Well the time and money has come for me to do the needed required maintenance on my beloved Talon (and a few fun things as well). As this is a required item and not really performance, quality and cheap are more my goals for this fun project.
I've been scoping out parts for the maintenance and most reviews I've found are a few years old.
Besides the BSE and actual timing belt I've been looking at getting the water pump, oil pump (comes with new front case and gaskets), and the idler and tensioner pulleys from Partsdinosaur.com
I have no idea the actual mileage on the engine it could be the original (121k) or a swap with a million miles. I will never know but would feel better to replace what I can while in there. As of now there is no problem with the oil pump but if I'll be opening it up for a BSE minus well replace everything I can.
Partsdinosaur has an oil pump and front case for $149 (4G63 4G63T G4CR New Oil Pump Assembly
) which looks okie from my inexperienced eyes.
I don't trust the looks of the BSE on their site as I've read that a part needs a grove for an oil passage and it appears that the parts don't have the grove and the instructions say to block off both oil passages in the block. I'll just get one from a vendor for the BSE.
If I can't find the Gates belt else where for cheaper I'll be getting it from PD as well. But the search is still on going for me. If anyone has some insight on where to get decently priced quality parts for my fun times ahead would you mind dropping a line here on where to look.
So long post short.
-If cracking the front case for the BSE and having no problems with oil pressure or oil pump should I just replace the seal with a new one and leave the oil pump?
-Suggestions of cheaper Timing belt kits? Current price is $124 through PD with pulleys, PCI t-belt, water pump
-Online site for OEM tensioner?
-Best place to get a quality BSE kit?
-Is it true PCI t-belt is a Gates belt under a different name?
-Any other pointers, tips, hints, or insight on where to go to get parts related to this post in any way?
Mean while I'll still be searching and searching and searching for all the opinions I can find current or old on a good consensus of where to go.
Thanks in advance for any input and help you fellow dsm'ers can share
While in there be doing any and all maintenance I can do replacing hoses, belts, hardware, fluids.
Upgrades will be:
New Koni Yellow struts OR KYB AGX's depending on budget of other items. DSMLink Lite. Wideband o2 sensor. Factory Big Brake Upgrade with drilled rotors and ceramic pads. New 17" rubber for the 17" factory Eagle rims. Rebuilding rear calipers with new drilled rotor and ceramic pads. 3g lifters. VRSF FMIC set up. Possible GM maf in blow through set up. 560cc or higher injectors. Oil Pressure gauge.