Well, the bracket is just 4 pulleys with 8 total bearings... If it's the upper ones they can remove and replace without doing anything more than pulling the tensioner back.(easy job through the wheel well) Should be a hour job to do. If they find zero damage, then the bracket needs to come out to get to the lower ones... This means the motor must be tilted. You do not need to remove the clam. Most important is having a competent mechanic to look the pulleys and bearings over as the reason they are advising to replace the entire assy. is the bearings are not the problem... it's the machining of the bracket.Just received the news. The bracket pulley assembly needs to be replaced. $2200 from Lotus, $1789 from MWR
Total bill with towing $4569.
viper guy you mentioned changing some other police can you elaborate please since the back clam will be off
You can go down the new bracket route... but having seen 2 of these things and the VERY POOR machining, you can toss 2k at you car every 2 years or overhaul the bearings and fuse/loctite 660 them and be done. All this for about $300 in materials.
There is a shop in Minnesota that will overhaul your pulleys for something like $75 ea.
In my case, it was the lower most rear pulley that had it's outer race spun in the pulley (poor pulley machining). New bearing and Loctite 660 and better then new. Other methods you could use would be to strike or fuse the race.