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I know that I can have a ZENA® alternator installed for me. BUT, how long does it take to install if I do it myself?

AND can I do it?

Many variables affect installation time -- type of vehicle (or engine), the skill and/or the experience of the installer, space available, method of installation, wheither or not accessories/add-ons are also installed, and if parts will have to be fabricated.

The table below shows some typical times/costs (including bracket fabrication, where needed) for professionally done, first-time, alternator-only installations.

NOTE 1:
We used the pro's reported first-time installation times, and then doubled that to estimate the time that a do-it-yourselfer might take.

NOTE 2:
Time to plan an installation, to "figure out what to do", is not included in these estimates since this varies significantly from installer to installer.
Some installation plans are so elegant, and/or elaborate, that we do not even show pictures of these installation solutions here on our web site. The illustrations that we use depict the more typical installation solutions used by the majority of professional installers and do-it-yourselfers.
To make the planning process quicker we depict an number of typical installations here in our web site (see SITE MAP) and in our installation manuals.

Type of
Vehicle

Do-it-Yourself
Time to Install

Professional
Time to Install

Cost of Pro
Installation*

Large Tractor

6 hours

3 hours

US$175.00

Small Tractor

8 hours

4 hours

US$200.00

Farm Truck

8 hours

4 hours

US$200.00

Small Service Truck

9 hours

4.5 hours

US$240.00

Large Service Truck

8 hours

4 hours

US$200.00

Lawn Tractor

6 hours

3 hours

US$175.00

* NOTE:
Often value added resellers include the price of installation in their selling price.

You are best qualified to determine if you have the ability to do an installation yourself.

Most of our commercial clients have skilled maintenance personnel who are well able to perform the simple tasks involved. However, we recommend that do-it-yourself installation should only be attempted by individuals who are both skilled in the use of power tools and who are familiar with the electrical and mechanical systems of the vehicle in which the welding system is to be installed.

One of the best ways to make this decision is to look at the many installation photos in our web site pages and in our printed installation materials (available to you free of charge in printed form or as downloadable Adobe Acrobat .pdf files --> go here to order/download these materials)


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