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Not sure if I'm on the correct forum, but can I ask about the best clutch slave cylinder to buy and who sells them?
I see prices ranging from $40 to $180 (at Vick).
I want the best for my new baby!
 

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Generally, they are all the same. I doubt you can find OEM, so all of them are aftermarket. I found an OEM on EBay for $12 a couple of years ago. Someone had marked the wrong part number on it, but I recognized the picture.

What car, what year?
 
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(Got halfway writing this, but DPeterson3 beat me to the punch. Expanding on what Don wrote: )

Keep in mind that you aren't buying from the manufacturer - you are buying from a distributor. So while I might report that I was very pleased with the high-quality slave cylinder that I bought from Alfa parts distributor "X" last year, supplier "X" may be getting parts from a different manufacturer today - perhaps parts made from recycled materials, in a factory with a dirt floor, by forced labor.

Having said that, as DPeterson3 wrote, "Generally, they are all the same". In other words, the market for parts fitting 50-year old Alfas is so small that there are usually just one or two factories still making them. I don't know how companies still make 105/115 slave cylinders, but given the demand, it can't be a lot.

Another consideration: the large, online parts sellers (Rock Auto and the like) aren't Alfa specialists and have no idea of how an Alfetta differs from a GTV. Often they offer lower prices, but you may receive a part that isn't correct for your year/model Alfa.
 
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@Alfajay Yes that makes total sense.
@ DPeterson3 Its for my new 1991 Spider Veloce.
Vick has one for $50 and one for $180 so I assume that is an OEM? Same photos ;-)
 

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Apparently the original Ate is still available for $70. Don't pay $180!

Hi Yves, many thanks...yes saw that one.
But no photo of the actual part and they wont ship to me in Hawaii. I can get it dropped to somewhere USA but it wont get there till June!
The search continues.
Its funny I found a couple of places (Partsgeek etc) with a picture of an Ate version but the description says made by Beck/Arnley.
 

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Beck Arnley, Centric, etc. are distributors. It is amazing that none of the Alfa specialists except Vicks carry the Ate cylinder. Classic Alfa in UK, one of the most reliable suppliers, carries a Benditalia at £69 and a no-name at £32.

I would give this one a try as Ate is a German product:
 

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Centerline also sells one that they say is made in Italy. I just installed it and it fit and works great! I'm sure any will work fine as long as it's not some cheap ebay replica. Most of the main alfa suppliers will serve you well!
 

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Most of the main alfa suppliers will serve you well!
I agree. I've had good luck with Alfaparts, Centerline, and Spruell here in the US. Also Classic Alfa and Alfaholics in the UK, and OKP Parts in Germany. This is NOT to say that other suppliers aren't also good; just that I haven't had direct experience with them.
 

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I have installed them from all the major suppliers and have had no issues
 

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Thanks guys.
Guess I will get the Centerline too. Did hear some bad stuff about Centerline from someone recently....but will take your experience and run with it.
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Centerline generally has a good reputation. Its owner, Joe Cabb, is active on this forum and seems to stand behind his business whenever there have been complaints.

Many of us have started to use European suppliers - they seem to have more parts and fewer backorders. And overseas shipping is incredibly quick - and expensive as well.
 

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Did hear some bad stuff about Centerline from someone recently....but will take your experience and run with it.
Well, every vendor has its haters - people seldom write reviews unless they are angry about something. But as Yves wrote, Centerline is one of the good guys.
 

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All good here. Just wanted to get a second opinion. I agree. Every one has a story...good and bad. Looking forward to starting a relationship with them as they are so close and have good prices. Next a new Nardi steering wheel!
 

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clean the mount to shiny metal... lube the mount with anti seize... clean slave cly outsides with 000 steel wool till shiny,,, install mount and clips... get some spray paint.. and put a couple coats on the installed slave cly and mount.. finish per add hose and bleed.. the anti seize and paint will allow you to remove it easier...........next time
 

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Not sure if I'm on the correct forum, but can I ask about the best clutch slave cylinder to buy and who sells them?
I see prices ranging from $40 to $180 (at Vick).
I want the best for my new baby!
When my shop was active,& my suppliers of rubber seals was active ,& correct for parts like these I'd renew things like this in 5 minuets. If the outside were sandblasted you couldn't tell 'tween brand new or renewed. There's a fair amount of luck in these aftermarket items.
 

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Some of the price differences are based upon currency rates at the time the parts are exchanged between parties in the supply chain. Sometimes they get a "close out deal". Sometimes a supplier has to make a "special order" to re-stock something. A myriad of reasons.

Some may fit multiple applications while another brand may be fashioned in some "minor" difference that only allows a single or limited applications.

But as stated above...it's a pretty basic part...if it work it works...nothing more than that...
 

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Having said that, as DPeterson3 wrote, "Generally, they are all the same". In other words, the market for parts fitting 50-year old Alfas is so small that there are usually just one or two factories still making them. I don't know how companies still make 105/115 slave cylinders, but given the demand, it can't be a lot.
The advantage of 105/115 parts is that the cars were made for 30 years, and have a decent enthusiast following for a car of their vintage.

Plus, a simple part like a clutch slave likely is of extremely similar design to many other models. If not a direct swap, a clutch slave for another model might be identical except the location of the retaining clip grooves, which would be pretty easy to reconfigure for.
 

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I wouldn't even exclude that the same part from the same factory could be sold in different boxes through different channels at widely different prices.

We went though that at work and the price range can reach 10 to 1.
 
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