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post #46 of 50 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 11, 11:01 PM
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Re: Yet another new 5 speed or ???

We're having a discussion which is part of the forum. I Answered a few questions regarding the issue with producing oversees. Someone wants to challenge so i showed my data.

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post #47 of 50 (permalink) Old Dec 24th, 11, 12:31 AM
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Re: Yet another new 5 speed or ???

I was looking at an RS600 for an auto to manual swap but the price of $5200 and a 12 month wait that the sales guy quoted says forget about it. No one deserves to have my money for that long no matter how great they may be.

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$5200? That's a bit more than what I am hearing it costs. What does that include?

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post #49 of 50 (permalink) Old Dec 24th, 11, 1:40 AM
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We're having a discussion which is part of the forum. I Answered a few questions regarding the issue with producing oversees. Someone wants to challenge so i showed my data.
Suppliers are not an issue, the supply chain is. When making transmission gears you cannot use multiple suppliers for your own design. There is a simple expense called tooling cost. Tools are made for castings and gear cutting. These tools are usually not transferable to other gear cutters or foundries. You have to amortize your tooling costs over several runs sometimes before you have a profit. All the current 5 speed kits are based on some other OEM design to offset some of the tooling costs. Example...there would be no reason to tool and make a reverse gear if one is cheaper from the OEM. There are Taiwanese gears currently made for the T45, T5 and T56. This actually HELPS the supply chain because Tremec ( made in Mexico ) is one supplier and they have huge issues getting people parts and transmissions. People need to get over the China thing considering none of the manual transmissions in US cars are made in this country.This is what I mean by the supply chain problem. Less inventory is stocked across the board ( even raw materials ) to save money. We are fortunate to have some aftermarket companies overseas making gears with little or no tooling costs because they are guaranteed a high volume order.
It is my job as a parts distributor and manufacturer to FORCAST trends in the supply line and stock more to keep my product line moving. Paying your vendors on time or ahead of time keeps them from ignoring you when they may have cash flow issues. There are lots of companies in this country that can cut gears and can do a damn good job. However patriotism will not get you anywhere in this business. We have made beautiful gears in the USA and lost big time because people will not pay as little as $15 more for a better quality piece.

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post #50 of 50 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 11, 7:47 PM
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Re: Yet another new 5 speed or ???

Well I for one love the fact there are bolt in 5 speeds for or cars. I think we all benefit from a little competition anyway so hopefully next year we will see Keislers new rs and Mcleod will actually start offering something. The only thing keeping me from the t56 is the cutting. The rs700 is very tempting if it materializes.

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