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    Timing Chain Kit.

    Hello everybody.........Iím looking for some advice on a proven Timing Chain Kit.‎ itís for a 1997 SOHC (LK0/L24)
    I m looking to avoid on make a Mistake with this critical application.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankensaturn1bol View Post
    Hello everybody.........I’m looking for some advice on a proven Timing Chain Kit.‎ it’s for a 1997 SOHC (LK0/L24)
    I m looking to avoid on make a Mistake with this critical application.

    Thank you
    my advice would be buy the cheapest thing on rockauto (likely cloyes or enginetech), and INSPECT IT when it arrives! if there's any issue rockauto has excellent customer service and a great return policy.

    check every single link and roller on the chain, make sure the tensioner plunger cannot extend itself enough to pop out of the body of the tensioner, ensure the guides and sprockets are fine, and you should have no issue. i've had success with enginetech a couple times, and a friend has also gotten an enginetech timing chain that was missing 3 rollers, which he did not inspect and installed to much pain later. i've pulled a motor apart that had a cloyes set in it and the tensioner flew apart as soon as i undid the bolts, but everything else was fine and i reused it. in my experience every brand can and likely will mess up but if you check everything before you put it in you can catch any defects.

    basically it doesn't hurt to be cheap because your options are all decent, but for fuck's sake triple check everything before you even throw away the packing sheet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultraviolet View Post
    my advice would be buy the cheapest thing on rockauto (likely cloyes or enginetech), and INSPECT IT when it arrives! if there's any issue rockauto has excellent customer service and a great return policy.

    check every single link and roller on the chain, make sure the tensioner plunger cannot extend itself enough to pop out of the body of the tensioner, ensure the guides and sprockets are fine, and you should have no issue. i've had success with enginetech a couple times, and a friend has also gotten an enginetech timing chain that was missing 3 rollers, which he did not inspect and installed to much pain later. i've pulled a motor apart that had a cloyes set in it and the tensioner flew apart as soon as i undid the bolts, but everything else was fine and i reused it. in my experience every brand can and likely will mess up but if you check everything before you put it in you can catch any defects.

    basically it doesn't hurt to be cheap because your options are all decent, but for fuck's sake triple check everything before you even throw away the packing sheet!


    What went on mine was actually the Guide. But I figure I do the whole thing to be safe.
    Funny thing, I usually go cheap with parts as you suggested; but figured Iíd see whatís available before going forward. Thanks for the precautionary notes. Definitely will save time and effort & $$$$

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    Thanks ....seems like the Cloyes is the way to go

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