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Fiero Belt Tensioner by Dodgerunner
Started on: 10-07-2007 09:48 AM
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Originally posted by Dodgerunner:

Have four brackets...



Do I have dibs on a bracket, or am I fifth in line?

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PM sent, anytime you want one.

That will leave two left... for now...

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Okay, chalk another one up for Vancouver BC.

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Originally posted by Patrick:

As you probably know, Rodney Dickman sells his Power Pulley Kit with an idler pulley.



I have no idea if Rodney will sell his pulleys without the rest of the items shown.



Good news!

I've been in contact with Rodney Dickman and he has agreed to sell just his pulleys from the above kit for $55. That's a very fair price. His idler pulley isn't required when Dodgerunner's bracket and a belt tensioner are being utilized, and the supplied belt would've probably been the wrong length as well. (Until someone combines Rodney's power pulleys with Dodgerunner's kit we won't know for sure what length belt to use.)

Anyway, to repeat, the good news is that for $55 we now have the option of buying Rodney's power pulleys without his idler pulley (and belt) to use with Dodgerunner's bracket and belt tensioner. Thanks to Rodney for being flexible and fair with his kits and pricing.

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I just wanted to say that I put my tentioner in Sunday and today it was pouring out, and not one hint of belt squeel.

This is a great upgrade!

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Thanks to all that have bought a bracket or kit.

As of today I have a commitiment for the last bracket kit of the four I had done.

I will be spending the next month painting my 85GT so will stop production of brackets for a bit and pick up after the car is painted.

I will be making more and if there are some rainy days I may just do a couple, never know...

Thanks to a great bunch of guys.

I have two other ideas that some might be interested in I'm drawing up that are body related.
One I'll do for sure, the other will take a fair amount of work since it involves fiberglass so will see.
Their two items I want to add to my car and will offer a couple extra to see if there is interest...

Got you wondering now......don't I...

Thanks again to all.

Dodgerunner...

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Report this Post05-22-2008 02:28 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierohobbySend a Private Message to fierohobbyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

This is a worthwhile upgrade and a great product. One of the best things I've ever done to my car.

I'll be watching for the new stuff. Don't keep us hanging too long...

-fh

edit: hey, lookit, 300!

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I'll take the last one if it's still available. PM sent.

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Finally got around to installing it this weekend, and I just wanted to say.. Pure gold! It works awesome and the install was a breeze. Thank you, dodgerunner! =D

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I bought this kit last year for my '86 & a buddies '88...great upgrade

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Any kits available right now?

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i might need another one.

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Originally posted by Xanth:

The install of your bracket was incredibly easy, if I hadn't been messing around with other things as well It would have been done in no time. I had an easy way to install the Gates tensioner as well, worked great.

I just started the bolt in the center of the tensioner, then put a small allen behind it and used a screwdriver to rotate the base into place, and push the pin into location:




I finally got around to installing the tensioner. I had to replace my harmonic balancer at the same time and all went well.

But I gotta ask... Blaise, I didn't really understand what you had done until I got in there and tackled the job myself. I used the same Gates tensioner that you used. Having said that, I don't understand why you had to rotate the base into place the way you did. Not knowing any better, I bolted the tensioner in place, and then using a 3/8" ratchet in the 3/8" square hole in the face of the tensioner, I rotated the tensioner against the spring tension to allow the belt to be slipped into place. Isn't this the way it's supposed to be done?

Please be aware I'm not being critical of your method just to be critical , but it was so easy to do it the way I did that I thought I should share the info.

And it's SO NICE not to have a squealing belt anymore!!!!!!

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Are there any available?

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Report this Post10-03-2008 02:16 PM Click Here to See the Profile for MRJClick Here to visit MRJ's HomePageClick Here to Email MRJSend a Private Message to MRJEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

I'm interested in getting one too. Do you have the belt number for one with a power pulley from the Fierostore? Thanks
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I don't have that (power pulley) information but if you look near the bottom of page two and top or page three Patrick was working on that. You might contact him and see what worked for him.
He was not using the Fiero store pulley, don't know if Rodney's is the same or not.

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Great Product !!! Easy to install. And it Works. Plain & simple. Worth every penny.

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Originally posted by Dodgerunner:

I don't have that (power pulley) information but if you look near the bottom of page two and top or page three Patrick was working on that. You might contact him and see what worked for him.
He was not using the Fiero store pulley, don't know if Rodney's is the same or not.



I still haven’t bought a Power Pulley Kit from Rodney yet, although there's a chance that Xanth has already done so.

