Re: Another TR Upgrade ?-Alternator
The advantages of swapping are...
1. Cost of replacement.
Delcos are everywhere, so they are cheap.
Usually under $35 at the local auto-jerks stores for the little ones.
2. Ease of service.
If you decide to fix your own, the repair kits and parts are available, and affordable.
3. Internal regulator.
Delco alternators have internal regulators, all others used on Jeep are externally regulated.
That means more wiring to get snagged on something, go bad, catch fire, ect.
Also, the regulator can be a problem in it's own right...
Most small delco alternators have a standardized, universal hook up, and the alternators will interchange.
If you want to upgrade to a higher output Ford alternator, you will have to change the wiring ends, regulator plug, and the regulator.
Prestolite has at lease 9 different regulator configurations.
Ford has 4.
Delco had just one type of hookup.
5. Delco only has two kinds of mounts on the lower feet, both are simple through bolts, Top mount is always the same. Wiring always the same.
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