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Old 04-07-2005, 10:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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HOW-TO: Remove Balance Shaft Chain

Here you go. If you see an error let me know and I'll edit. This outta be a sticky.

- remove passenger tire
- remove inner fender plastic
- remove the large bolt from the lower mm and swing mm down outta the
way
- remove air intake and battery
- loosen the clamp on the intercooler pipe at the turbo
- remove the 2 bolts oil cooler mount, don't take off hoses there is coolant
in the lines. Take shim gasket off and put away for safe keeping
- remove the 2 bolts holding the intercooler hard pipe on the motor
- remove the hard intercooler pipe after loosening the clamp on the soft
intercooler hose
- remove the brackets that hold the tranny to the block on the driver side
of the pan, there are several layers of fasterers and brackets both on the
side and bottom. untill all the 10mm oil pan bolts are exposed
- remove the oil pan bolts
- take off pan and see the bal assy right there.
- undo the 4 bolts that hold on the square passenger side access plate and
take of the plate. You will see the chain.
- Use a dremel or other to file down one of the pins on the chain.
- Use a screwdriver to pry apart the link and pull apart.
- Rotate the chain around the nylon gears to remove.
- Voila!
- I reused the oil pan gasket. Be sure to wipe down all the mating surfaces.
- Reverse the order to reassemble.
- You just made free power! The best of all!

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Old 04-07-2005, 10:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Cool! Any vibration? I am assuming that you are running non-stock engine mounts.
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sweet so is this like backyard mechanics?? or is there more to the story cuz dodge put them in for a reason
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Don't forget... drain oil. You know some bozo is going to try this and remove the pan with oil in it.
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Quote: Originally Posted by HybridKid
Cool! Any vibration? I am assuming that you are running non-stock engine mounts.

I have Rex inserts in the car,so it was buzzing a little already so it's probably masking the bal shaft harmonics.
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpecJ
Don't forget... drain oil. You know some bozo is going to try this and remove the pan with oil in it.

Ya I forgot this is "n00b" city now!
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nOOb question which wheel has the ballancer on it.
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Quote: Originally Posted by jgb989989
sweet so is this like backyard mechanics?? or is there more to the story cuz dodge put them in for a reason

You must be one of those Mopar infiltrators we've been hearing about and no there was no tree in the garage.

Seriously, there are several in depth posts in perf mods and hi tech mods that go into a lot of detail about bal shafts. This post is about doing it once you've made you mind up to do it and helping guys/gals giturdun!
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Quote: Originally Posted by crewzen
nOOb question which wheel has the ballancer on it.

The one next to the High Speed Mud Valve across from the Zizz Pin.
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You are the Man Mario. I will be doing this in the nest week or so.

So you dont need to plug the oil hole?
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why remove air intake and battery??
thanks for the write-up. so set aside xx hours and an oil change??
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Quote: Originally Posted by blacksrt4u
why remove air intake and battery??
thanks for the write-up. so set aside xx hours and an oil change??

To remove the intercooler piping attached to the turbo.
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Quote: Originally Posted by srt4police
You are the Man Mario. I will be doing this in the nest week or so.

So you dont need to plug the oil hole?

No need to plug anything as the assy is still in place with oil passing thru just as before.
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I recommend an ED windage tray with it.
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Quote: Originally Posted by jgb989989
sweet so is this like backyard mechanics?? or is there more to the story cuz dodge put them in for a reason

the srt-4 makes so much mad power that the balance shaft chain ends up breaking and then causing big problems. oh yeh, this is something to worry about when youre in 400hp land.

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