I might also mention though that the '85-'87 Power Pulley Kit that Rodney sells has a smaller pulley for the alternator in addition to the smaller crank pulley. I believe this is different than what the Fiero Store offers and therefore belt sizes will probably not be the same.

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i would like one of these kits soon how do i order one?

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Im interested in a kit as well

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Report this Post05-06-2009 01:52 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Larry NakamuraClick Here to Email Larry NakamuraSend a Private Message to Larry NakamuraEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

I would like to get one too. Are you making a list of people that
are interested in getting a kit? Please let us know. I just placed an
order for one of Rodney's, but after seeing this post I'm going to
cancel and wait for yours.

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Report this Post05-09-2009 11:28 PM Click Here to See the Profile for SynthesisClick Here to visit Synthesis's HomePageClick Here to Email SynthesisSend a Private Message to SynthesisEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Received my bracket today.
A solid-built bracket that has such a glossy finish on it, I'd swear it was powder coat if I couldn't still smell the paint curing.

Very nice DodgeRunner. I will be hitting a Salvage Yard tomorrow to grab a tensioner for this.

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Well I finally got around to installing mine on my Formula. I have the Fierostore power pulley installed (thanks previous owner) and had to get a different belt. The belt that I used was a Goodyear Gatorback 4050425 which is picture below. So it's a 42.5" belt. Thanks for a great product and instructions. Matt Jackson



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Report this Post06-01-2009 04:57 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Larry NakamuraClick Here to Email Larry NakamuraSend a Private Message to Larry NakamuraEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Just wanted to give some feedback here on the board. I've installed
the kit on my 88GT and it works great. I highly recommend this mod
to any Fiero owners that are having slipping/belt squeal problems.
Kodoos to Dodgerunner for helping us keep our Fieros running great.

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updated map to include mine, came from CoryFiero in SC

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Bracket or Full kit available.

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Do you still have the bracket available?

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I'm working on another request and should have a couple more done by Monday.

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Interesting.

I've been told stock the Fiero has no tensioner. Is this true, and therefore the reason you're selling this?

I'm still pretty nooby to working on the car myself.

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Originally posted by Samohtneas:

Interesting.

I've been told stock the Fiero has no tensioner. Is this true, and therefore the reason you're selling this?

I'm still pretty nooby to working on the car myself.


The Fiero 2.8 does not have a tensioner. You use the Alternator adjustment to tighten the belt.
The stock routing of the alternator belt on the Fiero 2.8 only lets the belt wrap around the pully approximately 1/3rd of the way.
If the belt gets any water on it, or loosens in the slightest, then the belt starts to squeal at idle or under extreme load, even at higher speeds.

You end up re-tensioning the belt by loosening the alternator and swinging it out further. This can cause other issues such as premature bearing failure in both the water pump and the alternator. I know this from experience, as I toasted the bearings in a brand new water pump in less than 1000 miles due to an over-tightened alternator belt. And the worst part is, no matter how snug you get it again, it will just stretch some more.

Dodgerunner's tensioner bracket solves this problem. The bracket bolts onto the engine in 3 locations. The two main bolts that hold it in place are the two motor mount to block bolts on the front of the 2.8. The bracket bolts in as two pieces, and then a single bolt holds the two pieces together once everything else is snugged down.
It is an ingenious design, and VERY solid when tightened down.

The third bolt that the bracket uses to attach to the engine is the alternator adjustment bolt. The bracket sits in front of the lower alternator bracket, and fixes the alternator in a permanent position. No more need to adjust the alternator for any reason.

Once the bracket is bolted in, it is ready for the stock GM tensioner from most GM 3.1l V6 engines. The tensioner bolts right onto the bracket. The bracket even has a nut with the appropriate thread size already welded in waiting for the tensioner bolt.

You can buy salvage yard tensioners for 10 bucks a pop, or buy new for 30-50 depending on brand and store.

I installed mine on my car on May 10th of this year with a brand new belt. When I went to start the car for testing purposes, it fired right up with no belt squeal whatsoever. I put it through a gauntlet of tests.. Headlights on, blower motor on high with the "AC" button turned on so the radiator fan would kick on. I let everything get up to speed, and then fired the car up. Not a peep.

I finally took the car to the car wash and let it idle in the bay while I hit the front of the motor with high pressure spray. NO NOISE.

In my honest opinion, this is one of the best improvement products for the stock V6 you can find, and everyone should have one.

