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Good question. I'm sure years and miles are factors, and the web also notes keeping the tension right is helpful. Saw a post recently from someone with over 100,000 miles on their bike. A rock broke the belt at 45,000 miles, and the replacement has worked fine since. Maybe others have a reference on this?
 

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57k on my first belt on the FLHT, now at 107k, this belt appears fine.
 

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FWIW,

I've read that a tight belt is a sure recipe for a short life. Better to be a little loose than a little tight.

Ride on, ride well.

Doug

"I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
 

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I had to replace on the road king around 42k.. Only because a rock had gone through it..
My bike is a 2000, and I think the replacement for it was an even better belt.. they have improved over the years..
I would reccomend a close inspection, looking for unusual wear and cracks, or a defect, hole or something..
Other wise I say ride.....:ride

PS.. The shop even said they have seen holes in the middle( not on the edge ) of the web still running.. But I don't reccomend it..
 

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If properly adjusted, they will easily go 50-75k... and often much further.

Seems like the only problems are foreign objects and improper adjustment.

Not having to dink around with chain lube/adjustments rocks!
 

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I know of a Karata replacement belt that is going on its 18th year on a Low Rider. The stock belt caught a rock in New Mexico and punched a hole in it. The replacement got me through England, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, from Wichita KS -> Los Angeles, and from Wichita KS <-> Sturgis.
 

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Im running an 89 FLH with 210,000 klms,BURNOUTS,drag racing, ang generally hard riding over 20 years.The last 40000 klms with a good sized chunk missing from the outer edge but the belt's still going strong.Dammm near indestructable.
 
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