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post #1 of 3 Old 09-05-2019, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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New Gator Has Arrived

We just can't get past the green and yellow!

Our 865M arrived two days ago and I think we're really going to like it. The diesel is great and I'm hoping it will have the reliability of our JD Yanmar diesel tractor. We're still learning about the Gator and trying to be very cautious during break in although the owner's manual doesn't mention any special break in procedures. Now the hard part is getting rid of our exceptionally reliable 2005 Polaris Ranger 6x6 with a large cargo bed great for hauling firewood. It never gets stuck, goes anywhere, and we've truly bonded over the years. However, my neighbor who bought it says we can visit this old friend when we get lonesome. Oh well, we do love the green and yellow!

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post #2 of 3 Old 09-06-2019, 10:06 AM
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This should help..

New Belt Break In Process:

New CVT drive belts require a break-in period of at minimum 30 Miles to maximize belt life and performance. The goal of the break-in period is to properly wear in the belt to match the sheaves before applying maximum engine torque.

By conservatively running through the entire shift range, proper belt contact over the entire sheave/belt contact path is optimized to eliminate belt slippage and drastically increase the belts lifespan.
Follow the following guidelines to accomplish proper Belt-Break in:

Vary vehicle speed and engine RPM to shift belt through normal operational range.
Do not exceed throttle within the first 30 miles of installation.
Stop engine and allow belt to cool down every 15 minutes of use.
During break in period, the following activities SHOULD BE AVOIDED:

Aggressive Acceleration or Jerky throttle movements at low speeds.
Holding engine/vehicle speed constant for extended time periods.
Pulling Heavy Loads.
Long run times without complete CVT/belt cool down.

By following the break-in process carefully, the belt surface will wear in to match the individual CVT sheaves to maximize grip performance and dramatically reduce heat, glazing, and future wear.

As a reminder always use low gear when climbing a hill, pulling or hauling a load, transversing rocky terrain, starting on an incline, ruts, etc. The key here is, you do not want to slip or glaze the belt, this will cause premature belt failure.

Finally, do not leave the Gator in gear while stopped, such as when opening a gate this will create a flat spot on the belt overtime again leading to belt failure.

Also burnish in the brakes by doing a series of full stops from 20mph. This will help wear in the pads
and rotors.

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post #3 of 3 Old 09-07-2019, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks very much. Good information on the CVT, belts, and brakes and I'll put it to good use in the future.
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