I like quality parts but no way I’d pay stupid money like some others here just for the sake of a brand. If that part is unique and only available at a premium and I need it I will buy it. I could have gone and blown 6k on Alcon Brakes but went my own way with R35 Brakes at half the price. Same thing for many other parts I searched the best prices and at times bought second hand. If you think Skyline owners are bad may be you need to see what the R35 owners are spending lol.Not all replica parts these days come from China FFS Younes!!!!
At the end of the day we pay what we feel is appropriate for parts etc. I'm lucky to be in a position to buy all my parts new and branded but I CHOOSE not to because (as an ex-mechanic) I KNOW what parts need to be decent and what parts can be made by Zhang Wei and his mates in a shed in Guangzhou on a Friday afternoon. There are some things that need to be decent such as a head gasket for example but to suggest you need to pay nearly £1600 for a set of HKS intercooler pipes and hoses is just ludicrous and is beyond justification. No sane individual would defend something like that although there are clearly a few on here who feel that that is a fair price for pipes and hoses :chairshot:chairshot:chairshot
Kev - I had 2 RS2000's (not at the same time :chuckle. My 'best' one was a self-built 2.1 Pinto on twin 48's with forged bottom and Burton head. Funnily enough parts were all secondhand from different places:thumbsup:. Made 205hp on local dyno where operator would not believe me when I said it was self-built. He all but called me a liar and thought it was a crate motor from Burton, Scholar etc :chuckle: :chuckle:
My current 2.0 YB project is being built from bits (specifically) bought from Ebay on the, self-imposed, smallest of budgets in order to prove that it doesn't take big money or branded parts to build an engine. Hell, I bought a turbo for £40 (new) so we'll just have to wait and see.......
Really folks, we've done this branded vs unbranded to death over the years. Can we just accept that we all have different budgets and priorities when buying bits for our cars. It feels sometimes that there's a lot of snobbery and condescension when folks stray from 'the path'....