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Old 11-10-2016, 10:04 PM   #11
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just match mark the timing gears, old belt and then knock off the timing gears and slip the rear timing cover off. that looks to be whats in your way.


btw, that whole timing belt AND water pump thing is because on MOST fwd or transverse engines the wp is DRIVEN by the timing belt. not the case on most RWD/longitudinal engine layouts
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Old 11-11-2016, 12:54 AM   #12
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JP No need to remove those 10mm bolts! Just remove the 14mm adjusting bolt and pull up strongly on the distributor. Stop looking at the fsm and go on YouTube lol. Check this guy out!
https://youtu.be/7TvQF3wWQQQ
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The reason you go ahead and replace the water pump any time you do the timing belt on a VG is because you pretty much have to take the timing belt off to replace the water pump. You ABSOLUTELY have to take the timing belt off on the 4wd and the VG33. So if you don't replace the water pump now and it starts leaking 6 months after you did the timing belt all that crap has to come off again to replace the water pump you could have replaced easily when you had it all disassembled for the timing belt.
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Worked great at getting the distributor off.

Now, any idea how to bust the harmonic balancer nut lose once all of the drive accessories have been removed? ...I mean, short of going out and buying an impact wrench, which may or may not work.

Yeah, I know. I should have busted that lose while everything was still bolted up.

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Old 11-11-2016, 04:04 PM   #15
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take a GIANT prybar and wedge it in the flywheel teeth and brace it against something more than just the block. they also make holder tools. keep in mind that a strap wrench is always suggested but never works.

a "credit card rental" from HF or amazon might be in order here.
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OK, I got it to break using an old belt, wrapped around the harmonic balancer, to hold it steady while I busted a nut. (pun?)

Now I have to go find a different harmonic balancer puller. This one takes some kind of tiny 6mm bolts, and the one I have doesn't have bolts nearly that small!

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Old 11-11-2016, 05:18 PM   #17
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if you have a 2 or 3 jaw puller that will work. I typically just use a pry bar on the back of it and kinda work it off by switching which side of the pulley i kinda lightly pry on

also check if another bolt on the block will work. harvest it and use it. like an intake manifold bolt or even a distributor bolt. if you shoot a little penetrating oil in there where the woodruff key slot is, that helps immensely.
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when we pulled the dampener off on my former 87 after the bolt was removed (with impact gun) the dampener came right off
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Well, I was outside when these comments came in doing Veteran's Day stuff.

I picked up a couple of M6x60mm machine head screws at Fastenal while I was out, and they helped pop that harmonic balancer right off.

Only $3.50 lost. I'm OK with that.

The rest of the day was lost when I volunteer to take a Vietnam veteran buddy to get a free lunch with me. A little upset that I lost my day, but I feel good about spending some time with this guy who always seems to go out of his way to help others.
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Maybe someone can help me here; maybe not.

On my JDM engine, I have headers that end in a 3-bolt flange and the exhaust system starts with a 2-bolt flange.

I didn't understand that until I looked it up on Courtesy Parts:

http://www.courtesyparts.com/auto-pa...omponents-scat

Saving you a trip, here's the pic:



The exhaust manifold is not pictured. So sad.

The CAT in Parts #5 and #6 have the 3-Bolt Flange on the "inlet" side and the 2-Bolt Flange on the "outlet" side.

To complicate matters, the headers I picked up (ebay #381735428483) are longer than stock manifolds. So, even if I had the CATs shown in #5 and #6, they still would not fit.

I can pick up that Center Pipe shown in Part #15 for around $60 and bolt that to the CAT on my D21, but then I have to find some kind of adapter to go from the header's 3-Bolt Flange to the Center Pipe's 2-Bolt Flange.

There are cheap, adjustable "test pipes" on eBay (like ebay #371018621451), but I have contacted most of the sellers with these and no one has one in 2-inch.

And!


My JDM has a harmonic balancer with some chips in it, so I was going to order a new one.

It turns out, mine is special! Most of these Ribbed harmonic balancers have 3 Ribbed belts. Mine only has 2 and one V-Belt.

Anybody know what kind of oddball configuration this is off of?


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