You do not need to remove this if you are going to use a shorter belt.
However, more than likely you are going to have use an idler pulley which is what Jeep uses when you don't have A/C.
Based on the routing of the belt, you would not be able to get from the water pump over to the alternator without routing it up to where the A/C or idler pulley would be.
Please run through this info below and let us know what questions you have.
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Thursday, November 18th, 2021 AT 3:30 PM