1 week 2 days ago - 1 week 2 days ago#15758by Al C
Al C created the topic: New oil drain plug $53 !
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)?
1 week 2 days ago - 1 week 2 days ago#15759by Roger Lee
Roger Lee replied the topic: New oil drain plug $53 !
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.
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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.