I know I was a little steamed when I first saw my new brake bands from OEM and may have given them a bad rap. Thing is, I go out to the shop and I start looking at them again, they are definately look to be made by the same mfg. as the ones I just sent back (the brake material on those fell off one of the bands right out of the box) So you can understand my sentiments when I see the same looking band.
Anyway, I got one on. It fits!
I have found the problem with these is the "shape" of them has to be right. I tried putting a worn down original in opposite of the way it was in originally. Well I could hardly get it bent enough to fit in.
That said, what one has to do is compare the "shape" of your new replacement with the "shape" of the of the original. You may have to give a little "bend" here and there to get it right. That is a problem with these glued ones, too much bend and you could have separation. They come with a warning sticker saying NOT to BEND excessively.
I still have to get the right side on, and I'll be looking at that this afternoon.
Worst thing that could happen now is for the brake material glue to fail "after" they are in service.
In any case, the first bands I got from Case/IH were definately too small.