be stronger? It is!!!
So on strength, stands to reason the Hunterworks belt is better.
On the added thickness mentioned, does it also stand to reason that if you have more belt touching the clutch it will grab better and slip less? I would say so.
So on grip, sounds like the Hunterworks belts trump the OEM again.
Since we are not going through all details of dimensions again in this article, just read our two dimension articles so you know exactly how we get the added thickness without changing the way the belt runs or how it does not affect RPM etc.
The parts that get technical are how we wind the cord used in the belt, the twist rate etc, the kind of glue and placement of it around the cord for bonding to the rubber part.
Then you have the actual compound, which while on that. It is a mostly a myth that a compound in a belt will wear anyone's clutch faster than any other. The truth is the cord is what wears clutches and ONLY gates carbon fiber belts wear less. But this wear is not something you will ever notice. In 15 years of doing this I have never seen a clutch worn out from what belt they are using. Back to the compound, there is a fine line between making a belt that will last forever and one that grips well. We have tested a lot of compounds and came up with what seems to be working very well.
To make it better, it cost us more to make our belt than it does for them but we still sell it for less and give you a warranty. So if the belt is better, cost less and comes with a warranty, how is that not the best?