This is the first Gates belt that I've had a problem with since the installation of my Thump RRR tensioner arm several months back. Prior to the installation of the new tensioner arm, the supercharger shredded my first Gates belt within 10 miles after I received the car back from the GT/SC conversion by SA.
The Ford dealer is removing the belt and is going to examine all the pulleys and make an attempt to determine what caused one of the ribs to be ripped from the belt. Those reading this message, especially those with the GT/SC package, know that these Whipples love shredding the Gates drive belt. I've read in some other threads both here and on other forms about other supercharged cars being fitted with the Goodyear Gatorback belt. It sounds like the Gatorback belt is a much better quality belt, so my question here is whether anyone reading this thread has had experience with the Gatorback belt after switching from the Gates belt? From my personal experience, I'm beginning to believe that these Gates belts are not a quality product. at least when it comes to powering our supercharger.
Also, I'm having trouble finding a part number for the Gatorback belt, so if anyone can help out with a part number, I would appreciate any help there also.
Tomorrow I'll try and get a photo of the current belt and get it posted here.
Edit: After this original post, I found out that the Goodyear Gatorback only comes in a seven-rib design, not a six-rib design as needed for the Whipple supercharged Mustangs. One rib has to be cut-off the Gatorback belt to make it will work with the Whipple superchargers on the GT/SC Shelby.
Edited by springer, 03 July 2011 - 07:56 PM.