Just wanted to give folks some info here on my starter experience. After 2 weeks, I finally have a working starter in the truck. Why didn't I do this to begin with?!
Just for some history, about 4 or 5 years ago, my stock Visteon unit went out and I replaced it with a DBE Denso type starter. A couple weeks ago, it stuck "on" and burned up, resulting in a tow truck ride home. I decided to try a new DBE and the one delivered was bad out of the box. Sent it back and they didn't have any more available, so I got my money back.
Then I decided to go with a new Remy Visteon type from Advance Auto. I figured at least with a lifetime warranty, I wouldn't have to pay for another starter. What a cluster that was. Every box they opened that was supposed to be the 2 bolt Visteon-type starter had the 3 bolt Mitsubishi starter in it. Same deal at Autozone, so there was some kind of mix up at the supplier. Searching around, I found threads all over that show this switcheroo has been going on for about 6 months.
So I finally gave up on that and found a thread from February here
(thank you RT!). I couldn't hardly believe their price on the real Denso, so sent a couple emails to make sure it was the real deal and bought one, shipped overnight for only $10 more. And I was told it has a 2 year, 24,000 mile warranty.
All I can say is WOW! After hearing 2 of the "Denso type" ones made in China, the quality of the real Denso was music to my ears. It just sounds much more solid with none of the extra metallic racket the cheap ones make, even when new. So take it from someone that's had both, at least when new, it's definitely worth the $$. Just hope it holds up now. Hopefully it will, supposedly it's the starter International put in their version of the 7.3.
BTW, Advance Auto did call right after UPS delivered my Denso and said they finally got the right one in....just a couple days late. So maybe that problem is fixed.
Still happy I got the Denso though. It was a close call between that and the Powermaster, but the 2 year warranty and the likelihood that parts and rebuilds for the real Denso are probably easier to find made me decide on the Denso.