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Tensioner
« on: April 22 2021, 07:39:29 PM »
So is this my any chance our tensioner in disguise?

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Re: Tensioner
« Reply #1 on: April 22 2021, 08:26:57 PM »
Does it look like this?  https://gbodyparts.com/grand-national-belt-tensioner-p-312.html
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Re: Tensioner
« Reply #2 on: April 22 2021, 08:36:01 PM »
I does to me hence the desire for a second set of eyes  TGTBT?
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« Reply #3 on: April 22 2021, 08:45:53 PM »
It's listed for our cars. It looks similar to me.  Maybe try to chase the parts numbers backward?
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Re: Tensioner
« Reply #4 on: April 23 2021, 08:59:45 AM »
Sure looks like one in the pic. If I didn't have several used ones I'd buy one just to see.
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Re: Tensioner
« Reply #5 on: April 23 2021, 09:07:24 PM »

This part is compatible with 7 vehicle(s).
Notes   Year   Make   Model   Trim   Engine
    1989   Pontiac   Firebird   Trans Am Coupe 2-Door   3.8L 3800CC 231Cu. In. V6 GAS OHV Turbocharged
    1989   Pontiac   Firebird   Trans Am GTA SE Coupe 2-Door   3.8L 3800CC 231Cu. In. V6 GAS OHV Turbocharged
    1987   Buick   Regal   GNX Coupe 2-Door   3.8L 3800CC 231Cu. In. V6 GAS OHV Turbocharged
    1987   Buick   Regal   Grand National Coupe 2-Door   3.8L 3800CC 231Cu. In. V6 GAS OHV Turbocharged
    1987   Buick   Regal   Limited Coupe 2-Door   3.8L 3800CC 231Cu. In. V6 GAS OHV Turbocharged
    1986   Buick   Regal   Grand National Coupe 2-Door   3.8L 3800CC 231Cu. In. V6 GAS OHV Turbocharged
    1986   Buick   Regal   T-Type Coupe 2-Door   3.8L 3800CC 231Cu. In. V6 GAS OHV Turbocharged

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Re: Tensioner
« Reply #6 on: April 24 2021, 08:11:59 PM »
So this is really interesting. I doubt two MFGs decided to build these again, therefore we have two pricing tiers for the same thing?
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Re: Tensioner
« Reply #7 on: April 24 2021, 08:59:28 PM »
I thought they were constructed differently?
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Re: Tensioner
« Reply #8 on: April 25 2021, 08:16:49 AM »
$60-$70 was the wholesale cost to most vendors for bulk purchase. Retail is/was around $130-$150.  This must be someone with a few extras just trying to liquidate.
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Re: Tensioner
« Reply #9 on: July 19 2022, 11:24:14 PM »
I apologize for bringing up an old topic, has anyone tried one of these?
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Re: Tensioner
« Reply #10 on: July 20 2022, 10:07:02 AM »
At that price, it's worth a shot. If anything, I may research the bearing used, and replace with a Timken or something if it's Chinesium. Surprised the listing hasn't changed and link still works.
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« Reply #11 on: July 20 2022, 11:07:51 AM »
I also note the Seller is active and has a rating of 100%
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Re: Tensioner
« Reply #12 on: July 20 2022, 11:25:27 PM »
Considering trying this and getting the AC Delco pulley from rock auto.
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Re: Tensioner
« Reply #13 on: July 21 2022, 06:59:47 AM »
The belt tensioners have been discontinued for quite a long time. Only thing available are the reproduction units as listed above from China. They work fine. I'm 99% sure if Rockauto has them its the same reboxed/relabeled as everyone else sells.  Look for the best price plus shipping and a vendor with good feedback like Rockauto or some of the Buick vendors
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Re: Tensioner
« Reply #14 on: July 24 2022, 10:57:10 PM »
Thanks, I will do that. Rock Auto does not have the tensioner, but they do have the pulley. I may get that so I know it has good bearings.
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