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Highway/High Seas Robbery
I helped a friend with a Universal 5424 engine shop around for new glow plugs for their engine.
Torreson Marine had them listed for around $80 a piece.
Quite a bit of web searching and cross referencing later and I found the same glow plugs listed at a tractor supply place for $8 a piece.
I kid you not.
It would seem that the 'marine engine' makers have paid Kubota gag money to discourage marine engine owners from buying Kubota parts so the 'marine engine' folks can mark the parts up as much as 100%.
If you speak to a Kubota dealer do not tell them you have a Universal or Westerbeke engine. You need to look up the Kubota engine block model. With the engine block model # they (or you) can look up the Kubota parts that go with your engine.
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