Anyone have any experience with Bucci belts. It is time for new belts on my 996s. 2nd set of belts in 8 months. I'ld save a ton of money if I didn't ride so much.
Supposedly they are sourced from the same supplier. I dont know either way, but they are damn well made.Anyone have any experience with Bucci belts. It is time for new belts on my 996s. 2nd set of belts in 8 months. I'ld save a ton of money if I didn't ride so much.
So who carries them and how much? I have found the factory ducati gates belts for 95.00 each. Are we talking cheap cheap?
If it were anyone other than Shazaam that said this I would capitalize on the absolute lack of anything other than the anecdotal evidence he references, but bottom line, Dude knows what he is talking about.
The OEM timing belts are made by Gates to Ducati’s specifications. They are not available from Gates in the aftermarket. (We’ve tried.) The belts sold by Bucci are said to be sourced from Giacomoto, but since neither Bucci or Giacomoto manufacture anything themserves, the belts could be made by Gates. If so, Gates will never admit it because of its contract with Ducati to manufacture exclusively for them.
I’ll buy them when GiaCaMoto, Bucci or Gates offers a warranty to cover engine damage caused by their belt failure. Testimonials from one or two owners, or anecdotal info from a reseller that they’re identical to the OEM belts isn’t enough for me.
If you want to assume the risk on an out-of-warranty bike for the sake of a hundred dollars be my guest. The financial (and failure) risk is not trivial. Belt failures are still with us, and even the redesign with Kevlar and the more precise belt tension tools, Ducati hasn’t eliminated the problem. If you have a bike in warranty, it’s a no-brainer - Ducati won’t pay if you have an aftermarket belt failure.
The main concern is that space limitations on Ducatis require the use of smaller diameter pulleys that cause the belt to flex more than large pulleys used in automobile engines. Further, Ducati uses a small diameter back-side belt-tensioning idler pulley arrangement that causes the belt to flex in the opposite direction on each revolution. This design approach results in an even greater angle of belt flexing requiring the use of a stronger reinforcement fiber to prevent fatigue failure. The original drive belt design often failed before the first replacement interval before Ducati switched to a Kevlar fiber reinforced belt.
Most of us are testing a Ducati belt today. If you use an aftermarket belt, you’ll be doing Bucci’s product testing.
Rumors that these lower-cost products are identical to the OEM belts is just heresay. As far as I’m concerned, until Bucci states that its belt meets Ducati’s product specification for tensile and fatigue strength, durability, heat resistance, etc. I’m not buying.
Then you don't want to see any of the damaged parts from OEM Ducati parts that have materialized over the years.Shazams picture is what sealed it for me. A picture is worth 1000 words.