Pull it all back apart Cody?
There are easier ways bud.
The tensioner is a much easier way, make sure you have both coolant elbows. That if your year has the lower elbow built into the tension (metal) you will have the o ring. (I dunno why I didn't think of that earlier Badnit)
I suggest using a little grease or vasoline on the o rings before you install them to help them slide in. A few here have had issues with nicking and it would see the best method is to prelube or add a little RTV when they are going together.