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Old 03-30-2020, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default 16v Timing Belt Alignment

Hi all, happy week 3 of social distancing!

For any of youse running a +16v setup, particularly of the Yoshifab variety with a Gates T252 belt: My timing belt is currently fairly misaligned, currently running way forward at the crank sprocket to the point of pushing against the front washer.

I have re-tensioned the belt to make sure it was not an overtightening issue but the belt still rides forward. I plan on checking that the cam gears and idler pulley are properly seated. Currently there is no visual wobble on any of them and the pulley itself has no play or undue noise.

If there are any other suggestions please do let me know.

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Old 03-31-2020, 06:53 AM   #2
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Have you asked the other guy still running a 16V head? Surely, he knows the answer.......
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Old 03-31-2020, 09:01 AM   #3
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I have not looked at the Yoshifab parts, but when I had a b230 with a 16v head the belt stayed in one line. Had a tensioner from a Golf diesel of some sort I think, maybe that helped keep it in line. It has walls to keep the belt in.

On the other hand I ran 16v spockets on a normal 8v (bought wrong belt, refused to acknowledge it) and that belt kept creeping forward. No walls on the normal 8v tensioner.
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Old 03-31-2020, 09:19 AM   #4
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Is the belt running forward on the cam pulleys also?

Seems like the only thing that would force the belt forward would be the tensioner pulley since it has outer walls on it.

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Old 04-02-2020, 02:53 PM   #5
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i had the same issue, look in my thread for details
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Old 04-02-2020, 03:35 PM   #6
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Old 04-02-2020, 08:08 PM   #7
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remember mine being the same. Was never an issue.
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Old 04-03-2020, 06:24 PM   #8
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. The belt is being pushed by the back guide of the tensioner and that pushes it against the front washer, which is causing the belt itself to fray. I will try a different washer and a 1.8 16V tensioner to check whether things get back in line. some more.

After talking to Josh he noted that the slight misalignment is normal and that it's better to check tension by twisting the belt instead of solely relying on the tension indicator on the tensioner itself.
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Old 04-04-2020, 04:59 AM   #9
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I use a VW 16V tensioner, 4mm of washer thickness works for me.
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