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Hi Andy,

If you can get the heavy duty Gates belts, I would go for them.  I've found that they retain their tensioning settings extremely well over time.

Mike S

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1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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In the past, the HD Gates blue belts were only available from JAE in USA.

Maybe they bought in some stock and are currently out.   You can always get them from JAE.

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Thanks guys. I wasn't aware of a better grade set of cam belts. They will be on my shopping list from now on.

Forum is great to spread knowledge.

By the way I retire on Friday at 75. 10 years later than expected,and I have already started manufacturing an adapter plate to connect the V8 bell housing to the W58 Excel gearbox. By the end of this year both my Lotuses will be Lotus V8 powered!

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Absolutely.  I did a back to back comparison between a genuine Clavis and a smart phone app back in 2008.  There was only a couple of Hz difference.

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Cheers Mike.

I’ll give it a go with the app then. If I’m not happy I’ll have to borrow the proper gauge from a friend 👍
It’s funny we’ve gone from a twist of the belt and experience knowing it’s correct to an expensive instrument to measure the frequency and now a free app!

 

 

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