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RC  



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:35 pm    Post subject: Aussie Krikit Reply with quote

Nothing at all to do with bats and balls here, but following a few other threads about correct timing belt tension I have been looking into the Krikit belt tension gauge.

According to various opinions posted here, Rennlist and elsewhere this tool is capable of similar accurate readings to the very expensive Porsche 9201 tool.



Here is a How-To on Rennlist detailing its use:
http://www.rennbay.com/belttutorial.html

Since I have not found a local source of these tools I am ordering one from the USA. If any other Aussies are interested in one as well I am willing to import more and post them locally at cost price.

Cost is Au$35 total, postage included. Be quick and send PM now as I intend to order tonight.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not too important for an NA- sorry Roger- pass.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

same here, I just go with the twist method....
thanks all the same...
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RC  



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite a good little tool these Krikits.

Easy to use and gives a consistent reading. I know from published comparisons with the Porsche $$$ tool it is deemed accurate.

I must say as have many others previously, how surprised I am at the relative looseness of the timing belt when properly tensioned to 40 Lbs. The twist method is not accurate by any means and was previously always set far too tight. Perhaps it explains the tensioner failure I suffered some years ago that left me stranded about 50Ks from Taree for 5 days.



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have the tensioner turned the wrong way there? It looks like you are rotating the body clockwise to tighten, this rotation should be counter clockwise (same direction as belt travel).

Someone please correct me if I am wrong, either mine is backwards or Roger's is.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rasta Monsta wrote:
Do you have the tensioner turned the wrong way there? It looks like you are rotating the body clockwise to tighten, this rotation should be counter clockwise (same direction as belt travel).

Someone please correct me if I am wrong, either mine is backwards or Roger's is.


You are correct Rasta.
According to the factory manual the tensioner pulley is turned anti-clockwise to tighten. I`ve been doing it wrong for years, maybe I killed my own pulley.

The Haynes is at best ambiguous on this point and technically incorrect. It reads, Ch 1.9.7 (p 32) "Turn the tensioning pulley in the direction of the engine rotation (counterclockwise) until the belt can just barely be turned 90 degrees with your fingers on the long side of the belt." Well the engine turns clockwise when viewed from the front, unless i`m wrong about that too.

Anyway for future reference the pulley is tightened ANTICLOCKWISE.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have used this tool for a long time. Never had any trouble. Have done probably 15 belt tensionings with it.

Waiting for gohim to come in here and trash the thread. Heh Heh.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2007 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RC wrote:
, maybe I killed my own pulley.

I don't think that would've killed the pulley. The reason I see for turning the tensioner counter-clockwise has to do with the pressure the belt exerts on it and the direction, clockwise or counter- that the pressure would applying to the mounting bolt. If tensioned clockwise, pressure's on the bolt counterclockwise, which would have a loosening affect on it. Tensioned counterclockwise, belt pressure pushes clockwise on the mounting bolt, tending to keep it tight.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2007 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the other position the belt is subjected to less of an extreme angle of movement. Slight.
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