Ok, and I'm just trying to help fellow Cougar owners out too. YOU ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR IN LIFE!! I'm sorry, but to build an alternator that is significantly higher output than stock, in a stock housing will just not work! The damn thing will overheat before you know it and you'll be buying another, and another, and another. Especially for $169!! These alternators are not just a plain old alternators like you'd have in an old Chevy or Ford. The voltage is internally regulated and controlled by the PCM. Just a new regulator alone (which is needed for more amps) is going to be a ton of money.
Not to mention - the the alternators had cooling problems *stock*. Now you try to add even more they won't take it.
When you buy a rewind it's simply a kit that someone in the field installs. When you buy one from a manufacturer they have actually engineered the entire alternator to be reliable, and make the power it says. They spend months, maybe years in R&D to manufacture a good quality alternator. So, if anyone is looking for a GOOD alternator that is going to last:
Tech Line (563) 323-3337 ext. 102
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Believe who you want, but I've been installing car stereo professionally for about 9 years now. I've used just about every kind of alternator there is, these are GOOD alternators!