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Installed the dual belt kit. Went in without much trouble other than they didn’t include hardware to attach the piece onto the pulley that goes on the impeller so I had to drop everything and run to the store for that. My question is, the rear auger belt rides close to the edge of the pulley. After searching I see that people used washers to bring the main pulley out more. Do I have to do that or will this be ok? I really don’t want to take it apart again.
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I wouldn't shim the crank-pulley out, because you may rusk having the drive belt slip off. I think you should be OK as it is.
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I wouldn't shim the crank-pulley out, because you may rusk having the drive belt slip off. I think you should be OK as it is.
Thank you for your input RIT333. Ok I’ll use it next season like this. If I have any problems maybe a spacer on the shaft between the drive pulley and auger pulleys. In no hurry to take it apart again if I don’t have to. I bet some OCD people are going crazy looking at the pic 🤪

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Thank you for your input RIT333. Ok Iíll use it next season like this. If I have any problems maybe a spacer on the shaft between the drive pulley and auger pulleys. In no hurry to take it apart again if I donít have to. I bet some OCD people are going crazy looking at the pic 🤪

The spacer in the middle would be a better idea. You can buy large washers to do that.
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The problem with the misalignment of the belts over the idler tensioner pulleys is that it is an indicator of the misalignment of the engine drive pulleys with the driven impeller pulleys. Best to fix it now when the weather is nice. Ariens use washers for pulley alignments on machines equipped with dual belts from the factory.

The wheel drive belt is typically aligned with the left side of the idler pulley so when the wheel drive clutch is engaged the belt moves toward the right (Auger side). The impeller drive pulleys are typically aligned with the center of the tensioner idler pulleys.

Measure any misalignment. Determine the thickness of each washer and buy them from Ariens or a hardware store. You don't have to take the machine apart to install the washers. Just remove the wheel drive tensioner spring at one end, loosen impeller belt tensioner adjustment and remove the crankshaft center bolt (tapping a wrench with a hammer loosens/tightens the bolt if you don't have an impact) and wiggle the pulleys off under the belts to remove. Install the washers and pulleys and bolt them up, and check alignment.

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Town I’m not sure where you’re saying to put the spacers. Do you mean put the washers there where the blue arrow is pointing?
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Put a spacer there (where blue arrow is pointing) if the wheel drive belt is running to the right of the tensioner idler pulley. This is because the belt moves to the right when wheel drive clutch is engaged due to drive plate pivoting. If that alignment is correct (belt running on left side of idler) then you need to put washer(s) between the wheel drive pulley and the impeller drive pulley so that the impeller belt is running in the middle of the tensioner idler pulleys. That will align the engine drive pulleys with the impeller drive pulleys normally.

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Thanks Town 👍 I’ll get in there when it warms up here.
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Before you go putting a spacer in, does the upper pulley align with the lower pulley? If so, I think that is a more important factor here. If I recall, my tensioner was off a bit as yours, I just bent the arm a little, for better alignment. If you alter the alignment of the upper and lower pulleys, you could risk throwing belts.




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Before you go putting a spacer in, does the upper pulley align with the lower pulley?
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