I am trying to figure out what year my engine is because the last owner replaced it, the vin is not recognizable, but the oil pan looks like the one on the top here http://www.vfaq.com/mods/early-late-engine.html Is there anyway way of determining what year my engine is without the vin?
I need this information so I can buy a timing belt kit.
I talked to parts dinosaur and he said a lot of his stuff in the kit is from the same oem manufacturer with the same casting numbers including the Balance Shaft Belt Tensioner Bearing, Timing Belt Tensioner Adjuster, Timing Belt Tensioner Bearing, and the pci belts are made by gates in the USA or UK with direct oem replacement numbers on them.
Without the balance shafts in there you get a bit more oil pressure, a bit less parasitic drag on the engine, but most importantly, you don't have to worry about 6lbs of metal spinning at twice the RPM of the engine possibly failing and destroying your engine, turbo, etc.
Also, the most common timing belt failures I've seen were caused by a balance shaft belt coming apart and feeding itself between the crank sprocket and timing belt.
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