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i have a 99 engine with a depowered rack and no ac.
i'm in need of a new accessory belt and i'd like to replace the one i have with a nice blue gates belt.

am i looking for the one i've outlined in the pic below?



it says water pump and alternator. i'm assuming that's correct, but please let me know if i'm wrong.
 

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YUP that is it.


Its weird that the WP is not powered by the timing belt, well at least to me.
 

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the wp pulley's like...kind of in between the idler and tensioner pulleys. those three pulleys are basically at the same height. i don't think it's possible.
i think when people talk about doing the wp and the timing belt at the same time is cause when you do the water pump, you HAVE to remove the timing belt.
and when you go to replace the timing belt, it's only another few bolts for a new water pump.
 

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Yea because the tensioner pulley actually threads into the WP, it is just that any other timing belt I have changed the WP is driven by the TB.

But in short yes the WP and ALT are on one belt..
 

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Hopefully you are aware that the Alt/WP belt on the Miata is really nothing special..and a replacement can be had for less than 1/2 that price at any autopalaceZoneOreilleysKragenShucks whatever store...or NAPA..but they will be black in color..not blue
 

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But the gates racing one is 300 times stonger!!!1!!!!11!1!1!!!

And cool.
 
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