Always on TDY...
I always prefer OEM parts over aftermarket and only go after market if it's truly needed or more cost effective.Exactly the set up I hope for. MercRacing bracket, Auto-tensioner, and EP3 Adjustable Idler Pulley. Someone suggested I just buy a stock Auto-tensioner instead of the K-Tuned one but didn't really give me a reason why. Your build is what I'm basing mine off us. Eventually, I'd want to do a race pulley (3.0"), KPro, and I just ordered the Skunk2 Alpha header to pair with my 3" Megapower RR exhaust.Glad to read things are coming back together. I actually got a spare auto tensioner from Rock Auto for ~$60 that I keep I'm my trunk if I ever need it.
The k tuned version Im sure would be equivalent to OEM in functionality. I deleted my PS last year using the k tuned ep3 adjustable idler pulley and it allowed me to use the same belt size.
I didn't end up changing out the starter. It was just too much work. I needed to get my car running so that's why I kinda gave up lol. But it's running really well now and it feels great after replacing the radiator and adding a CAI.
I've been running an OEM auto tensioner with 0 issues. I know others have as well and/or after market ones from AutoZone with no issues, so it boils down to preference of the buyer.
I tried to make it work without the idler pulley, but after battling trying to find the right belt size for a few weeks, I gave up and order the k tuned adjustable one and had my car running in 15 mins upon receipt lol.