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944S timing belt very, VERY tight

I'm installing a new timing belt on my 944S and the dang thing is so tight I can't even get it on. I've heard the 16 valve cars timing belt is tighter than the 8 valve but man, I've been working at this for three days now!!! The new belt has the same part # as the old belt, same number of teeth, it's just about 1/4 of an inch shorter than the old one which I assume is because the old one stretched. How are you 16 valve guys getting this belt on?!!!

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Take the locking nut and washer off the tensioner (the M8 Nyloc) and the tensioner will move back far enough.
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got it, thanks.
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You didn't damage the belt by using tools on it in your three days of travail, did you?
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If you didnt know about the lock nut you may want to get some help setting up the tension on the belt. Its not worth risking all those valves. Good luck
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hey Flormat, I didn't think there was anyone else from MI in here. I live north of Grand rapids. I had an 87 S several tears ago, now have a 87 8 valve.
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no damage to the belt- just my hands, and it wasn't 3 days straight. More like a few hours here and there over the course of three days. I didn't end up adjusting the tensioner, I removed a roller which did not appear to be putting tension on the belt but apparently was. Thanks everyone!

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