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    Default Autozone Duralast Gold Alternator

    Well, back in may I bought the lifetime warranty alternator from AZ....

    Now the bearings are squeeking so its time to replace it.

    05/09 was the date I wrote on it.

    So it made it 7 months... whahoo.
    1997 Chevy 3500 4x4 Dual Wheel 6.5 TD 156k (D.S. Head rebuilt at 120k) A great truck that gets BETTER with age
    9' Utility Body w/ Dual Tanks, 9' Fisher Plow / Glowshift Fuel Gauge On Dash
    50 Gallon Bed Mounted Transfer Tank / KYB Monomax Frt / AC_Delco Gas Rear Shocks
    V-Pump Delete / 99." Serp / 2 Walbro FRB-5 / Racor 490r30 Prefilter/Water Separator (10 Micron)
    Strobes all the way around / IssPro Boost/Pyro Guages on A-Pillar / 0-15psi Fuel Pressure on Pod next to A-Pillar
    Heath Turbo Master / 4" Diamond Eye Exhaust / New Bosch Injectors @ 130k
    Twin 195 Robert Shaw T-Stats
    PMD Isolator / 2-way High Idle Switch
    AMSOIL NANO Air filter / Mobil-1 5w-40 Turbo Diesel Formula Synthetic / Synthetic Diff (Front and Rear)
    235/85 16's....
    4l80e Rebuilt at 106k (blew reverse out, my fault)
    -1.94 TDCO / Half Assed FTB (Still need to bore out IP fitting) / Switchable TWIN walbro's. (10PSI @ IP)

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    As they say in the commercials "duralast built to last" They forget to say how long though. 3 or 4 should get you threw plowing season. Junkyard may be a better alternative for alternaters. Shure couldn't be worse.
    Barry



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    I have my last one at the local guy, he rebuilt it already I just need to pick it up. I will use that as a emergency and keep swapping out these AZ's when need be.
    1997 Chevy 3500 4x4 Dual Wheel 6.5 TD 156k (D.S. Head rebuilt at 120k) A great truck that gets BETTER with age
    9' Utility Body w/ Dual Tanks, 9' Fisher Plow / Glowshift Fuel Gauge On Dash
    50 Gallon Bed Mounted Transfer Tank / KYB Monomax Frt / AC_Delco Gas Rear Shocks
    V-Pump Delete / 99." Serp / 2 Walbro FRB-5 / Racor 490r30 Prefilter/Water Separator (10 Micron)
    Strobes all the way around / IssPro Boost/Pyro Guages on A-Pillar / 0-15psi Fuel Pressure on Pod next to A-Pillar
    Heath Turbo Master / 4" Diamond Eye Exhaust / New Bosch Injectors @ 130k
    Twin 195 Robert Shaw T-Stats
    PMD Isolator / 2-way High Idle Switch
    AMSOIL NANO Air filter / Mobil-1 5w-40 Turbo Diesel Formula Synthetic / Synthetic Diff (Front and Rear)
    235/85 16's....
    4l80e Rebuilt at 106k (blew reverse out, my fault)
    -1.94 TDCO / Half Assed FTB (Still need to bore out IP fitting) / Switchable TWIN walbro's. (10PSI @ IP)

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    Yep,, Everything I buy form the zone,, I get the lifetime unit.. I keep my cars, and fix them, not get tired of them and sell them, like most people do. I think that's why the Zone stays in bizness!


