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Diesel Engine Rebuild Kit Buying Guide

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If you read over our list of engine indicators that may mean you are due for a rebuild and decided it is time to research the cost of parts to rebuild your engine, you came to the right place. We know that rebuilding a diesel engine can be stressful and an overwhelming experience if not handled properly. There are lots unscrupulous dealers and shops out there looking to take advantage of folks when found in this challenging situation. The good news is we are here to help!

Questions to ask when searching for a diesel engine rebuild kit

Have I properly Identified my Engine?

This is a very important first step in getting accurate pricing and correct parts fitment for your diesel engine. You need to supply us with your engine serial number, ideally. Sometimes the number is not available though, we can use the truck make and vin # as an alternative but there is a chance that the engine in the truck was not the original engine the truck was built with. Give us a call or send us an email with your info we will help you!

Am I getting all the parts I need in my rebuild kit?

We try to keep things simple and have 3 basic options for any engine:
Piston-less Re-Ring Kit– Our most basic kit that can be used if the pistons look good and can be re-used. Includes: Liners, Piston Rings, Main & Rod Bearings, Head Gasket Kit and Oil Pan Gasket
In-frame Kit – If the pistons are worn but there is no major work needed to be performed on the crank or block, this is the kit for you. Includes everything from the re-ring kit plus a set of brand new pistons.
Out-of-Frame Kit – Everything from the In-Frame Kit plus the rest of the gaskets and seals for the whole engine. Typically needed when pulling the engine from whatever it is in and completely disassembling including removal of crankshaft from the cylinder block.

Do I want to use “OEM” or “Aftermarket” parts?

This is a big question to answer when deciding on rebuilding a diesel engine. OEM parts are great but sometimes very expensive and do not always have the best warranty coverage. We offer all of the premium American aftermarket brands for diesel engine components like: IPD, Interstate Mcbee, PAI Industries, Mahle Clevite, FP Diesel , AFA Industries, CTP, KMP Diesel & many others. Wether you need OEM or Aftermarket parts, we got-em and we stand behind the parts we sell 100%.

Do I want to use new or used parts?

Typically you want to go with new parts wherever possible, one of the main reasons we like our after market cylinder kit offerings so much. The aftermarket kits we sell are always bundled with all new parts that are engineered to meet or exceed OEM specifications. Some times is does make sense to use reman or used components to save $ while not compromising engine integrity. For example if major crankshaft / cylinder block damage is evident, it may be a good idea to find a good used or reman block and crank as an alternative to buying a complete new engine or even a complete used engine.

Whatever situation you may find yourself in, we are here to help!

We know that not everyone is mechanically inclined and we are here to help make this process easier from A to Z. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at any stage in the planning process for your upcoming rebuild. We can help save you time and money while providing superior customer support. Drop us a line and we will get you moving in the right direction!

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