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PostSubject: Change timing chain yes or no?   Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:26 pm

Lt1 with 132k miles, ran like a champ when in the car.
I have the motor opened up to fix a few oil leaks. I was about to start assembly when I had a thought about the timing chain.

Should I change the set while it's apart? Or keep it the way it is.
On one hand I have GM parts in there that guys go 200k+ miles with
On the other why risk them and have to disassemble the engine later

But then what if I put new ones in and they are shit for quality?

What should I do?
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PostSubject: Re: Change timing chain yes or no?   Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:52 pm

How often do you plan on driving the vehicle and or how often will you beat the snot out of it.

If it was me, I'd change it for ONLY GM parts. But it'd be because I'd be driving a lot and being hard on the drivetrain.

If you're gonna take it slow, leave what you have.

It's a tricky situation. A flip of the coin if you will.
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PostSubject: Re: Change timing chain yes or no?   Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:18 pm

I'd leave it alone.
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PostSubject: Re: Change timing chain yes or no?   Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:39 pm

When have you ever heard of an SBC loosing its timing chain?
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PostSubject: Re: Change timing chain yes or no?   Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:07 pm

I haven't that's why I'm asking Smile
I'm going with my gut and leaving it alone.
If it breaks at 200k+ miles it's time for a rebuild anyway.
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