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Old 03-13-2019, 02:49 PM
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after market starter

I am looking at a rebuild of an A4 starter but see several aftermarkets being offered for right around $100. A rebuild would cost at least that much. Anyone using the aftermarket versus original starters? Can anyone speak to reliability and how to identify an aftermarket that will fit? Thanks.
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:47 PM
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Is the aftermarket starter marine rated? I have to say the A4 starter seems quite over-engineered for a 60 cubic inch engine. Fixing the stock one would probably last you decades.
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IMHO, the only weak link in the stock starter are the brush springs. These springs will corrode, then brush contact with the commutator gets iffy.
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Is the after market starter ignition proof??? That's seriously important.
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MMI sells the special solenoid gasket needed for ignition proofing. I believe this may be the only difference, but am not positive.
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