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Cam Belts

The most frequently asked question I receive is about cam belts, no prizes for guessing that. They are more durable than people think, I've seen very few failed belts and generally there's other issues relating to the failure. However I do support routine belt vchnages as Ducati suggest as the result of a snapped belt is, again no prizes for this, catastrophic!!

Bikes that stand a long time are more likely to suffer I think, I've actually seen it where tiny lumps of rubber have been plucked out of the belt by the tension/idler pulley. This is probably with being stood too long in one spot. Running a bike once a month or so whilst stood is more likley to help than cause a problem.

Anyway as they said on crime watch, don't loose any sleep over this, belt failure really isn't as frequent as most people believe. Or something like that.

A tip for those that change their own belts. As you can imagine there are a few different Ducati cam belts. It is worth pointing out that the belts for the ST4S/ST4 and later 748's are almost identical to the 916/996 and early 748 belts. They are however ONE tooth shorter. The same is true about the late M600/750 belts and those for the 906/907/M900/900SS/ST2 two valvers.

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