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Porsche vs. Aftermarket timing/balance belts...

I would appreciate any feedback on Porsche vs. Contitech vs. aftermarket balance shaft/timing belts.

I recently discovered a locked balance shaft idler pulley

that caused the balance shaft belt to wear on one side. BTW, the updated tensioner is the metal one. I did not realize there was an update...

Anyway, now laying the belts side by side, the more square looking belt is a Porsche belt, contitech belts look very similar. The more rounded looking belt (I don't think I've ever used the aftermarket belt on my car) is the aftermarket one. Would anybody like to share feedback on the aftermarket belt?


If I recall correctly, the Porsche belt is listed @ $90, contitech around $65, and the aftermarket belt I can get for $20. I wouldn't normally worry about this, but frankly it looks cheap.

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use the porsche belts.. unless you feel like slapping on a new head just for *****s and giggles..
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Frank, do you have any experience with belts other than factory? Please tell me why you think the aftermarket belts are sub par.
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I have used contitech now for 2 timing belt changes. Did not notice any differences.

As I recall the last time I had it at the dealer (3 years ago) I thought it was a contitech belt as well.

I will be using these on the turbo as well.

The last 2 set of belts I received from Pelican....

Contitech Timing ...for 13.70
Generic Balance shaft belt for ~37....

I have experienced no problems........and no anomallies while tensioning....

I have a new set on right now with about 500 miles (still whines like all the other belts)

As long as you are conservative in your belt changes (~30K) I don't see a problem.
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Oh...........also about the pulley locking up....

I think time and mileage are definitely a factor. WHen my water pump went about 3 years ago...I had about 50K/ 8 years on it. When my pump went at about 50K a couple of the rollers were getting noisy. I think they were starting to dry up as well.

I think the pump and rollers should be swapped out every 5 years or 100K whichever comes first. Thats me be being neurotic.

At least it was just and idler pulley that seized on you!
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I'd just stick with Factory parts, to avoid any mismatching, or other problems, hey, if an aftermarket belt works and has a proven track record, then heck, use it!!.. As far as experience with any other timing belts on my car, nope, just the one that I juat had replaced, and the guy used the Factory Belts, because they have a better warranty. Also, they're specific to the car, so your chances of faliure are decreased, I'd guess.
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