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belt driven camshafts belt driven camshafts on a DOHC v-type automobile toothed cam sprockets smooth idler wheels toothed belt toothed engine sprocket diagram of belt driven camshafts on a ducati motorcycle engine throttle bodies 1 belt for each cylinder ducati tension idler wheels cam drive gear note that this illustration is incorrect the cam drive gear should be half the diameter of the overhead camshaft gears 3 -d view belt driven camshafts advantages quiet doesn't require lubrication disadvantages belts wear must be replaced occasionally