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Old 11-12-2012, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,
A quick question on glow plugs for my '93 F350 non turbo 7.3 idi. I've read where the Motorcraft ZD9 glow plugs are the best replacement GPs. What are your opinions?
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ZD-9's by MotorCraft are the preferred brand. I have a set of Wellman's (Diesel Rx) and they have performed great for the last 3 years for me. General consensus is DO NOT use Autolite.
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I tried Wellmans on my previous F350 and within a few weeks 4 (IIRC) were bad. I called the vendor and they sent more ASAP, and before long 2 more were bad. I went back to ZD9s and never looked back. When it's time to replace the ones on my new F350 ZD9s will go in it.
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I remember your thread. My choices locally were Autolites @ $8.50 ea or M/C ZD-9's @ $23.50 ea.

I chose to order my set from MidWest Fuel Injection (site sponsor), and have been happy so far.
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Well once again, thanks to you guys for your responses! Looks like Motorcraft ZD9 is the winner. I see them at Rock auto parts listed for $9.60 each is that right? Seems quite a bit less than the $23.50 that Chuckster57 was quoted.
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He wasn't quoted, that was a retail price. If you order you can do much better as you have seen
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That was the price at AutoZone. O'Reilly's didn't show them when I was looking.

I did get M/C ZD-11's last month from O'Reillys for $12.95 ea. for the '95 I worked on.
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Well once again, thanks to you guys for your responses! Looks like Motorcraft ZD9 is the winner. I see them at Rock auto parts listed for $9.60 each is that right? Seems quite a bit less than the $23.50 that Chuckster57 was quoted.
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Yep, I replaced mine a couple months ago and the regular price from Rock Auto was right at $9+ apiece. Seems to me guys here have said that's been their price for a number of years now.
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