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Old 02-19-2010, 09:30 AM
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Anybody use one of these Goodyear Gatorback serpentine belts on their Rams? Any problems, likes or dislikes? Or maybe hear say from freinds that have used them? Early spring I will be doing a few small maint. items to keep the ram happy and figured I would switch out the belt and keep the old one in the truck as a back up.
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I've used them before and had good luck with them but Gates is still my personal preference.
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Why Gates over others?
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I've never had a Gates fail. I guess their reputation was established with me during my racing days when we used Gates v-belts because they would stay on when other brands would sling off the pulleys at 7000+ rpm and that loyalty has carried over to the serpentine belts.
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Hmm good to know. Sounds like many people buy a gatorback to try and eliminate a squeek as the first cheapest place to start, then to pulleys and tensioners. I have no squeek just want the best belt, dont know how long the one ive got has been on, it looks okay but im trying to do a lot over this next summer as a sort of 100k mile tune even though I have 104k already. I will prbably switch the idler and tensioner pulleys with it just cause.

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Take the belt off and check it for cracking, particularly on the inside ribs. Spin your pulleys and chack for roughness and noise. Check the tensioner for smooth operation. Check under the water pump for any signs of coolant leaking.
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Take the belt off and check it for cracking, particularly on the inside ribs. Spin your pulleys and chack for roughness and noise. Check the tensioner for smooth operation. Check under the water pump for any signs of coolant leaking.
Guess it would be a good time to replace the water pump too regardless if its leaking or not? Coolant is always prefect color and level. Figured I would do the pulleys casue they arent that much and I know the ball bearing in them will eventually wear out.
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I wouldn't replace the pump inless there's leaking or play in the pulley - same for the other pulleys. If you haven't flushed the coolant, you need to.
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I know that both my fater adn a friend of mine use them on their cars. Both have the gm 3800 supercharged motors. They say that the gatorback is "the belt" if you will, for that car. They say its more sticky, hence less slip on the supercharger pully

I have always used gates, never a problem. Niether of them have a problem with the GB belts either, could be like the great auto vs manual debate on what is a better belt

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I used a Gatorback belt for the supercharger on the GTP I traded when I bought my Ram. The Gatorback works well because of the mildly abrasive texture to the pulley side of the belt. The cross-grooved surface also seemed to make it last a bit longer.

The down side for the Gatorback is that, in spite of the fact that many web sites call it "The Quiet Belt", I found it to be a hair noisier. But not noisy enough to prevent me from using it.

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