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I still have this bike torn down while awaiting my o-rings and I've been thinking about these bolts on the tensioner pulleys. The manuals say to tighten them just enough to where it can still have free movement. I feel like these springs don't really provide enough pull to keep the timing belts tight enough honestly. As many of us, I referenced the Steve video when changing my belts and I swear it looks like he's putting some decent gorilla torque on those bolts.

What's the general consensus here? Leave the free play or tighten? With mine tightened all the way up, I do have appropriate slack, although I'm aware that not allowing the pulley to move may cause pressure to the bearing.
 

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You only have the play when tensioning the belts, when done you tighten them up
 

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I still have this bike torn down while awaiting my o-rings and I've been thinking about these bolts on the tensioner pulleys. The manuals say to tighten them just enough to where it can still have free movement. I feel like these springs don't really provide enough pull to keep the timing belts tight enough honestly. As many of us, I referenced the Steve video when changing my belts and I swear it looks like he's putting some decent gorilla torque on those bolts.

What's the general consensus here? Leave the free play or tighten? With mine tightened all the way up, I do have appropriate slack, although I'm aware that not allowing the pulley to move may cause pressure to the bearing.
Tighten bolts to 19ft lbs when finished adjusting.
 

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. The manuals say to tighten them just enough to where it can still have free movement.
I think you didn't read far enough. That is for installation of the belts, not the final procedure.
 

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Thanks all. Easy enough.
 
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