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Got Questions About Interchanging and Replacing Belts?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

posted by Dan at 11:45 AM

A sizable percentage of inquiries directed to our Product Application Engineering Group are for belt replacements on all types of equipment and vehicles.  While we would like to help with all of these inquiries, our abilities are limited so please refer to the following guidelines.

Belts For Original Equipment Manufacturers
Gates works directly with many original equipment manufacturers to develop belt drive systems and special belt constructions that meet their specific system requirements.  Manufacturers often assign their own unique part numbers to these special belts and differ from industry standard belt part numbers.  While Gates supplies many special belts, specific details about them are considered to be proprietary and belts are only available from original equipment manufacturers directly.

Replacement Belts For Industrial Equipment
We are best equipped to identify and interchange industrial belts used in industrial applications.  This can be as simple as recognizing industry standard belt designations, or may require evaluating measurements and identifying equivalently sized standard industrial belts.

For assistance identifying industrial belt part numbers, go to http://www.gates.com/.  Note that the web page comes up with the “Parts/Interchange” tab highlighted.  Click the “Industrial” button and enter the part number to interchange.

Replacement Belts For Automotive Applications
We are not equipped to assist with belt interchanges for automotive applications.  These applications include all front end accessory drives for cars, trucks, buses and farm-construction equipment, etc. and engine camshaft drives.

For on-line assistance, go to http://www.gates.com/.  The web page comes up with the “Parts/Interchange” tab highlighted and the “Automotive” button activated.  Enter the part number to see if an interchange can be identified.  Or click on “Search by Application” to access the Part Locator Tool.

For personal assistance contact the Automotive Product Application Group directly at (303) 744-5651 or at apateam@gates.com.

Replacement Belts for Outdoor Power and Recreational Equipment
We are not equipped to assist with belt interchanges for outdoor power and recreational equipment.  Examples of these applications are lawn and garden equipment, and sport and utility vehicles.

For on-line assistance, go to http://www.gates.com/.  The web page comes up with the “Parts/Interchange” tab highlighted and the “Automotive” button activated.  Enter the part number to see if an interchange can be identified.  Or click on “Search by Application” to access the Part Locator Tool.

For personal assistance contact the Automotive Product Application Group directly at (303) 744-5651 or at apateam@gates.com.

Replacement Belts For Motorcycles
All belt drive components found on motorcycles as original equipment are available through the original equipment manufacturer only.  Gates does not offer replacement belts. 

Belt drive components applied to motorcycles as aftermarket components or kits are available from numerous motorcycle customizing and kit manufacturers.  Gates sells belts directly to many of these manufacturers, as with original equipment manufacturers, and does not offer replacement belts.

Hopefully this brief overview of belt interchanging and replacement will help in identifying the most direct and appropriate resources from Gates to help get you moving again.  For questions feel free to contact us at 303-744-5800 or at ptpasupport@gates.com

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