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Pay NOW or Pay Later Your Choice – TUNE UP PARTS

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Has anyone replaced their distributor with an aftermarket? I installed a Mallory marine dist in my last boat and ran it for 8 years. The cap and rotor NEVER needed replacing and there were a ton of options for that system. I'm just wondering if going up to a higher quality unit like that wouldn't be better in the long run compared to replacing cap and rotor every year or two. That boat was much simpler than the Malibu I have now, not sure if that type of distributor would work with the electronic controls.

Oh, and great write-up. I used to use Sierra a lot on my boats, but their quality started to suffer over the past years and I walked away from them.

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With sites like ski dim and others, you can get "the good stuff" at a reasonable price...no need to get low grade auto zone type stuff unless you are in a pinch for a temporary fix.

I swapped my cap, rotor and wires last year. Boat was running fine but they were original...10+ seasons old. There was pretty major wear on cap and rotor...i was probably a few trips away from a tow.

Great post/info!

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For me I have had good luck with factory GM stuff. I know the other day I helped out a member here on the board with some Factory GM tune up parts for his boat. Now he is back up and running like a champ.

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