Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Ogden, UT
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Re: Universal 5424 vs 5416 parts
Having recently rebuilt my 5416 I can tell you that all the engine block parts are readily available from Kubota and are pretty inexpensive.
I also replaced the OEM raw water pump from Sherwood with one by Oberdorfer, mainly because it was half the price and parts are easy to get for Oberdorfer.
I chose to rebuild my starter motor and alternator rather than replace, and the local shop that did the work had no problems getting rebuild parts. I also saw replacements easily available on eBay.
I don't know about getting Universal-specific parts (like the exhaust manifold), but you might try contacting Westerbeke directly and asking them.
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