I guess that if you're pulling it, you might as well put in a rebuilt. I've had good luck replacing the VR with the alternator in the car, so that's my first approach. That said, I did that once, and still had to pull the alternator because it was a bad diode.
Stick with the 80 amp. More current capacity isn't better, it's just bigger. The alternator supplies all the electrical power the car needs while the engine is running. Extra capacity provides no advantage.
Hint to replacing the pulley - if you can, try loosening the nut while the belt is still on and tight. Don't take it off, just 'break it.' This sometimes works. If it doesn't, don't sweat it. Once the alternator is out, put it down, and take an allen wrench, put it in one of the holes in the face of the alternator, and rest it against the fan on the face of the alternator. That'll hold the alternator armature steady while you loosen the nut.
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