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Guarding from water splash up in engine bay/drive belt?

What methods have you guys used to keep the majority of water from getting up on the engine, more importantly the drive belt? Splashing through a decent puddle i'll squeal the belt a few times, lookin to keep that to a minimum....i like my drive belt on the engine when i'm driving

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A front skid plate would help a little. Once I got my Gatorback belt my belt never squeels. That would be your best bet in my opinon.
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I do have a new belt, i should just go ahead and install it. Its a dayco cog-somthin. Still running the factory belt which is at about 48k right now. I did make a couple little 'splash panels' out of some thin steel sheet i had around, they won't take any kind of hit and are not the prettiest things, but should be pretty functional for what I need. I'll poke around more in daylight for any broad openings i should tend to.
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install the new belt. problem solved for a while then get a gatorback belt

i just let mine slip when it wants to. it will quit eventually.
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I'll try and tackle that tomorrow morning, should take more than 10mins or so with already running an electric fan. I'll be sure to toss the old/working one in the bed tool box though! lol
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U're gonna have that getting water the belt. IMO its the least of my worrys i'm more worried about hydrolocing my truck.
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That too, I'll have to look into it more next time I'm running around. But picking up a foam filter the that will slide into the hole in my stock airbox will work wonders on any incoming water. Nothing standing of course, but spray/splash will get lost in the foam and settle. Not very restrictive either.
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This is what my 3rd grade metal fabrication skills came up with. Just out of some sheet metal and tin snips we had around the garage. Should be better than nothing, won't take any real impact like a skid plate would, but it'll keep the majority of water off the belt/out of the bay

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