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Old 27 October 2021, 08:37   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: High Wycombe
Boat name: Miles Away
Make: Avon
Length: 5m +
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Non OEM impeller

Can I get away with a non OEM impeller?

Save me £30 ir I can....

I am minded not to skimp on an important component and get OEM but it could be that the feedback is that the non OEM are made in the same factory as OEM or something like that and are just as good....

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Old 27 October 2021, 08:48   #2
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I know what you mean, like Audi or Volkswagen oil filters but made by Mann who produce the actual parts, or Textar for BMW.

That said - I'd pay the money for genuine OE. Given the time and effort to drop the leg, do a gear oil change and possible water-pump gasket change, do you really want to temp fate for a fairly key part.

I run Tohatsu, but trust their OE parts to do the job. Plenty pattern parts out there on fleabay and such like, but not even remotely in the same league quality-wise. That's my tuppence worth.

Is that with or without VAT?
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Old 27 October 2021, 10:21   #3
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I've been running none oem impellers in my yanmar 6lps for 10 years with no issues, I do change them every year & being inboard they can be changed at sea if required. Often copy parts are made by the same company without the oe name on them

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Old 27 October 2021, 10:45   #4
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Many parts are made by the same company that supplies the manufacturer so are exactly the same quality.
Popular items with high sales are often copied by other producers. Some of these pattern parts are excellent, some are awful.
'Do you feel lucky?'

From experience (seals & head gaskets) if part failure could cause serious damage or is an utter PITA to get at to replace I prefer to use genuine parts & pay the extra.
The description 'A quality aftermarket part' fills me with dread!
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