New to Karting and first time poster…I recently replaced the water pump belts on my kart (it has a Vortex gp) It had the non-braided single loop style that were on the fringe of failing and I replaced both with the braided style. After running the engine on the stand for a minute I noticed one of the belts came off the pully and was resting in the space between the grooves on the pulley. I know the braided belts are thicker but seems as if the belts rest ON TOP of the pulley grooves instead of sitting in the grooves like the non-braided belts did.
- I know pulleys vary in size based on axle but do the grooves vary in size?
- Would adjusting the tension of the water pump fix this issue regardless if the belt sits on or in the grooves?
- Is a pulley even necessary or can the belts loop around just the axle? I saw this set up in a video but not sure if this is standard practice
Thanks for the help!