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Discussion in 'Boxers/TR/M' started by Frank R. Masiarz, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. Frank R. Masiarz

    Nov 10, 2003
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    Hi.......

    Just a wild thought !!! To eliminate repetitive, costly camshaft belt replacements !

    Anyone ever try a "chain conversion" for the camshaft drive on a Boxer ?? Too noisy ?? Not enough room under the OEM covers ?? Could one use the Daytona parts ??

    Have fun !!

    Frank........
     
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  3. tbakowsky

    tbakowsky F1 World Champ
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    Did the conversation just this morning in fact. Had it all done and running by lunch, not sure why Ferrari techs charge so much for this stuff, peice of cake.

    I used the timing set up from an old ford explorer, and just transferred the parts. Simple..a no brainer really.
     
  4. LightGuy

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    :D
     
  5. LightGuy

    LightGuy Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Have to admit I've thought about it...or a gear drive set up.
    First problem would be lubrication and how to contain it.

    With 2500 cars plus the Testarossas one would think there COULD be a demand (?)
     
  6. tbakowsky

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    Yea, that was a tough one keeping the oil in the timing covers. I used I think 3 tubes of orange silicone, (sensor safe of course) and it did the trick..

    In all seriousness, it's not worth the time and expense. If you have money to burn, and a spate engine around, it would be a fun project just to say you did it.
     
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  8. Steve Magnusson

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    Oh, great -- then you can have threads about "where do I get replacement tensioner pads" like the 400/412 guys ;)
     
  9. turbo-joe

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    not long time ago I had contact with an engineer who did a rebuilt from belt to chain on a 308. he told me it works fine but he will do some more modifications and beginning of next year he will make a small production.
    cost incl. labor about 5000 euro plus tax
    when I know more I let you know, because I already asked him about BB and TR
     
  10. boxerman

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    Wont the oild leaks and water pump rebuild necessitate a eo after 7 or so years anyway.
    Chains are heavier more inetria making the vakavetrain more draggy.

    But yeah I am sure it can be done.
     
  11. Newman

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    Yes and there will be no performance benefit. Also the cost of the conversion parts alone would exceed the cost of 50 sets of belts and tensioners.
     
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