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Old 08-03-2012, 02:43 PM   #1
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Default Brands for timing belt, water pump, head gaskets?

Would like to know which brands to get for those parts. Here's what I'm planning:

head gasket: metal, FelPro
valve cover gasket: whatever material, FelPro

timing belt: Subaru
pulleys: Subaru
H2O pump: Subaru


Can I get away with parts from OReilleys or Napa or Advanced Auto if I pick a better, more expensive options?

Is that place: 1st Subaru the best place to order factory Subaru parts?

Thanks a ton!
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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Not having the best luck finding factory parts for the timing belt.

I think I'll go with a kit from either DAYCO, ACDELCO, GATES or GOODYEAR. Anyone have experience/knowledge of those brands?

I'm leaning towards ACDELCO...

Thanks
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:48 PM   #3
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Get the GATES kit. very commonly used.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:12 PM   #4
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Get the GATES kit. very commonly used.
Yup Id recommend the gates kit
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:48 PM   #5
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+1 for Gates
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:09 PM   #6
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I used the gates kit this past week, every pulley that came with the kit was the same as the ones coming out of the car. The gates belt is NOT made in Japan like the box says, it's made in the USA. The only thing I bought from Subaru was the water pump.
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:50 AM   #7
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Mitsuboshi timing belt, Cometic head gaskets, GMB water pump... I buy from Mizumo Auto on eBay and get the Mitsuboshi/GMB kit plus the cam seals and pulleys it comes with. Brilliant kit.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:06 AM   #8
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I am new to Subaru and was going to replace my daughters timing belt on her 97 Impreza 2.2l EJ22. I was going with a gates kit with water pump and was looking to replace the cam seals as well. I was looking for any advice in removing the cam sprockets and to ask is there anything else I should do while in there. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:25 PM   #9
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gates blue belts. they are higher quality from normal gates belts.
they also make blue hoses and accessory belts.
only on certain applications.

http://www.gatesracing.com/
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:07 PM   #10
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what about dayco from advance? i have never heard anyone having any problems with them?
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:33 PM   #11
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Gates for the timing belt kit and valve cover gaskets, Subaru for waterpump, sti 642 head gasket, intake and exhaust gaskets
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:43 PM   #12
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does the water pump that comes with the gates kit, have the higher flow impeller design? or the open fin design?
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:08 AM   #13
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Gates or Subaru OEM for everything except the Headgaskets

For Headgaskets purchase Six Star Brand MLS Gaskets http://allwheeldriveauto.com/six-sta...d-gasket-kits/
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:32 AM   #14
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We use either gates or dayco tbelt kits.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:43 AM   #15
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If you're going to use Fel-pro head gaskets, you might want to try the PermatorqueMLS. They're around $60/pair at Rockauto.com, so half as cheap as the Six Stars. The part number I used for my '03 SOHC outback is 26415 PT, which is 0.026" thick. 26167 PT is the thicker gasket (0.053") and is the part number for the DOHC engine in which the pistons extend past the deck. Measure your head gaskets with calipers if you're not sure which one to buy. They seem very well made to me, and are doing well so far. They aren't as popular as the Six Stars, but if you want to save $60 (as I did), then I think it's worth it. Plus, they're a pretty blue color!!!


edit: 6/11/14. My pretty blue Fel-pro gaskets have blown 25,000 miles later. Can't say that the gaskets are 100% responsible, but I have to change my glowing review to undecided.

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Old 11-28-2012, 09:57 AM   #16
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I usually get my timing kits off ebay, with out a belt and then get a good Gates belt were ever....often ebay again if the price is right.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:05 PM   #17
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I usually get my timing kits off ebay, with out a belt and then get a good Gates belt were ever....often ebay again if the price is right.
Why do you buy them separately? Do you buy pulleys and tensioners that are cheaper than the Gates stuff?
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:56 PM   #18
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I only snatch up the sets that are a better deal then normal. Its not a scenario of Oh I need a timing kit to ebay we go, its Oh WoW thats a freaking good deal I'll buy that for the next time I need it for a build or one of my cars.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:39 PM   #19
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Just installed a Gates kit from Amazon. Belt made in USA. All other parts including bearings Made in Japan. Very good quality.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:46 PM   #20
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I used the gates kit and the only real complaint I had was the water pump. It was advertised as OE, but it was not. I complained to Gates and found out that it was made in China and that the only parts that are guaranteed to be OE in their kits are the idlers. I'm thinking the USA belt was not OE, but I could be wrong. Their packaging needs to be improved as the idlers banged around into one another and I wound up needing to sand the idler to be comfortable installing it.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:26 PM   #21
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anyone else have issues with the gates water pump?
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:56 PM   #22
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^ Would like to hear feedback from more Gates owners as well. Just bought one for my upcoming build. I've heard that you shouldn't use the water pump (from my tuner), and was going to go with the OEM unit.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:12 PM   #23
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i decided to go with the if its not broke dont fix it approach with the water pump since mines not leaking im not touching it. i know i will have it leak afterwards if i change it.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:12 AM   #24
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Mitsuboshi timing belt, Cometic head gaskets, GMB water pump... I buy from Mizumo Auto on eBay and get the Mitsuboshi/GMB kit plus the cam seals and pulleys it comes with. Brilliant kit.
I see they have a head gasket kit for the 2.0 WRX with head bolts for $160 that's well over $100-$150 cheaper than OEM. What's the catch?

I am about to ask the same question of pistons and rings $150 really?? I don't want to throw away money and rebuild later anyway, but I am going back to stock?

Any feedback??
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