Originally Posted by BrianW
Re: serpentine belt. It's a challenge the first time you do it, but not too bad once you do it once or twice. I used to have a lot of problems with belt squeal, and was replacing the belt way too often. I switched to a Goodyear/Continental "Gatorback" serpentine belt and it's been great. I highly recommend picking one of those up. If you haven't changed your pulleys and tensioner it's worth doing those at the same time while the belt is off.
I do like the Gator Backs, my Local store only had Dayco which I have used and are pretty high quality, since I won't be able to do it for a few days I may order a Gator back though.
I have had a few Superduty Truck and I always changed the pulley and idler on them when I bought them. Looking into that narrow gap it just seems like it would be a bear, I would much rather have them changed but I don't want to pull a radiator at the moment. Maybe I will gave to see if I can get my fat arms down in there and get them swapped, I have had a sized idler blow up on me before.