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Old 06-06-2013, 12:04 AM
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Default What timing belt kit suits my GC8? One from 02-03 will work?

Hello all

I just bought a MY98 WRX and I love it! She was not in the best shape but I'm fixing her up little by little. The cam and crank seals are leaking and the timing belt is about 15000Ks overdue. I am thinking of getting this specific kit online, (as everything in the dealership is so expensive!)

Gates Timing Belt Kit Subaru WRX 2002-2003 TCK328A at RallySportDirect.com

Problem is that kit is actually for the 02-03. However, I did chat with someone from the live help on that website, and I was told that this kit could be used on a 98 provided new mounting brackets for the tensioner were used. Apparently I can get these with ease from the dealership.

Is the above correct? Will this kit be a direct fit for my car with a new tensioner mount?

I have been shitting myself while driving it because I'm so worried that the oil is going to damage the belt and it's going to snap on me. (Not to mention the oil leaks when I park the car).

Any help will be very appreciated. Please share your knowledge.

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Prav

EDIT: I have a EJ20G BTW

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If your belt tensioner is horizontal y mounted and pushes against the idler to tension the timing,then no it wont fit because 2001 onwards use a tensioner with a smooth idler attached
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Personally I'd buy the genuine kit, its not too expensive, comes with everything, idlers, tensiors, belt, water pump & seals, etc..

I can't confirm, could be bullshit, but ive been told the Gates Racing Kit has 1 more or 1 less tooth, cant remember..
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Personally I'd buy the genuine kit, its not too expensive, comes with everything, idlers, tensiors, belt, water pump & seals, etc..

I can't confirm, could be bullshit, but ive been told the Gates Racing Kit has 1 more or 1 less tooth, cant remember..
Where would you buy the genuine kit?
I called a dealership and they wanted $750+ for the kit alone, WITHOUT the seals. Can't imagine what their labour will be like.
Is this a reasonable price? If not, where should I really be looking? I've tried a dozen online places, but genuine kits are hard to find.

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Old 06-06-2013, 10:48 AM
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What i did is bought a gates timming belt kit from repco, instead of using the seals the kit came with, i went and bought genuine seals from subaru.
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I got belt, tensioner, pulleys, front oil seals, waterpump + gasket, all OEM for ~$500 aussie including freight from a guy called barnfind bernie on ebay. Took approx 2 weeks to get here. Price was before our dollar took a dive tho so :shrug:
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Call Subaru direct with your Vin number. It isnt that expensive.

From memory the Subaru Timing Belt Kit part number for the 98 GC8 is KTB550, while the GDs use KTB551.

PM me if you need anymore info.

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Buy genuine.... Wouldn't have anything less! Especially when there is a engine potentially at steak :-)
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I got belt, tensioner, pulleys, front oil seals, waterpump + gasket, all OEM for ~$500 aussie including freight from a guy called barnfind bernie on ebay. Took approx 2 weeks to get here. Price was before our dollar took a dive tho so :shrug:
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