I'm sorta a Self-Certified-Rear-Lawn-Mechanic
I service not only my Vehicles but my Wife's-Family and Friends too
I sorta get my Credentials from Experience with "Tinkering"-Repairing my Jeeps thru the years, I worked in a automotive machine shop for about a year and a half--Took machine shop in high school, along with auto-mechanics. The Army Rangers taught me how to survive-improvise-use ANY RESOURCES to my ADVANTAGE!
I AM THE BEST PLUMBING SERVICE TECHNICIAN IN THE WORLD.I CAN DO ANY TASK PUT BEFORE ME! (Also learned in the RANGER BATTALION. You must believe in yourself, if you expect someone else to do likewise!)
I have skipped your question several times hoping that one of the other fellers had a Definite answer.
Being a improvising kind of guy and if you had come to me for help (which you did in a 'round-about-way)
I do not know your rig at all!--If this can be done, I can do it!
I have been passed over before too, I know how it feels, Since the Jeep CJs across the country, are all now running (they are the Best in the World too)--Since I am Unable to assist the ones I Love and help the most (cause none are broke!)I am bored---thats where you come in!
And I really want to help you out of your bind---Heck, your true identity might be SANTA CLAUSE. And if you cannot ride, I may not get my NEW JEEP!
My only Satisfaction here is hearing a response, that I have helped someone in a bind.I'm signed up as a member like you, but I got hooked, almost 2 years ago, and now over 500 answers later---I'M UNDER YOUR HOOD. Took 'em months to answer my 1st free question, A Wonderful Soul finally did!
THIS IS HOW I WOULD APPROACH YOUR SITUATION:
1) Investigate if it can be done, will it still route over the pulleys that remain, without rubbing anything, or REVERSING the direction that the each pulley normally turns
2)Next, I would somehow measure off of something and Get a Measurement of where your tensioner is LOCATED, WHEN ITS TENSIONED NOW (the exact position NOW.I would strive to get the NEW BELT to have the same tensioned measurement when its in place.
3) Trial and Error!
We need a sharp knife and a PAIR of VISE-GRIP PLIERS and a marker
4) Cut the belt and then route it where its finally gonna be located in the endsorta go over your tensioner with very slight tension.
Overlap the belt over itself--pull it sorta tight----then mark your overlap on the belt
5) what we have now is a TOO LOOSE BELT!---As a guide only!
6) Shorten the belt (as you see fit, to get closer, a little at a time as we go on)
7) Vise grip that overlap in place---and temporary mark it for a reference
8) Install the CUT/SPLICED/OLD/RUINED BELT as if it was a new one--tensioner and all!
9) TOO SHORT?---TOO LONG?----WE ARE TRYING TO NOW MATCH UP THE PREVIOUS TENSIONER POSITION THAT WE MEASURED FOR IN STEP 2
CAN YOU NOW SEE THE EXACT REASON WHY THIS MEASUREMENT IN STEP 2 IS CRITICAL AND MAYBE ITS MORE CLEAR TO YOU "WHY" IT HAS GOT TO RIGHT PRIOR TO YOU CUTTING THE BELT OFF?
10)RE-ADJUST/ VISE GRIP AND MARK---RE-INSTALL
11)WHEN YOU GET IT RIGHT--TAKE IT TO THE PARTS HOUSE TO GET A NEW--SHORTER BELTMARK YOUR FINAL BELT SIZE VERY WELL, LEAVE THE VISE GRIPS ON IT
12) THIS STEP IS BETWEEN YOU AND THE PARTS HOUSE NOW!
13) INSTALL YOUR NEW ONE---CHECK YOUR TENSIONER (STEP 2 MEASUREMENT) YOU STILL MAY HAVE TO SWAP IT OUT FOR A SHORTER OR LONGER ONE TO GET IT PERFECT!
14) INSURE ALL WORKS RIGHT AND NOTHING RUBS!
15) ALTERNATE METHOD---GET THE STEP 2 MEASUREMENT. THEN SWAP NEW BELTS OVER AND OVER, TILL THE PARTS HOUSE RUNS YOU OFF---OR YOU GET IT RIGHT 1ST!
If you are totally lost I can try to re-explain steps you are lost with!
Let me know how this works out for youEven If I didn't make it to you in time!
Merry Christmas from ME---and please--No Bah-Humbugs from you!
Saturday, December 4th, 2010 AT 7:02 AM