Yeh the marks are near impossible to see even with the pulley out of the way.kcodyjr wrote: ↑Wed May 05, 2021 12:06 pmI've read conflicting opinions about this. Some say as you do, others say you need the eyes of a hawk to make out the timing marks with the crank pulley in place, and yet others say that bending the timing belt sideways like that weakens it in a potentially dangerous way. That last possibility concerns me.
I get around that by locking the cam sprockets to keep everything in time, the crank won't move by itself.
If the cam marks are lined up properly then you know the crank is too, assuming it was in time initially, that makes it a lot easier to spot the tiny marks on the crank.
Removing the crank nut is easy, torquing it back again isn't. 130 ft lbs ?
I say theres next to zero chance of damaging the belt by slipping it thru the gap.
But i've seen several instances where the pulley worked itself loose and destroyed the top end.
On mine the 30mm nut disappeared, I caught it by sheer luck, hammered a new one on with air tool and loctite.