420A Hydro vs mechanical tensioner

Posted by Inkdlyfe, May 18, 2018 at 12:09 AM

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  1. Inkdlyfe

    Inkdlyfe Proven Member

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    I need this figured out, I posted on forms and what not trying to figure this out but still havnt got a good answer, I have a 98 eclipse fully built on stage 2 cams u name it it's done I ALWAYS ran hydro factory ten but recent I been having timming problems with jumping 2 teeth or something around that matter the ten. was old yes for sure prob neeed replaced. I'm trying to figure out what would be best a PROBERLY installed factory tensioner or a dodge neon manual ten ? The car is a daily with race every now and then. And if the neon ten. is the best one to get what year should I ask for at auto zone or brand on Amazon?
     

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  2. Lefty-no-clutch

    Lefty-no-clutch Probationary Member

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    I was asking myself the same thing a few weeks ago. Im in the middle of rebuilding my engine and I didn’t know which way to got but from what I read the factory mechanical tensioners were given a bad rep because the early ones were prone to failure. They have upgraded versions with better springs. I believe hold up pretty well. I’ve heard the the more aggressive the lift on the cam though the more strain on the tensioner. But DCR makes a billet mechanical tensioner. I just opted for the gates upgraded version as it was cost effective and I’m only rebuilding for reliability not Hp.
     
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  3. Inkdlyfe

    Inkdlyfe Proven Member

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    I have a black gates belt on my car right now so that's out of the way just trying to figure out about the ten. now, the only thing about this whole scenario is I read even with the manual ten. you still need to upgrade the spring having larger cams, I've tried looking up that and needless to say nothing came up... so I'm back to the drawing board. It blows cuz this is what is holding me up on finishing my car.
     
  4. Lefty-no-clutch

    Lefty-no-clutch Probationary Member

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    That’s what I’m saying Gates makes a mechanical upgraded tensionerthat’s what I opted for but if you’re unsure, you could give these guys a call and see if this fits the 420a I was thinking of going that route but it’s unnecessary In my case.
     

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