My 60k is up and I'm getting ready do my timing belt swap. Has anybody any experience with autozone brand timing belts? I don't have any mods and would like to keep my car stock for a while, so I'm not looking for any performance belts, just oem or oe replacements. Also, along with changing out the timing belt, balance belt, and the pulleys, I will also be changing out my water pump. Has anybody tried autozone brand water pumps? I would like to save a little bit of money by buying autozone parts, but if all these parts are crap, then I'll just stick with oem parts. Any other maintenance work i need to be doing at 60K?
In all honesty, I havent met an Evo owner yet that did their 60k with Autozone parts. I would honestly only use factory Mitsubishi for those kind of things. But, being that you dont hav any mods, it might be alright.
get the oem parts. autozone will probably give you the wrong parts because i bet they dont have the right parts. that is like when they can't get spark plugs because they think you should have them for a oz rally......
go OEM. To do it properly and to save you headache down the road. get all the belts, tensionors, pulleys, and a water pump kit. also get some ngk iridium plugs, and some plug wires. this would be my 60k. when i did my first one, i did not do pulleys and tensioners, we ended up pulling it al about about 10k after the service because my tensioner was giving out and caused my timing to be off at the crank, almost to the magic ka-boom number.
I know it seems expensive, but honestly you probably arent going to find it for much cheaper anywhere else. And SicLanEvo is right about the spark plugs. I went to both Advanced Auto and Autozone to get spark plugs and both stores ordered something different than what I specifically asked for and told me it was an equivalent. The only thing I buy from those two stores now are oil, oil filters and auto detailing supplies.
yeah they are really bad about the evo 9's too. if you know the plug numbers advanced auto parts is fast and cheap but you must have the part numbers you need for them. unless your getting kevlar belts go with OEM mitsu parts.
I'm thinking about going with a Gates belt T167 and a GMB water pump. Anybody ever try them? Also I'm looking into balance shaft belt eliminator kits. I don't know a whole lot about the kits but I'm wondering if anybody else has tried them? Is it worth all they work? Problems?
I think if your already down there the balence shaft eliminator kit should not be bad to install. you will notice more vibration though, some people complain and some like the extra 1-2hp they get. as far as the gates tbelt and gmb water pump, i have heard the gates belt is good but i dont actually know anyone using those parts. everyone i know goes oem or high dollar with kevlar belts.
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