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Should I have bought a "Leece Neville" alternator that's not OEM?

After extensive research, I ordered a specific model of a Leece Neville alternator from a shop that rebuilds and sells new alternators in my town. The shop owner and i looked in a catalogue and agreed that was the one.
When it arrived the next day, I noted that the regulator said Leece Neville on it and it looked exactly like the photos I had seen on-line. I noticed that there was not a Leece Neville stamp on the body of the alternator or any identifying marks. When asked about that, the shop owner finally said although it was new, not a rebuild, it was just not OEM, but it was "just like" a Leece Neville. Is that another term for fake knock-off? I declined to buy it because he couldn't tell me any more about it and wouldn't let me talk to the company he ordered it from so I could find out if it was really a Leece Neville, but just didn't have the stamp. Now I plan on buying from one another shop in Oakland that says they have an OEM one. There alternator is selling for 39.00 more, which I will gladly pay for the satisfaction of knowing it is less likely to croak half way to Hawaii.
But for all I know, the alternator that was ordered for me in my town is just as good as an OEM? Does anyone have any opinions on non OEM vs. OEM alternators?

Silly me, everyone on this site has an opinion. Thats what makes my boat go when there isn't any wind.

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Re: Should I have bought a "Leece Neville" alternator that's not OEM?

Re-builders will do that. It's one of those "you should have specified" things. I've been considering replacing the one on my boat's engine with a 90 amp model per MainSail's (one of SN's professionals) suggestion about a year ago. I like the company that he recommends also.
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Re: Should I have bought a "Leece Neville" alternator that's not OEM?

Denise,

I have the 90A Leece-Neville alternator that I bought here

Good product, best price, and fast delivery.

Remember: ALL THE FASTENERS ARE METRIC! (long story).

OP - it appears that you did not trust the shop... If they stand behind their product with a warranty, then I would give them a chance. If they seem like a bunch of crooks, I wouldn't. I wasn't there so it is your call. I doubt that the guy is too happy with you though if you stuck him with ordering an alternator that you didn't pay for.

The OEM alternator on my engine was a Motorola, so even the LN was a knock off.
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Re: Should I have bought a "Leece Neville" alternator that's not OEM?

exactly the one I have book marked E! thanks!
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Re: Should I have bought a "Leece Neville" alternator that's not OEM?

Larry, the bottom line is that if it doesn't have a brand name on it, you just don't know. Given the varying quality of alternators, I think I'd also rather spend $39 more for a gen-you-whine brand name product from a top company, instead of an anonymous one.

And that's without even mentioning the huge amount of outright counterfeiting that goes on in the auto parts business.
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Re: Should I have bought a "Leece Neville" alternator that's not OEM?

Another tid-bit: the alternator that I installed had a Leece-Neville regulator on it - or at least that is what the sticker said. However the only label on the alternator itself was another sticker, which could have easily been removed.
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