I didn't drop the sway bar to pull the alternator off, but that will obviously give you more room. Instead, I unbolted the power steering pump and pushed it forward and out of the way, then used a crows' foot wrench to loosen/tighten the idler pulley bolts. Lawyeradam just did something similar in getting his alternator out.
I did drop my sway bar recently to replace its bushings. A word of caution, be very careful about how much you tighten up the nuts on that, I snapped one before it was anywhere close to the proper torque, and those upper ones look nasty to get out if you do break them.
White 2007 Alpina B7
Supercharger clutch/bearings (check DIY), sunroof seal, quarterto8's 6000K angel eyes, bumper side mounts
Black 2002 BMW E66 / 745Li (sold)
KW v3's, blue angel eyes, 8000K headlights & HID fogs, rebuilt alternator, sunroof seal, CCVs, NGK Laser Platinum plugs, sway bar bushings, battery, timing & valve cover gaskets, valve stem seals, guibo joint, mechatronic sealing sleeve, trans fluid, alternator bracket mounting gasket, sanded headlights...
Last edited by Keif; 12-10-2009 at 10:05 AM.
Reason: Alternator housing mounts to block AND a timing chain cover. i FAIL!