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Alba belt cooling system

Discussion in '1000: S, XP, & Highlifter, 2 & 4 seat' started by Old hippie, Jan 4, 2018.

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  1. Old hippie

    Old hippie SXS Nation Rookie

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    Has anyone used the alba belt cooling system on rzr 1000, does it work and is it worth the money?
     
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    Seastacker Carl Moderator

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    I have seen a few folks with the Alba belt temp gauge, but not the actual cooling kit. The kit looks like a fancy boat bilge blower set up with a nice on/ off fan feature. Heat definitely kills belts, but I guess I would probably not go this route unless I knew that I had an issue with heat to begin with. I would imagine folks that ride a lot of sand dunes would benefit the most from this. Certainly looks to be worth a shot if you have a belt heat issue for sure!
     
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    Old hippie SXS Nation Rookie

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    Yeah I haven't had alot of problems with mine but my boy has had alot of problems
    . We ride about 80 % dunes, he loses on average 1 belt a weekend.
     
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    Watchdog Jeff SXS Nation Regular

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    Good Morning Old Hippie:

    I'm not familiar withe the Alba system, but I can steer you in the direction of a inexpensive alternative.

    This past summer I snorkelled my Ranger. My belt case was getting so hot as a result, the outer cover was expanding and letting water in. I spoke to my Polaris dealer (one of the best according to what I've read about dealers) and he let me talk with one of their techs, which isn't unusual either. The tech explained the overheating issue and showed me the solution on a RZR 1000 he was working on. The RZR owner bought a 4" bilge fan from Amazon for $35 and installed it inline in the intake tube and connected it to a switch on the dash.

    It is pushing fresh air through the belt case. I have read that some prefer to mount the fan on the exhaust tube, but the intake appeared to be a very easy location to mount it inline. It was connected use rubber plumbing fittings, the kind with the stainless hose clamps at each end.

    Since my system is smaller than the RZR, I bought a 3" bilge fan from Amazon, two rubber plumbing couplers at a building supply store and wired it to a switch on the dash. It makes a tremendous difference! When I'm out on technical trails or towing someone, the air coming out of the belt housing exhaust tube feels like a hair dryer and as secondary benefit, I find my engine is running cooler because all that heat isn't being trapped in the belt housing.

    As you might expect, the fan does make some noise, but when you're moving you can't really hear it and where it would be mounted on your RZR, I doubt you would hear it at all.

    In total, I spent $65 CDN to solve my problem.

    I hope this helps.

    Jeff
     
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    Thanks for the information,that sounds like a great cheaper solution.
     
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    RZRmuddawg steve SXS Nation Rookie

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    several youtube vids on this very thing
     
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    I installed a bilge fan into a friends artic cat 1000 as a cheaper option and it stopped his belt fail's Moves a lot of air and cheaper!
     
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    I am considering doing something like this but I want to put the fan on the air intake side. Has anyone tried this and if so do you have any pictures and advice for install on a 2015 Polaris Ranger 900 XP?
     
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    That's were I put the fan on the artic cat was the intake side blowing into the belt housing!
     
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    I broke down yesterday and ordered a plug and play unit. This way I don't need to fight with trying to rig something that may work.
    MTNTK PERFORMANCE 10055 BLOW HOLE POLARIS RGR 900/1000.
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    I installed this device on the exhaust side of the clutch box as recommended by MTNTK. Took about 30 minutes mostly deciding how I wanted to route the power cord. I can hear the fan run when I turn the key on. When I took it for a ride on paved streets to gas up my Ranger I didn't hear the fan at all.
     
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    cw_mi chuck SXS Nation Rookie

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    Adding fans, extra exhaust ports etc, are really just band-aids to a problem. CVT's create heat, but if the heat is to the point that one is compromising a belt every weekend , there is a serious issue.
    First off, the only gauge worth buying is the Razorback, all others just check CVT box temps.

    My 2016 had belt issues from day one. First the clutch calibration was so far off, slack in the belt on decel would cause it to hit the top of the housing and peel off lugs. After adding a clutch kit, I found that with my driving style (sustained speeds over 50-60 ) would cause enough heat to compromise the belt. After two seasons of trial and error I finally have the issue solved. At first I tried fans, an extra exhaust port, and an intake scoop. All helped some, but still ended up with too much heat. After research , I learned that the square pucks need to be replaced with rollers in the secondary. I then aligned the motor and trans using the SDI alignment tool, and added their support plate. I also tried a couple of different clutch kits. All helped but did not solve the problem. What it ended up taking was a complete clutch set up from Airdam Clutches. This is an STM secondary and a primary that has been machined, balanced and calibrated not to overshift , which pushes the belt too high on shift out. Also added his modified 2014 out CVT cover. I now can run as long and fast as I want without any issues. No fans needed or anything else. I am still in the tuning stages but my belt temps are down and easy 20-30 degrees and with each change I make to dial in the clutches I see the temps dropping.
    This set up isn't for everyone. For the average trail rider that might hit 50-60 a few times a day and briefly , a good calibrated clutch kit will be fine. The key is spending the time getting everything aligned, the secondary operating correctly, and the clutch calibration correct.

    And for those that have thousands of miles on their original belt. My research has shown that people that have an average speed of 15 mph and under (miles / hours) generally have no issues. Those that are higher, especially into the 20's and up will. Also , in '16 Polaris changed the secondary to , in my opinion is an inferior one to the previous versions.
     
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    I mentioned above that I did the "Blow-Hole" on my Ranger's exhaust side. Has anyone fingured out a way to mount it on the intake hose for a 2015 Ranger XP 900? If so please post pictures and a brief description of modifications if any.
     

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