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Best Timing Belt Brands??
lonstar7 Offline
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#1
I've been looking on line for a new timing belt for my TC. I have seen a number of belt kits marketed under various brand names, most of which I don't recognize. Like a lot of aftermarket parts, I suspect there may only be a few manufactures still making these belts so a lot of these may be the same belt sold under different names.

Do any of you guys have preferences for the brand of the timing belt? So far I haven't seen any Motorcraft brand belts, probably not available anymore.
Lonestar7

1988 Black/Red TC, 5 Speed, 92,400miles (on 4/14/2012). KYB Shocks And Struts, 140MPH Speedo, CHE Rear Control Arms, Otherwise Stock.

2005 Volkswagon Golf GLS 1.9L TDI Turbo Diesel, 5 Speed Manual, InMotion Stage II Chip Tuning

1998 Dodge Ram 2500 4X4, 5.9L Cummings Turbo Diesel, 5 Speed Manual

1988 Firebird Formula 350, 350ci Tuned Port Injection, 700R4 Auto
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Pete D Offline
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#2
I've used whatever brand NAPA sells on more than one TC, no complaints here.
Pete Dunham


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Jeff K Offline
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#3
NAPA for me also. Be sure to replace the tensioner when you replace the belt.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
11 Crown Vic Interceptor
14 Toyota Camry (wifes car)
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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Ryan H Offline
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#4
I have used just about all of them and never had any problems. I am partial to the Gatorback though, for no reason other than brand recognition.
'88 TC Smile Walbro 255HP, Stinger FMIC, PIT BOV, Pro 5.0, Kirban, RR cam, FRPP strut tower brace, T3
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bnate Offline
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#5
I run gatorback belts as well.
88 TC 5spd- mostly stock dd 155K SOLD, 96 LX V8- all stock spare on 3rd intake in 130K, 96 F250 diesel 4x4- hauler 177K, 93 F250 diesel 4x4- plow truck 72K, 71 F100- toy soon to get V10 power, 01 H-D XL1200S, 65 GTO- neverending project . I have too much crap.
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lonstar7 Offline
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#6
Quote:Originally posted by bnate:
I run gatorback belts as well.
I see that Autozone sell the Gaterback brand, belt with tensioned for $49.95
Lonestar7

1988 Black/Red TC, 5 Speed, 92,400miles (on 4/14/2012). KYB Shocks And Struts, 140MPH Speedo, CHE Rear Control Arms, Otherwise Stock.

2005 Volkswagon Golf GLS 1.9L TDI Turbo Diesel, 5 Speed Manual, InMotion Stage II Chip Tuning

1998 Dodge Ram 2500 4X4, 5.9L Cummings Turbo Diesel, 5 Speed Manual

1988 Firebird Formula 350, 350ci Tuned Port Injection, 700R4 Auto
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Redbone Offline
Senior Member
#7
I prefer Goodyear and the Gates that are made in America. Made in America is usually my only criteria I look for and I have had good resultsSmile
All your boost are belong to us
1988 TC 5m 3" elbow back exhaust(with cat and muffler), Walbro 255, gillis mbc, airbox removed w/ K&N cone, A/C removed, Spec clutch, Ranger roller swap.

John A.
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bnate Offline
Junior Member
#8
Quote:Originally posted by lonstar7:
Quote:Originally posted by bnate:
[b] I run gatorback belts as well.
I see that Autozone sell the Gaterback brand, belt with tensioned for $49.95 [/b]
yep, tough to beat i think. beats the 130 I just spent on a set for my DSM.
88 TC 5spd- mostly stock dd 155K SOLD, 96 LX V8- all stock spare on 3rd intake in 130K, 96 F250 diesel 4x4- hauler 177K, 93 F250 diesel 4x4- plow truck 72K, 71 F100- toy soon to get V10 power, 01 H-D XL1200S, 65 GTO- neverending project . I have too much crap.
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riisitas Offline
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#9
Quote:Originally posted by lonstar7:

Do any of you guys have preferences for the brand of the timing belt? So far I haven't seen any Motorcraft brand belts, probably not available anymore.
I got one from Ford last year. They were still available...
1988 TC 5 Speed Stock
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thumper Offline
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#10
Quote:I see that Autozone sell the Gaterback brand, belt with tensioned for $49.95 [/QB]
I looked into this a while back. You can get the Gatorback belt and tensioner separate for less money at my Autozone.
A.K.A. Corey Bennett

1988 TC: white, all options, 5-speed swap, K&N cone filter, "Ranger" roller camshaft, .60/.63 T3, NXS (Gillis-style) Boost Valve, Bosch BOV w/ check valve, Stinger 3" with axle dump (18" glass pack), 95A 3G

Some pictures: http://s639.photobucket.com/albums/uu111/cbennett4041/
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