1993 Jeep Cherokee Country XJ 4.0L and AW4 Transmission NP231 Transfer case.
I went out wheeling again and another alternator went out as predicted after going through some water and mud. So, basically I went home with the idea of making that not happen again by moving the alternator.
So, I decided to remove the airconditioning pump and put a new alternator in its place.
After removing the pump I found some bolts to go into the stock air conditioning pump holes on the a/c bracket.
I proceeded to cut a plate of steel big enough to cover the a/c bracket and be bolted to it.
I decided not to remove the old non-working alternator, but leave it in the stock position. To act as an idler pulley. (may turn the stock one into a DC stick welder, later)
After picking up a new alternator I placed it on the new plate of steel that I was going to bolt to the a/c bracket. I proceeded to make 3 tabs to attach to the new alternator.
After bolting the tabs to the new alternator I placed the new alternator on the steel plate and aligned the belt. (The serpentine belt tensioner is as loose as possible) I tack welded the tabs to the steel plate on the a/c bracket. Then I removed the new alternator from the tabs (we have to be caustious of the amount of heat while welding with the alternator attached) and finished welding the tabs to the steel plate on the a/c bracket.
After drilling the holes in the steel plate to mount it to the a/c bracket, I slid the alternator into place and bolted it to the tabs.
I then took all the wiring off of the old non-working alternator and moved it to connect to the new alternator. This should not require any modification to the harness or wires. I did however have to pull the wires out of the wire loom, which can be located, because it's the only thing that the wires should be catching on to not reach the new alternator.
The only wire that will not reach is the ground wire, which can easily be moved. Unbolt the ground wire from the engine block underneath the coil pack and locate it accordingly. I found it reached easily to the bracket that I reached, but you can use any suitable ground area.
After everything is done re-tighten the serpentine belt and double check your alignment.
Hope this helps, I'm new to thread any suggestions would help. Love to hear comments or see photos if anyone else does this and it helps them as it has helped me. Thanks.