Ok guys, this is getting a little heated, this is a open fourm for every one to read, keep it clean.
hey it's all good so far
I, too, am tired of Toyota this or Honduh that...
maybe I am old fashioned but I wouldn't buy one, I'd consider driving something like that if it was free and I was paid to, besides.
Ford vs Chevy vs Mopar wasn't enough...
funny you bring up consumer reports.... why is it, that my experiences seems to go contrary to their recommendations... them guys and the movie critics must be in cahoots. the movies they rave about, are usually the ones I think are no good...
yeah this is going in a different direction than I thought it would but so far so good....
how much exp do you guys out there have with the aftermarket kits for these engines that include rod, piston, gaskets, valves and everything else besides a kitchen sink, for less than an OE piston and rod (at least if you using Kohler as your OE comparison as my last couple rebuilds have been)
has there been enough grass cutting, rototillin, snow plowin hours put on an engine that has these parts, to really compare? Or is this one of those, "its OK fo a show pony that gets driven off th trailer, displayed, back on the trailer then into the shed, kind of machines, but no good for a tractor that is used weekly (or more) to mow 3 acres of tall weeds and drive a PTO powered tiller or snowblower, like they were meant to do? Or are these the parts you use, when you want to fix something "cheap" to "flip" to make a buck, and let the next guy worry about problems?
My particular case that prompted me to start this thread, had to do with a coil... are internal parts from these aftermarket companies (more dependable, less dependable) than OEM part, considering all else being the same (machining or lack of, cleanliness of parts upon assembly, torqueing to spec or lack of) besides where the parts came from?
Are electrical parts a better or worse buy from aftermarket vs OE? Certain aftermarket brands better than others?
Or are internal parts OK but electrical parts not so OK (or vise versa)
At this point I'm likely to worry less about aftermarket gaskets, filters, carb kits etc being much different/"worse" than OE, than internal parts.... a swelled carb diaphragm is less a "big deal" than a sloppy fitting rod or rings that wear out by the 2nd oil change or valves that "neck" or snap off, if you know what I mean
Edited by dodge trucker, February 17, 2014 - 09:59 PM.