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    Help w\sepertine belt

    This is my first problem with my ls1, my belt is walking off the top pulleys. My question is where or how do I adjust the tensin on the belt so that I can put it back in the grooves? Took my a while to figure it out on my 94 SHO, so any quick help would be appreciated.


    I fixed please disregard, would delete if I could
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    you don't adjust the tension. the belt tensioner is spring loaded. it is on the right side bolted to the water pump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrr23 View Post
    you don't adjust the tension. the belt tensioner is spring loaded. it is on the right side bolted to the water pump.
    you tensioner may be bad or you just need a new belt (your current one could be stretched)

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    Was able to get belt back with car running by guiding it back into the groove with my hand in a towel wasn't hard at all, I will keep an eye it. just had alternator replaced about 1k miles ago, I guess they should have replaced belt also. The belt seems to be tight but i guess the best thing would be to replace both items. i really should go buy a service manual. Any better than others?

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    I had that problem. Bought me a Katech solid tensioner(non spring loaded) and it works like a charm. Thats what I recommend.

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    i just got the katech myself, worked like a charm

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    Theres two charmers. Just get the Katech. I think it was only like 120 bucks or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    Theres two charmers. Just get the Katech. I think it was only like 120 bucks or something?
    yup $120

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin93 View Post
    yup $120
    I cant believe I remembered that!

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    Like this one. BTW thanks for the replies and suggestions.

    http://www.hawksthirdgenparts.com/ca...wgm-1-1-1.aspx

    Easy to install? Found this looks easy enough.
    http://www.musclecarblog.com/story-4...r_installation
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    Really simple to install. Just make sure you sent the torque right on the pulley. Thats kind of crucial. Even though I didnt, but I have had some stupid games at work for.... "guess the torque" ... where you try and turn a bolt to hit certain TQ amounts. I got decent at it. Mine has worked for 7000 miles so I say its a great piece.... and my torque was pretty dang close.

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    I will buy or borrow a torque wrench since it appears I will be doing the front wheel hubs soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    I cant believe I remembered that!
    Im one of those idiots that keeps all the invoices for all the stuff I've bought for the Z. Maybe some day I'll total them all up and cry when I see how much I've spent on this car lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin93 View Post
    Im one of those idiots that keeps all the invoices for all the stuff I've bought for the Z. Maybe some day I'll total them all up and cry when I see how much I've spent on this car lol.
    Im one of those idiots that throws them away.... (in a pile) and never looks at them because it hurts me. I just dont want to know, easier for me to accept my problem if I hide it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin93 View Post
    Im one of those idiots that keeps all the invoices for all the stuff I've bought for the Z. Maybe some day I'll total them all up and cry when I see how much I've spent on this car lol.
    I just got done putting all of mine together on an spreadsheet. not including the purchase price of the car, or things like tires, brake pads, clutchs. I'm at about $18,650.00 i think i wanna , but in the end its all been worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    I had that problem. Bought me a Katech solid tensioner(non spring loaded) and it works like a charm. Thats what I recommend.
    I have the comp cam version, but definately get the solid tensioner. My belt always squeeked and once I got this problem was solved. Also since i was taking the belt off i felt it was a good time for the ASP underdrive pulley.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Crash View Post
    I just got done putting all of mine together on an spreadsheet. not including the purchase price of the car, or things like tires, brake pads, clutchs. I'm at about $18,650.00 i think i wanna , but in the end its all been worth it.
    Holy shit. 18,650 and you dont have a 408 between your front tires? That has to be labor rate included then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    Holy shit. 18,650 and you dont have a 408 between your front tires? That has to be labor rate included then.
    only on the heads and cam + a couple tunes (not any more! thank you hp tuners). the rest i did my-self. i'll post the spread sheet tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1972_Z-28 View Post
    Was able to get belt back with car running by guiding it back into the groove with my hand in a towel wasn't hard at all, I will keep an eye it. just had alternator replaced about 1k miles ago, I guess they should have replaced belt also. The belt seems to be tight but i guess the best thing would be to replace both items. i really should go buy a service manual. Any better than others?
    damn bro....don't ever do that again. Many many people have lost fingers to drive belts.

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    And buy a damn Katech solid. My fingers aint going anywhere near that stuff. Im already ugly enough as it is!

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