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#2208297 - 12/31/10 08:19 PM are dorman parts decent?
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i just ordered two window regulators made by dorman. rockauto did not have the motorcraft oem regulators. does anyone have experience with dorman parts? are they ok for the money?
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#2208306 - 12/31/10 08:27 PM Re: are dorman parts decent? [Re: Merque]
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Yes. In my sisters ford focus I have replaced a lower control arm and a window regulator (w/motor) with a dorman part.

The window regulator seemed to be very good quality (yes its made in china but its hard to find stuff that isn't nowadays). The window regulator operated the same as the oem one. This is her drivers side window so its used every day and so far after a few months so good. The window clips on the regulator actually seemed better quality then the oem one im assuming an updated design.
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#2208519 - 01/01/11 11:21 AM Re: are dorman parts decent? [Re: nba1341]
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I was told by my parts guy here he went through a few of there window motors. Instead of the ends being metal Dorman s were made of plastic. Dorman used to be great stuff but I have recieved coments from several friends of trouble s with there stuff.

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#2209195 - 01/02/11 03:32 PM Re: are dorman parts decent? [Re: turbo2256]
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dorman is kind of hit or miss. some of their stuff is good quality, some not so good quality. the reason that you're seeing a larger number of complaints about their stuff lately is because they've really ramped up the number of parts that they sell of late.

dorman used to sell only simple stuff like the "HELP" and "Motormite" items that you could find hanging in the blister packs at your local autoparts store. now they sell complex stuff like ignition system distributors, inake manifolds, brake master cylinders, window regulators, etc.

btw: the dorman screwup that i remember most was a master cylinder for my 98' crownvic. it looked nice on the surface, but the brake pipe ports on the side were tapped with the wrong thread pitch die. and the piston bore had soft zinc coating on it that scratched so easily that i had a few big scratches in it after less than a dozen strokes of the piston.

 Originally Posted By: turbo2256
I was told by my parts guy here he went through a few of there window motors. Instead of the ends being metal Dorman s were made of plastic. Dorman used to be great stuff but I have recieved coments from several friends of trouble s with there stuff.
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#2209537 - 01/02/11 11:21 PM Re: are dorman parts decent? [Re: 2vmodular]
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you think the window regulators will be ok?
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#2209539 - 01/02/11 11:24 PM Re: are dorman parts decent? [Re: Merque]
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 Originally Posted By: talon2nr7588
i just ordered two window regulators made by dorman. rockauto did not have the motorcraft oem regulators. does anyone have experience with dorman parts? are they ok for the money?


I've used a number of varied Dorman parts over the years, and have never had a problem. Same with the 'Help!' line... They're handy because they tend to have replacements for strange stuff you'd not easily find from other sources.
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#2209639 - 01/03/11 04:21 AM Re: are dorman parts decent? [Re: 03RedVicSport]
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My dorman window regulator clips were the same exact as oem.... metal clips tighten on the windows
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#2209682 - 01/03/11 08:25 AM Re: are dorman parts decent? [Re: nba1341]
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As far as aftermarket goes, Dorman is probably your best bet. Bang for buck and availability is high.
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#2209723 - 01/03/11 09:35 AM Re: are dorman parts decent? [Re: nba1341]
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Not trying to hijack the thread, but are these the clips you are talking about? I got 6 of them in the regulator I picked up at Snapa

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z360/rootintootin1/001.jpg
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#2209742 - 01/03/11 10:28 AM Re: are dorman parts decent? [Re: Rootintootin]
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Window regulators are best kept to OEM. I would rather get a used OEM than any aftermarkets. The entire unit broke into pieces on my $25 aftermarket drivers regulator in my 2001 after less than a year.

If you order from an online dealer the price is pretty good and you will get the latest updated part as the Crown Vic is 92-2010 for the regulators.
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#2211018 - 01/04/11 11:14 PM Re: are dorman parts decent? [Re: Rootintootin]
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 Originally Posted By: Rootintootin
Not trying to hijack the thread, but are these the clips you are talking about? I got 6 of them in the regulator I picked up at Snapa

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z360/rootintootin1/001.jpg


i just received my regulators today and they did not come with these clips. can i just use the stock ones? i will be using 1/4"-20 1/2" long bolts with nylock nuts.
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#2211783 - 01/05/11 11:38 PM Re: are dorman parts decent? [Re: Merque]
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I can't stand Dorman parts. I used to use a lot of their wheel studs on E450 hubs in fleet repair and they rusted up really bad making lug nuts hard to remove. I had a lot of them just snap too. Now I work on a taxi fleet and hate them worse. We do use dorman regulators too, but I noticed that we're stocking motorcraft window regulators again. I haven't had to change too many regulators so I don't have a solid opinion on them yet. I have, however, had a lot of intakes to change. While the Dorman intakes do work as they're intended to, their fit is lousy. One thing that consistently stands out is how the Dorman intakes will overlap the spark plug holes. This forced me to buy another spark plug socket with a thinner sidewall. I had fitment trouble with their replacement alternator brackets that come with the intakes too. I just replaced an intake a couple weeks ago and one of the replacements actually worked this time, but I still cut a tab off of it to fit it. I'm looking forward to the next intake job though to see if I missed something I shouldn't have in installing those replacement brackets.

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#2213046 - 01/08/11 07:38 AM Re: are dorman parts decent? [Re: Merque]
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 Originally Posted By: talon2nr7588
 Originally Posted By: Rootintootin
Not trying to hijack the thread, but are these the clips you are talking about? I got 6 of them in the regulator I picked up at Snapa

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z360/rootintootin1/001.jpg


i just received my regulators today and they did not come with these clips. can i just use the stock ones? i will be using 1/4"-20 1/2" long bolts with nylock nuts.


will i need these clips?
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#2213646 - 01/09/11 07:42 AM Re: are dorman parts decent? [Re: Merque]
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ok i got both regulators changed out but two of the torx screws that held one of the motors to the regulator snapped off inside the broken regulator. i managed to get them out but now the LR window only has one torx screw holding the motor to the window.

does anyone know what thread they are?
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