Last week discovered more about New Non-OEM Gearcases which tend to be inferior in quality but can save you money in the short term. Next up on our gearcase education tour is the new OEM (original equipment manufacturer) unit.
The new OEM unit is made by your motor manufacturer (ie. Volvo, Mercury, Evinrude…) and will contain original factory parts. Of course, with new OEM parts and premium factory labor, this product will be the most expensive of the three replacement choices we cover. Quality manufacturing on a OEM gearcase is a guarantee and the unit will come with a nice warranty. Warranties will vary by manufacturer so please check with a knowledgeable dealer regarding the warranty.
Generally your dealer will not have the exact OEM gearcase you need in stock since they are expensive and as a result do not sell as often. Expect about 4 days to wait for your new OEM lower unit to arrive at your dealership and add time for installation if necessary. Once installed, you should have comfort in knowing you selected the best unit available on the market.