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Interesting, I was wondering if this was possible. It would save me a lot of time and money if I could just do it myself without taking out the radiator. I assume the alternator bracket is how you tension the alternator belt? Any tips? I may be trying this next week.

My tip will be to get yourself a nice board.
I use a nice wide board to lay on top of the engine,the board is to support the nice wide foam pad,which in turn supports my nice wide belly!
some other foam pads are good to put where your arms will be,theres lotsa sharp edges under the cat house lid on your bird.
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I've had to replace the alternator - beside a busy interstate. Did it from inside.

Get the appropriate size combination wrench for the big nut that tightens the fan belt (it is also part of the alternator mount). Cut the wrench in half so it has a short handle. There isn't much room to swing it in there.

Use a coat hanger to hold the fan belts while you are changing it. It is no fun to have to get them back over the other pulleys.

It is heavy. After you get it free it takes a bit to muscle it out lying on your stomach with your arms extended out in front of you.

What Randy said about putting some padding down while you are laying on top of the engine.
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Disconnect the batteries before you take off the + terminal on the alternator. If it should accidentally touch ground it will shoot sparks everywhere. I guess you know that, but just in case.
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Interesting, I was wondering if this was possible. It would save me a lot of time and money if I could just do it myself without taking out the radiator. I assume the alternator bracket is how you tension the alternator belt? Any tips? I may be trying this next week.


The big mounting screw with nuts top and bottom are for belt tension. The alternator is fairly heavy. The only challenge is holding it while inserting/lining up the pivot bolts. Still seemed easier than doing it from the front. You'll be happy you did it. It's not a bad job and you know you'll be able to do it on the road if need be.
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DAvid has never had the front open,i bet he needs belts etc.
i know what i would do.
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The big mounting screw with nuts top and bottom are for belt tension. The alternator is fairly heavy. The only challenge is holding it while inserting/lining up the pivot bolts. Still seemed easier than doing it from the front. You'll be happy you did it. It's not a bad job and you know you'll be able to do it on the road if need be.
You may need to lengthen that adjustment rod with the nuts on it to adjust a Leese alternator. Cut the rod at the bottom end (I think it’s a round eye) and weld in a short piece of rod. Many of us have done that.
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