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Old 07-06-2011, 10:23 AM
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Alternator: Cheapo rubuilt or Motorcraft new?

OK, so I had to replace the alternator on the wifes X about 4 years ago and it has held up fine. Picked it up at AutoZone for cheap. Just this past weekend the battery light started to illuminate during acceloration only but my alternator tester indicates that the voltage is bad even just idling with no load. I obviously need a new one but am wrestling with the idea of either buying another rebuilt autozone special since the past one got me 4 years of use or should I just suck it up and pick up the motorcraft replacement for considerably more $$$.

Another option is to go with a High Output version which is a bit more $$$ even still, but may be a better bet.

Thanks for your help in advance...
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:42 AM
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I actually was having the same problem. Installed an in-dash DVD player and flip down monitor, that coupled with lights on for driving at night I was only reading 11.6 - 12.2 volts at idle and not much higher while driving. Plus I want to eventually add on a sub or two, winch and offroad lights so I'm expecting the higher power draw in the future.

I went the high output route and picked up a 270 Amp DC Power Alternator from Raul at Stealth Automotive. Only mention where I got it because Raul was a huge help in me deciding which alternator I was going to go with and the benefits of getting an aftermarket high output one. Truly top class customer service!

I'm still waiting on the UPS man to deliver it but it sounds like you're in the same shoes I'm in.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:59 AM
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Thanks for your quick reply Sniper and more importantly, thanks for your service to this country!

I may do the same thing.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:21 AM
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Thanks! Yeah the big deciding factor for me was that the 270 Amp outputs more amperage it idle than the OEM 110 does at peak! That sold me right there haha.
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