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Old 10-10-2005
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Gatorback vs. other belts

I can't remember if my Dad put it on or not, but I told him about the gatorback's and he said he got the "one-down" from that. The belt he got was around $30 and he said the gatorback was about $40. I told him to take the other one back and get the GB, but I don't recall if he did.

Would it be worth anything to have the Gatorback and not just a regular thing on a pure street truck?
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Only if you have belt problems. Gates makes a "Gatorback look-alike" but I haven't tried it. If you have no problems with your belts, replacing it for not reason is probably not sensible.

However, I think the Gatorbacks are supposed to also be stronger and wear longer -- so if you are replacing a worn-out belt, it makes more sense.

I got one because of the dismal belt problems 3.0's have.
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i have a gatorback, they are supposed to be stronger and will not stretch as much/faster than a reg belt, which would cause belt slipage. Which is why they are recommended for s/c's. i say get a gator back if your belt is giving you problems if not i would just wait untill u need it. no use in fixing something thats not broke. just my 2 cents :D
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Well, mine did need to be fixed/replaced. I guess I should have stated that. I'll call my Dad tomorrow and find out what he wound up doing. I am sure he threw on the other one and didn't go back to the store.
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In the 3.0 world, the gatorbacks gained fame rather quickly for being one cure for the "squeek" problem they get. The 3.0 belt runs 25.99 at the local auto zone so I am confused with a $30 belt much less a $40 belt.
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At my local Autozone a Gatorback belt for a 4.0 with A/C cost $31.99
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At my local Autozone a Gatorback belt for a 4.0 with A/C cost $31.99
you're right, I just got one today at my local Autozone, 31.99, w/ ac
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i dont understand this i buy a off the wall belt and it does the job no problems. unless you have a high HP motor i just dont get it...
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I am thinking about getting it because every morning when I start my truck it sounds like I killed a goose. If thirty bucks solves my problem its worth it, if not then I paid a little extra for a belt that needed replaced anyways.
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I am thinking about getting it because every morning when I start my truck it sounds like I killed a goose. If thirty bucks solves my problem its worth it, if not then I paid a little extra for a belt that needed replaced anyways.
Mine sounds rediculous too, I just put on a gatorback today, i didn't drive it yet to see if the squeak goes away, but i think the squeak is from the idler pulley. When the belt was off I jiggled it to see if the bearings were loose/worn and it did move a little. I'm gonna replace that if it's the problem, dont' think it's expensive at all.
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The gatorback won't hurt though. It'll solve those wet-belt squeals -- or at least, it's solved mine.
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