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    Actually, I did milk 2 dead batteries for about a week until a check came, so it probably got overdriven maybe.... Running constant maybe it smoked its own bearings.
    1997 Chevy 3500 4x4 Dual Wheel 6.5 TD 156k (D.S. Head rebuilt at 120k) A great truck that gets BETTER with age
    9' Utility Body w/ Dual Tanks, 9' Fisher Plow / Glowshift Fuel Gauge On Dash
    50 Gallon Bed Mounted Transfer Tank / KYB Monomax Frt / AC_Delco Gas Rear Shocks
    V-Pump Delete / 99." Serp / 2 Walbro FRB-5 / Racor 490r30 Prefilter/Water Separator (10 Micron)
    Strobes all the way around / IssPro Boost/Pyro Guages on A-Pillar / 0-15psi Fuel Pressure on Pod next to A-Pillar
    Heath Turbo Master / 4" Diamond Eye Exhaust / New Bosch Injectors @ 130k
    Twin 195 Robert Shaw T-Stats
    PMD Isolator / 2-way High Idle Switch
    AMSOIL NANO Air filter / Mobil-1 5w-40 Turbo Diesel Formula Synthetic / Synthetic Diff (Front and Rear)
    235/85 16's....
    4l80e Rebuilt at 106k (blew reverse out, my fault)
    -1.94 TDCO / Half Assed FTB (Still need to bore out IP fitting) / Switchable TWIN walbro's. (10PSI @ IP)

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    Matt,

    I think I'll try this place, if my 6.5 ever needs a replacement alternator. Worth checking out.

    http://www.alternatorparts.com/
    1995 K2500, 8600 GVWR, 6.5TD, NV4500, 3.73:1, ~19:1, balanced, Fluidampr, DSG timing gears, '97 cooling upgrades, DMax fan - SD fan clutch, Kennedy TD-Max chip, 2350 psi/pop marine injectors, 4" exhaust, ceramic coated exh manifolds/turbine housing/crossover pipe, Autometer: pyrometer, boost, oil temp, oil press, fuel press, & water temp gauges, remote oil filter, B&M plate-style oil cooler w/ braided SS oil lines, 10 micron Racor pre-lift pump, Walbro FRB-5, GMTDScan Tech, Dipaco PMD -lrg heatsink frnt licence bracket in bumper

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    Well, between my locally rebuilt one, and my lifetime warranty at AZ, i'm never spending another dime on a 6.5 alternator, thats for sure.

    Just picked up my new unit. I'll toss her in in the morning....

    Moneys spent = zero.
    1997 Chevy 3500 4x4 Dual Wheel 6.5 TD 156k (D.S. Head rebuilt at 120k) A great truck that gets BETTER with age
    9' Utility Body w/ Dual Tanks, 9' Fisher Plow / Glowshift Fuel Gauge On Dash
    50 Gallon Bed Mounted Transfer Tank / KYB Monomax Frt / AC_Delco Gas Rear Shocks
    V-Pump Delete / 99." Serp / 2 Walbro FRB-5 / Racor 490r30 Prefilter/Water Separator (10 Micron)
    Strobes all the way around / IssPro Boost/Pyro Guages on A-Pillar / 0-15psi Fuel Pressure on Pod next to A-Pillar
    Heath Turbo Master / 4" Diamond Eye Exhaust / New Bosch Injectors @ 130k
    Twin 195 Robert Shaw T-Stats
    PMD Isolator / 2-way High Idle Switch
    AMSOIL NANO Air filter / Mobil-1 5w-40 Turbo Diesel Formula Synthetic / Synthetic Diff (Front and Rear)
    235/85 16's....
    4l80e Rebuilt at 106k (blew reverse out, my fault)
    -1.94 TDCO / Half Assed FTB (Still need to bore out IP fitting) / Switchable TWIN walbro's. (10PSI @ IP)

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    I got tired of the alternator rally with AZ as well. Returned it and bought a new one from ADVANCE and so far so good. ADVANCE sells one that is a REMY brand(not DELCO-REMY I don't think) and it is 100% brand new right down to the housing and all. It even charges like a new AC DELCO unit. My last couple from AZ would only go to 14.1-14.2 cold and drop off to 13.2-13.5 hot, the REMY one holds 14.5-14.8 cold and drops down to 13.9-14.1 hot which is where it should be.
    WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T HAVE IT ALL, JUST BUILD IT

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    DIAMONDEYE 4" exhaust, CORSA muffler, AFE stage 1 dry filter, custom tuning by me, KENNEDY single pump and pump rub kit.


