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Belt tensioning

Hello all,
I have an '84 944 and I am about to place the camshaft housing back on the head(I had it sent out to be cleaned and resealed) and I know that the belt tension is very important. I'm looking for some advice on the procedure? I've purchased a thin 27mm wrench for the tensioner and have read a lot about it, but I do not have the tensioning tool... I was also wondering if there was someone in my area(Ventura, CA) that would let me rent or borrow that particularly expensive tool? Is it a crucial reading? Thanks.
-Zack

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not a major breakthrough here but have the timing mark for the cam sprocket just a hair past the mark before putting it in place and the #1 piston at tdc. when you tighten the cam housing down it will line up with the mark and you may have to move it just a hair. just did it earlier today.

you dont want to be way off on the cam and the have to rotate it once its in place with the belt off, valves and pistons will touch......
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Zack, poke around on the Rennlist forums. There are a number of guys in the California (i think Northern mostly) that are helpful, and i know of atleast one that mentioned he has the timing belt tool.

A very nice and cheaper alternative to the timing belt tool is the Arnnworx tensioner, the AWX. I recently had the opportunity to borrow an earlier version of the tool from Bryan Thompson ( a member here ) and was fairly impressed with it. Very simple, yet effective (also ingenious how it works). The only downside is finding a 1/4 inch drive torque wrench. I ended up using a 1/4 inch to 3/8 adapter socket. It is about 1/5 the price of the imfamous 9201 tool.
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Zack,
I have the tool and am at USC right now. I can rent/let you borrow it if you'd be willing to lay down some sort of deposit. You should be able to find an explanation on how to use the tool on clarks-garage.com. Let me know via PM.

-Matt
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hey ziggo, when you get it running, maybe we can break it in with a Chumash run?
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Great! Thanks for the info.. I think I'll purchase the AWX tool, I read the good review that Techno Duck did, it sounds accurate and reliable.

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