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Old 01-03-2009, 11:34 PM
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Did you get an idler pulley as well? I would buy one and do it with the tensioner at the same time.
The idler pulley was replaced not too long ago (last year?) so I think it should be fine. That was changed when my mini started to squeal when it was cold out, we replaced the belt and the idler-a/c pulley.
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:36 PM
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the crank pulley? if anything, go with the 06 oem one. i've been hearing of many problems with the ultra-light aftermarket ones, and the 06 oem one is light enough to make the difference.
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:45 PM
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the crank pulley? if anything, go with the 06 oem one. i've been hearing of many problems with the ultra-light aftermarket ones, and the 06 oem one is light enough to make the difference.
Are the crank pulley and Idler pulley the same thing?? I now I changed a pulley (besides the s/c pulley)...with the oem replacement

Is it necessary to replace the crank pulley??? I wasn't expecting to put all this money into the car all at one time (for replacement parts anyway) so I don't really have any cash to spend on unnecessary things... ya know
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:42 AM
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No, they aren't the same. I misread. you don't NEED to replace either of them. Getting a newer (06) oem crank pulley is just another power mod you can do to an 02.
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:54 PM
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It's home! It's home!!!! So I went to pick up my MINI from the shop and man, it rides like it's brand new. I'm so happy!!! Feels like there is more power too...I don't know why.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:51 AM
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sweet! your belt was probably slipping because of the bad tensioner. I love that fresh-from-the-dealer feeling, and even though they charge an arm and a leg, they do things right (most of the time).
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Old 01-06-2009, 01:19 AM
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Well the new tensioner isn't installed yet. I'm still waiting for that to arrived so I can save some $$$ and do it myself. Maybe since there are all new gaskets there are better seals? Not sure if that would effect anything. I know Prestige is expensive but I know from past experience that their work is supreme, so I trust it is done right. The steering seems a lot tighter too!
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:17 AM
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So yesterday I installed the ALTA intake tube, I think it looks pretty good. It was an easy install too, just took some patience.

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Old 01-10-2009, 12:49 AM
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^Sweeeeeet!! Glad you got your ride back too.
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^Sweeeeeet!! Glad you got your ride back too.
Thanks! I'm happy too! I missed i
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Is that valve cover from an R50? I was curious because it usually says MINI, not 1.6 16v.
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Is that valve cover from an R50? I was curious because it usually says MINI, not 1.6 16v.
I'm not sure... Since it is an early '02 maybe it said 16v before it said MINI. I don't think it is from a R50. IDK
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Old 01-10-2009, 05:56 PM
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All the valve covers say 1.6L 16v under the MINI badge.
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:28 PM
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so my "MINI" badge is just missing then?
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:40 AM
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THE "SQUEAK" IS GONE!!!

So yesterday the belt tensioner arrived so I figured I would be adventurous today and install it. It was much easier after installing the SC Pulley to figure out how to position the engine and which bolts to take out etc... so it took a little over an hour but man, it sounds brand new!!! No more annoying squeak that sounded like a 2 year old who won't shut up. So I'm happy! Here's some pctures for emphasis because what's a thread w/o pictures?? *Sorry my phone is like a negative megapixel camera so ..... no hope in any quality shots...

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