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Old 03-24-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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2.5L Timing Chain set / Preferred Brand?

Are there any preferred brands of timing sets for the Jeep (Other then Dealer / Mopar)?

Any brand to avoid?

I hate to pay too much but even more then that I hate to do the same job 2x.

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Old 03-24-2013, 03:06 PM   #2
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When it comes to motor stuff, I like to stick with OEM parts.

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Old 03-24-2013, 03:23 PM   #3
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Why are you changing the timing chain.
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:55 PM   #4
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Failed tensioner.

Previous tensioner failure with other makes has taught me that a slack timing chain experiences trauma from a bull whip like action that occurs with the power pulses of the engine. Left unchecked / long term it will cause chain failure. My 1998 Jeep Tj is new to me and 177K miles. Since I'm going in I'd like to replace all of the suspect timing components as a group. Do it once and do it right...

I am new to the 2.5L Jeep engine but have been wrenching for 20 yrs is Jeep 4-cyl timing chain replacement with a new tensioner and gear set an uncommon repair?
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:47 PM   #5
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I just rebuilt my 2000 Tj motor and used melling for my timing kit. My tensioner looked like it was in good shape so I didn't replace it. The timing kit came with timing chain and crank and cam sprockets .I've got 1200 miles it so far and it's running strong. Melling and sealed power is good stuff. Sorry bout the sideways pic couldn't rotate it.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:39 AM   #6
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You find anything yet?
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:42 PM   #7
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Cloyes 9-4023S
Multi-Piece Timing Kit

Amazon Prime just under $60 & free 2 day shipping.


Mopar Performance chain & gear set alone (No Tensioner) from Summit racing were $150~ish
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:00 PM   #8
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The plastic tensioner on my 98 2.5l broke and I replaced the timing chain while I was in there. I just used a set from Advance since it was short notice and it worked fine until I sold the Jeep about 30K later.
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I considered it but Advance Auto parts store brand S.A. Gear sounded sketchy...
Under Business Activity ~ Instead of Importer, I'm looking for it to say manufacturer.


S A Gear Co Inc

Address: 7252 W 66th St
Bedford Park, IL 60638-4702
Business Activity: Importer
Phone:708-496-0395 Fax:708-496-1248
Website: SAGEAR INC.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:42 AM   #10
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Cloyes is a worldwide leader in the manufacture and supply of automotive timing drive systems and components for both the OEM’s and the Automotive Aftermarket.

As a Tier 1, OEM supplier to General Motors, Daimler-Chrysler, Ford and Nissan, we are well positioned to handle the industry trend toward shifting the design, testing and validation of systems to the supplier. We are the largest timing gear and sprocket OEM provider and have established this position through quality, engineering, manufacturing and superior customer service.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:02 AM   #11
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I considered it but Advance Auto parts store brand S.A. Gear sounded sketchy...
Under Business Activity ~ Instead of Importer, I'm looking for it to say manufacturer.


S A Gear Co Inc

Address: 7252 W 66th St
Bedford Park, IL 60638-4702
Business Activity: Importer
Phone:708-496-0395 Fax:708-496-1248
Website: SAGEAR INC.
No surprise there, wouldn't expect anything sold from there to not be imported.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:10 AM   #12
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Advance Auto Parts S.A. Gear timing set (part # 6070) is selling online for the same price I paid for Cloyes from Amazon.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:50 PM   #13
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Yeah - Cloyes is usually what we used at the garage I worked at with no failures. High quality stuff...not a component you want to cheap out on (quality, not necessarily price).
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I used to shop at autozone a lot. But the last year or so the parts I was getting were very poorly made and I was returning a lot of them for being faulty. I will not be buying anymore parts from them. They do have good deals on oil and stuff from time to time.
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I was never suggesting to get the parts from Advance, just merely relating my experience. Like I said, I used them merely because the Jeep was torn down Friday night and I needed it running by Monday morning.
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No worries man! I was just saying I'm disappointed in advanced and autozones parts nothing towards u...
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The only parts I'll buy from Autozone any more have brand-names like Valvoline or AC-Delco on them. No way on their replacement parts like water pumps etc.
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No worries man! I was just saying I'm disappointed in advanced and autozones parts nothing towards u...
No worries, wasn't directing that at you in particular; just wanted to make that clear. I've been burned too many times on water pumps and the like to recommend them. I went through four PS pumps once until I found one that didn't leak.
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The only parts I'll buy from Autozone any more have brand-names like Valvoline or AC-Delco on them. No way on their replacement parts like water pumps etc.
Well said, Jerry!


As mentioned by others, Cloyes. It's what I sell. We also sell Sealed Power and Melling with no issues.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:28 PM   #20
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I have timing chain rattle in my 1998 Wrangler 2.5L / 5-spd. I tore it down today to find PO had recently installed a new chain and a new tensioner. I believe these parts may be incorrect as chain is VERY loose & timing cover shows chain has been slapping it. Also crank gear has razor sharp teeth (bad wear). BUT Before I install my new Cloys timing set I want to double down and verify the year or year range of my re-manufactured 2.5L. ~ since this timing set does not fit all AMC 2.5L engines.

Can you help decipher this 2.5L engine code?


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Old 04-01-2013, 08:43 PM   #21
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Looks like we have a winner / searching 4.0L block id tech gave me the YEAR as 1991 - 1995 based on the bottom casting number.

Block Casting Numbers

Year............Casting No
1987-90......53005535 (8933002665)
1991-95......53008405
1996-98......53020569
1999-04......53010449
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:49 PM   #22
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Application Buyer's Guide for Cloyes 9-4023S

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2.5L L4 150 CID
VIN E
Includes: Cam, Crank, Chain, Tensioner, Damper
1990-1989
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2.5L L4 150 CID
VIN H
Includes: Cam, Crank, Chain, Tensioner, Damper
1988-1987
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2.5L L4 150 CID
VIN P
Includes: Cam, Crank, Chain, Tensioner, Damper
2002-1997, 1995-1991

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