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Old    Migitty Matt (migitty)      Join Date: Aug 2001       08-13-2003, 7:46 AM Reply   
Has anyone put a 90 amp alternator on a MasterCraft LTR engine? Iím looking into it and I was quoted a ridiculous price by my dealer ($560). Thinking thatís flat out robbery, Iím considering a re-spun. Any recommendations/precautions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Old    Rod McInnis (rodmcinnis)      Join Date: Sep 2002       08-13-2003, 10:17 AM Reply   
That's not such an unreasonable price.

I would assume the the dealer is quoting for a marine alternator to keep the boat safe and legal, as to do otherwise would expose him to liability issues. Such an alternator would cost $200 or more.

As always, you can save a lot of $$$ doing the labor yourself. Changing the alternator is not hard, as long as you aren't trying to change how it mounts, the belt arangment, etc. I would consider it to be about twice as much work as just changing the belt.....

My best recommendation is to not get cheap: buy a MARINE alternator. There is a difference, the marine unit will be "ignition protected" so that it won't blow your boat to bits if you happen to get a gas leak. The Coast Guard requires the use of marine units for just about everything in the engine compartment, and your insurance company would not be happy if they investigate a claim and found non-marine components.

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