xflow alternator belt too long

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xflow alternator belt too long

I bought a new alternator belt from Burton's for my refreshed xflow.  Today I compared it with the one that I took off.  The new one is about 2" longer overall which I assume won't really work.

It's this one Alternator belt

Does anyone have any wisdom about the correct one to fit.  Burton have a similar dynamo belt with a different part number here?  It doesn't give any info though on length.

Thanks

Graham

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I couldn't find a part number in a very quick search of the archives.

Effective lengths from the Gates database:
Gates 6210MC: 760 mm
Gates 6212MC: 810 mm

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Awesome. thanks Jonathan.  I'd just got there myself.  I looked at the packaging for the Gates belt and it said AVX10 x 800 La.  So I thought that's 800mm.  Then looked up the 6210 and its designation is 750.  Looks like I need the dynamo belt for some reason.  The problem with Burton Power is the shipping charge which is about £8 for the smallest item.  That's about the same as the cost of the belt!

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Just had a look around.  Available from ebay for £6.25 with free delivery.  Sorry Burton, but I can't pay you £17 for the same thing I can get on ebay for £6.25.

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Your local auto parts store will have a whole range of belt sizes.  If you are careful, they will take back belts the wrong size and substitute for one the right size.

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The new belt has arrived from ebay and is exactly the same size as the old one.  All sorted, thanks.

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Well done.

Thanks for adding the solution.

Jonathan

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Good you've got it sorted. What alternator have you got? The longer belt is the normal fit for a 1.6 Kent with alternator. With a Lucas type alternator it's hard to get enough movement on the alternator and adjustment bar to get a shorter belt on. The shorter belt is generally only used on the early 1.6 Capri and Cortina (with dynamo)

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It's a bit strange as it's definitely an alternator.  The belt didn't seem too tight when I took it off.  Anyway, I now have both and will see which works best!!