I have wanted to do this for a long time. In your photograph the new belt appears to just clear the black pulley to the right. Have you run it yet? Is the engine back in your car? I am interested to hear how it goes.
The black pulley to the right is the tensioner. There is sufficient clearance to the belt. The engine was not out of the car and is running fine. It is really easy to do.
- Go to shop and have them empty aircon system of R134A and compressor oil. You dont want to mess with that stuff!
- Release tension with 15mm goose neck spanner and lock tensioner with small pin
- Remove belt
- Remove aircon compressor and lower idler
- Fit new belt (probably 6PK1900 is the best choice)
- Unlock tensioner again
- Check belt is running correctly
I removed compressor, condenser, dryer filter and associated plumbing as these parts are in the front and weigh something. So plumbing is still in place from evaporator down to the left hand side bulkhead and capped of securely. You can go further and remove the evaporator but it is not that heavy and it is a big job as the dash has to come out. It will be easy for me to reinstall if a future buyer would want it.
Make sure you cap off any open ends of the system on the car and parts you store as they do not like atmospheric air.
Parts weight come to about 12 kg placed in front of engine. Best place apart from wheels and brakes to remove weight. I could surely feel it. Will probably source a lightweight alu radiator also.