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Old 02-01-2010, 04:00 PM   #1
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Default Gates Timing Belt Kit (Pulleys) The difference

This is just an FYI for those who care. Gates pully on the left, OEM on the right. Gates actual bearing width (not the outer part that the belt rides on) is more narrow. I don't know if it make a difference but I'll be buying an OEM one soon to replace. One of the other larger pulleys had this "short width" issue also and will be replace with OEM. Also, the OEM bolt was too long for the new bearing and had to be replaced



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Old 02-01-2010, 04:16 PM   #2
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actually its the model year differences. If you check with Subaru they have both types of pulleys.
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:08 PM   #3
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actually its the model year differences. If you check with Subaru they have both types of pulleys.
So withing 02-03 they changed the part # for the pulleys? Interesting.....I will have to ensure I get the correct "wide" one then.
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Old 02-05-2010, 01:47 AM   #4
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Gates is our OEM
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:36 AM   #5
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So withing 02-03 they changed the part # for the pulleys? Interesting.....I will have to ensure I get the correct "wide" one then.
early 02's had the different lengths, so i'm guessing you just ended up with kit meant for that early build, and instead needed the 03+ kit. Of course, very few of the actual descriptions tell you clearly which it is.

I have an early build 02 and ended up with a kit meant for the later years. Different bolt from lowes and a washer, and it fit perfectly.
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Old 02-15-2010, 06:03 PM   #6
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Gates is our OEM
Yes for the timing belt. But my new gates bearings were made in Korea while the OEM ones I took off were from Japan.
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Yes for the timing belt. But my new gates bearings were made in Korea while the OEM ones I took off were from Japan.

irrelevant....korean made stuff is grade A

as long as it isnt cambodia or indonesia or china
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Any way to tell? I just bought a belt from Saga in Japan. When it arrived, it was in a box sent from Taiwan, was 29mm wide (original was 30mm) and appeared a little rougher on the cut surface. I think this so called original belt is Chinese....
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id sell it and get an oem belt
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:20 PM   #10
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Interesting info and pics. I've yet to do my timing belt. I have an OEM belt which is made by Gates as well as my AC, alternator and PS belts. Didn't know the pulleys had such a difference.
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Interesting info and pics. I've yet to do my timing belt. I have an OEM belt which is made by Gates as well as my AC, alternator and PS belts. Didn't know the pulleys had such a difference.
if you order the correct parts the pulley difference will be irrelevant as you should get the right ones
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:22 PM   #12
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Doing some searching for my upcoming timing belt change.

Is it correct than the 03's built after 10/02 have the newer pulley (the two bearing/longer bolt)?

Same as the 04+ parts?

Any difference in the water pumps?

Thanks
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:28 PM   #13
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So in case anyone else with an 03 has this question.....

02 and 03 cars up to an 9/02 build date 'should' be the TCKWP328A kit

03 from 9/02 and later and 04's 'should' be the TCKWP328B kit

I guess I'll find out when I do my install! My car was build 11/02, so the 'B' kit is what I will order - hopefully the water pumps won't be an issue.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:09 AM   #14
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in either case, its a better idea to order the later kit. The idler/bearing design is better, and it just takes a new (commonly found) bolt to make it work.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:44 PM   #15
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Anyone have any issues with the water pumps from the kit? I'm debating on getting one from the dealer or not. I don't trust parts from China (having lived there last year, I trust them even less than before re: quality).
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