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Got my summit balancer today. Very Nice piece for the money. SFI 18.1, engraved timing marks for both latemodel and early style timing covers.

It fits both 3 and 4 bolt applications so it can be used with early model 3 bolt crank pulleys or later model 5.0's with a spacer. Plus the weight is removeable if I ever need to use it on a 28oz application.

I only paid $140 shipped. Money well spent. I looked at all the options and I could have easily spent more or bought something from CAT for roughly the same price, but I read that some people had bad luck with there stuff plus there timing marks are painted on.

I don't know who's had experience with summit balancers but it looks like a very good quality piece.
 

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On 2006-02-22 20:36, mikemustang289 wrote:
Got my summit balancer today. Very Nice piece for the money. SFI 18.1, engraved timing marks for both latemodel and early style timing covers.

It fits both 3 and 4 bolt applications so it can be used with early model 3 bolt crank pulleys or later model 5.0's with a spacer. Plus the weight is removeable if I ever need to use it on a 28oz application.

I only paid $140 shipped. Money well spent. I looked at all the options and I could have easily spent more or bought something from CAT for roughly the same price, but I read that some people had bad luck with there stuff plus there timing marks are painted on.

I don't know who's had experience with summit balancers but it looks like a very good quality piece.
Only thing I hate about mine is the rust!! I am having a problem with it rusting and my car never sees rain or any kind of weather so the clear coat they use is really cheap on it. Like they say you get what you pay for. Other then that I do think it is a good piece. Before you put it on if I was you I would put some more clear on it.
 

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It specifically states in the paperwork that comes with the balancer that you MUST paint them or they will rust. They come covered with that grease type coating to keep them from rusting in shipping, once you remove that coating you MUST paint or coat them with something.
 

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I've got some spot rust on mine - with a cheapie can of clear coat on it.

According to the specs, its precision balanced enough that a coat of paint could throw it off. I doubt that, but I had it balanced after I painted it anyways.
 

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On 2006-02-23 13:18, gork1rogues wrote:
It specifically states in the paperwork that comes with the balancer that you MUST paint them or they will rust. They come covered with that grease type coating to keep them from rusting in shipping, once you remove that coating you MUST paint or coat them with something.
Hmm must have a different one then what your talking about. Mine said it has a clear coat on it not a grease coating that you remove after shipping. You can even see the clear coat on mine peeling off!! Here is what is says right from summits web site on the balancer that I have. Nothing about an oil coating here on this part number. B64269 Summit Harmonic Dampers
Harmonic Balancer, Internal/ External Balance, Steel, Clear Coated, Ford, 289/ 302/ 351W, Set

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I haven't seen the SFI units at under $200...??
 

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On 2006-02-25 06:00, ckelly wrote:
I haven't seen the SFI units at under $200...??
Page 7 of your search down at the bottom.

 

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Ah. Zowie - that sucker's tested to "12,5000 RPM". It must have been sourced off the old Chrysler Turbine car.
 

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can paint really throw it off? i have the non sfi but its tested to 8000 for an hour, looks great but they dont have high heat clearcoat so i painted it with regular clear coat, then boiled it(per instruction) and the paint got nasty looking. oh well, i hope i didnt put too much paint just a few quick sprays coats but i feel a little too much i was trying to get rid of the drips. whaddaya think..off balance now?
 

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On 2006-02-24 00:43, thekingofazle wrote:
I've got some spot rust on mine - with a cheapie can of clear coat on it.

According to the specs, its precision balanced enough that a coat of paint could throw it off. I doubt that, but I had it balanced after I painted it anyways.
You got that right Wes, there is NO motor I've ever heard of that is so precisely balanced that a few micrograms of paint would throw it off.... (R/C and Micro engines not included... that's a whole other world...) That sounds like a CYA statement from the company because they have shoddy stuff... I mean if one comes back painted and the customer say's "it's not properly balanced" they can claim it was the owner's fault for painting it, and that threw it off, so they have voided their warranty, or something to that effect...

Every engine and their parts that I've seen balanced have been down to the gram give or take on "not the most accurate" scales in the world, rotating assemblies may even be hard to get down to the gram... Never watched that done though...

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