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v-belt to flat four ribbed (XT) belt swap.....regarding the A/C pulley
Posted 11 January 2007 - 01:14 AM
Posted 11 January 2007 - 08:05 PM
So off I went to the salvage yard today to look at the XT's A/C compressor. The clutch/pulley assembly is 6" in diameter. My matsush'ta compressor's clutch/pulley assembly is 5" in diameter. So this ain't going to work unless I ditch the A/C or swap A/C compressors. I already said that I didn't want to lose my A/C. And to swap compressors seems like more trouble than it is worth. The Hitachi compressor is much larger and therefore it is probably much heavier. The benefits of going to the flat 4 ribbed belt is not enough to justify adding more weight onto the front of the car. I would also have to change all the brackets and I bet the electric connectors coming off the compressor are different too so you may have to do some simple rewiring and what not. So I deemed it not worth my time to pursue it any further. For those without A/C or those who have the hitachi compressor stock on their car, the flat 4 ribbed belt system is a nice alternative to the v-belt setup and it is an easy swap. I bet is makes it easier to do the XT6 alternator swap because I think it uses the same type of pulley.
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