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Different brand tune up parts
Forcedbird Offline
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#1
I know that Motercraft parts are the best to use. I called the dealer today looking for a cap, rotor, and plug wires. The parts guy told me that different companies make the tune up parts for Ford and Ford just puts the motorcraft name on them. He said that:

Standard makes the cap and rotor

Autolite makes the plugs

Belzen(not sure if spelling is right) makes the wires

Does anyone know if this info is true?
88 TC

HY 35, Ported Oval head w/OS valves, EEC Tuner, Bob's MOAL, .510 lift cam, Tial 38mm wastegate, K&N in fender, Kirban AFPR, Walbro 255lph fuel pump, 57 lb inj., GN intercooler, Gillis valve, Race eng. adjustable cam pulley, HKS SSQV BOV, Steeda Tri-ax shifter, 4" DP to 2 1/2" exhaust, no muffers, Timing set to 12* BTDC, 26 psi of boost. Needs to get tuned!

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Jeff K Offline
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#2
Auto makers actually dont make many of the parts put on new cars or replacement parts themselves anyway. It wouldnt surprize me if what the guy said is correct. The thing is that all these companies that sell parts to Ford have to meet Ford specs. Parts produced by the same manufacturers for retial sale at places like AZ might or might not be of the same quality. The Motorcraft wires, cap, rotor, etc can be had from Rock Auto for about the same price as questionable stuff found over the counter at places like AZ.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
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BigNug Offline
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#3
Years ago dealers had a reputation for high prices on their parts. And then they found if they lowered the price they would attract more business. I personally like the dealer parts for the reasons stated above and now their pricing is competitive. I have found over the years for instance that my Fords and my V-10 Dodge all like dealer plug wires and plugs along with O2 sensors. Tried the aftermarket stuff and always end up back at the dealer. Just my .02 cents worth.
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shays88tc Offline
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#4
i most always go with motorcraft parts, but i do see what your saying with other manufacturers slapping the motorcraft sticker on their parts. If you want cheap moto. parts go to rockauto.com there is also a discount code you can get for being a nato member.
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cm Offline
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#5
so, after hearing all you guys rant and rave about how good and cheap rockauto is, i went there, entered in a discount code, was amazed by the low prices... go to checkout... and they want $28 shipping, the biggest item i bought was a belt, and the total was under $100, totally unjustified, i felt like i was dealing with ebay sellers, i'd rather goto the ford dealer then deal with these guys
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Ryan H Offline
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#6
Forcedbird,

The company that makes the wires is Belden. You can buy Belden wires at any NAPA store. I'm currently running the NAPA Belden Premium wires and they work just as good as the stock Motorcraft wires. The upside? I paid $43 for them and they have a lifetime warranty. If they ever screw up or you accidently pull a boot out when removing them (BTDT Sad ), they'll replace them for free! Tune up time? Just go get a new free set. No questions asked.

The downside? None. It is win/win. You get Motorcraft quality wires with a lifetime warranty for the price of two sets of Ford wires! Big Grin
'88 TC Smile Walbro 255HP, Stinger FMIC, PIT BOV, Pro 5.0, Kirban, RR cam, FRPP strut tower brace, T3
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Jeff K Offline
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#7
Quote:Originally posted by shays88tc:
i do see what your saying with other manufacturers slapping the motorcraft sticker on their parts.
It isnt really other manufacturers "slapping a Motorcraft sticker on their parts". The Motorcraft name and logo are copywrighted, and any manufacturer that tries to sell a non Ford Motor Company approved part as Motorcraft will very quickly find themselves in a HUGE amount of legal trouble.

Ford, or any other auto manufacturer, makes very few of their own parts, especially small stuff, they buy them from suppliers that make the parts to their specs.... Johnson Controls makes seats, batteries, Escape Hybird batt packs, Muth mirrior makes the turn signal mirrors, electrical stuff from Visteon, etc, etc.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
11 Crown Vic Interceptor
14 Toyota Camry (wifes car)
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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turbobird63 Offline
Senior Member
#8
I also have found that KEM also makes some very good replacement parts. I have been using that stuff for a couple years with no problem.
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85 TC, 2.3l, LA3, T3/T4 Turbo 25psi, Stinger FMIC, Forge BOV, Full 3" Exhaust, Esslinger crank pulley- Timing Gears and overdrive WP pulley, BBK 255lph FP, Kirban AFPR, Kirban Shifter, K&N Cone, 3g Alternator, Energy Suspension Bushings throughout, CHE LCA's, Welded SFC's, and TON's of other parts.
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Jeff K Offline
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#9
Quote:Originally posted by turbobird63:
I also have found that KEM also makes some very good replacement parts. I have been using that stuff for a couple years with no problem.
Agreed.... KEM is the highest quality out there, IMO. Getting harder to find around here though.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
11 Crown Vic Interceptor
14 Toyota Camry (wifes car)
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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Forcedbird Offline
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#10
Well at the time when I started this thread I was in a jam and I needed a new cap and rotor pronto. The guy at the ford dealer didn't have the parts in stock but told me that Standard makes the cap and rotor. He also told me that the auto parts store next door might have them in stock. They did and I bought them, they are working fine so far.

Is anyone else using Belden wires?

With the lifetime warranty from NAPA that's not a bad deal, because I am planning on owning a Turbo Coupe for my lifetime and it seems as if the motorcraft wires take a dump every year.

If I buy these wires I hope NAPA doesn't go out of business Smile
88 TC

HY 35, Ported Oval head w/OS valves, EEC Tuner, Bob's MOAL, .510 lift cam, Tial 38mm wastegate, K&N in fender, Kirban AFPR, Walbro 255lph fuel pump, 57 lb inj., GN intercooler, Gillis valve, Race eng. adjustable cam pulley, HKS SSQV BOV, Steeda Tri-ax shifter, 4" DP to 2 1/2" exhaust, no muffers, Timing set to 12* BTDC, 26 psi of boost. Needs to get tuned!

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