So over this last trip, my ac compressor pulley bearing decided it was time to start screaming at me. With a bit of research, I discovered that the clutch was NOT rebuildable and my only option was to replace the compressor ($500 for the part)....
With that in mind, I made it my goal to prove Jeep wrong, and rebuild it anyways, and I am happy to announce that it IS doable! for only $50 in parts!
first step for the job for me was to remove the clutch face on the front of the compressor. This was honestly the hardest part, but with a little bit of tinkering, I was able to fabricate a tool to remove it. use a 10mm socket for this. (be sure to not lose the spacers that are hiding in between the front plate and the compressor shaft)
This was created with a simple piece of bar steel, some 6-32 x 1-3/4" bolts and nuts.
Once you get the first plate off, be sure to remove the snap ring holding in the main pulley, and once its clear. pry it off. I broke a screwdriver doing this, but you really want to by careful to not mess up the shaft that the bearing is on.
Once you get the pulley off, you will notice that it was peened on. and is something of a hard to come by bearing. I was able to find a replacement by going to a bearing specialty store in my hometown.
Bearing part number was: Nachi 35BG05S16G-2DL
simply press out the old bearing and press in the new one. I used a 1-5/16' impact socket to press it out and a 1-3/8 to press the new one in.
You do need to use some retaining compound because you cant re-peen the pulley. Loctite 609 works great for this.
Once you have let the new bearing with the retaining compound dry for 24 hrs, reinstall the parts in reverse order of how they came apart.
Done, you have now replaced a pulley that would have cost you $500 if left to a jeep dealer for only $50. Happy wrenching!