Up until now, I have never run the belt guard. When I owned my Revolt and raced it I never ran the belt guard. The one race I tried to run it, it came loose, layed on the built pulleys which melted a huge half moon in the cover. Since that time I removed it and never ran one again. Never had a problem blowing belts because I replaced it after every race.
Until this past week......
While in Baja I blew a belt running down the road at about 45mph. When it blew it took out the driver's side end of the fuel rail as well as my breather line to my transmission, and also busted one of the CV bands at the transmission end of the shaft (which burped grease everywhere). While the damage wasn't huge, it put an end to my weekend. Fortunately it was at the very end, so no lose........only made loading the rig on the trailor a little more effort.
I can't remember the last time I replaced this belt. I have intentionally been running it without replacing it just so I could see how long it would last. I'm trying to remember but I think I had 2 dunes trips, several desert runs (one of which was all day and about 80 miles) and this trip to Baja. So it had a LOT of time on it.
Had I had a belt guard, I could have been back running in about 15 minutes. As such, I plan to built a blast shield between the drive pulley and the engine parts....but I still plan not to run the stock cover.
So.........a word to you all.........if you're not running the belt guard, change your belt often. Or.....figure out a way to protect the engine components in case of failure. It would be a quick way to end a fun trip. It didn't really occur to me that this could happen up until now. I just figured it would blow, I would replace it, and away I go. Not the case.....it has enough force to break important stuff when it let's go!
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.......who's bringing the chips?