Are all remanufactured Motorcraft alternators created equal?

DSB88GT

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I'm looking into replacing the alternator on my 88 GT. The car is is all stock with no added high drain electrical accessories, so I want to stick with the 75 amp alternator. My question is, are all remanufactured 75 amp Motorcraft alternators basically the same? I ask this because there is quite a price difference between the remanufactured units on LMR and Rock Auto.
 
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General karthief

wonder how much it would cost to ship you a pair
Mod Dude
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And whats wrong with Oreilys or advanced? Life time guarantee.
Seriously, rockauto and lmr give stangnet members a discount. I've had good luck with all of them.
 

DSB88GT

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I was just curious if there was a difference in the materials used to justify the substantial price difference.
 

DSB88GT

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I'm looking into replacing the alternator on my 88 GT. The car is is all stock with no added high drain electrical accessories, so I want to stick with the 75 amp alternator. My question is, are all remanufactured 75 amp Motorcraft alternators basically the same? I ask this because there is quite a price difference between the remanufactured units on LMR and Rock Auto.
What is the rockauto discount code?
 

Blown88GT

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If you were local, I would give you my original 2G for free.
I would only replace the 2G with another 2G if you never use the headlights or fog lights or the heat/defrost fan.
It was also known as the Ford Fire Starter because of the marginal design of the power connector which melted & caught fire.
There should have been a recall.
Upgrade to the 3G, it's almost plug n' play.
https://www.stangnet.com/mustang-forums/resources/3g-alternator-fox-upgrade.18/
 

Alley Oop

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I bought a rebuilt alternator for my 1991 Merc wagon (5 L). It was not a good experience. Go new or with
an outfit that has a reputation for standing behind their product.
 

DSB88GT

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If you were local, I would give you my original 2G for free.
I would only replace the 2G with another 2G if you never use the headlights or fog lights or the heat/defrost fan.
It was also known as the Ford Fire Starter because of the marginal design of the power connector which melted & caught fire.
There should have been a recall.
Upgrade to the 3G, it's almost plug n' play.
https://www.stangnet.com/mustang-forums/resources/3g-alternator-fox-upgrade.18/
95% of the time it's daylight and the windows are down. Not too worried about the firestarter getting me!
 

DSB88GT

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I bought a rebuilt alternator for my 1991 Merc wagon (5 L). It was not a good experience. Go new or with
an outfit that has a reputation for standing behind their product.
What brand alternator was yours? I'm going with Motorcraft, hence my question if all Motorcraft alternators were created equal.
 

Alley Oop

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What brand alternator was yours? I'm going with Motorcraft, hence my question if all Motorcraft alternators were created equal.
Can't remember what brand alternator. It was rebuilt by a small, one owner shop many years ago. I used to support local, small businesses, nowadays I only support those that have proven themselves to be reliable. I would go with Motorcraft, but make sure the retailer is going to replace it should there be a problem.
 

DSB88GT

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The Motorcrafts have a 2 year warranty, so I'm hoping I can just take it back within that timeframe.
 

General karthief

wonder how much it would cost to ship you a pair
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It was not the alternator that was the problem, as stated by @Blown88GT it was the plug in connector that caught fire, I was sitting at a stop light in the day time with nothing but the engine idling when mine started, I pulled the battery cable off, unplugged the melted connector and drove home. Change the connector.
 
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