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Aside from Honda Pioneers, Talons and Yamaha YXZs, every UTV transfers power to the ground via a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Think of the front and rear sprockets on an ATV or dirt bike connected by the chain; hill-climbers have tiny front and huge rear sprockets for torque, while desert racers have larger front and smaller rear sprockets for top speed. CVTs give us both scenarios with two variable-diameter sheaves connected by a belt. While CVT technology is getting better all of the time and belts are getting stronger, we still blow a belt occasionally. We’ve even overheated and thrown belts on long downhills and had others shred for who-knows-what reasons. It doesn’t take much abuse to hurt a belt, but, luckily, abuse can be detected, as friction produces heat. When the belt slips, it gets hotter, and Trail Tech introduces a CVT temp gauge kit to help us monitor and manage belt temperatures. We installed Trail Tech’s CVT temp gauge kit in our Polaris RZR XP 1000 Gold Matte Metallic LE, and here’s how we did it. If you need CVT belts check out the ones with the best warranty HERE.