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Anyone here running a gates blue timing belt, is it worth it?

I've got an 88 924s, daily driver no track but I like to open her up once in a while. It's gonna be time to do the belts on her again soon and I'm just wondering if it's worth the belt upgrade.
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I only race one of mine, and use just a standard one. If your engine is healthy, and things are properly tensioned and replaced as required, theres really no need. its more of a "help you sleep at night" kind of thing in my opinion. better things to spend my money on!
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It's just a belt. Cars have been using timing belts for a long time. Porsche over-engineered it, and than over-engineered a belt tool, when they started breaking, Change the belts every 2 years, rollers and waterpump every 4 and sleep at night. If I tracked my car, I might consider it, but still probably wouldn't do it. If the absolute worst happens, used heads are relatively cheap, and its a weekend project. You can buy a head for the price of 2 of the 100+ dollar gates belts. Save your money, and buy a spare head, if that will help you sleep better. My 2 cents.....
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{snip}... its more of a "help you sleep at night" kind of thing in my opinion. better things to spend my money on!
I agree. That being said, I do use one on my track car so I have one less thing to worry about. I worry about too much as it is.
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Belts don’t break if they’ve not been neglected and have been changed on time. They generally fail due to a bad water pump, rollers or foes leaking oil onto them, never heard of them breaking because they were not strong enough so a “stronger” belt is a waste of money. It may even cause more damage should something else fail and the stronger belt keeps on running things, maybe Porsche made them from a rubber compound in order to be a weak link should something else fail.
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I agree. That being said, I do use one on my track car so I have one less thing to worry about. I worry about too much as it is.
From someone that is currently running one do you find it's louder then the stock belt?

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From someone that is currently running one do you find it's louder then the stock belt?

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No difference in sound at all.
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I run the Kevlar belt, for such a critical component why wouldn't you.. probably cheaper as well than a genuine Porsche belt.
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Genuine Porsche timing-belt = $37.25

https://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/SuperCat/1023/POR_1023_BASFLT_pg3.htm#item11

I've used either regular Gates or Porsche belt since 1997. Never had problems with either. As mentioned, issues only arise if you're not installing it properly, ignoring worn rollers, or have oil-leaks from cam, crank, balance-shafts. Krikit tension-tool works great, much, much better than any "calibrated" human finger.

BTW - Pirelli P-zero tyres are best, why isn't everyone running them?

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I run the Kevlar belt, for such a critical component why wouldn't you.. probably cheaper as well than a genuine Porsche belt.
My main concern was the noise and what effect it might have on the rollers being that it's made from a harder material. Haven't heard much about the gates blue from our community yet but I'd love to run one

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