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Best place to get GTB BH5 cambelt kit?

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Got a 1999 Legacy GTB (BH5, EJ208, 2.0TT) and soon rolling over 200k. Where's the best place to get a cambelt kit? The 281-tooth 30mm one.

 

Best as in cheapest. TM has a few kits from aussie (~$300), but none for my car. Common-as car, so figure someone must know a good source.

 

Thanks heaps

Chris

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Do you really want to go for the cheapest parts for something like a cambelt... If it fails, you're gonna have a (not) fun time. Best to get OEM, make sure you do all the idlers, tensioner and the water pump as well

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1 hour ago, thewabbit1 said:

Do you really want to go for the cheapest parts for something like a cambelt... If it fails, you're gonna have a (not) fun time. Best to get OEM, make sure you do all the idlers, tensioner and the water pump as well

 

This.

And since your car is a EJ208 (no AVCS), as said in another thread, going OEM is probably ok. Another member said that Subaru made improvements to the belts for engines with AVCS, due to the AVCS being harder on the cambelt.

 

Don't cheap out and get the cheapest thing, go for a middle ground. The Gates kits from Repco are used by tons of mechanics, or Optibelt ones from Partmaster.

Just make sure the bearings in the idlers aren't Made in China, preferably Japan. For the belt(/kit) - stick to a brand you know.

IIRC, the kit I got for my car was around $500, then another $100 for the water pump. I also got a genuine Subaru water pump gasket ($13 IIRC), cos they're metal (not paper like the one that comes with the water pump).

Thermostat you NEED TO GO ORIGINAL SUBARU ($100 IIRC) - using an aftermarket Tridon one or something is a bad idea; they open up at a different temperature, and screw with the factory tune.

 

Doing a cambelt with most 90s Japanese cars is also preventative maintenance, due to the water pump being run, or fitted behind the cambelt.

 

PS - go Nissan for using timing chains on their GA and SR engines :P

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On 23/09/2018 at 8:03 PM, slystiguy said:

partsouq 

I've found that Partsouq often doesn't have the belts or the water pumps in stock.

 

@keeweechris

If you can get trade price the genuine timing and water pump kits are a pretty good price from a Subaru dealer.

 

Off the top of my head it is

$395 for Timing kit

$99 for Water pump, gasket, thermostat and seal

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On 9/24/2018 at 10:54 PM, IZichard said:

I've found that Partsouq often doesn't have the belts or the water pumps in stock.

 

@keeweechris

If you can get trade price the genuine timing and water pump kits are a pretty good price from a Subaru dealer.

 

Off the top of my head it is

$395 for Timing kit

$99 for Water pump, gasket, thermostat and seal

 

This pricing is bang on.

i just bought a kit from Armstrong Christchurch.

$500 all up for cambelf, waterpump and gasket, thermostat and seal, tensioner and idlers etc :)

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Thanks heaps guys. Yeah, I didn't mean cheap-crap cheap, just the cheapest way to get a name-brand kit (eg Gates, Subaru).

 

Bearing in mind it's going up for sale after I do this.

 

Whats the trick to getting trade price from Subaru/Wingers? Just ask?

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Hi Keeweechris,


Bought a cambelt kit for my 2002 GTB E-Tune which I no longer require at this stage due to the replacement engine having a near new one fitted which I found out after the fact!

All in box etc untouched.

PM me if you like and I can send you the part numbers etc to check it’s right for you.

I bought it all at trade rates as I am part of the Armstrong Motor Group.


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On 30/09/2018 at 8:33 PM, Benjamin said:

 

This pricing is bang on.

i just bought a kit from Armstrong Christchurch.

$500 all up for cambelf, waterpump and gasket, thermostat and seal, tensioner and idlers etc :)

 

Chances of getting trade prices from walking in off the street? 

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On 03/10/2018 at 9:09 PM, Benjamin said:

Hi Keeweechris,


Bought a cambelt kit for my 2002 GTB E-Tune which I no longer require at this stage due to the replacement engine having a near new one fitted which I found out after the fact!

All in box etc untouched.

PM me if you like and I can send you the part numbers etc to check it’s right for you.

I bought it all at trade rates as I am part of the Armstrong Motor Group.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

 

Any chance youd still have this?

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