Another drive belt thread (08í Gilera)
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MP3 500
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Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:55 pm quote
New Gilera owner here in need of your knowledge & experience.
It appears that the service manual makes a rather large deal out of changing the drive belt on my 2008 Gilera Fuoco. I am new to the MP3 500/CVT scene, but consider myself mechanically inclined. Special tools include the variator locking tool, which I will need to purchase. Are there more special tools required for this repair?
Can I bust the clutch nut loose by using the E-brake to lock out the wheel? Does anyone have a pearl of wisdom on this repair that they would care to share?
Ok, thatís enough stupid questions for now. Please feel free to chime in...
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Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:10 am quote
The E brake is not enough to bust the front or rear nut loose using standard tools.

Even though I have the special tools, I don't use them for this job. Instead I use a standard automotive impact gun BUT I do mark everything prior AND a torque wrench is required for tightening everything up to spec come assembly time.
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Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:37 pm quote
Sbaert,
Any other pro tips for belt replacement? I will be using hand tools (1/2 & 3/8Ē drive) so I will try the wheel block with the 27mm, I guess. Are the videos for the MP3 400 belt replacement exactly the same as the Gilera? Iím having a heck of a time finding a good MP3 500 belt vid.
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Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:58 pm quote
To break the clutch nut loose I apply the parking brake, and also squeeze the rear brake while turning the nut. Works fine.
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Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:54 pm quote
Madison Sully,
Cool!
I just put new pads on the E brake, and adjusted it nice and tight thinking it might work. If the dealer was the last one on that nut , I will get it off. Just waiting for the belt from Scooterparts. A local Piaggio dealer here wanted $246.00 for that exact same belt.... Craaaaaazy.
Hey, what else should I know about this task?
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Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
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Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:26 am quote
the clutch nut is reverse thread, best to use an offset wrench and hold the 10mm shaft still.
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Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:26 am quote
old as dirt wrote:
the clutch nut is reverse thread.
Since when?
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Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:53 am quote
Old as dirt,
Yeah I did see that as an option. I was waiting for someone to chime in on that method. Thx! Anything else a newbie CVT guy should know about this replacement?
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Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:34 pm quote
Jim C.,
I was also curious about that reverse thread that Oldasdirt had mentioned. Any videos specific to Gilera Fuoco that you know of?
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Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:12 pm quote
Old as Dirt,
After viewing a few Gilera videos, that reverse thread on the clutch would a Negative, sir....
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Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:19 pm quote
Here is a decent Gilera belt replacement vid. If you have a better one please post.

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Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:04 pm quote
my mistake its the 10mm shaft reverse thread for torquing back to the nut.
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Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:41 pm quote
Old as dirt,
No worries I think you were just checking to see if I knew what I was doing.
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