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Old 07-28-2013, 09:17 PM
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Well I got a Gates belt and installed it but the 370 turned out to be too long. I wanted a 365, but all they had was a 360. That turned out to be technically too short, but I made it work. The problem is that my compressor mounting location is extremely tight and range of adjustment is severely limited - engine on one end and subframe on the other.

So I wedged the belt as best I could and then bumped the engine to get it on. It was within a hair of being the right tension without installing the tensioner. It also made the tensioner too short, so I needed to lengthen it 3/4 inch. It's buttoned back up and appears to be working properly, but only time will tell.

The bad news is that if I ever need to change the alternator belts, I'll need to cut this one and get a 365.
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