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Switching to serpentine belts?
#1

Is there a benefit to running serpentine belts as opposed to the v-belts? (besides looking cool)

To remove the crank pulley do you just unbolt the thing and pull it off, or do you need a pulley-puller? Is a pulley puller needed for any of the accessory pullies?

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#2

Well, I am not positive on this, but I beleive you can't change the pulley on the AC. I believe they changed compressors when they changed to serpentine. And I am not to sure about the power steering either.
But the crank pulley should just pull off once you get the bolt out. And the alt. will probably require a impacts to get the nut off. But if you are not worried about the old pulley you might be able to put it in a vise and get it.

Later
Randy
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#3

The A/C compressor will be the same, but you have to swap off the clutch/pulley assembly. Everything else you should just be able to pop the pullies off of. You will need a special puller for the P/S pump pulley, but they're pretty easy to come by. Probably the best way to do this swap os to get all the accesory brackets off of an 87-88 TC, that way you get all the proper stuff and the tensioner as well.

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#4

Like I said, I wasn't positve. lol

Good luck
Randy
85 2.3turbo Rx7
10.88@125.6-no nitrous yet Smile
Dead and crushed Sad

82 Toyota Starlet KP61
pushrod 4cyl
10.47@135 on dots
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#5

the only difference is that serpentines cost more, last longer, and rob more power... [Image: biggrin.gif]

Forrest
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#6

Really? They consume more power than the V-belts? I didn't know that! I always assumed the manufacturers went to the microgroove, serpentine belts cuz they had less parasitic losses - in order to improve their CAFE standards (??). [Image: smile.gif]

C'ya - RAY

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#7

I have been under the impression that v-belts have less parasitic drag... serpentine setups can somewhat "simplify" a setup with mulitple accessories... and the service interval is longer...

I want to run a V-belt on my car, but it's going to cost me more time and energy and the weight savings is going to be neggligable

Forrest
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#8

Ever high performance car I have ever seen has used serpentine belts. There are lots of serpentine upgrade (emphasis on upgrade) kits availible. Serpentine belts do not reduce hp as much as v belts do and they last longer and grab better. Just try bending one of each, the serpentine bends easier therefore less energy is lost when curving around pulleys.
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#9

one thing that can be said for the older 3 belt system is that if you wish to disconnect the A/C compressor for whatever reason,drag racing or whatever,it's real easy.
imho

[This message has been edited by rotus7 (edited 01-17-2002).]
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#10

The nice thing with the TC setup is that you can pull the A/C belt seperatly as well. [Image: smile.gif]

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87 TC 5-speed Black, loaded. 17psi, G3 alternator, KB subs, Grant steering wheel, custom greasable swaybar bushings, K&N. Soon to have KB Trackit Axle brackets, Maximum Motorsports lower control arms, T-3, Saab intercooler and rebuilt front suspension.

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