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I would like to bypass the air compressor with a smaller belt

I have 2001 Dakota 4.7 and i what to bypass the air compressor the belt size i have now is a 87.5 in how much do i subtract from the belt so the new one will fit right

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    Stephen Feb 08, 2014

    Hi Mike - I'm going to put my comments in here instead of answering in case someone else wants to jump in.
    Based on the diagram I doubt you can bypass the pulley and not hit something with the belt. The book does not list an engine without ac so you would have to run a string around the pulleys to figure out the length if you want to try it.
    The gap between the water pump and the tensioner may be too much to keep the new belt tight.



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Impossible to work out . check to see if there is a application that doesn't have the compressor in the system and get that belt ( good place to start is at your car spares department to see if such a belt is listed) Alternatively take a flexible tape measure and wrap it around the pulleys you want to use and read the distance . It will be a starting measurement and when you buy the belts ensure that you will be able to exchange the belt if it doesn't fit

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the parts store can give you a bigger belt just give them the part# of the belt thats to small which they have a book with the measurements of the belts, tell them you need a belt the same design but 3 inches bigger, its simple, they look in the book and get the belt i do that often at napa auto parts, some part stores have lazy workers, they dont take time to help people, try that, good luck.

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Dont do it. Get it fixed. Engine components are there for a reason. Unless you dont like your car. Do it properly.

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take a picture of the set up and take the pulley off including the mount bolts and then remove th compressor on your car and install the pulley and you can use the same belt

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