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OEM vs Aftermarket ATV Parts


When looking for ATV parts it is important to know if you are buying OEM or Aftermarket Parts.  Everyone wants the best performance for your All-Terrain-Vehicle and knowing which part is better is very important. 

Do you want replacement or enhancement for performance?  Consider buying OEM if you are replacing important Engine and Transmission parts.  If you are looking for enhancements, such as winches, racks, seats consider buying Aftermarket parts.

OEM is defined as Original Equipment Manufacturer parts which do not essentially mean the OM (Original Manufacturer) actually manufactured the parts.  OEM are branded parts by the Branded ATV Model.  Yamaha ATV Parts are OEM Joe Smith ATV branded parts would be Aftermarket. Like many ATV and car manufacturers, most do not make their own parts that are used in their products.   Often times they have the parts developed by independent companies and install them in the factory or place them in their boxes, but only to be sold as OEM parts.

Check your Service Manuals for the correct replacement part numbers. - Branded ATV Parts

What to Know about OEM and Aftermarket ATV Parts

OEM ATV Parts are the exact same original parts that were used by the manufacturer to build the same ATV that you purchased or own.

Performance of the aftermarket part will not necessarily be better than the original part you want to replace.

OEM parts can be more expensive than aftermarket parts.  Your more or less paying for the brand behind the part.

ATV Dealers normally recommend OEM Parts because they are higher quality and the best option for replacements.  Sometimes it true and sometimes it is not.  OEM Parts could have changed manufacturers from the original that made the ATV.  Get a warranty if it is a crucial part for the operation of the ATV.

Sometimes, after a certain period of time, the manufacturer will allow the company that originally manufactured the part for the ATV to begin selling the parts with their own brand this allows the OEM and Aftermarket Parts to compete, but also lowers the cost of the parts.

If your ATV is new or still its warranty period - make sure you only use OEM parts and have them installed by authorized service and repair dealers or mechanics.  If they are not installed by authorized people, the warranty may become void.

Aftermarket parts will perform just as well as OEM parts but are not always produced by the original manufacturer.

Before installing Aftermarket ATV parts, make sure your warranty period is over.  You do not want to install aftermarket parts in a new ATV because it may void the warranty.  Check with the dealer where it was purchased or look at the paperwork that came with it, you may have to call a number to have an authorized service dealer come to the place of the ATV for repair.

You can purchase aftermarket ATV parts at steep discounts compared to OEM parts.  Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha parts can be found for up to 70% cheaper than the original manufactured parts.

Reputation check with the parts counter, service repair, or store where you purchasing your parts to ensure that the aftermarket product you want to purchase is reputable and has had good reviews.

High performance parts, are best for finding Aftermarket.  Most OEM parts are for stock built ATVs.  High performance parts can enhance the ATV depending on what it is used for.  Lift kits, shocks, exhausts, engine parts are mostly used for speed and endurance where as racks, lights, seats, tires, trailers will enhance the working utility ATV.

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