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« on: April 28, 2020, 03:12:37 PM »

The 2004 Silver Wing I bought only had 2,000 miles.  I have about 6K on the bike now and am sure its the original belt.  Should I change it?
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2020, 04:21:22 PM »

I would change it because of the age of the belt.  Otherwise they are suppose to be changed every 16,000 miles.
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2020, 04:26:09 PM »

I would not change it until the recommended service interval of 16,000 mile.  

NOTE: this is strictly my own opinion and other's may have a different point of view based on age of the belt.  My original belt was in my scooter for almost 14 years before I hit the recommended change interval.  Not saying everyone should do this ... but I wasn't worried about it.

Also, I do not recall reading anything about age being a factor in the Service Manual like changing brake fluid or coolant for instance.  
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2020, 04:49:12 PM »

My 2 cents.  Pull the cover off and inspect the belt.  If it does not have age cracks in it then use it until it reaches the wear limit. 
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2020, 05:03:04 PM »

  My 2 cents.  Pull the cover off and inspect the belt.  If it does not have age cracks in it then use it until it reaches the wear limit. 

^^^ Of course ... very sound advice. Nothing beats inspecting the belt first hand. ^^^

There are some good YouTube videos to help you do this.  Not too hard to do if you're reasonably mechanically minded and handy with basic hand tools.  Bonus if you have a compressor but not necessary to get at the belt. 

Also, you'll want to buy or "make (recommended because it's easy to make)  the tool that holds the variator in place so you can loosen /tighten the holding nut.  Watch one of the YouTube vids and you'll see what I'm talking about.
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2020, 04:42:11 AM »

Is the V-Matic light coming on randomly? You could open it up and visually inspect it as well. Is it cracked or hard?
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2020, 07:31:31 PM »

Thanks group for the info.  No warning lights, no noise but inspecting the belt is a great idea.  Might change it before our scooter rally.
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2020, 11:03:17 PM »

Thanks group for the info.  No warning lights, no noise but inspecting the belt is a great idea.  Might change it before our scooter rally.

Murph, if you don’t change it before a longer trip,  I would suggest buying one and taking it along as a back up.  Dealers don’t usually stock the belts.  Just my 2 cents.
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2020, 12:49:13 AM »

I'd forget about the cheap "just as good" replacement belts. I have yet to find anything that comes close to O.E.M. belts for mileage and still  being within specs.
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2020, 01:35:20 AM »

I'd forget about the cheap "just as good" replacement belts. I have yet to find anything that comes close to O.E.M. belts for mileage and still  being within specs.

I 2nd what Bruce said.
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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2020, 04:19:43 PM »

Murph, if you don’t change it before a longer trip,  I would suggest buying one and taking it along as a back up.  Dealers don’t usually stock the belts.  Just my 2 cents.

^^^ This ^^^ is a very good suggestion.  I generally carry an extra OEM (only) belt, if they are half done their scheduled service life, for each of our rides "just in case".  In that way, you always have the next one on hand when you do need to change it.  

Pretty much the same for tires unless they are fairly fresh i.e. less than 30% through their service life.  We've personally had a couple of "tire incidents" during various maxi-scoot rallies over the years ... even though I inspected the tires (and knew their duty mileage) ahead of time.  Both times, the tires had plenty of tread when we started out on Day 1.  The southern, twisty asphalt roads, made with crushed granite aggregates and bitumen, are a lot harder on tires than the asphalt roads up here made with  small, round & smooth stones from glacial deposits.  
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« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2020, 11:25:04 PM »

Honda and Toyota timing belts are 90k miles or 10 years.  Some people stretch it another 30=40k no problem despite potential engine death with VTEC/VVT-i.

With the Silver Wing CVT belt, 16k by the book but some people do 20k no issues. 10 years is probably still a good idea but I would visually inspect it at minimum. At least the worse that’ll happen is we’re stranded and have to clean up bits of broken belt.
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« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2020, 03:03:21 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions, I just ordered an OEM Honda Belt.  Ill inspect and change the belt and keep the old for emergency change.  Thought it would be good to have a new belt for the Ozarks, I would not want to fall behind the go fast bikes.
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« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2020, 10:06:14 PM »

In my years of Silverwing ownership I had the belt changed at around 15000 miles at my local dealers. I've never understood the logic of keeping the old one for emergency use and I've read a few forum posts from owners who say they do this. The belt was changed in the first place because it was old, aged, or changed at the required mileage before it could break.

So in a way keeping that worn old belt is like the stretched elastic in that pair of faded underpants you keep hanging onto, despite your wife repeatedly telling you to throw them out.

If you're unfortunate enough to have a belt break when you're out riding it's likely to have well exceeded the recommended mileage, or been in a similar condition to the 'emergency use' belt some owners keep.











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