I have done many these since my first EJ22 in 1990. At that time IIRC, the torque was on 80 ft lbs.
Since then I have always used the starter to loosen, and if a manual, in gear to tighten. Automatics, I have used a screwdriver in the opening by the throttle body..... that is until I BENT a flex plate a few years ago. That turned into a LONGER JOB than just a timing belt..
So a few years ago I purchased a Grimspeed Pulley tool: http://www.amazon.co...ank pulley tool
I have used it over a dozen times since on BOTH Autos and manuals. With a breaker bar sitting on the drivers side frame rail, the pulley doesn't move, and torqueing to 140 ft lbs is SOOO EASY. It has easily paid for itself. I said I also use it on manuals because, unlike putting it in gear with the brake on, there is NO drivetrain play, just a quick easy CLICK.
And unlike a strap or chain wrench, there is no additional stress on the damper pulley rubber to lead to a failure where the pulley separates and has to be replaced in the future.
My $.02 and experiences.
Edited by ferret, 21 September 2013 - 06:11 AM.