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Old 09-26-2012, 11:38 AM
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Well, VC gasket needs replacing, has a couple slight weeps and was hard. I figured it wouldn't be bad to replace the pulleys since the t-belt will be replaced in about 80k...and that would mean ~120k on the pulleys if I wait...it's a question of risk. Though the two times I've pulled t-belts at over 100k, the pulleys seemed OK. I could probably not replace the accessory belts right now....but I still need to change my oil and get new plugs. So you guys are pretty confident that pulleys should be OK to skip on right now?

I NEED to do the mounts, I know mine are shot. I figure if I am getting the mounts from FM, I might as well get the tools since they're cheap. I've been meaning to get new mounts for a couple of months.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:00 PM
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By pulleys you mean the idlers? Spin them by hand and decide for yourself. If they make a ton of noise and are not smooth, then replace. If smooth and quiet they'll probably be fine.
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Yeah, that's what I was going to do when I get the broken belt off.
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Pulled the belt last night- idler and tensioner are perfect, nice and smooth. Bought a new t-belt and vc gasket from Mazda...and supplies to do the oil change, new coolant and spark plugs...a quick way to spend $150 lol Waiting on my FM tools and mounts to get here next Wednesday. Need to go buy a bunch of hose to replace water lines to turbo. No leaks/weeping from any of the front seals and I'll reuse my accessory belts since they are fine... I was in "replace everything I touch" mode..but after taking time looking over stuff last night and not being in a hurry or frustrated (no class at school = happy me). I'm sending the vc off to be polished...got it stripped and prepped last night as well.

I know when I get her back on the road I will feel much better. It's been two weeks :(
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Cool beans man. Who's going to polish the vc for you? And why not get it powdercoated?
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Local place that does a ton of polishing/powdercoating. Figured polishing will look good with the car. I was tired of the wrinkle black and I can't think of a color or something that will look good....unless they have something like the "spectrum silver" that SSR uses on their wheels.

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VC has been dropped for for powdercoating. Pulled all the under bracing off and pulled the DP in anticipation to do the engine mounts...what a ******* PITA. Drained the oil and changed the filter and put in new plugs yesterday. Hopefully the tools and mounts will be here on Wednesday so I can get the belt on and mounts in on Thursday or Friday. Still need to buy a new t-stat/gasket and rubber water lines for the turbo.
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