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Old 11-29-2012, 09:05 PM
jarhed1964 jarhed1964 is offline
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Originally Posted by cn90 View Post
These days, I am doubtful about Bosch rebuild alternators. I wonder if they put Chinese VR, bearings inside their rebuilt alternators.

For those who want to rebuild, knowing that you put quality stuff in your alternator, you can get good products for about $100 and done with:

1. Buy the 2 bearings (use Koyo, Nachi, or SKF only) for $50 or so.

2. The VR issue:
Go to ebay and search "12311713491", you will see Bosch or Huco VR sold for $60.
This one is sold by Smith Electric Co.:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/8020-1172-NE...-/280910336337


The problem with buying rebuilt alternator online (or locally) is that: you don't know what brand VR they put in, probably Chinese VR and Chinese bearings, that is why it is cheap.

PS: Good reviews on Huco:

http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ew-HUCO-130514

http://www.chrisnovoa.com/a-note-abo...ge-regulators/
I wondered that too. Replaced the Bosch on the 99 with a rebuilt Bosch from FCP. Not sure who they get it from. Great price, and so far zero issues. That was a couple months ago. We'll see. FCP has been pretty good about standing behind their products.
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