2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"We don't deal in rebuilds; everything is new with quality and reliability built in," says Rick Harmon of PA Performance. "For example, our new 136-amp alternator for Cummins-powered Dodge diesel trucks produces 60 amps at idle and 90 amps at 1400 engine rpms. That's a big improvement over the stock 110-amp unit that produces only 45 amps at idle. A 200-amp, high output version of our unit cranks out 125 amps at idle and 185 amps at 1,400 rpm's."
The company follows OEM designs; however, they use new technology to make their alternators more dependable with higher output. Alternators for Dodge trucks are available with output from 136 amps to 200 amps and are priced from $249 to $329. Ford replacements range from 130 amp to 240 amp outputs and are priced from $259 to $369. Replacements for GM Duramax alternators range from 120 to 200 amp outputs and are priced from $129 to $349.
Harmon says the company got its start supplying upgrades for Ford Mustangs. Since then, the business has gradually expanded. The company maintains a cell phone number for customers with installation or tech calls at night or on weekends.
He adds that where possible, their products streamline the process faced by customers making installations. "We came up with a way to make a one-wire application for guys wanting to put a 5.9L Cummins engine with our alternator in a Ford truck," says Harmon. "It's just a key-on, key-off source where the alternator fields itself and turns itself on. It eliminates the need for a regulator box."
The company also looks for niches where OEM weaknesses have created demand. "Older Dodge truck alternators are known for failure, with some guys replacing them two or three times during the life of their truck," notes Harmon. "Our units definitely eliminate those issues."
PA Performance alternators are available in nine colors including red, white, blue, silver, black, plain, polished and chrome. The company markets a wide range of heavy duty electronic components, including battery cables and ends, cable conversion kits, solenoids, starters and voltage regulators.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, PA Performance, 704 East 4th Street, Boyertown, Penn. 19512 (ph 610 367-0770; toll free 877 471-8010; fax 866 235-5253; sales.dept@ paperformance.com; www.paperform ance.com).
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