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I'm happy to bring a conclusion to this topic. Yes the compressor can be removed from an SC Elige from underneath. However the alternator must be moved out of the way. Also, I can confirm that the alternator can be removed from the top, but it takes about 100 rotations to get out and you better eat your Wheaties and have your V8 before attempting. I have so much lactic acid in my forearms I feel like I just conquered American ninja warrior. Also, first disconnect the vacuum line going to the charcoal canister...makes life much easier.

Also, I'm happy to say the Denso 471-1426 compressor fits on the stock belt. You have to compress the belt tensioner as far as it will go, a breaker bar and ratchet strap help here. Once the belt is on the tensioner will extend a small amount so no worry about too much tension on the belt.

It took me 2 nights and 1 afternoon to do all this and change the oil, but boy do I feel accomplished. Now all that's left is to plasti-dip the chin spoiler and mount the newly powder coated LSS rims and new rubber. In case you're wondering I did a lot of research before powder coating the forged LSS rims and I can tell you 360 degrees for 30 minutes is all it takes and that's nowhere near the annealing temp of the rims. You'll have to get over 700 F to anneal them!
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