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New oil drain plug $53 !

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3 months 3 weeks ago - 3 months 3 weeks ago #15758 by Al C
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:ohmy::unsure: Wanted to finally get around to replacing our gearbox oil drain torx type plug with the newer hex head plug.
Saw it was $53 at CPS .

I Thought ...
.." I know Rotax parts ain't cheap, but that's just has to be a mistake."

No mistake. That's the price .

I generally don't cut corners on maintenance or parts, but having trouble getting my head around paying fifty buck for a plug that isn't a one-off hand machined out of titanium with a diamond inset, and autographed by the Pope. If I iPad $53 I'd feel like I was supporting organized crime. ;-)

Any way to get the exact specs ...thread, etc...on that plug so I can try to find an equivalent (there are hundreds of vendors of magnetic drain plugs selling well below $20)?
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3 months 3 weeks ago - 3 months 3 weeks ago #15759 by Roger Lee
Roger Lee replied the topic: New oil drain plug $53 !
Hi Al,

In this case it would probably be better to stick with the genuine part. It is specially machined to be a metal to metal seal with no crush washer and the magnetic stem is cut to just the right length to do its job. $53 can be replaced easier than $16,900 for an engine if something went south.

Roger Lee
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3 months 3 weeks ago - 3 months 3 weeks ago #15760 by James Stricker
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Does the Pope sign Bing 64 carb floats too? $50 a pop x 4 = $200 + shipping. Oh, and no guarantee they won't sink. :ohmy:
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3 months 3 weeks ago #15761 by Roger Lee
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yes, but you need a magnifying glass to see the signature. :)

Roger Lee
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3 months 3 weeks ago #15762 by Al C
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Yeah... hate to say so but you're probably right. <sigh>

That said, not much risk in an alternate plug of right thread and length...Would safety wire it and would see if it leaked long before any problem.
But st $20 for the substitute plug and and hour of my research time, not enough savings to justifyi even the tiny risk.

But just had to vent, anyway . ;)

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3 months 3 weeks ago #15763 by Al C
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Roger Lee wrote: yes, but you need a magnifying glass to see the signature. :)


And the magnifying glass you need to unscramble the encrytped signature is available only from Rotax for $322.75 plus shipping.

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3 months 3 weeks ago #15813 by Dale Atchetee
Dale Atchetee replied the topic: New oil drain plug $53 !
Another tip: Don't drop the magnetic plug in a 912 uls. The magnet shatters like glass and it is close to $50 also if I remember right.
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3 months 2 weeks ago #15865 by Chris Beebe
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I agree, every time I buy a twenty dollar spring or one hundred dollar upgraded gizmo for my engine I question the pricing. Then I question how I would feel if my engine quit on me over the mountains and had no where to land. Then I feel like I am making the correct choice and not cutting any corners on safety.

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