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Molto Verboso
MP3 500
Joined: 20 Apr 2008
Posts: 1294
Location: Utah
Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:32 am quote
Has anyone had any experienced with this. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32896410321.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.299b4c4dIicoQM

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Enthusiast
mp3 500 2016
Joined: 30 Dec 2011
Posts: 73
Location: singapore
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:17 am quote
Hahaha,anyone dare try it out?
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Aprilia Scarabeo 500
Joined: 02 Oct 2019
Posts: 69
Location: Florida
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:48 am quote
echris108 wrote:
Hahaha,anyone dare try it out?
This is exactly the first thing that popped in my head. I'll stick with OEM products.
Hooked
2010 gts 300 super. 09 MP3 500 lite
Joined: 02 Apr 2013
Posts: 442
Location: tampa
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:36 am quote
its 35 shipped from ebay.
if it works it would be a nice savings.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
Joined: 02 Mar 2013
Posts: 5460
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:20 am quote
I have long, positive experience with OEM, and a serious aversion to being stranded many miles from home.

That said, I'm happy to learn from others' experience.
Hooked
Piaggio MP3 500
Joined: 21 Nov 2017
Posts: 211
Location: Austin, TX
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:42 am quote
I bought a chinabelt for my suzuki burgman 400. I rode it 4000 miles, and it looked and measured OK when I sold it. I did warn the new owner about it, and gave him $100 off the purchase price because of it. So I didn't save a penny in the long run.

My advice: this is one of those cases where you get what you pay for. I was hypersensitive to variator noises and just waiting for a belt problem the whole time I had it installed. Spending an extra $50 on an OEM belt would have alleviated those worries.
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2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 43
Location: Belgium
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:07 pm quote
The only thing that deserves a $50 China belt is a 50cc China bike.

Throw away whichever breaks first.
Hooked
2010 gts 300 super. 09 MP3 500 lite
Joined: 02 Apr 2013
Posts: 442
Location: tampa
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:36 pm quote
stuff from china is a case by case if you ask me.
tires from china can be very good. amazing actually.
last set of pirellis I bought for 600 lasted 25,000 miles
while my buddy was rolling on his 200 china tires for 60,000 miles
Molto Verboso
MP3 500
Joined: 20 Apr 2008
Posts: 1294
Location: Utah
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:43 pm quote
Have to wait for an additional 4,000 miles before using it. There are far more scooterist in China them most nations so it make sense it should be OK. Will keep you all posted.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
Joined: 29 Mar 2008
Posts: 21406
Location: Harriman, Tennessee, Tn
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:56 pm quote
nope won't buy rubber products from china.
tires , belts, ect are key components to my scooter and safety.

Even on my cars and trucks or trailers I buy decent tires and not china stuff. blow outs or delam's are not pretty .
I buy tires for traction not mileage and change them out before the wear bars.
Hooked
Piaggio MP3 500
Joined: 21 Nov 2017
Posts: 211
Location: Austin, TX
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:23 pm quote
Actually, most belts are made in China. The way of the world these days. So its possible that the OEM belt and the Chinabelt are exactly the same. Here's my thinking:

Companies in China are motivated by profit. To create a completely fake belt that passes a cursory inspection, it would take more engineering cost than is available from the gross margins in a small total addressable market (thousand or less). If the belts were completely crap, then it would be obvious on inspection, even over the internet. If the belts were basically the same except a different fiber or rubber compound, then it would take competent engineering to make that change, which would be too costly to be worth the maybe 50k total revenue from the small run of fake belts. So, it's likely that the belts either came out the back door of the actual factory manufacturing the real belts, or were recovered from the QA-failed bin by an enterprising entrepreneur. Either way, the belt could work OK.

I've noticed that Chinabelts are available mostly for older models- like for the 2003-2006 Suzuki burgman 400, but not for the 2007-present suzuki burgman. Perhaps that's true for the MP3 as well- only the older style belt is available from Chinabelts.
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2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350, 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni
Joined: 13 Oct 2012
Posts: 7494
Location: Ashburn, Va. Home to the Internet
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:23 pm quote
jerryd wrote:
stuff from china is a case by case if you ask me.
tires from china can be very good. amazing actually.
last set of pirellis I bought for 600 lasted 25,000 miles
while my buddy was rolling on his 200 china tires for 60,000 miles
You know a few years ago the US was ready to cut off Chinese tires from import because there were so many reported problems.

What did you get race tires? Most tire last a long time these days. My wife got 75,000 out of a set of OEM Michelin's.

Every tire has a wear code on the side that will let you know how long they should last.
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mp3 500 2016
Joined: 30 Dec 2011
Posts: 73
Location: singapore
Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:39 am quote
I would not mind if they are from the bak door.wat imdun wan are those which have failed QC.tho they are like less than half the price,i dun wan to worry on my daily ride.it would have costed more if i have to call for a truck to pick up!
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2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 43
Location: Belgium
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:29 am quote
If there is any doubt, then there is no doubt.

Use the original belt, and replace it when needed as specified in the factory service manual.

The belt is not a item to go bottom dollar on.
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