I had to replace timing belt and water pump on two NA Outbacks recently - 05MA and 2010 NA. For 05 I got the Gates kit that worked for many before, but this one came with water pump that was made in China (unexpected). I read some reviews on Amazon for it where people were praising Aisin kits and decided to give it a shot when time came to do 2010.
So kit was ordered, and just to be safe I got OEM water pump as well, just in case.
Again, this is for 2010 NA 2.5 EJ253 with VVT. Afaik in 2013 EJ went to chain driven timing, so this may apply for 2010-2012.
Ordered from Amazon, price at the time (January 2017) was .
Here is the box (side vew):
The label on the box, NOT stating where individual components were made but stating that kit was assembled in USA:
Opening the box, instruction in the box, pretty standard stuff:
Top view of components after instruction sheet removed:
Component in the box, says "made in Japan", looks like good start:
Looking at the timing belt, branded Mitsuboshi, iirc that was the OEM that came on my LGT, but I amy be wrong. Anyway, looks good, marked "made in USA", and has timing marks on it. Neat.
Grabbed the box with component that is labeled "made in Japan", and its belt tensioner. Pretty important part if you ask me, and I recall that the Gates kit part was not clearly marked on the part itself. Let's see what this one is:
Good sign, tensioner is classic blue, and says its made in Japan:
Another angle on the tensioner: