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Old 07-31-2002, 05:01 PM   #1
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Unhappy What fun I had installing UD pulley

This basically all happened yesterday:
Around 2 PM the UPS guy stopped and dropped off a package at my door, I quickly retrieved it and opened it up. It was my underdrive pulley complete with two belts, finally! I had wait a month for it because it was backordered from COBB Tuning. I pop the hood on my RS and start taking all the stuff off that covers the belts, then loosen the alternator to remove the larger belt and the small pulley opposite it to remove the other belt. Last thing I go to do is to remove the bolt holding the pulley that I plan to replace with my UD pulley. Only then I discover that a 22mm socket is not in my possesion, I have a 21, 24, even 33, but no 22. With all the belts off and radiator fans removed I figure it would just be quicker to hop on my crappy mountain bike and ride 3 miles to the SEARS near my house. So I get on the bike, go there, find a 22mm socket, buy it, get back on bike. Now this is where the fun begins. Heading back home now, about two miles away from home, my rear bike tire massivly deflates while I'm going around a turn almost causing my to lose control. Now my rear tire is completly flat, but an avid mountain biker (ride 350 miles a week), I keep on pedaling despite going very slowly and weaving all over the place. About a mile from home, the flat tube comes out from in the tire and wraps itself around the rear gears and brake calipers bringing me to a complete halt. I stop and then carry my bike a little then stop to take off the rear wheel and untangle the tube and just put the tire back on. I then could ride it back home again somewhat. Getting home my rear rim was bent bad and three spokes were broken. With the 22mm socket now, I succesfully got the OE pulley off and installed my UD one. Then I put on the smaller belt and got it tensioned properly, then time to put on the bigger belt that runs to the alternator and water pump. I soon discovered the belt was the wrong size!!!! The belt actually had a larger diameter than the stock one! I called up my friend and he drove me to R&S Strauss and then PEP boys, lets just say the guy at pep boys had no freakin idea what the belt is for or what it does, and only could turn the pages in the book looking for an OE subaru one despite me telling him the brand, size, and stock number of the one I wanted. The girl at strauss knew what I was talking about but couldn't help me. So I returned home unsuccesful and had to put the OE pulley and belts back on. This morning I stopped at a shop that sells the Gates belts, but guess what, they where all out. So I called up COBB tuning and explained to them what happened and they said they would send me the right size (hopefully). In the next coulple of days I hope that I get it.
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Old 07-31-2002, 08:18 PM   #2
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Sounds almos like when I took the entire rear suspension apart on my car before realizing that the springs I ordered werent right. It seems that SOA deviated from the rest of the world on the 90-91 4wd rear wagon springs
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Old 08-01-2002, 12:31 AM   #3
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I just installed my used UD pulley I got... Took 15 minutes
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Old 08-01-2002, 01:47 AM   #4
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took me thirty minutes, then an hour later on the freeway, I threw the old oem one at someone on the freeway. Sigh..road rage.
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Old 08-01-2002, 06:27 PM   #5
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took me thirty minutes, then an hour later on the freeway, I threw the old oem one at someone on the freeway. Sigh..road rage.
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Old 08-01-2002, 06:59 PM   #6
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so, after all that, does the car feel faster?

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Old 08-01-2002, 08:15 PM   #7
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yah! that thing weighed a ton!
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Old 08-01-2002, 10:22 PM   #8
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HaHaHa
You ride your bike 350 miles a week and you don't have a saddle bag with tools and patch kit. Serves you right.
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Old 08-02-2002, 01:17 AM   #9
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You mountain bike 50 miles a day 7 days a week? What are you, a pro? Maybe unemployed?

Even when I was riding twice a day (before and after work), I was probably only getting in about 25 miles on a good day. I could see 50 miles a day on a road bike maybe.

Then my femur decided to snap off behind my kneecap. Those days are gone now.

Sucks about the pulley, though...
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Old 08-02-2002, 10:40 PM   #10
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Great story!
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Old 08-05-2002, 12:59 PM   #11
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and when its all said and done, this will be the hardest performance gain you ever had to do.
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