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Old 02-15-2010, 10:39 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Gates timing belt kit for $380

I'm in need of a timing belt change and while searching i came up to this site
https://www.aqmotorsports.com/shoppi...action=process
they sell the Gates full kit for only $380 and shipping to mu house is $17. Seems too cheap to be true. Any reason i should stop and not buy? I also have a 04 but it says will for 05+. Will it fit on the 04?
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:49 PM   #2
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what do you need a kit for?

the timing belt is like 60 bucks you don't necessarily need that other stuff yet.
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:56 PM   #3
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Well i'm already over 70k and will be putting on a FP Green and since its time for a timing belt change y not change everything. Don't know how hard the Green will be on 70k mile pullys. Or will the pullys be fine, hell if they will then i'll just get the belt, tensioner, and water pump.
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:58 AM   #4
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70k is NOT the change interval for that belt, it's way too soon to change it. A turbo has zero to do with belt life. When it's time, get a timing belt from NAPA, they are super cheap and are Gates. Then get a new tensioner from either NAPA or your dealer. Take the money you saved, send half to me and buy porn with the other half.
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:51 AM   #5
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its always amazing why people want to change the timing belt at 60k, on an engine platform that doesn't have a history of breaking belts.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:20 PM   #6
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Unabomber we have a deal :-) Thanks, i didn't know that the subis don't have a prob with timing belt taring, thats good news. When do you think is a good time to do it?

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How do i know when it is time? When it wrips? Hope not cuz then it will too late.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:31 PM   #7
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Change interval on late model subarus is 105K for the timing belt.

You won't know if your bearings are going bad until you remove the belt and check each bearing. If the bearings spin freely, have any rough spot in rotation or the belt guide surface is mared, then they need replacement.

With that being said the smallest bearing on mine seemed to be in the worst shape. I probably could have gotten away without replacing the other 3 larger bearings.
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:50 PM   #8
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hard to say- I just replace the rollers- think about all the extra time you waste already getting to that timing belt- all that- just to... have to do rollers again in 30-40k?
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:50 PM   #9
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Thats how i'm seeing it, but i will be paying some one to do it so while there you know
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Old 02-20-2010, 07:36 PM   #10
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70k is NOT the change interval for that belt, it's way too soon to change it. A turbo has zero to do with belt life. When it's time, get a timing belt from NAPA, they are super cheap and are Gates. Then get a new tensioner from either NAPA or your dealer. Take the money you saved, send half to me and buy porn with the other half.
On Napa's site it looks like the gates belt is $124.00 which is hardly super cheap; it's actually more costly than OEM. They have the tensioner listed for $172.99. Seems like the kits importimage ($335) and others sell are worth it. $296 for just those two items from napa or for additional $39 get 4 pulleys and waterpump too.
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I looked on NAPA's website also but saw nothing close to a $124 timing belt. They offer 4 different options (atleast for the 02-03 Imprezas) that ranged from $71.30 to $92.77. My question is which one (part #) is the Gates brand? They show 2 belts as being NAPA brand and 2 other belts as Altrom brand....so which is mfgd. by Gates??
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I changed my timing belt the other day. I replaced all the pulleys (they were still smooth and without play but they were spinning too easily), waterpump, thermostat, radiator hoses, coolant. I decided against replacing the cam and crank seals, hopefully that won't come back to bite me.


Since you'll have everything accessible, replace it before you have a catastrophic failure.

70k miles is too soon, 105k is the recommended life.
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I looked on NAPA's website also but saw nothing close to a $124 timing belt. They offer 4 different options (atleast for the 02-03 Imprezas) that ranged from $71.30 to $92.77. My question is which one (part #) is the Gates brand? They show 2 belts as being NAPA brand and 2 other belts as Altrom brand....so which is mfgd. by Gates??
The expensive version is the gates blue belt, similar to the STi kevlar reinforced belt.
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The expensive version is the gates blue belt, similar to the STi kevlar reinforced belt.
Gotcha, thanks.
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Old 03-08-2010, 05:59 PM   #15
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I just picked up an 03 wagon with 130k. Got it cheap the previous owner thought the engine was knocking but in reality it was the tensioner that was bad. You could move it by hand, the idler with teeth's center bearing was completely gone. Timing belt had a tear in the middle it was ready to go.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:03 PM   #16
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i was under the impression the Napa brand belts were manufactured by Gates. is that right?
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:40 PM   #17
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NAPA brand belts and CarQuest brand belts are made by Gates.
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