Try a Powermaster or Tuff Stuff...August 10 2017 at 10:00 AM
doug smith (Login cjshaker)
Response to Suggestion for GOOD ring gear and starter source?
I've been really happy with my Powermaster starters. I've also used Tuff Stuff starters and didn't have any issues except when one sat for a couple years, then it just wouldn't spin. While I can't say I've had problems with generic FE starters, I've had REALLY bad luck with typical parts store starters on other vehicles. I had a similar experience as yours on a couple occasions, where it took 3 starters to get a good one. By the 3rd time of installing and removing, I'm tempted to take them back and heave them through the front windows of the store.
Can't say I've ever had a problem with a ring gear that wasn't starter related. I'd try Ford first, then I'd try Summit or Jegs. Sounds like the only thing that caused a problem with yours was the starter.