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Gatorback belt with Rodney's 2.8L idler pulley by Jason88Notchie
Started on: 10-13-2016 03:25 PM
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I would like to run a Gatorback belt. The Dayco that Rodney recommends seems pretty horrible. Is anyone out there running a Gatorback with Rodney's setup? If so could someone pass along a part number or specs on it? The one I see from Goodyear is a 47.5" 6 rib belt. The Dayco that Rodney uses is a 47" 5 rib belt. Length may work. But width is questionable.
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Report this Post10-13-2016 04:31 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Jason88NotchieClick Here to Email Jason88NotchieSend a Private Message to Jason88NotchieEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I found this belt and just bought it off Amazon for 11 bucks including expedited shipping. Continental Elite 4050470 Poly-V / Serpentine Belt It will be delivered between the 17th and the 20th. Stay tuned.

Continental bought the engineering rights from Goodyear to produce the Gatorbacks...FYI....

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If you ever find yourself with the correct length belt but it has too many ribs you can easily cut it down. Place a razor blade or sharp knife into the groove you want to remove with the tip jabbed into wood like a work bench or 2x4. Then pull the belt so that your razor cuts along the groove. Takes only a few seconds and you end up with a belt with one less rib.
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I sold my 2.8 GT a few months ago, and never had any issues with a regular belt,

What issues were people having?
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Originally posted by busa_powered:

I sold my 2.8 GT a few months ago, and never had any issues with a regular belt,

What issues were people having?


It looks like you live in a dry region. Perhaps you've never had an issue, but the belt wrap on the alternator of a 2.8 is so minimal that water/rain getting on the belt often results in squealing. It's a helluva problem in a wet climate. For me, Dodgerunner's auto-tensioner solved the problem completely.

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Originally posted by Patrick:

It looks like you live in a dry region. Perhaps you've never had an issue, but the belt wrap on the alternator of a 2.8 is so minimal that water/rain getting on the belt often results in squealing. It's a helluva problem in a wet climate. For me, Dodgerunner's auto-tensioner solved the problem completely.



That's the ideal solution. I went with Rodney's idler pulley because Dodgerunner's wasn't out at the time. I've never had any problems with belt squeal with Rodney's setup. If Dodgerunner's had been available at the time, I'd have gone with it for the tensioner.
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I live in a pretty humid climate being next to a big lake. There is that and whenever it rains, I still get a slight chirp. Belt is running true right down the middle. No deflection. But it drives me nuts. That's why I'm going with the Gatorback. I may have a ever so slight pulley misalignment....but I'm going this route. My belts (s) came in today...(yes they tossed two more in the package). I'll cover this in a further post as soon as I can find my damn USB cord!
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Originally posted by Jason88Notchie:

I live in a pretty humid climate being next to a big lake. There is that and whenever it rains, I still get a slight chirp.


A "slight chirp" is one thing. Having it scream like a banshee (like mine was doing in the rain) is quite another.
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