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What brand of belt do you prefer?

This is a discussion on What brand of belt do you prefer? within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; I am running dayco brand belts and am happy with them......but i was just looking at the goodyear gatorbacks.....is this ...

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    What brand of belt do you prefer?

    I am running dayco brand belts and am happy with them......but i was just looking at the goodyear gatorbacks.....is this funky design any better than the regular design? what belt do you prefer?

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    I have not used a Gator belt personally, but everyone I know that runs them says they love them. Never seen anything bad on here about them.

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    When I need a belt I grab a goodyear gatorback. I ran them on my 2000 GTP with no belt slippage.

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    +1 on the Gatorback, have used this belt for years with no issues or noise.

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    I also used goodyear gatorback belts before,i want them for my current T/A,but autozone said they(goodyear) dont make them no more,i dont know how true that is though

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    I have used several diffent belts. Never had a problem with the goodyear but didn't see any huge difference. Think the best thing I got was the adj. belt tensioner and got rid of the spring tensioner and either belt will slip less.

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    Gator for all vehicles.

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    Gator back on both my T/A and my 04 Tahoe Z-71. I put a dayco on my tahoe about 2 years ago, with in a month it started chirping. Took it back and they gave me a new one within 2 weeks the new one started doing the same thing, took it off and got a gatorback, no noise with gator.

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    rock auto has the gators........in case any 1 was lookin

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjsingle1 View Post
    rock auto has the gators........in case any 1 was lookin
    thanx

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    amazon does not give me kewl refrigerator magnets like rock auto does

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    Quote Originally Posted by fbodyNATION View Post
    I also used goodyear gatorback belts before,i want them for my current T/A,but autozone said they(goodyear) dont make them no more,i dont know how true that is though
    Autozone doesn't carry them so the guys there just wanted to sell you on a Dayco or Duralast. I don't know why Goodyear would stop making what I imagine is one of their best selling products. Dayco's are a good belt but the gatorback is better.
    Last edited by HOBS; 07-31-2011 at 10:54 PM.

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    seems the goodyears are not a commonly carried item............no one i know of around here carries them........but thinking of switchin out to try them

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    Gator is my preference as well. I have had problems with Dayco and Kelly belts being noisy in the past.

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    when i first got my TA i had all kind of squeeking noise.. went through several dayco belts. replaced every pulley and tensioner and housing and still had squeeks.. ordered a Gatorback form summit auto, never had a noise since then.. i gave $45 bucks for it though, but like a friend of mine said, you get what you pay for.. will never use a different kind of belt again.

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    i was havin MAJOR squeal issues.........thought it was my idler pulley.....pulled off main belt and lo and behold.......it was something in the a/c belt.....went to rock auto and got a gatorback main and a/c..........along with 2 new a/c pulleys..........quiet as a mouse now............me happy

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    gatorback here

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    Gator is the only way to go. I also had squeaking and replaced pulleys and tensioner. Picked up a gator on ebay for under 30 bucks and the engine has been running quite ever since. A must have belt especially if you are running more than stock HP!!

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    GM belts are by far the best...
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