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Old 05-13-2010, 07:30 AM   #1
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genuine saab balance shaft tensioner delete

so im looking around at a couple peices i need to rebuild my engine and ive seen this balance shaft tensior delete a few times. what exactly is the balance shaft in saabs and why do you delete it?
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:56 AM   #2
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You delete b/c you like engine vibrations or you plan to have a high horse power racing saab motor. if it works - don't f-wit it IMHO

What parts do you need?
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:29 AM   #3
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The general opinion is that the vibrations are acceptable on the 2.0, not the 2.3.

You delete the balance chain, not the balance shafts. The shafts need to stay in place for some oil passages to work. I deleted the balance chain and I am happy with it. The plug GS sells is to fill the space where the balance chain tensioner goes so oil pressure stay where it should.
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I've had this plug from Genuine for probably 2 years now and have never had the chance to get it in yet. Has always been one of those things that I would do if I pulled the motor, but hasn't happened on the '96 when I had it, or the '99 now.
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Personally I think the lack of balance chain makes the engine sound "mean". At least that is what I have been told.
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:23 AM   #6
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I have the delete in my 2.3 and didn't notice anymore vibration than when I went almost fully poly. My motor was balanced when it was rebuilt so its smoother than most. If your motor is out do it. I disagree with "if it aint broke..."
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yeah the motor is completely out and it is going to a machine shop as soon as i completely break down the block, but the only chain ive seen so far is the timing chain, or so i believe... but basically it replaces the balance chain tensioner and balance chain?
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Old 05-13-2010, 03:32 PM   #8
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I removed the balance shafts on my 2.3, threaded that balance shaft oil hole and put a bolt in there with red loctite, adn staked it a little bit. You don't really need that kit gs sells but it works I guess. I had the engine balanced when it was rebuilt and I have the gs poly engine front and tranny side mounts. There is a bit more vibration at idle but not bad at all. My front right headlights shakes a little bit at idle.
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My 96 (2.3) has the same kinda thing a12 did. Definitely noticeable with urethane mounts...
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I'll remove my chain when it fails.... til then I'm not pushing high HP numbers so I see no point honestly - what does it gain in the long and short run?
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The gain is a little cheap safety. If the BC fails in car, it could do some real damage.


No chain, no fail.


Or, you could just replace it.
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