by Dave Pritlove
Date Added: Friday 18 May, 2018
I fitted this during a water-pump replacement as the same belt was on it as when I purchased my Mk1, 150,000 km ago. I expected the old belt (solid ace) to be well-worn but it looked like new, not a hint of cracking or exposed braiding. To be honest, I nearly left the old one on as the brand new one has visible braiding on its edges while the original is moulded over the braiding. Nonetheless, the new belt fitted perfectly and seems solid.
Incidentally, if, as I did, you get in a pickle with the crank position (I rotated mine without the lock-key in place and got it out-of-sinc with the cam pulleys) just follow the marking instructions in your workshop manual. Although four-stroke engines have distinct inlet and exhaust TDCs, these designations only apply when the belt is on. If the belt is off and you position the crank and inlet pulleys to their TDC markings, the engine cannot be out of phase - it took me a little while to work this out and stop worrying about it.