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Stupid question... manual tensioner conversion

Ok so trying to get my h22 put together now to drop in the car.

Got all the manual tension conversion parts all installed. But the h22 belt is tight as all get out, dont really think I can stretch it enough to get it to fit. What belt does everyone use on this. Is it the h23 belt from a 92-96 lude or just stretch the h22 belt out enough to get it to fit?
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Re: Stupid question... manual tensioner conversion

It's a helluva lot easier with 2 people. Use the h22 belt. Make sure everything is lined up properly (crank at #1 TDC [arrows on crank timing gear and block lined up pointing up]), and cam gears are both lined up #1 TDC. Make sure the belt is over the exhaust cam (about halfway on, halfway off), pulled tight around the crank timing gear, tensioner, and water pump. Do the intake cam last (even though it's the harder one to get to). What helped us is to _almost_ remove the tensioner completely. Loosen it so it drops down a little, this will give you a little more slack to play with. Use a piece of PVC pipe, or something round (about 3 1/2" - 4" in diameter), to help you pull the belt up over the intake cam. If you have the belt completely over the exhaust cam, it will be difficult. Leave it about halfway off, it will give you just enough slack to get it over the last cam.
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Re: Stupid question... manual tensioner conversion

Lol, I check this morning before I headed back to work and no reply's, but did a lot of reading last night and figured out that it had to be the h22 belt. So when I got back to work, I just worked it on, so Now I got my motor ready to go in. Figured I would get back on here and you guys had posted about the time I finished getting the belt on. Thanks for the help though. If only I would have waited another 15 minutes I woulda got your reply's before I finished it lol.
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Re: Stupid question... manual tensioner conversion

Those belts sure are a bitch to stretch on haha, after all the complications with my h23 conversion I thought the dayco belt wasn't going to fit but it did! doesn't take too long to loosen up either.
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Re: Stupid question... manual tensioner conversion

I thought I was the only one with that problem, I thought i was doing something wrong with the tensioner swap or something. I must have wrestled that belt for almost an hour by myself one night.
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