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Author Topic:   FAN BELT (WIDE OR -V -???)
MINI2.3DIRTRACER
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 115
posted July 15, 2002 10:47 AM  
I LOST A BELT THIS WEEKEND IN TH Q-HEAT. THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR AND I'M LEARNING ALOT AS I GO ON THIS (84 2.3 STANG). I HAVE A WIDE BELT THAT TURNS MY FAN, WATER PUMP AND TENSION PULLY. I WAS TOLD I SHOULD LOOSE THE FAN (GO ELEC.), AND CHANGE TO THE SMALL V TYPE BELT -JUST UP AND DOWN (NO TENSION PULLY .) TO GIVE ME SOME EXTRA POWER. ANY ADVICE ON IF OR HOW I SHOULD DO THIS.
THX

txmini
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 1
posted July 16, 2002 04:46 PM  
An electric fan will be more efficient. It won't rob as much hp.

MINI2.3DIRTRACER
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 115
posted July 17, 2002 09:15 AM  
THX FOR THE TIP, I'M GOING TO GIVE IT A TRY--I JUST HOPE MY BATTERY MAKES IT THROUGH THE NIGHT, I DON'T HAVE A GENERATOR SO I CAN'T RUN A CHARGER BETWEEN HEATS.
HOW ABOUT THE BELTS??? ANYONE HAVE ANY ADVICE ON THAT??

KWTracer
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 233
posted July 19, 2002 07:07 AM  
I run an electric fan. I would go with that and if you have a battery problem, add an alternator. Even switch it if you need to. I have found your going to gain more with the alternator than you loose in weight by adding it. Also, what ever you decide for belt styles, put some sort of tensioner on as prying a pulley and belt on without one puts too much lateral load on the waterpump drive shaft, and I have seen them break. The newer wide belts, in a perfect world are better belts and grip the pulley better that v-belts because of having more surface area. However, this increased surface area increases the likelyhood of getting a rock in the right spot to kick a belt off. I run the v- belt and don't have any problems. Good Luck

MINI2.3DIRTRACER
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 115
posted July 29, 2002 09:31 AM  
HEY THANKS MUCH
I DID END UP STAYING WITH THE WIDE SURP BELT. BUT SAT. I ADDED A BOLT TO THE TENSION PULLEY MOUNT WHICH WOULD ALLOW ME TO PULL IT LEFT OR LOOSEN IT (RIGHT) WHAT HAPPEN WAS MY TENSION PULLY WAS EITHER TO TIGHT OR SLIGHTLY OFF LINE ( HAD TO PUT WASHERS IN THE MOUNT TO EYE BALL IT STRAIGHT) AND ON THE 7TH LAP OF 10 MY BRAND NEW WATER PUMP WENT. I HEARD A SQUALL SHOULD OF KNOWN SOMETHING WAS WRONG----BUT I WAS MORE CONCEARNED ABOUT GETTING THAT BELT WHERE IT WOULD NOT COME OFF LIKE IT DID THE PRIVIOUS TO WEEKS ENDING MY NIGHT EARLY (HATE WHEN THAT HAPPENS)
I'LL KEEP WORKING IT , THANKS AGAIN.
TAKE CARE

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