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Old 04-05-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default Gates Timing Belt Kit from RockAuto for $272, Good?

I did some searching on here and it seems that for a timing belt kit the Gates one is pretty good. Someone suggested buying the kit at Rockauto and so I took a look on their website and they list the kit (belt, 4 idlers, tensioner, and water pump) for $272. I specifically searched for kits for my '05 STi. All of the vendors on here are selling them for a lot more than that. Am I missing something here? Am I getting ripped off if I buy this kit? The price seems too good to be true relative to what everyone else is asking for. Part number listed on Rockauto is TCKWP328.
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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I have never used the Gates kit before, but i have ordered numerous times from Rock Auto and have been happy with their service and prices.
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:14 PM   #3
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I've used that kit before, and it was fine. I think I ordered it through OAKOS, but you are looking at the same part number for a little bit less. Come to think of it, I may have ordered one through Rock Auto as well. Whatever... my memory is horrible.

IIRC, the waterpump that comes with those kits is not OEM- you can instantly see the difference in the blade design when you compare the kit and OEM pumps side by side. That being said, I don't think it matters, as the pumps that I've used from those kits have worked perfectly fine.

I also think I may recall this kit not having one of the pulleys... possibly the small one closest to the driver's side intake cam. You might want to verify that, as I may be thinking of another kit that had that issue. Even if it doesn't include a pulley you can order the missing one from the dealer or from O' Reilly's (for some reason I have been able to get Subaru idlers through them without issue, unlike Advance or Autozone) and still end up with a good deal for the overall price.

Some people like to upgrade to those kevlar belts, but really, unless you are driving the absolute dog**** out of the car the OEM Gates belt used in this kit will be fine... if you are at 100,000 miles it may very well outlast your motor.
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:18 PM   #4
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Rock Auto has been reliable for me in the past. I can't comment on this kit though.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:24 PM   #5
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Rock Auto has been reliable for me in the past. I can't comment on this kit though.
Same here. They've never done me wrong. I'd say go for it. Maybe check the part numbers before ordering to make sure it's the right ones if you're worried...
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:21 PM   #6
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there are SEVERAL board vendors that sell the same thing for similar price

supporting board vendors is far better than supporting RockAuto
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:30 PM   #7
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there are SEVERAL board vendors that sell the same thing for similar price

supporting board vendors is far better than supporting RockAuto
And maybe they will match the price too.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:15 PM   #8
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Gates makes a good product. Can't vouch for that kit in particular, though.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:56 PM   #9
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They wont price match as you are getting a crappy kit.

Gate belt = good and the only SANE product to use.
The rest of that crap is Chinese knock-offs of OEM parts that will last about 4 minutes.

Price, Quality, Service......pick two. BE SMART......call www.turninconcepts.com and get their kit as they knock quality and service out of the park and their vendor fees allow us to argue over the internet....support those who support your hobby.....it pays off.....it pays off.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:22 PM   #10
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where have I been looking? The price I have been seeing has been WAY higher than that.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:23 PM   #11
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support those who support your hobby.....it pays off.....it pays off.
This is absolutely true. Pay a little extra to support those who support us. I'll admit that don't always follow that philosophy, but I should. Then again, sometimes I'm working through a commercial account source that doesn't always make the vendors on here an option. For those who are picking and choosing, though, an effort should be made to keep it on the board. Customer service alone means a lot, and you'll get it from 99% of the vendors here.

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The rest of that crap is Chinese knock-offs of OEM parts that will last about 4 minutes.
Eh, any reservations on your part are understood, but just being honest, that hasn't been my experience. The pulleys may be Chinese (I can't recall what they had stamped on them), but I've seen the components out of that particular part number kit do fine through an entire change out interval in Subaru applications. I'm not absolutely sure if ordering that Gates kit part number from two different sources will net different components outside of the belt. Is OAKOS a vendor on here? If so, they catalog that same part number kit for nearly the same price... it would be worth asking:

http://www.oakos.com/Merchant2/merch...egory_Code=200

Hell, the price difference would be worth it just because someone will actually answer the damn phone and help you with specific questions.

I bring this up because of one personal observation... regardless of how much you pay for a given "kit," if you insist that it include genuine Subaru supplied parts, you are going to have check with the vendor and make sure you are getting what you pay for. As said, I just don't feel like I can tell you with certainty that the supposed Chinese pulleys in the kit in question are bad, but if you don't want to risk it and it will place your mind at ease, insist on the OEM stuff at a greater price

The shop I work for always gives the customer the option of going cheaper, but they also make any possible risks clear. Only the customer knows what he or she is really willing to do. You (the OP) will ultimately need to call around and decide for yourself what the best compromise between wallet, risk, and loyalty is, especially with something as crucial as a interference engine timing belt kit.
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:39 PM   #12
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Thanks for the replies.

I will take another look around as to the prices that the vendors on this board have for this or a similar kit. Hopefully one of the vendors can price match as I was seeing the kit for $400-$450 yesterday from vendors on here.

I am not against buying from vendors here on this forum so please excuse me if it was taken that way.

Unabomber- I don't see a kit on Turn in Concepts website for my car. Have you had experience with them putting one together for you? Were you able to select better components over the kit I mentioned (such as the pullies)?

I also don't understand that if multiple vendors are selling the same kit with the same part number, wouldn't that mean it is the exact same thing? Or do a lot of shops take it upon themself to upgrade the kit with better components for the benefit of their customers?
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