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Old 05-24-2010, 09:24 PM
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I'm looking into replacing my serpentine belt on my 2005 Tahoe 5.3L engine. I heard Goodyear's Gatorback belts are a good replacement. The OEM belt my Tahoe has is a 6KP2365, which I believe measures out to 93.1 inches in effective length. Gatorbacks do not come in 6KP2365. The closest they have is a 6KP2360, which is 93 inches in effective length. They also have one slightly longer, 6KP2375, which is 93.5 inches in effective length.

Does 1/10th of an inch shorter on belt make a difference (i.e. stress on tensioner, pulley damage, etc) if I were to go with Gatorbacks 6KP2360? What about going with the 6KP2375, which would be 4/10th inches longer? Or, am I better off buying the OEM? Trying to save myself some money here.....OEM replacement at dealership costs an arm and a leg.

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Old 05-24-2010, 09:45 PM
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a belt on advanced's website is only $10-$30 depending on brand... INLESS you want to go to the dealer..but i bought one for my truck at advanced and its been good goin on 2 years and 30k miles

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Old 05-24-2010, 10:06 PM
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The tensioner should be able to make up the 0.1" shorter belt.
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:07 PM
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Use the slightly shorter belt, it will be fine.
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:28 PM
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Sounds good fellas. Thanks for the responses. Going with the gatorback belt will save me $45. Dealer wants $74 for the belt....ouch! My current belt has 81,000 miles on it and still looks good; however, the ac belt is cracking. Figured, I'd change serpentine belt (preventative maintenance) since I have to remove it to replace the ac belt.

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You may already know this, but its a good idea to keep the old one and toss it in with the spare tire jack as a back up should your new one fail on the road you will have a back up...
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:55 PM
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Good advice...after I inspected the belt, I figured I'd keep it like you said....just in case. Thanks again for all the info.
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