That's meThere was a post about this on the other board where someone ordered a metal impeller from a place that makes them to replace the plastic ones.
Not a gen2 guy but I like to read up on some of the solutions people find as one day they may be applicable.
Anyone used the Flying Dutchman service on a water pump? I kept my OEM pump when I removed it (was leaking out the weep hole) and put a Cardone Reman unit on the car. I'd really like to get my OE one rebuilt and put back on since I'm going to be digging into the car again. Just have more...driveviper.com
I'll post some pictures here to when it comes in (probably another 3 weeks or so). I have a Cardone unit on there that I just don't trust. I could tell it was a cheap rebuild when I put it on, mainly because it took them 6 tries to send me one (bought on rock auto) that had the mating surfaces machined (looked like it was rough casted still). I've heard a lot about them failing fast where others have said they lasted for them. I kept my OE pump and figured since I'm having to do my timing cover gasket to fix a leak it was the right time to rebuild the OE one.
Good and bad news on it.
Good - They had already done a Viper before so they had the cad files already so I didn't have to pay for that R&R.
Good - It's an aluminum impeller so no risk of it breaking or melting like the 2000+ OE units and the Cardone ones.
Bad - Just being a cheap ass.... It's $300 to have rebuilt not including shipping so I'll probably have about $350 in the rebuild so I could have bought a NOS one for a little more ($400) but I decided on this option due to the metal impeller.