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Timing belt or chain on 2.0 2014 XT engine

Originally, Joe Spitz said it has a chain, now I read on his site it is a belt.

Can anyone confirm one way on another?


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Has to be a chain. The new FA/FB block is built around using a chain. There is no possible way to retrofit a belt without a complete redesign of the engine.
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I just bought a 14' XT and it is actually on the maintenance schedule... On 2.0 motor, replace timing "belt" at 100k+ miles.
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This is indeed odd.

There are several references to the 2014 Forester turbo with a timing chain on Spitz' website :

2014 Forester (n/a and turbo) Mechanical Specs

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The reason I started this thread is I was looking at his site here
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105,000 mile timing belt replacement turbo models only. X models have a Timing chain - no replacement needed

I have print-outs from him back from January that stated it was a chain.
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X models have a Timing chain - no replacement needed
Yeah, right. We'll see in 100k miles. Chains stretch.

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The reason I started this thread is I was looking at his site here
2014 Subaru Forester
and saw
105,000 mile timing belt replacement turbo models only. X models have a Timing chain - no replacement needed

I have print-outs from him back from January that stated it was a chain.
I suspect it's a typo. For example, selecting the "2014 Maintenance" hotlink and scanning down to the Forester section reveals this comment:
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Camshaft Belt (rubber timing belt) WRX and STI only
Note: All 2014 Forester, Impreza, BRZ, Crosstrek, have a timing chain which shouldn't need replacement
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Yeah, right. We'll see in 100k miles. Chains stretch.
Actually, chains don't stretch. They wear at all the bearing points (at each link).

As these surfaces wear, the chain gets longer (seemingly to stretch).

Wear is a function of lubrication and bearing loads. If done right, the FB's chains should last a long time. If not.....
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Actually, chains don't stretch. They wear at all the bearing points (at each link).

As these surfaces wear, the chain gets longer (seemingly to stretch).
I know. It's faster and people more quickly grasp what you mean if you just say "stretch".

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Its a chain thats what all the fb engines have.
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it's a Chain

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Originally, Joe Spitz said it has a chain, now I read on his site it is a belt.

Can anyone confirm one way on another?


Thanks!
According the maintenance schedule bellow, it's a Chain

2014 Subaru maintenance schedule and new car break-in period
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