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A little bit of a hiccup last night while working on my 96' Bronco last night. While changing out the tension pulley I accidentally broke off this tab that the spring slips onto. It appears that the tab is a peice of a bracket that holds on the alternator and the Smog pump. My question is... do you think i can get away with it for awhile by jb welding it or magna steel. or should i give it a shot welding it in my shop? ive check around online and all i can find is custom parts that have tensioning bolts and im quite unsure about purchasing those and having them not work out. here is a picture of the peice that broke off and a picture of a bracket that ive considered buying.





 

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It's cast Aluminum, so if you can weld it, go for it. I did mine recently:
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/1036905

JBWeld is really strong when applied correctly, but the surrounding area doesn't look clean enough to get a good joint with it. I'd sandblast it first.

But I'm not sure that tab is critical. The spring should be held on the arm mount, which is bolted to the broken bracket (though not through or on the broken tab). If you can't repair the bracket, they're cheap & common in JYs. It's the same bracket for all '93-99 5.0Ls & 5.8Ls.
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/1030556
 
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