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I just got mine today and I will post again once I get time to install it on the car.
it looks like a nice part.
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I've been using Dodgerunner's belt tensioner bracket for almost 2 years now. First of all, the bracket works great. And I'm glad that my V6 now has a spring-loaded tensioner. And BTW, it works just as well on a 3.4 as it does on a 2.8.

However, I had some issues with belt stretch using the recommended 45" belt. When the belt is new, everything works great. But after it breaks in, it stretches a bit, which brings the tensioner close to the end of its adjustment range. After a while, it gets loose enough to start slipping. I was replacing the belt every 6 months or so.

I remedied this with a slightly shorter (44.5") belt. To install the shorter belt, I had to crank the tensioner all the way over. But after the belt broke in, the tensioner was at the center of its adjustment range. Hopefully, the shorter belt will last longer.

As always, YMMV. But I thought I should share this info.

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Really happy with mine after about a year too. Unlike Blacktree, I found the belt to be a bit tight on our stock 88 2.8 manual. The belt actually let go the other day leaving me stranded. With less than 15,000 on a Goodyear belt, that was way too soon in my opinion.
I went with a 457 belt (45 3/4") this time. Still no squeeking and hopefully the belt will last a little longer this time.

STILL A GREAT BIG THUMBS UP ON THE TENSIONER!!! Thanks!!!

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I've often wondered if there are some variations in pulley sizes on some engines but have no way of knowing. Hopefully there are not differences in the brand of tensioners that owners purchase their self verses what I use.

I have made small changes in the bracket to ease installation over time but I test run every bracket to make sure they work right. All brackets over the past year or so are of the same venison.

Even buildup of dirt in the pulley grooves could have an affect on belt tightness and wear.
Might be something I should advise to be checked before install.

Blacktree, 2002z28ssconv if you have any futher problems let me know and we can swap out the brackets if you would like.

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Originally posted by Dodgerunner:

I've often wondered if there are some variations in pulley sizes on some engines but have no way of knowing. Hopefully there are not differences in the brand of tensioners that owners purchase their self verses what I use.

I have made small changes in the bracket to ease installation over time but I test run every bracket to make sure they work right. All brackets over the past year or so are of the same venison.

Even buildup of dirt in the pulley grooves could have an affect on belt tightness and wear.
Might be something I should advise to be checked before install.

Blacktree, 2002z28ssconv if you have any futher problems let me know and we can swap out the brackets if you would like.


DodgeRunner,

I went with a different tensioner design than what is shown in the photos in this thread. There were two main designs, the Gates style, and the more robust "OEM" body design. The OEM body design is the same length, but features a thicker body up to the pulley. In my case, the pulley is steel, and the tool fitting on the tensioner is closer to the pulley end of the body, giving more leverage. The pulley sizes appear to be the same, and this should not have varied for any of the V6s GM installed this tensioner on.
I have noticed very minor belt slippage recently, only when very wet. It goes away almost immediately. Keep in mind, the front of the engine on the Fiero is more exposed to water in large volumes (car wash or rain) than other GM vehicles under a solid hood.

I have checked my belt, and it appears to be in great shape, no cracks or questionable spots. I suspect there may be pulley size differences, but that are very minor. Enough to cause issues? Probably.

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I also use an OEM tensioner (pulled from a GM 3100 V6 in a junkyard) with a (new) steel pulley. I also have a CS130 alternator. The alternator came with a new pulley. So I didn't use the Fiero pulley. These minor differences may have caused my problems.

I still stand by the bracket, though. And I have no intention of removing the tensioner setup. I would still recommend the tensioner bracket to anyone who doesn't have one. But as with any custom application, you sometimes have to custom-fit stuff. That goes with the territory.

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Originally posted by Blacktree:...However, I had some issues with belt stretch using the recommended 45" belt. When the belt is new, everything works great. But after it breaks in, it stretches a bit, which brings the tensioner close to the end of its adjustment range. After a while, it gets loose enough to start slipping. I was replacing the belt every 6 months or so.

I remedied this with a slightly shorter (44.5") belt. To install the shorter belt, I had to crank the tensioner all the way over. But after the belt broke in, the tensioner was at the center of its adjustment range...


I remembered reading this so as I was doing some maintenance on the car this weekend I looked mine over. The location of the alternator adjuster greatly influences where the idler is in it's operating range for a given belt length. I used DR's kit with his provided belt, it's not been on the car for a lot of miles but it appears to be located well and if needed I still have approximately 1/2" - 3/4" of adjustment left in the alternator bracket slide to take up a little bit of stretch.

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