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My starter hit the crapper yesterday, luckily in the driveway. I've been doing some searching and really haven't found much in the way of what people think is the best brand to go with. Is it true the starter for a 99-03 7.3 will fit in the OBS?
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My starter hit the crapper yesterday, luckily in the driveway. I've been doing some searching and really haven't found much in the way of what people think is the best brand to go with. Is it true the starter for a 99-03 7.3 will fit in the OBS?
i would give this a try:

Mean Green Gear Reduction Starter 7300

it looks good and is supposed to have more torque than a stock starter and therefore last longer
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Yes and I recommend it. DB used to offer a HD version for the OBS but has since gone obsolete. The SD starter is equivalent, OEM, cheaper, and easily obtainable at even junk yards.

SD starter only utilizes 2 bolts as well.
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I put a Napa starter on mine... Think it was like $180 with a lifetime warranty. Cant beat that with a stick...

I would stick with an oem application in this situation, and definatly not one from a jy.

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A SD starter isn't exacty a direct replacement. It bolts up the same, but I believe the stud for the small wire is different and you need a different nut for it.
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A SD starter isn't exacty a direct replacement. It bolts up the same, but I believe the stud for the small wire is different and you need a different nut for it.
Is there any difference in the cranking speed? Even with new batteries my starter was always pretty slow. And as great as that mean green starter looks I can't quite afford that at the moment.
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It is the same starter. You slow starts are probably starter related. Same thing happened on my truck. Thought it was the batts, put new ones in, no change in crank. The one day she just wouldnt crank. Put the new starter on and man what a difference!!! Like 2 sec of crank time before she fired... Like I said napa gold with a lifetime warranty is the way to go...

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Is there any difference in the cranking speed? Even with new batteries my starter was always pretty slow. And as great as that mean green starter looks I can't quite afford that at the moment.
From what I have been told and read the SD is way faster.

I just thought I would throw that in there that it is not exactly the same, just incase you despretely needed your truck and it was one little nut holding you up.

Just to let you know too, a starter from Ford isn't gonna be a ton cheaper, probably still $250ish, from what I remember, had to replace the starters on both of our work trucks in the last year, those were stock starters too, not SD starters.

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