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Ripster
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Joined: 19/07/2009 08:05:49
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Location: UP of Michigan
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I don't know if you may have considered it or not, but within the VW TDI crowd there are those that became very proficient
at changing the timing belts, even developing tools that VW did not have to perform several tasks. Given the shutdown
of many dealers, and having to drive anyway and driving into an unknown dealer, I would drive down at the 100,000
mile mark to have someone competent to change the timing belt, someone who actually knew about the CRD. So
consider becoming the premier place for changes, tuning and timing belt changes are the two things that I value
the most. Also you might consider a once a year drive in get to gether for tuning etc and creating a network of
people. Just look that the yearly out East TDI parts gtg. Sky is the limit for you guys at the moment. Just depends
on how much time you have and what you enjoy doing. I will be down in the fall for my tune.

2005 Silver Limited CRD
GDE Eco Tune
PML Differential Cover/Crankcase Mod
Tal & Hadas Grill Guard/TransGo Shift Kit
V-6 AirBox/Lunar Boost & EGT
Lund Cold Weather Grill Insert
Cat 2 Filter, Cummins Lift Pump
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GreenDieselEngineering
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Joined: 10/07/2009 07:25:47
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Location: Southeast Michigan
Thanks for the inquiry, there is opportunity for expanding our range of services in the coming months. We have completed several timing belt changes and full engine teardowns, our team is very hands-on with the KJ powertrain. Providing full shop services may be a bit risky based on how few vehicles are in the Michigan vicinity, but it is always better to keep options on the table.

The yearly gathering is a very good idea and we may implement this next year once the product has gained market exposure. We are currently planning a 10-day test trip out west for stage II turbo development. We will post the route and days at location in case CRD owners want to do a meet and greet or have vehicles tuned on site. It is a start...

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GDE
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honeydew

Joined: 22/07/2009 12:08:56
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How about providing a timing belt tool set rent-by-mail option along with instructions?

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Ripster
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Hey if you come out US-2 across, who knows you could tune your way across the West and pay for the trip.
I am in.

2005 Silver Limited CRD
GDE Eco Tune
PML Differential Cover/Crankcase Mod
Tal & Hadas Grill Guard/TransGo Shift Kit
V-6 AirBox/Lunar Boost & EGT
Lund Cold Weather Grill Insert
Cat 2 Filter, Cummins Lift Pump
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95BadBoy

Joined: 19/07/2009 06:48:47
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I think that yearly gathering thing is a great idea ! Tune, wrench, mod, and wheel. Maybe some other things too.

05 KJ CRD Sport - Lt Khaki with GDE Tune
05 TJ RME - Silver with stuff
kdlewis1975

Joined: 02/08/2009 00:51:33
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Many of us are watching our clocks count up to the magic 100,000 miles mark. Because the timing belt change tends to cost an arm and a leg, a lot of us are considering doing it ourselves.

Would you guys consider creating an instructional video illustrating the timing change? I'd be willing to donate $$ to the cause. I suspect others would be willing to help finance the endeavor.
GreenDieselEngineering
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We could create a video detailing the timing belt swap as one of our vehicles is also nearing the 100k point. The biggest expense for us will be purchasing a video camera for the task. Are you aware of what a dealer will charge for belt replacement?
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kdlewis1975

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I don't know specifically what it costs, but I think the labor charge is on the order of 10 hours plus $300 to $400 in parts, so it's probably about $1200 for the job. This would be the reason many of us are willing to try it ourselves. Given the number of experiences people have had with dealerships on the CRD, I assume that many feel as if they can't do any worse themselves. I know a little about cars, but I'm a little anxious about jumping right into this job. I've search various forums for a good description of what it entails. The service manual has decent instructions, but not having done this before, I'm sure there are tricks and stuff that it would certainly come in handy.

While there are many of us that live in MI, I've seen like 5 CRDs in the Midland-Saginaw area, I understand why having a full-fledged mechanic shop specific to the CRD. You could offer the video as a download on your website for your forum members for a nominal fee to cover the cost of the camera. I suspect others are willing to donate to the cause.

And thank you guys for providing solutions for the Liberty CRD. I'm hoping to get a tune once the finances are a little better. I suspect the floodgates will open for you guys once more of us get our vehicles paid off.
liberty134

Joined: 12/09/2009 08:50:24
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I have 125,000 plus on my CRD and have not done any timing belt change. Any suggestions on GDE doing the work along with a tune would be appreciated. I drive 110 miles a day to and from work. I absolutley love this vehicle, especially in winter traveling west from Ann Arbor on I-94. I look forward to hearing from you.
Ripster
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There are probably more of us in Michigan than you think. I am heading down next week for the tune on the way
through to Ohio. Will post here the results. Sounds like we should consider a group of us getting together in Michigan
some day, might be worth the effort.

The Ripster
2005 Liberty
Up of Michigan

2005 Silver Limited CRD
GDE Eco Tune
PML Differential Cover/Crankcase Mod
Tal & Hadas Grill Guard/TransGo Shift Kit
V-6 AirBox/Lunar Boost & EGT
Lund Cold Weather Grill Insert
Cat 2 Filter, Cummins Lift Pump
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