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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian355 View Post
    I agree about your point about resale Paul, however several years ago I heard of one breaking coming up to 4 years. Personally Iíve had tensioner bearings start to whine before the change but it was my first change so I cannot say for sure they were replaced at the last belt change as of course they should be. Management of risk, you pay your money and take your chance.
    Changed mine for hills when I had mine out. Worth doing imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A348W View Post
    Are you getting new radiators or re-cored?

    Mine will need doing at some stage, and I'm more tempted to get them re-cored and save the money, which would be a circa £1k saving.
    I'm getting new ones put in. I was going to have them recored but timing for return was awkward with Xmas coming up. I'll probably get the old ones done next year and sell on to recover some of the cost.

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    I had my Alfa do 600 miles from a belt change only for it to smash the pistons to smithereens. OK a variator failed/faulty/installed incorrectly but the point is it can happen.
    My 360 is should have it replaced in September next year. I won't have it done until the 2019 season starts or maybe I will go four years.

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    Hope everyone had a good Christmas, a quick update where the car is at. I was hoping to get the car back by now but a replacement tensioner has stalled progress. Bearing has been replaced along with new chain, but the tensioner is on backorder now and week 1 2018 has been given by Maranello. I'm not the only 1 as Rardleys have one waiting for the same part. Work done though is new radiators and oil cooler in with new pipes. 1 oil pipe replaced that was the culprit for wrecking the oil cooler . New coolant expansion tank fitted.
    Car is on the ramp still. Fortunately it's not needed to be moved onto dollys for space.
    Since the engines out 2 new driveshaft bootkits were put on. The sump had a small leak from the seal, it's now cleaned up ready to go back on. Cam covers are off, for reshimming and timing once the tensioner arrives.
    One saving grace is getting all the work done in the winter, means it's not off the road for 6-8 weeks in the summer. Also I've been fitting a new ensuite so the car space had been taken by tiles and old fittings[emoji3]
    When I get some pics I'll post up....here is a random one. A finished ensuite pic [emoji848][emoji3]


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    Ensuite. [emoji3]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...6ea6dfbfa4.jpg

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    Ensuite looks superdiddlyduper

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    Did Hills not have any tensioners?

    Unless things have changed in the last 10yrs or so (christ it's been a long time!) the quality of the factory versions of these was piss poor. I recall having the belts changed on my old 355 (engine in ) and the belt was fine (replaced it anyway)...the tensioner bearings on the other hand were utter garbage. Not sure I'd trust the tensioners themselves either as a result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murph7355 View Post
    Unless things have changed in the last 10yrs or so (christ it's been a long time!) the quality of the factory versions of these was piss poor. I recall having the belts changed on my old 355 (engine in ) and the belt was fine (replaced it anyway)...the tensioner bearings on the other hand were utter garbage. Not sure I'd trust the tensioners themselves either as a result.
    +1

    Replaced mine with Hills last time the belts were done (engine out ). Won't put OEM back in in a hurry, simply not as good as the Hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosevi View Post
    +1

    Replaced mine with Hills last time the belts were done (engine out ). Won't put OEM back in in a hurry, simply not as good as the Hills.
    It's a tensioner plate (think thats the term)behind the plate housing the crankshaft bearing. All linked in with the chain. It's not the cam belt tensioners. I've got Hills too (much better).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlo348 View Post
    It's a tensioner plate (think thats the term)behind the plate housing the crankshaft bearing. All linked in with the chain. It's not the cam belt tensioners. I've got Hills too (much better).

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