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Old 01-19-2012, 05:20 PM
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Matched set belt group buy?

Gauging interest in doing a MATCHED set group buy on belts for the CS144 conversion.
Hardest part I have had to find is a matched set of belts, Gates no longer distributes belts in sets, My parts guy (CarQuest sells Gates belts) had to empty the warehouse, to come up with a set with matching date/plant codes.
Seeing if there is enough interest to get Gates or GoodYear to pull from a single production lot some belts.
The belt(s) would be either Goodyear GaterBack 13521's or Gates 7516's
(78->91 FSJ with CS144 and AC)
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:00 PM
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I've had a few parts guys tell me, and not sure if I buy it, that after they go through a heat cycle they will shrink and size themselves, that's why no matched sets anymore.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:19 PM
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Sounds good like a good story when selling what you have, not what the customer needs, run a tension guage on them it does not lie.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:38 PM
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I've had a few parts guys tell me, and not sure if I buy it, that after they go through a heat cycle they will shrink and size themselves, that's why no matched sets anymore.
Bull! I've had my AC/alt belts on for 3+ years, they've been through many heat/cool cycles, and they still don't match.
Yeah, I'd love a matched set.
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:28 AM
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I had good luck with just getting two 52" belts of the same brand. My problem is the people working the counter at the local parts store don't know how to read belts (or anything else).

I only recently did my conversion so maybe I won't be as lucky the next time but I'll take my chances with the local parts store again.

Also, anyone that did or wants to do the CS-144 conversion, get MDill's bracket! Makes life alot easier than reusing the stocker.
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:51 AM
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Sounds good like a good story when selling what you have, not what the customer needs, run a tension guage on them it does not lie.

Figured as much, I have access to a tension gauge at work but have not checked them yet.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:35 AM
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I went through 4 parts houses and finally got matched belts through Advanced Auto. I was able to take all the other belts back and it was by chance that they matched. One of the belts was from stock and the other was from stock out of Arizona. I had ordered them online. I ended up just ordering the cheapest belts they had. This was for a stock set up on my 89GW.
I would suggest ordering several belts at one time from a supplier, finding the two that match and return the others. May be the hard way but it worked for me.
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I would go for a matched set.
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Old 01-20-2012, 05:37 PM
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Eventually the short one stretches and matches the longer one.
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