So is this the correct way to install the strap? In looking at JD Parts diagram, they show it installed the incorrect way in the parts listing.Sorry about that, I don't know why some pictures show up as attachments and others inline, I uploaded them all the same way. I'll try making them a little smaller here, maybe it's a size thing.
Pics in this order: My initial bad gap, my finished good gap, my strap installed wrong, my strap re-installed right, and a screen grab from a manual posted in another thread here showing this strap installed correctly. Here's a link to that thread with the manual but it is an attachment also of a PDF file so don't know if you will be able to see it or not.