I hope they are on the 3rd or 4th because they like them so much not because they wear out quickly. Right now I'm ok with the variator the way it is. I did notice the low performance area from about 25 to 40 though. That may start to get on my nerves. Time will tell. Thanks for the tip about the clothes hanger. I don't really have anyone to ride with around here except my son. Once we get the title straightened out on his Vino, we might have to take off this summer riding somewhere. I love putting around on my little 50 and don't let the small size stop me from going pretty much wherever but like you said, this gives me the ability to ride with someone else if I want and also to go places that are simply too far away for the little 50.