Both sides need to be ribbed.
I had to replace mine last year and I ordered part #11287841529 and it came ribbed on both sides. I was facing the same dilemma and had to order 3 times before i got the right one I needed.
I had to wait for about 2 weeks for the double sided belt to come in and my old one was shredded so I ran the single sided for a couple weeks while waiting and it worked fine but I was paranoid that the belt would slip off.
EDIT- I changed the part number to the correct part number for the double sided ribbed
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Last edited by j2m; 03-06-2013 at 11:48 AM.