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PSA: Do not buy ultima alternators


I know this shouldn't be posted in the clubhouse, but I want to help you all save your precious time by exposing as many members to this as I possibly can. I have gone through 3 ultima alternators in the past year. The last one I got 2 days ago lasted only one day, and the one before that lasted 2 months. I have read many threads throughout many different forums for different cars, and all have had bad experiences with this remanufactured POS.

Pay more for an OEM alternator, don't let the lifetime warranty fool you. Yes, O'reillys does honor the warranty, and you will definitely be using it if a LOT if you get the ultima. They are huge pieces of shit.

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you running anything besides what came in the car?

crazy head unit or subs?

i used to run 2/12's with an aftermarket deck and 1200 watt amp with no capacitor and it would kill my alternator every 10 months or so because i used the cheapo warrantied one...

ya can slap a warranty on a box of shit, it's still a box of shit
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Reman? There's your problem.

I bought a new ultima through AutoZone (it had the lifetime warranty too) and it worked well in my 89... It went through a frontal wreck in that car, and ended up with a 1 sq inch hole in the side of it. It still spun fine, so I put it in my '87 notch when I did the 5.0 swap from the wrecked car, and its working fine still.. that was about 50k miles ago.

Maybe I'm just lucky, but the one I have is pretty damn tough. It's been through hell.


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On a sidenote, the reman ones aren't worth a damn, unless you have lots of time and patience to swap them out. When someone brings one back for a core, they send it to mexico, where they test them. They only replace the faulty component, nothing else. If it has a bad bearing, they put a new bearing and put it back on the shelf. Doesn't matter if it has 200k miles on it, they don't care, just as long as it works.

The regulator might be the next thing to fail (because its really an old unit), so if you take it back they will send it to mexico again, and (you guessed it) they will only replace the regulator, nothing else. And so on.

It's how they make money on the reman shit. It's kind of a roll of the dice, because once the faulty part is replaced, it might work flawlessly until the person sells the car, at which point the lifetime warranty is void. Then again, if it fails within the warranty, the store has to pay to replace it. But even so, what the hell? Send it back and give you another one. No real work on their behalf... you're the one who's stuck with changing the damn thing.
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Find a local alternator shop and they'll rebuild it for $50-100.
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or just hit the junkyard for a new one...when i upgraded to 3g in my fox i just got one from a newer mustang for 35$ from the local junkyard, worked great the entire time i drove the car. with the upgraded stereo and all.

and the yard i got it from offers a 1 year warranty should it fail. like you said a warranty doesnt mean much if it craps out in 2 days, but i had no problems with the one i got. i would have went the same route with my truck if the alternator didnt shit out on a sunday when the yards were closed.
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you running anything besides what came in the car?

crazy head unit or subs?

i used to run 2/12's with an aftermarket deck and 1200 watt amp with no capacitor and it would kill my alternator every 10 months or so because i used the cheapo warrantied one...

ya can slap a warranty on a box of shit, it's still a box of shit

Just a head unit, had subs and an an amp, took the subs and amp off and sold them.
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So I have 25% summit non piggyback underdrive pulleys, the water pump and the crank pulley, but the alternator pulley is not the 25% one, it's the stock alternator pulley. The 25% one is in my center console. Could this cause problems?
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So I have 25% summit non piggyback underdrive pulleys, the water pump and the crank pulley, but the alternator pulley is not the 25% one, it's the stock alternator pulley. The 25% one is in my center console. Could this cause problems?
The underdrive crank pulley is smaller than stock, which means it turns everything slower than the stock crank pulley would. If you put a bigger than stock pulley on an accessory, that accessory will turn even slower yet.

With my underdrive pulleys, I had a smaller crank pulley and a bigger waterpump pulley. Everything else was stock. The alternator turned a little slow at idle, and it didn't charge as much as I liked it to (ideal is 14.2 volts) ...it charged at about 12.5-12.9 volts at idle. If you gassed it, it would charge better. With the stock pulleys, it charges around 14 volts all the time.

But yes, testing your alternator with an underdrive setup could trick you into thinking that your alternator is weak. The idiots at Autozone with their fancy tester won't understand that, and they'll tell you it's bad.
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yea i have never had a problem with the el cheapo refurb ultimas. sounds like its not the alternator its the owner
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Originally Posted by G.T. Rags View Post
you running anything besides what came in the car?

crazy head unit or subs?

i used to run 2/12's with an aftermarket deck and 1200 watt amp with no capacitor and it would kill my alternator every 10 months or so because i used the cheapo warrantied one...

ya can slap a warranty on a box of shit, it's still a box of shit
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Originally Posted by Jakashh View Post
I know this shouldn't be posted in the clubhouse, but I want to help you all save your precious time by exposing as many members to this as I possibly can. I have gone through 3 ultima alternators in the past year. The last one I got 2 days ago lasted only one day, and the one before that lasted 2 months. I have read many threads throughout many different forums for different cars, and all have had bad experiences with this remanufactured POS.

Pay more for an OEM alternator, don't let the lifetime warranty fool you. Yes, O'reillys does honor the warranty, and you will definitely be using it if a LOT if you get the ultima. They are huge pieces of shit.

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Originally Posted by Dennis View Post
yea i have never had a problem with the el cheapo refurb ultimas. sounds like its not the alternator its the owner
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