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Old 03-17-2021, 04:08 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I have a 2006 Saab 92x Aero. I'm looking to replace my timing belt and I am just wondering what the best kit is these days. Aisin is my top pick at this point but I can't seem to find any recent reviews of any kits. Gates sounds too sketch and I haven't seen anything that would indicate their quality has improved.

I did do a search but I didn't see anything that was posted in the last couple years but I very well could have missed something.
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Old 03-17-2021, 05:26 PM   #2
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If you go Aisin, just make sure it's one that was manufactured in Germany. If Gates then Japan. Unfortunately these days there's a lot of Chinese parts in the timing belt kits. The issue I ran into was the tensioner didn't fit properly and I had to get an OEM. It was the one Chinese part in the Gates kit I bought.
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Old 03-17-2021, 06:41 PM   #3
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If you go Aisin, just make sure it's one that was manufactured in Germany. If Gates then Japan. Unfortunately these days there's a lot of Chinese parts in the timing belt kits. The issue I ran into was the tensioner didn't fit properly and I had to get an OEM. It was the one Chinese part in the Gates kit I bought.
Oh geez, so I just have to order the kit and then check the parts when they arrive? That kind of sucks. Do you think it might just be better to order the parts individually?
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Old 03-18-2021, 01:25 PM   #4
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You should be able to ask the vendor where the parts were made. My mistake wasn't asking. In your search I'm sure you've noticed some kits from the same manufacturer are cheaper and other more expensive. The more expensive ones generally have the better parts
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Okay, cool. Thank you for your help!
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Old 03-22-2021, 09:05 PM   #6
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I was going to try this for my car in the next year or so
https://sixstarbernie.com/
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If you go Aisin, just make sure it's one that was manufactured in Germany. If Gates then Japan. Unfortunately these days there's a lot of Chinese parts in the timing belt kits. The issue I ran into was the tensioner didn't fit properly and I had to get an OEM. It was the one Chinese part in the Gates kit I bought.
Couldn't agree more. I got one of the Aisin kits that have the Chinese tensioner also. Just make sure to check it out once it hits your doorstep, sucks but better than starting the project and then finding it doesn't fit.
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