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Old 05-18-2010, 09:53 AM
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need the middle cover?

so maybe this is a dumb question, but do you really need to have the middle cover on the engine? the one that covers the lower half of the cam gears. obviously without it you present an opportunity for dirt and what not to get into the timing belt side of the engine. anyone not have theirs on?
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Re: need the middle cover?

there's 2 timing belt covers, the upper and lower one (aka no middle one). the upper one (which i'm pretty sure is the one your talking about) is between the motor mount and the valve cover, and the lower one is below the motor mount.

people have ran without the upper one no problems, but like you said does increase the risk of stuff getting in there.
running without the lower one is just plain dumbbbbb, but i haven't heard of anyone being stupid enough to do that.
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Re: need the middle cover?

alot of showcars will run without the middle one but most daily driven cars will leave theirs on and maybe just remove it for car shows. i'd rather just leave mine on for peace of mind.
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Re: need the middle cover?

if anything, make a Plexiglas one... best of both worlds...
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Re: need the middle cover?

well the purpose is to be able to access the adjustable cam gears without having to take anything apart. the reason its not on is cause i was in a hurry and forgot to put it back on. FAIL
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Re: need the middle cover?

well you could have the best of both worlds, keeping all the covers on AND being able to adjust the gears, by cutting half-moon circles in both the valve cover and cover, aka cutting a full circle in them.
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Re: need the middle cover?

There's a few local boys runing without the upper covers on, and have been running like that with no problems for a while. Sure they change their T-belt at 60,000km instead of 100k, but with the regularity that those guys buy and sell cars they never change it twice anyway.

But the above suggestion is probably the best.
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Re: need the middle cover?

Better be safe then sorry-One little pebble gets in between the belt and the cam say gnite motor.
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