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Best options for A/C tensioner pulley bearing 1990-94 2.2 Leggy


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#1 moosens

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:41 AM

Thanks for experienced input.
Yes , I sure do normally get dealer parts.

Up to this point I’ve had luck with well kept used of these pulleys , but it’s 2018 and time has drained local supplies.

#2 moosens

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:42 AM

Yeah I did a search , just not coming up with what I recall being posted.

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 04:13 PM

6204 RSJ

6204 Rubber Sealed Journal
Go to Napa and ask for that is SKF or something NOT made in China. Usually around $15-25 now for a decent quality bearing.

The old bearing can be knocked out with a socket and hammer. New bearing knocked in with a socket that fits against the outer race of the bearing.

#4 moosens

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 07:18 PM

Excellent ! Thanks !!

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:31 PM

If you don't need it immediately, you can find great Japanese bearings online for 10 bucks or so.



#6 moosens

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 11:11 PM

Yeah , not in a real rush. Thanks Scott , I’ll give it a look.

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 07:38 AM

I order Japanese bearings on amazon for $10 each usually like Scott said.

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 07:44 AM

yeah, look for Nachi bearings on Amazon. decent prices

look on the present bearing closely to double check the number. the only bearing I know about is for the H6's serpentine system and it's 6203

like this; https://www.amazon.c...ords=6203 nachi

but they have several sizes

Edited by 1 Lucky Texan, 02 April 2018 - 08:05 AM.


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Posted 03 April 2018 - 08:12 PM

+1 on the Nachi bearings

 

yeah, look for Nachi bearings on Amazon. decent prices

look on the present bearing closely to double check the number. the only bearing I know about is for the H6's serpentine system and it's 6203

like this; https://www.amazon.c...ords=6203 nachi

but they have several sizes



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Posted 25 April 2018 - 01:44 AM

6203 or 6204 ? The one I removed had metal not rubber lube retainers. I’m ok with rubber if you guys have used them with great results.

Thanks !

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 08:12 AM

The four numbers are the bearing size. Replace with like numbers.

 

There will be a letter suffix which will designate seal type and other qualities of the bearing.

 

Rubber is fine, probably seals better anyway. Metal is used where there is a chance for exposure to particles which would damage rubber.

 

I think it's pretty well protected from anything like that.

 

Unless you typically blast down gravel roads... tailgating trucks.



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Posted 25 April 2018 - 01:19 PM

Scott , I can’t see the numbers on the old bearing. That’s why I’m asking since two different numbers were presented here in this thread.

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 01:59 PM

Yeah, anymore for stuff like that I have to double up the reading glasses and/or break out the magnifying glass.

Get it in the right light and hold your mouth just right.

Otherwise, try to find your calipers. I have 3 cheap plastic ones, a digital, and a pen that is also a tiny caliper, and still can’t find one sometimes!

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 03:46 PM

Lol , going to bring it into work and have an inspector look it over just for kicks.

I’m going by our man Fairtax4me. Will order one later or tomorrow. Rubber , metal , whatever as long as it’s a name I know.

Edited by moosens, 26 April 2018 - 03:47 PM.


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 01:29 PM

I think somewhere around 2000 they changed it. I grabbed a spare I had on a shelf and it had a 6203 bearing in it, but the one I put in my 96 a few years ago was deffinitely a 6204.
Mame sure you get one with rubber seals to keep dirt/dust/water out. These bearings should not have metal seals for this application.

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 01:55 PM

The one that came out was metal and as best as I can tell original.

I went with an NTN. Was a sucker for the “German made”.
Should be here next day or so. Thanks

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 08:54 PM

There are 3 kinds of seals:
The metal shields, which are not really seals.

Rubber seals, typically black.

Contact rubber seals, typically reddish orange.

The last are the best at keeping crud and moisture out and grease in.

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:18 PM

So the red and black rubber are actually different seal configurations, and not just different material?

 

I did not know that.



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Posted 30 April 2018 - 11:13 PM

Ya know , you’d think I’d have looked at my other two first gen Legacys and see what they have. Lol

Package got to me Monday. I’ll get it going sometime this week.

Thanks for the info.

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 05:07 PM

Well that bearing is too large. Maybe it’s for 95-99 Legacy ? 2.5?

From the chart I’m looking at I’m guessing I actually need a 6202. The bearing I removed measured at 1 3/8” OD
Working without calipers or micrometer at the moment.

http://www.microblue...ng-size-charts/

Edited by moosens, 01 May 2018 - 05:10 PM.


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Posted 02 May 2018 - 08:23 AM

The color difference may not always translate across all manufacturers, but the contact seals I've bought all have the red color. The NTN, NSK, and Nachi bearings I have are all red. Also, if you look really close where the seal meets the inner race, depending on the brand, you can see a lip, or the gap is very close to non existent.

#22 moosens

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 10:26 AM

Ok thanks.
The current issue is the size. The 6204 was too large. I’ve ordered a 6202 based on OD size.

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 10:37 AM

6202 was the correct size.

And for those that read this far , keep in mind my Legacy is a 1992. The tensioner assy which has the three bolts in a triangular position for the 90-94 2.2 that’s the one explained here.

I know you guys meant well , stuff happens.
We do have a 97 Outback hoping to get on the road soon. I’ll save the 6204 for that car.
Cheers

Edited by moosens, 08 May 2018 - 10:42 AM.





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