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    Any more I get a spare from the boneyard, get it rebuilt at the local Alt shop and avoid McParts stores.
    '93 GMC Sierra SLE K3500 RCLB 4L80E 4.10 axles, lockers, JB8 13x3.5 brakes, 4X4 SRW 1TON, 6.5TD now a fully ported big valve '82 6.2 turbocharged, mandrel straight pipe w/ warpspeed x-over, Fluidampr, tweeked DB2-2831-4911 IP, Battery relocation, H/O W/P, CDR elim custom vent, PYO wheels w/285-75 Dick Cepek FC-II's - Quasar Blue and Argent Silver two tone.

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    I've got 1.5 years on my AZ duralast alternator. I check the OD of the pulley and it was 62mm, so at least they got that right.):h
    1999 Chevy Suburban K2500 4x4 w/ 6.5TD 190K miles. 4L80E and 3.73 rear gears. HD lift pump, ATT, Heath HO injectors, 4" Diamond Eye Turbo Back exhaust, Warpspeed x-over, deleted soot trap , D-Tech pmd behind bumper, Heath programming for ATT, Pillar mounted gauges: EGT, Boost, Tranny Temp. Replaced IP at 130K. HID light conversion with All-4-On-Hi. Forged Alcoa wheels.

    My son's 1994 GMC Suburban K2500 4x4 w/ 6.5TD 243K miles. 4L80E and 4.10 rear gears. Buddy 4 position tune. Rebuilt Bosch injectors and new Duraterm glows. HO water pump with Dmax fan, HD fan clutch and new AC Delco 195 T-stats. Diamond Eye 3" Downpipe and 4" exhaust, deleted soot trap. Warp speed 2.5" mandrel bent crossover. D-Tech PMD mounted behind the bumper. Pillar mounted gauges: EGT, Boost, Tranny Temp. Rancho 9000 shocks. Rebuilt front end and steering box tightened. Forged Alcoa wheels.

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    Well the new one started squeeking before the truck even warmed up....

    Here is the possibly significant events.

    5/09 New Powersteering pump. Pulley seems to be 1/16 out, as in not pressed on enough.

    10,000 miles later
    10/09 Replaced cheapy 99.5 belt with goodyear Gator-V 99.5 belt as winter prep and to have a spare.
    11/09 milked 2 dead batteries for a week, knowing I had warranty on alt
    11/09 Gatorback belt blew outside rib, put spare on.
    11/09 bought a GATES part # XXXXXX990 , parts guy said it was 99.5, but to me the part # means 99 inch. I usually install/uninstall belts by using tensioner and sliding over the ALT, however, I cannot do that with this belt, so I think it is a 99. It has been sitting in the adjustment zone, closer to the tight side.

    2 weeks after new belt
    -Small pulley squeek, pulled belt, couldn't isolate it.
    3 days later became consistant sqeek, sounded like alt, so sprayed a touch of WD40 at the alt pulley and it stopped for a second. verified source of sqeeek.

    Then replaced the alt, and no squeek for about 10 minutes then sqeeking again.

    What is going on?
    1997 Chevy 3500 4x4 Dual Wheel 6.5 TD 156k (D.S. Head rebuilt at 120k) A great truck that gets BETTER with age
    9' Utility Body w/ Dual Tanks, 9' Fisher Plow / Glowshift Fuel Gauge On Dash
    50 Gallon Bed Mounted Transfer Tank / KYB Monomax Frt / AC_Delco Gas Rear Shocks
    V-Pump Delete / 99." Serp / 2 Walbro FRB-5 / Racor 490r30 Prefilter/Water Separator (10 Micron)
    Strobes all the way around / IssPro Boost/Pyro Guages on A-Pillar / 0-15psi Fuel Pressure on Pod next to A-Pillar
    Heath Turbo Master / 4" Diamond Eye Exhaust / New Bosch Injectors @ 130k
    Twin 195 Robert Shaw T-Stats
    PMD Isolator / 2-way High Idle Switch
    AMSOIL NANO Air filter / Mobil-1 5w-40 Turbo Diesel Formula Synthetic / Synthetic Diff (Front and Rear)
    235/85 16's....
    4l80e Rebuilt at 106k (blew reverse out, my fault)
    -1.94 TDCO / Half Assed FTB (Still need to bore out IP fitting) / Switchable TWIN walbro's. (10PSI @ IP)

