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OEM Timing Chain Kits?

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My '05 VQ has the dreaded timing chain noise so I'm scouting around in search of an an OEM kit that has the top and bottom chain and sprockets, guides, etc. But all I'm finding is aftermarket kits (rock auto, amazon, etc.). Every mechanic I talk to says only buy OEM.

Can anyone recommend a good aftermarket kit or suggest a solid lead for OEM nissan parts? Thanks in advance.
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I think most mechanics are recommending using OEM timing chains not because of quality issues with aftermarket chains, but because of the marked/colored links on the OEM chains that help you line up on the sprockets and such. Aftermarket chains may or may not have the markings/coloring.
It's very likely you won't actually need timing chains. The chains are usually in good shape and very serviceable unless your tensioners have failed in such a way that the chain gets damaged. Replacing just the tensioners should do the job without having to replace the chains. Having said that, the OEM chains are not all that expensive really if you want to change them out. I just saw my timing original timing chains (I've been the only owner and bought it new in 2006) today and they look like they are new still. I have just over 120,000K on the truck. 2 out of the 3 tensioners were worn badly. Actually, the tensioners themselves weren't worn, but the plastic/composite guide rails were. Still with the 2 in bad shape, my truck wasn't making any terrible noises. Had I not had a low oil pressure at idle issue, I would never have considered replacing the tensioners and guides.
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