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Alternator Swap Please help

Hello,so this is my first thread and i need some help swapping out my alternator on my 03 6.0. So my batteries were tested and alternator was putting out only 30amp. So i bought a 110 amp alternator w a lifetime warranty. Could have paid more for the motorcraft w a year warranty. No brainer for me.! Does anyone have pics of where the tensioner is? Do i need the powerstroke tool to get the job done? Any tips that will help me out? Please help! Thanks
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I don't have a picture but the tensioner is below the alt, you need a 3/8 ratchet and it is pretty tight.
Some people just use a bar on the belt to pull up on tensioner and slide alt under the belt and rock it back into place then putting in bolts. I used ratchet with a 3/4 pipe for a cheater to make it easy.
My opinion you should put on a bigger alt.


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Thanks for the info. What alternator would you recommend? Db electric? Should i have gone with the high output? I just went with what they recommended. Thanks
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Re: Alternator Swap Please help

I only put an advance auto lifetime warranty one and I run 2 amps and 2 subs and mine does fine

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The tensioner is just below the alternator and it is a pain, but you need a 1/2 inch ratchet, I use a rachet and a cheater pipe...

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I pull the belt with my hand and unlock tensioner with other

no tools except for the alt bolts

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I only put an advance auto lifetime warranty one and I run 2 amps and 2 subs and mine does fine

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What amperage is yours? I cannot find a high amperage alt in stock in phoenix. I need it by tomorrow.
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I pull the belt with my hand and unlock tensioner with other

no tools except for the alt bolts
I did see a thread with this info but was not sure if that worked or not. I will give er a try! Thanks
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The tensioner is just below the alternator and it is a pain, but you need a 1/2 inch ratchet, I use a rachet and a cheater pipe...
I will definitely give this a try if i cannot flip the tab.

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1. To use this ya need to be pretty strong.
2. The little latch mechanism still needs to be there. The latch is stainless but the mounting pin is just a roll pin and rusts off or is easily broken.


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