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    My experience is with my 2011 SS Camaro. Replacing the AC belt, personally I think they brought up the depths of HELL!! Now they are not brand specific, Ford has them too. What brain dead engineer thought this one up. You have to roll them on with or without the special tool. If you haven't already had to experience one your in for a treat. Talk amongst yourselves, comments?
    Pt 2010, Long Haul 2011,12,13,14,15,16,17, 18, 19
    If you wait, all that happens is that you get older

  • #2
    First experience was with a Mercruiser outboard alternator belt.... sasafrasin' crap!.
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    Patrick & Tammy
    - Long Haulin' 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014...Addicting isn't it...??

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    • #3


      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQhfcdQf1QA

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Tubbed Pacecar View Post
        Hold my beer and watch this!
        Pt 2010, Long Haul 2011,12,13,14,15,16,17, 18, 19
        If you wait, all that happens is that you get older

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        • #5
          But they don't slip and fly off at 6500 shifts. like most belts used too do .
          I'd call that a great trade off.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Eric View Post
            But they don't slip and fly off at 6500 shifts. like most belts used too do .
            I'd call that a great trade off.
            Must be your quality of belt, I been shifting my SBC at 7500 since the 70's with a good ole v-belt, not to mention the main drive serpentine belt with a tensioner on the 11SS that I wind to 6500 stays put.
            Pt 2010, Long Haul 2011,12,13,14,15,16,17, 18, 19
            If you wait, all that happens is that you get older

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            • #7
              Originally posted by corvettedad View Post
              My experience is with my 2011 SS Camaro. Replacing the AC belt, personally I think they brought up the depths of HELL!! Now they are not brand specific, Ford has them too. What brain dead engineer thought this one up. You have to roll them on with or without the special tool. If you haven't already had to experience one your in for a treat. Talk amongst yourselves, comments?
              Sounds like some engineer that was upset he had to buy a special tool at some point in his life.

              These sound as fun as the huge threads on fans they started putting on water pumps that just make the bearing get eaten up quicker.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by corvettedad View Post

                Must be your quality of belt, I been shifting my SBC at 7500 since the 70's with a good ole v-belt........

                yep. 461" shifts at 6250 using a regular V-belt
                with not even a squeak, and theres the 440"
                (427+.060) that has the 8200rpm chip in the
                limiter that does just fine with regular V-belts.

                as long as your pulley alignment is good and
                theres no 'twist' (usually too small diameter
                bolt/too big hole) when you crank that alternator
                or p/s pump tight, you should be just fine.

                or maybe its just me, getting lucky for once.

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                • #9
                  I seem to remember reading that the solid lifter high rpm power plants not getting a/c from the factory and the use of deep groove pullies on alt. on many a vehicle that spun to the moon.
                  Why would the oem's do that, if it wasn't an issue?
                  There had to be a reason.
                  Last edited by Eric; January 16, 2020, 11:06 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Eric View Post
                    Why would the oem's do that, if it wasn't an issue?
                    Well, in my opinion, our automotive engineers have a very colorful past of building solutions to the wrong problem. Instead of improving the assembly line process they chose to change parts to try and compensate for what I believe (and agree) most often is a misalignment issue
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