When you decide to invest in a serpentine pulley system, many of which cost around $2,000 and beyond, naturally, you want your endeavor to be a potential award-winner. But the new system should not only look good but also fit well.
It is also crucial that the kit includes all the brackets, pulleys, accessories, belt, as well as power steering and air conditioning provisions. And if the manufacturer takes pride in their work you’ll find all the fasteners, spacers, and gaskets, individually identified.
Joe Rode of Eddie Motorsports explains the basics and offers advice on how to select a competent serpentine belt system.
Serpentine pulley systems became popular in the 1980s. Now, modern single-belt six-rib arrangements drive all the accessories efficiently, quietly and always in adjustment.
Powermaster: Producing sufficient current to drive all accessories efficiently, especially at idle, is the hallmark of the 140-amp Powermaster alternator.
Ensure all pulleys are of billet aluminum and not inferior alloy castings or low-grade chrome-steel masquerading as billet. Use them on a Sanden SD7-style compressor
Similar to the Camaro and Corvette, Eddie Motorsports uses the Mavel GM-style 2 power steering pump. Incidentally, both GM and Ford power steering boxes use a high-flow pump.
Mustang II suspension systems, which employ rack-and-pinion steering, use a low-flow pump. Eddie Motorsports provides the appropriate steering pump at no additional charge.
Select one of three different options of power steering reservoirs: the original plastic container or a billet aluminum style, as shown, or a remote unit if space is at a premium.
Aided by a belt tensioner: this spring-loaded device ensures the belt operates reliably even during rapid fluctuations in acceleration and deceleration.
For reliability always insist on premium name brand accessories: Gates tensioner, Powermaster alternator, Edlebrock, Tuff Stuff and this ATI harmonic balancer.
On small-block Ford kits a billet aluminum timing cover provides all the necessary mounting points, regardless of the engine’s original configuration.
Look for uniform appearance – elegantly shaped windows add to the allure. Besides the bright polished finish, Eddie M’sports offers low-cost raw machine finish, clear anodized as well as gloss or matte black.
Make sure your engine bay can accommodate all the accessories, especially the power steering system. Better to know in advance than face the inconvenience and expense of adding a remote tank later.
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