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Old 03-08-2007, 07:37 PM   #1
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Would it me worth it to dump my regular supercharger belt for a gatorback one? I see everyone posting about them and intense actually vends them so I guess they actually make a difference?
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IMO.. gatorbacks arent that great.. you will get mixed reviews

*not sure why i run them*

money better spend would be an oversized idler
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what would an oversized Idler do?
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put more belt wrap around your SC pulley...

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The stock L67/L32 supercharger tensioner pulley measures 3.0", and our oversized unit is 3.5" in diameter. Swapping your stock tensioner pulley for this one only takes a few minutes and a 15 mm. wrench (W-bodies) or T50 Torx socket (G and H-bodies*). There are three basic advantages to this larger tensioner pulley. First, you can run a stock supercharger belt with a 3.20" or 3.40" supercharger pulley on your M90. Second, you can increase belt tension on whatever pulley and belt combination you run. And third, you will effectively increase your supercharger belt'* 'wrap' around the supercharger pulley, helping to eliminate belt slippage.


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The Gates belt works great. It'* cheaper too.
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I had problems with Gates squeaking and slipping. Gatorbacks never do, but I have a totally different belt path than a S2 (and modified from stock with an extra idler now too).
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I have ran Dayco belts and have never been happier. I ran napa gates belts on both series 1 and 2 and felt "please don't give me the mental comment" more power across the band from my cars.
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I've had both, I've never had any major problems with either (with the exception of a chirp from the belt on the 1-2 shift with both belts.) The Gates belt seems to build up rubber deposits on my pulley all the time & just make some funny noises. But if I could recommend one I would say to go with the GoodYear belt.

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I've only run one Gatorback belt. That'* the one on my 99. I installed it at 77K, and I'm at 168K...so it'* been on for ~ 91K miles. Still in great condition.

However, I hate the fact that it'* so noisy. It whistles very badly and is ANNOYING. Thankfully, the noise drowns out at highway speeds, but in the city (especially with the windows down) it'* just irritating. I'm too cheap to swap out a perfectly good belt, so when it finally breaks or gets worn, I'll put in a Gates belt. IMO, Gates belts are GREAT.
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Funny how the respond on different cars. My gatorbacks are very quiet on both cars. Gates squeak horribly and build rubber up in the grooves of my supercharger pulleys.
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