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Old November 4th, 2003, 01:56 PM   #1
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Alterstart alternator install.......

OK, I read the FAQ on replacing an alternator, but was wondering if anyone that has actually done the replacement on a V6 could respond.

I need to know exactly what belt to get to replace the stocker.

Its clear that the pulley on the new alt. is smaller than stock, so I could either get the pulleys swapped or get a different belt. I assume if I get the pulleys swapped, Ill actually be losing amperage because it will be spinning slower, so Id rather get a new belt if I can. Should I just get a brand new stock belt and hope it fits? or is there a better replacement size?

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-Chris
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Old November 4th, 2003, 02:07 PM   #2
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when they did mine they thought they would have to exchange the pulley but luckily it fit. it should be a fairly easy swap. ask
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Old November 5th, 2003, 03:41 PM   #3
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OK, so I dont need to buy a new belt?

Anyone have the specs on the stock belt just in case? Then I could get a shorter one if need be so my car isnt stranded for a couple days without a part.

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Old November 6th, 2003, 09:44 PM   #4
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does having the UR pulley make a difference? because i have the UR 3 set, and my alternator is dying... so i'll need to buy a new alt. should i keep the stock pulley that comes with the new alternator, or replace it with the UR... and if i do, would i be losing amps?
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Originally posted by eon on November 7th, 2003 at 04:44 AM

does having the UR pulley make a difference? because i have the UR 3 set, and my alternator is dying... so i'll need to buy a new alt. should i keep the stock pulley that comes with the new alternator, or replace it with the UR... and if i do, would i be losing amps?
Depends what you want, the UR pully will underdrive this alternator as it's much bigger(it's the same size as stock), what that means is you'll have to be at a higher RPM to get the full output of the alternator. The alterstart comes with a slightly smaller pully to overdrive the alternator, so you have more juice at idle, which helps keep your light from dimming at a stoplight. So it's what's important to you, maybe a 1/2hp loss and not having your lights dim? or 1/2 gain and need to be at a higher rpm for the alternator to be pumping it's max juice? Most of the gain is from the UR crank pulley. I just have the crank and PS pulleys and left the alterstart pulley on the alternator and everything is happy, the UR pulleys need a slightly longer belt, and a smaller alt pulley needs slightly smaller, so they evened eachother out
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Old November 8th, 2003, 03:27 PM   #6
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FYI -

after way too many trips to my local Carquest, Ive found that the correct belt for use with an Alterstart alternator (and the smaller pulley that comes on it) is Gates # K060455.

Its a 45.5" long belt. Stock is 46.13", and with the smaller pulley I could pull the stock one off by hand. I also tried even smaller belts, but we wont go there

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Originally posted by illusion on November 7th, 2003 at 02:34 PM

the UR pulleys need a slightly longer belt, and a smaller alt pulley needs slightly smaller, so they evened eachother out
just wondering what exactly you used with the UR crank and ps pulley. stock belt?
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Old November 8th, 2003, 10:17 PM   #8
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yep stock one. I got the UR pullies long after the alterstart, and sat there looking at them for a long while. The PS was slightly bigger(wish I had a set of calipers at the time, but I'd guess 3/8" larger diameter) and I just happened to have the stock belt hanging in the garage so I gave it a whack, it was a tad loose(maybe 1/2" when you pull it up and down in the middle of the belt) but I get no squeeks and it's been happy so far.
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