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Glow Plugs

This may have been a thread in the past, but we all know when you look for a marine part, the cost in substantially higher than if it was for anything else. In this case, glow plugs for my Universal M-25 diesel. In checking some marine suppliers for replacement glow plugs, the costs were around $60 each. The M-25 is really a Kubota D-850 engine, and when I Googled the type of glow plug I needed, I found the exact glow plug I needed (an NGK) at sparkplugs.com. (I have no affiliation with the site or the owners, etc. Just passing along my experience.) The cost with shipping was less than $10 per plug, a savings of over $150. I just thought I would pass that along. (I also heard some tractor/farm equipment dealers have similar savings if you have the exact part number you need.)
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I guess I should have put this in the diesel engine forum so if the moderator wants to move it, be my guest. Sorry about that.
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It's amazing the markup the marine suppliers put oo a standard part isn't it!
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Yeah, if you say you need a marine part, there is an automatic 300% mark-up. I guess the key to saving money on parts is to research at length to find the best price for the same (or comparable) part. Unfortunately, there are some "unique-to-boats" parts that you have to pay the high price for.
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Thanks for the tip on the glow plugs. That makes it reasonable. I've had to buy piston and rings for the 2-cylender version of this motor, and same part numbers form the tractor parts folks saved me hundreds of $
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