So I decided that since I never use my a/c that I'm going to strip out as many components of it as I can. What I want to ask is that if I strip all the a/c lines out of the compresser will the pulley still spin at the correct speed if I leave it as a free spinning pulley?
Last edited by SuperBird90; 05-14-2014 at 09:09 PM.
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Yup. It free wheels anyway with the clutch disengaged.
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I figured since I have most of the front end disassembled to replace the water pump, power steering pump, and thermostat I should start getting rid of things I don't really want. I wasn't sure if the pulley would still function properly without the compressed attached so I figured I'd at least tear the a/c lines out.
The lines weigh almost nothing, the compressor is where the weight is. If you are going to leave the compressor, you might as well leave everything there since the car would have a better resale value with the A/C intact, even if it isn't working. If you are going to strip it out, you can either get an idler pulley for a diesel F250 to bolt in its place, or you can modify the tensioner to tension the other way, and then install a shorter belt to bypass where the compressor would have been. See this thread for part numbers and instructions on the idler pulley method http://www.sccoa.com/forums/showthre...ight=ac+delete
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Instead of leaving the AC compressor on the motor or using an idler pulley in that location, you might want to consider doing this type of AC delete and alternate belt routing. Link has pictures and part numbers.