think the heat could be sucked out and used as a source for cab heat??
Why go thru all of the hassle of the blower BS and just to keep the belt cover on. Why do you want to keep the cover on.I ordered Lava wrap (2000 degrees continuos), and a 4" blower, both from eBay. I'll run this setup, and see if I can get 1500 miles on it. If I blow another, I'll leave the cover off, and build a scatter shield for the top. Also, I can't find a belt on the web, except for the 212 on eBay.
the 212 belt is the dealer replacement belt that you get from a dealership. they vary from dealer to dealer, some are as high as $180, i saw one dealer in lousisana selling them to current customers for $139.
the 364 belt that comes on your machine, would run $209 retail, if you could get it from a dealer.
running in the sand dunes, duning hard, is making the stock clutch slip. this slip is cooking the belt. the clutch housing wont let enough air in and out to keep the belt cool, so it explodes. running without a cover would help, or cutting some 2" holes into your cover would help. but running the stock clutch, which is designed to slip under a load, is eventually going to cook the belt under some hard riding. cutting holes in the cover helps, and replacing the stock clutch that slips the belt helps.
and i do have the 364 belt that actually comes on your machine.