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409 belt Lamar Walden has taken the initiative and unveiled a new series of serpentine belt systems to suit Chevrolet 409 high-performance engines. Importantly, it is the first serpentine system available for aluminum 409s.

Though all the kits have an effective spring-loaded idler to avert belt squealing, it is the options available that are, perhaps, the most appealing. The full kit includes the A/C compressor, power steering pump, alternator, and high-flow water pump. In addition it contains all necessary pulleys, brackets, Gatorback belt and accessories. “However, most of our performance guys,” says Lamar, “particularly those that run at the track, don’t use the A/C compressor or power assist on the steering.”

In addition to the wide range of options, attention has been paid to proper pulley gearing particularly the water pump,which can fail if turned to excessive speeds. “Creating a new serpentine belt system is a craft,” contends Lamar; “It pays to study the problems before you start.”

Manufactured from billet aluminum 6061-T6 and finished in either machine satin or polished, prices start at $1,495. An optional SFI-approved harmonic balancer is also available.

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