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post #11 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 06:24 PM
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The belt tensioner assembly is the tensioning arm (it doesn't look like a spring, it's spring loaded though). It looks like this:
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it includes the pulley.

did you just receive the pulley only?

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I ordered the pulley only (as far as I know.) Maybe the price difference is a reflection of the entire assembly being shipped. I used SubaruPartsforYou.com and even talked to one of their techs. I told him my issue, and even though the tensioner pulley seemed ok, I went ahead and ordered new stuff. The tech confirmed that what I ordered was correct, and Subaru USA recommends that if you're replacing one, go ahead and do both. So I'll be interested to see what UPS brings me.
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Makes more sense now. I checked out the pic on ebay and it is a lot more than just the pulley. I just hope now that the back nut is where it's supposed to be, or that what I ordered comes with a new one. Anyway, I can definitely see the reason for the price difference, and if nothing else, I will have a spare idler pulley to get me out of a temporary jam if I ever have one. Thanks Gary.
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I just hope now that the back nut is where it's supposed to be,
i've had them push out and fall out before, it's not a big deal, i've always been able to squeeze it back in there with no issues.

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Makes more sense now. I checked out the pic on ebay and it is a lot more than just the pulley. I just hope now that the back nut is where it's supposed to be, or that what I ordered comes with a new one. Anyway, I can definitely see the reason for the price difference, and if nothing else, I will have a spare idler pulley to get me out of a temporary jam if I ever have one. Thanks Gary.
That does change things up a bit on the tensioner replacement. It will be easier if you remove the PS pump and bracket up from the block. You don't have to remove the lines. Just lift the bracket up enough to replace the tensioner w/pulley and bolt it back down.
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It's been raining here, so I haven't been able to look at it further. I was hoping that there would be access to the bolts that hold the tensioner to the block, but it sounds like that's not the case. It's my first Subaru, my hobbies in the past have been modifying Civics to run on the SCCA circuit, but I hurt my back and climbing into and out of one that I've dropped 4 in. and put a bone-jarring suspension into isn't pleasant anymore. What I built back then probably shouldn't have been a daily driver anyway. Guess it was my midlife crisis...haha. But I love my Subie and it is the most functional and dependable car I've ever owned. You guys are great!
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Hey cardoc. Tell me about your supercharger when you get time if you don't mind. You may have let the performance bug bite me again!
The Tensioner bolts to the PS pump bracket.

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The Tensioner bolts to the PS pump bracket.

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Wow! How's the hood clearance? Cooled by factory radiator and water pump since no intercooler? I'm impressed. We thought we were doing something special by jamming a Prelude H22 into a Civic. And we had to give up the AC! No room for the compressor.
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WTA inter cooled, SC is water cooled. Stock radiator and two extra coolers with pumps.
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