Elite® Stretch Belts are made specifically for drives that don't have a mechanical tensioner to maintain constant belt tension or an adjustment slot that allow for belt installation or tensioning. Our stretch belts have built-in technology that allows for easy installation on fixed center drive systems that require self-tensioning capabilities.
Elite's distinctive design uses that latest OEM technology in EPDM compounds and a polyamide tensile cord that stretches for installation, then recovers once installed to maintain proper tension.
The Belt Revolution
Since 2004, automobile manufacturers have been designing drives using self-tensioning belts. These drives do not have a mechanical tensioner to maintain constant belt tension and they do not have an adjustment slot that allows belt installation and tensioning. The Elite® Stretch Belt incorporates low modulus and high elongation technologies that allow the belt to be installed on these fixed drive systems and provide the "self-tensioning" capabilities necessary to maintain proper belt tension in the absence of an automatic tensioner. Although Elite® Stretch Belts look similar to Elite Poly-V® belts, they are dramatically different and not interchangeable with our Poly-V or other serpentine belts.
How are Stretch Belts distinguished?
The Continental Elite® Stretch Belt can be differentiated by its part number. The functional Poly-V part number that includes the number of ribs and length also has an "S" suffix, indicating an Elite® Stretch Belt.
Poly-V | 3 Ribs | 19.5" long | Stretch Belt