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    Have you check the tensioner pulley?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMJNet View Post
    Have you check the tensioner pulley?
    I have replaced it once already few years back and noise went away when I sprayed the alt...

    The way it seems like it works on my setup is the all the tensioners pressure is directly on the alt. If the belt was too tight, would it make the bearings squeek instantly? Have to think that pulley has a load on side.
    1997 Chevy 3500 4x4 Dual Wheel 6.5 TD 156k (D.S. Head rebuilt at 120k) A great truck that gets BETTER with age
    9' Utility Body w/ Dual Tanks, 9' Fisher Plow / Glowshift Fuel Gauge On Dash
    50 Gallon Bed Mounted Transfer Tank / KYB Monomax Frt / AC_Delco Gas Rear Shocks
    V-Pump Delete / 99." Serp / 2 Walbro FRB-5 / Racor 490r30 Prefilter/Water Separator (10 Micron)
    Strobes all the way around / IssPro Boost/Pyro Guages on A-Pillar / 0-15psi Fuel Pressure on Pod next to A-Pillar
    Heath Turbo Master / 4" Diamond Eye Exhaust / New Bosch Injectors @ 130k
    Twin 195 Robert Shaw T-Stats
    PMD Isolator / 2-way High Idle Switch
    AMSOIL NANO Air filter / Mobil-1 5w-40 Turbo Diesel Formula Synthetic / Synthetic Diff (Front and Rear)
    235/85 16's....
    4l80e Rebuilt at 106k (blew reverse out, my fault)
    -1.94 TDCO / Half Assed FTB (Still need to bore out IP fitting) / Switchable TWIN walbro's. (10PSI @ IP)

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    Or you got ANOTHER Junk AZ part! DOH!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pruittx2 View Post
    Or you got ANOTHER Junk AZ part! DOH!!!
    Yep... I gotta pickup my local rebuilt unit and try that... I just hate to ruin that bearing if the problem is too much tension. However, the adjuster is in the middle, and the tensioner is designed to apply even tension across all ranges I assume?
    1997 Chevy 3500 4x4 Dual Wheel 6.5 TD 156k (D.S. Head rebuilt at 120k) A great truck that gets BETTER with age
    9' Utility Body w/ Dual Tanks, 9' Fisher Plow / Glowshift Fuel Gauge On Dash
    50 Gallon Bed Mounted Transfer Tank / KYB Monomax Frt / AC_Delco Gas Rear Shocks
    V-Pump Delete / 99." Serp / 2 Walbro FRB-5 / Racor 490r30 Prefilter/Water Separator (10 Micron)
    Strobes all the way around / IssPro Boost/Pyro Guages on A-Pillar / 0-15psi Fuel Pressure on Pod next to A-Pillar
    Heath Turbo Master / 4" Diamond Eye Exhaust / New Bosch Injectors @ 130k
    Twin 195 Robert Shaw T-Stats
    PMD Isolator / 2-way High Idle Switch
    AMSOIL NANO Air filter / Mobil-1 5w-40 Turbo Diesel Formula Synthetic / Synthetic Diff (Front and Rear)
    235/85 16's....
    4l80e Rebuilt at 106k (blew reverse out, my fault)
    -1.94 TDCO / Half Assed FTB (Still need to bore out IP fitting) / Switchable TWIN walbro's. (10PSI @ IP)

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