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Old 09 Sep 2008, 04:01 pm
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Default Can I cut the AC belt on my 1994 Integra GS-R..without any adverse engine problems?

It is a race car and I want to reduce the drag on the motor by getting rid of it, without installing a shorter belt.Expert responses only, please.
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Old 09 Sep 2008, 04:31 pm
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yeah i was running my integra like that for a while, but if its a racecar why not remove the whole system and lose a lil wieght?
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Keep the AC and work on the engine. You won't feel the difference at all. But to answer your question, it won't hurt it. You've got a nice car, don't cut corners.
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Old 09 Sep 2008, 05:46 pm
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I have a '92 GS-R and honestly I never looked or knew there are two (or more) belts for the accessories. I always thought that one serpentine belt drove the AC, alternator, power steering, etc. If there is one dedicated belt on the '94 just for the AC compressor, then removing will not have any adverse affects. Like a previous poster said, if you're removing to reduce load on engine to go faster on your race car, then why not remove the whole system to reduce overall weight also. I would think you'll lose easily 30 pounds, if not more.
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Old 09 Sep 2008, 06:01 pm
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you are going to want to remove the entire a/c system. just cutting the belt wont do much, its only robbing 4-5hp tops and this is when the a/c is actually on. The pulley has very little drag to begin with. So with that being said take the entire system out, compressor, lines, condenser, and if you know what your doing the evaporator as well. This will lighten your car up a bit. Also if you havnt already i would recommend removing the power steering as well, this will actually free up some decent hp. Once this is done you can buy what is called a CTR Pulley (Civic type-R Pulley) this will replace your current crank pulley, and it only has the spot for the alternator belt. Which is alot lighter. This is the current setup i am running and you will notice a great difference. So go get to work!
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