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If you’ve snapped, sheered, or otherwise broken your Can-am Defender drive belt or you’re preemptively shopping for a backup belt, you’ve come to the right place. Be it an OEM Can-am Defender drive belt replacement or something a bit more hardcore from the aftermarket, here at Everything Can-Am Offroad, we’ve got the best Can-am drive belts to get you where you’re going problem free. While some riders prefer OEM Can-am Defender drive belts, others prefer aftermarket UTV drive belts as most are heavier and more robust. Gates’ G-force Can-am drive belts, for example, are reinforced with a carbon fiber liner for added tensile strength. Some Can-Am owners think that running heavier drive belts will rob horsepower from their machines, however the effects on HP are negligible. Besides, as is the case with most aftermarket accessories and side-by-side additions, there is usually always a tradeoff.
Whether you go with an OEM Can-am Defender drive belt replacement, a Gates drive belt, or something from a powersports company like Ultimax, the best belt in the world will always fail if it doesn’t breath. This is why it is important to clean the intakes — especially if you’re pushing snow, running tracks, or hauling heavy loads. If you make sure to keep your CVT belt intake blockage free, it is not uncommon to get in excess of 1500 miles on your stock belt — even if your Defender sees some hard use. The Can-am Defender is definitely a beast of a machine. But if you don’t take care of it, it won’t take care of you. So when you’re replacing the drive belt on your Can-am Defender, make sure to put it on right. We’ve seen several people put it on backwards, which is definitely a no-no. Further, when you take the belt off the rollers, make sure to keep weight on it when you do as there’s a spring behind it and parts can be lost. If in doubt, take it to your dealer or local mechanic. Before you do, however, make sure to get the best price on a Can-am Defender drive belt by going through Everything Can-Am Offroad!