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I found a way to use physics and mechanical advantage to by-pass using the tensioner.

You can carefully slide the old belt off (since your relpacing it I'd cut it)
and then thread the belt like normal. Instead of leaving off the tensioner, leave off the idler, then you can push down on the belt at the idlers position and the pully system will make it easy to get the belt into position. Replacing the tensioner still sounds neccesary, but this is a much easier install proccess, and my belt has been fine for two months since I did this. (once it's on it's just as if you did it the other way)

Just the lazy mans approach.

P.S. If you actually try this, make sure to keep your hands out of the way, and you'll be fine.
 
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