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Old 10-09-2013, 05:09 PM   #18
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Don't know about that part, GB, but my belt went from near-perfect to shrapnel in ten seconds flat once the pulley locked up. Not sure any belt could withstand that.

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Old 10-09-2013, 05:12 PM   #19
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A Chuck Norris belt could handle that with ease.
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:31 PM   #20
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Sorry to hear of your misfortune. But it good to hear ipf step up for repairs.
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:41 PM   #21
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Sorry for my ignorance (haven't seen the IPF up close), but does the pulley have a sealed bearing?
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:41 PM   #22
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It's touching that you have something nice to say about them.

Hahahahaha. Ha.

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I'm glad to hear that IPF jumped in so quickly to get this solved
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:55 PM   #23
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Take you bad set and remove the snap ring, go to a bearing supply house and get FAG bearings and replace, then you will have a spare emergency set. get a belt and the tools and you can change all in about 15 minutes if needed. It would be best if these pullys were a little larger to reduce rpm and use a alternator or tensioner bearing. also sealed bearings are better as the metal shielded tend to let out the lubricant and allow dust to enter.
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:44 PM   #24
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The new bearings are sealed German units instead of the Japanese bearings that were used initially. I took both of my units in this afternoon and they pulled the snap rings and pressed out the spacers (one on each side) and the two bearings per pulley, then pressed in the new bearings, then the snap ring, then the spacers were pressed in. I was given a new belt as well. The pulleys both seem smoother than they ever were initially. The shop guy that did the work for me (thanks!) said he was the one who had originally put everything together in the first place. I compared the bearings and they are indeed different.

I just have to split the unit and reinstall the belt, but not today.

If you order new bearings, you will need to have a vice and appropriate sized sockets to help do the pressing in and out of the various parts. It's all pretty apparent what to do when you see everything. An 8 mm Allen key removes the bolts that hold the pulleys.

Excellent, excellent customer service from IPF/KPE (the shop that IPF works out of). Today they had a Porsche from Kuwait that had been shipped over for them to hop up, a Panoz (new) and a bunch of other exotic stuff.

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Old 10-09-2013, 08:37 PM   #25
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Thanks for the heads up John! E-mail sent. Since we purchased at the same time, I'm sure I can benefit from an upgrade as well.

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Old 10-10-2013, 11:18 AM   #26
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Sucks it happened but the response was great and hopefully these upgraded ones are more durable.

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:05 PM   #27
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Got a same-day response from IPF and spoke with Andy this morning.

He said all purchaser's of the IPF system will be receiving the upgraded bearings.

They are working on a "technical service bulletin" to go with them instructing owners how to change them out.

Evolution Motorsports will be handling distribution and may be contacting owners for shipping addresses.

First rate customer service for sure!
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Old 10-10-2013, 03:01 PM   #28
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Hi everybody !

the actual replacement bearings we send from our german SKF Factory to the USA ...

These bearings were metric size (35x10x17mm ) with corrosponding to the EU DIN 6003 and they are matching 100% the requirements of the IPF-TUNING sc-Pulleys ... in Temperature range .. horizontal driving force and max RPM Speed !

We will never source these important parts again from the far east ... no constant Quality .. as you see .. some Japan bearings fail never ... some quickly ... so better use the original factory bearings from Germany !

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Old 10-10-2013, 03:18 PM   #29
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And I'm back in the game! All done and everything's back to normal.

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Old 10-10-2013, 03:31 PM   #30
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Hello all! We apologize for the bearing issue... We are going to make sure that no one else has to experience a failed bearing... so we are planning on supplying new bearings for every kit that has been sold since 2011

We have a master list of all the IPF Supercharger customers. If you are not contacted in the next few weeks with your bearing upgrade please contact us, or if your information has changed in the last two years let us know.

We are also contacting our dealers to make them aware of the bearing issue, some have already been replaced. If you purchased your kit from a 3rd party vendor we may not have your information, if that is the case please email us and I will make sure to put you on the list.

We are contacting customers using our email master list so please keep an eye out for an email from us in the near future.

Thank you all for your support and understanding. We appreciate all of our customers and will replace your idler pulley bearings if they are failed or not as a preventative measure.

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Old 10-10-2013, 04:02 PM   #31
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Thanks Arno/Andy ! I installed my new set on Monday, took less than an hour. When mine seized the gator back belt didn't break but the squealing over the seized pulley was a real awakening going 75 on the interstate.
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:38 PM   #32
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Thanks to Andy and Brooke they've got me on the list for the upgraded pulleys
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:49 PM   #33
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Thanks for the information. Brook got back to me right away. She put me on the list as well for the new bearing
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:14 PM   #34
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On the list myself. I just hope I don't remove the whole thing....
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