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I've seem some people apologize for reviving this thread. I see no need to apologize. I think this is good information to have.

I have a 2001 SES. I tried a 82 1/8" belt, and it fit around everything quite easily - without loosening the tensioner at all!

Next up was a 81 1/8" belt. It works, and it's kind of floppy. It didn't require very much tension on the tensioner to put it on, if you know what I mean.

I ordered the last, distributor closeout 80.5" Goodyear Gatorback from Rock Auto. I'm hoping that will do the trick.
 

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I used the 820K6 from AZ today on the 98 Vulcan. The way I routed it left it rubbing on the compressor slightly so I backed out all the compressor bolts and removed the easiest bolt and installed enough washers to space the compressor out a couple milimeters. I know I could have taken it all the way out, but I wanted to keep the lines connected. I thought I had way too much belt until I looped it straight over the top of the crank pulley to the tensioner.
 

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This thread was a great help. My AC clutch decided to start making a terrible noise on our way back from a family vacation. I don't have the money to buy a new compressor so I was hoping to find the number for a short belt to bypass the the AC and with one quick search..... Here it is. The 82.5" belt worked great!!
 

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Thank you all! I was successfully by passed the AC using 820K6 from autozone. 82 inch belt is the exact fit on my 2001 vulcan.
 

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Thanks Guys...this is great info an an awesome site. I was able to use 820k6 from az to bypass the a/c on my sisters 03 vulcan so she could get my 85 year old mother home to FL. from OH. It cleared the compressor by only an 1/8 inch, but worked flawlessly. My wife and I also own (2) 07 bulls so I will be visiting this site regularly. Thanks again!
 

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Wow! I had to hurry up and register to shoot out a HUGE thanks!!! for this thread..

Went and bought the 820K6 at AZ and did what John Myers said, but used a tie rod lock nut instead of washers. You guys are life savers!!!
 

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I just completed this job on my '02 Vulcan and the belt length I used was 82 inches and it was just right. You could probably use any length between 81.75 and 82.25, and the Gatorback part numbers are 4060822, 817, and 827. Or just ask the parts shop for an 82 inch 6 rib belt.

No problem with A/C pulley clearance, there seems to be a few millimeters clearance between the new belt placement and the A/C pulley.
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My 01 SES has a frozen AC pulley. Considering I am buying a minivan this weekend, I didn't want to put much money in it-so I took your suggestion & it worked perfectly. Thanks! It is very close to the AC pulley, to the point of leaving just a trace of wear on the outside of the belt-but I couldn't care less. It'll work for now. Appreciate the info!:mike:
 

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old thread, but could use help...

Am I correct in understanding that it is not possible to bypass any year DOHC with a different belt? I have a '99 Sable DOHC with a seized compressor and would really like to avoid towing again.
 

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To my knowledge, you are correct sir! Probably need new clutch/coil/pulley assy., new compressor or ac bypass pulley.
 

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Going to do this on my Son's '99 3.0 Vulcan tonight.
The Autozone 822k6 belt is superseded by the 820k6. 82.09"

I was originally going to buy the Dorman bypass pulley, but going this route will be a far easier job to do.
Shouldn't involve any cussing at least. :lol2:
 

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Well, in the end it did involve cussing!
The belt fit fine, but in this car's case it did slightly rub on the compressor pulley.

I ended up removing 3 of the compressor bolts. The upper left, and the 2 lower ones. Loosened the upper right bolt so the compressor dropped at an angle which moved the pulley away from the belt. Cinched that remaining bolt back up so it won't rattle.
The cussing was directed at the near impossible to reach upper left bolt which could only be turned an 1/8" at a time. :banghead:
 

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Thanks tators for the great info! The metal ribs on my A/C Compressor pulley are bent (they look oval or egg shaped), causing the belt to smoke. With your info and the diagram from mmahoney, I was able to bypass the pulley completely.

BTW, when I told the guys at my Autozone I was bypassing the A/C pulley, they tried to give my a 817K6 serpentine belt instead of the 822K6 like you suggested. It didn't work! It has to be a 822K6 belt! For those who do this in the future, be sure to specify you need that specific belt.
 

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I just did this to my 2002 wagon, 3.0 U motor. I used Advance Auto's 820K6 belt, $20.39 minus a coupon discount of 20% (retailmenot.com). Everything worked great and it clears the AC pulley. I'll drive it for a few weeks to rule out any other noises but at this point I am pretty sure I'll need to replace the AC compressor.
 

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Does anyone know the size belt needed to bypass the a/c on a 96 wagon? I would rather not have to try multiple times and was hoping someone had already used this technique on the same car.
 

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Is this with a 96? My sudden thought if the day: since I have an automatic tensioner, won't a belt in the general size work?
There is only so much "adjustment" range in the tensioner. It can't absorb a whole A/C pulley worth of belt.
 

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There is only so much "adjustment" range in the tensioner. It can't absorb a whole A/C pulley worth of belt.
I understand that, but I have seen belt sizes from 81.5" to 82.7" Used for this application, so I was wondering if I got an 82.0" belt, would that be in the acceptable range.
 
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