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Gatorback the way to go?

I am getting my alternator rebuilt today, and figured while I am at it I could use a new belt, and have heard a lot of guys say go Gatorback. Is it worth the extra money? I want something good and am willing to spend it if its worth it. At Autozone here they have it for 45 bones and I dont have time to mailorder since I am leaving Saturday for a roadtrip. Thanks
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definitely, I loved mine when I put it on my truck and it got rid of the squealing the 3.0 does when its damp out.
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can i get the underdrive pulley and still use the stock length belt?
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No. Look at the underdrive pulley on stuffforyourranger and it says what size belt you need.
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yeah thats what I figured, oh well
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...and have heard a lot of guys say go Gatorback. Is it worth the extra money?
I would say "yes" ... although, I would certainly prefer it to be called a Noleback.
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dude you buy a gatorback, for 45 bux, and in a yr you replace it, you buy a different brand less then 20 then in a yr you replace it, but you got money to pee away have at it, here in fla i change mine out once a yr, and 2 months again changed out my idler, and tensioner pullies along with the duralast 11 dollar belt, quite happy
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holy **** dude, ive had my gatorback for almost 3 years now... and it still doesnt squeak after a good rain or anything
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i've been pondering the underdrive and gatorback mod for awhile now.. yet came to the same question, what makes the gatorback belt better/more expensive than a regular sh!tty new belt? i've come up with nothing special as a result.
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gatorback FTMFW!! put up the 45 bones and never look back, and all this jazz about replacing it every year? ha ha BS!! i put one on mine 7 years ago and i just now replaced it and it was only because i wrecked it in the mud.
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had mine for 7 months til it learned how to fly, replaced it with an autozone brand, and no issues, i just changed it do to the fact i installed a new radiator and pullies, why not kill a few birds with one stone
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Factory belt from 01....lol 40k miles
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had mine for 7 months til it learned how to fly, replaced it with an autozone brand, and no issues, i just changed it do to the fact i installed a new radiator and pullies, why not kill a few birds with one stone
did you ever think that your bad pullys caused your belt to fail? you are literally the only person that ive ever heard say anything bad about the GB belt. although its possible you got a defective one, ore it failed for other reasons
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pullies were good, i got a sound coming from my engine like a cricket noise, no its not the cam syncro, its from the driver side, sounds like it comes from behind the dash, so i thought may just mayb iu could be lucky, so i changed them, and noise is still there
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pullies were good, i got a sound coming from my engine like a cricket noise, no its not the cam syncro, its from the driver side, sounds like it comes from behind the dash, so i thought may just mayb iu could be lucky, so i changed them, and noise is still there
oic. hmm thats odd. my buddys 3.0 had that squeek, ford couldnt figure it out. it drove him crazy so he sold the truck.
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been there, thought about it, and realized i will never get wut i put into it, i think its an electrical issue i had a while back, my fuel pump kept grounding out and shutting the truck off, by blowing the fuse, i stuck a piece of wire and used that, no issue with the truck, but i cant remember is that is when the noise started
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Got the gatorback and my alternator rebuilt. LOVE IT! Took awhile to get that beefy belt on but i love it. First time I replaced the belt in 4 years of owning it with 103000 miles. Had rained and was wet this morning, and it was silent! Cant really put my finger on it but everything runs better, and just feels tighter. Maybe its just the silence. The newly rebuilt alternator was beautiful, looked brand new, and I believe he replaced the pulley. had been wanting to buy the crank underdrive pulley, but guess i will hold off now that I spent 45 bones on the 48" belt. Thanks guys!
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Should have bought mine and gotten the underdrive pulley for free
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Should have bought mine and gotten the underdrive pulley for free
I know man. I thought about that after i did it all. I was just rushing around trying to get it all fixed in time for my trip, while at work at the same time and completely forgot about yours for sale. I just thought while I had the belt out go ahead and replace it, and had my lil brother pick up a gatorback. Im an idiot.
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I dont mean to cahnge the topic hear, but i am interested in doing the pulley mod soon, but i cant find the length of belt i need after i install the alternator and crank pulley. by the way i have a/c i could only find the ones without a/c
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I would say "yes" ... although, I would certainly prefer it to be called a Noleback.
Noleback?.....explain.

I like the GatorBack, I have had mine for about 2 years and it seems to be losing the traction on the underside of the belt. I think I will be replacing it very shortly with another.
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Have had my Gatorback for 2+ years now - fixed my squeeky//chirping issue, and hasnt ever come back - looked at the belt this morning doing some twiddling around, and its still in fantastic condition.

You can't go wrong with a gatorback.. do it before you regret it
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