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Stripping the the a/c componets out of my bird

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?

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Yup. It free wheels anyway with the clutch disengaged.

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Kinda moot though, the compressor is the heaviest component of the A/C system

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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.
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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
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Thanks MadMikeyL for that link, I think I'm going to go with rerouting the belt and removing the compresser all together since someone listed the part number for the smaller belt.
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That is how I have it set up in my SC as well. Keep in mind, you will also have to modify the tensioner since it will now need to tension the other way.

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Kinda moot though, the compressor is the heaviest component of the A/C system
Weight isnt the only benefit to removing the AC system .. that full length AC condensor in front of the tiny radiator and intercooler is a nice thing to get out of the way also.
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That's a good point, I wasn't thinking SC minded

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Hey MadMikeyL do you have the belt number for the one your using? The number that's in the link is a Gates K080535 but there is no mention of what year SC its for.
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No, sorry I don't. I have an underdrive crank pulley too, so when I did it I just measured the length with a string and ordered the closest size I could get.

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MadMikeyL thanks for all the info, looks like I'm going to have to try my original plan of using the stock ac compresser components to make an idler pulley before trying to measure out a new belt.
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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.

http://www.sccoa.com/forums/showthre...010#post807010

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