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I just bought a 2013 commander x with 45 hours on it and use mostly for lower speed trail riding in Cloudcroft nm, I had a previous rzr 800 and never had an issue running primarily in high unless really needing the low range for climbing and pulling. question is this the same application for driving the commander? also this one seems a bit louder than the rzr from I assume cvt area, is this normal? love the comfort and style and hope to have as good as experience as I did with rzr. Anyone else do any riding in the sacramento mountains?
 

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Welcome!.....With these Commanders, use low range more than what you did with the RZR as it will extend the belt life better. Yes the CVT is a bit noiser, but putting sound deadining material in that area helps a bunch. It is also noisier because the CVT is virtually underneath you rather that 3' behind your ears....big reason right there. We haven't ridden the Sac area, but are at Shasta Chappie now for a week as we do yearly...great times.
 

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question, these things are bad as but expensive am I the only one who is a bit concerned with all the belt issues noted in forum? I had a couple Polaris sportsman 700 and never a belt issue and a 800 rzr which was always very dependable and no belt issues. I got the commander and I do love the look and power but getting a bit worried on belt issues I have read about, I ride a good bit by myself on pretty remote trails and reason I went with a lower hour 2013 commander was for dependability on the trail. now I am concerned I will be out pulling primary cover replacing belts in the woods. most of my riding is I am sure considered less than aggressive with putting around some trails pretty steep and rocky. I could somewhat understand belt issues at sand dunes running the crap out of the thing but surely a 16k machine ought to be able to cruise the mountains without worries. am I concerned about nothing or should I well versed on field repair of belt?
 

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The less agressive driving, the longer the belt will last. If you were to cruise at 60mph too long in the desert, you will lose the belt, yes. Many guys put in a temp gauge to monitor the cvt temp....if they see temps rising too much, they know to back off to cool it. You should be versed in field repairing the belt, so great idea to do a dry run in your shop to verify tools needed to replace the belt, then pack them in your machine.

These machines are hard on belts if not driven properly, so you can search a few threads here and readup to learn about them. You can also install a boat bilge blower motor to help cooling as well.
 

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I may look into the blower deal, just seems for the money one would already be there lol, guess I was lucky with the atv and rzr because I never even worried about it and no issues.
 
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