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charging Voltage regulator - Aftermarket vs OEM

Hi All,

Do you have any experience or recommendations in terms of replacing the charging voltage regulator (between the alternator and battery circuit) by an aftermarket spare part VS OEM spare part?

The reason I'm asking is that the official B&S spare part costs around 80, and aftermarket parts are available at around 20

If needed: I'm looking to replace the B&S 501D - part number 845907

Thanks for your sharing your experience!
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there's usually a reason the good one costs more, and the poor quality costs less. The way i think of it is if i spend $20 on a cheap part compared to $40 on the OEM part, and that cheap part wears out or breaks quickly, and then i buy the good part, i've spent $60, rather than $40. so it usually ends up being more cost effective to buy the good part OEM Briggs part.
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If you buy a cheaper part FROM A MOWER SHOP it will be from a known source of reliable parts because if it does not work they have to honour warranty
If you buy the cheapest part from an on line retailer it might be any one of the following
1) a part that failed QC at the factory & has been fixed by a 3rd party
2) a part that was not able to be fixed originally sold for scrap
3) a part that was surplus due to an over order
4) a part from an aftermarket supplier that is good
5) a part from a garbage look alike manufacturer

How do you work out which one you are getting ?
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I have several Kohler Command singles. I replace the coils and voltage regulators on them with cheap ones from Amazon or Ebay. I've had good luck with them. Can't say about the ones for Briggs. I think they probably all come from China anyway.
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