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Post by DurocShark » Sun Dec 31, 2006 5:10 am

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Colorado doesn't do safety inspections. I'm considering just filling the holes and doing away with them altogether.

Then I think of the STUPID idiots driving around in the snow and think maybe I should paint the whole darn bus in reflective paint...

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Post by vdubyah73 » Sun Dec 31, 2006 5:23 am

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Post by sped372 » Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:35 am

Autozone voltage regulator - crapped out after about three months; shoulda known better but I was in a pinch
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Post by DurocShark » Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:35 pm

sped372 wrote:Autozone voltage regulator - crapped out after about three months; shoulda known better but I was in a pinch
The thing we have to remember, and our busses deserve it, is that it's ok to buy crap parts in an emergency.

But we MUST REMEMBER to replace those junk parts with quality as soon as possible! Let the junk become spares. Let quality run your bus.

It's a lesson I've learned the hard way.

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Post by Sluggo » Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:05 pm

Hot-Spark Ignition Replacement module. :pukeleft: This thing sucks. :pukeright: The first one I got wouldn't even hold an idle and crapped out after a minute. After several days of being given the run around and told about the defects of my new coil and ignition wiring and being told to buy an external ballast resistor they finally had me return the Hot-Spark at my expense. When they sent me the new one it was actually my old hardware in a baggy with a new module. I installed this one and it worked (meaning the engine could hold idle and run) but not as well as expected. I gave it a month and it did not improve. The messed up Pertronix I was replacing with this actually works better. So do points (which is what I'm running now). The replacement unit worked but missed often and gave a weak spark. I have e-mailed them and we'll see what the response is.
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Post by DurocShark » Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:07 pm

That's what I discovered belatedly.

It ran fine the first day, then went south.

My coil has 3.8ohms resistance (good Bosch blue) but I still had to add a ballast resistor (1.6ohm). Still didn't work right, so they told me to put heatsink thermal grease (ARctic Silver II) under it. Improvement, but only some.

This bus had a Pertronix that ran fine until I screwed up and shorted the leads to the poor thing.

I'm gonna get a .85 ohm resistor and see if that makes it perfect.

They do respond quickly, and are VW guys, so that's why I've given this thing so many chances to work.

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Post by Sluggo » Thu May 03, 2007 6:32 pm

DurocShark wrote:That's what I discovered belatedly.

It ran fine the first day, then went south.

My coil has 3.8ohms resistance (good Bosch blue) but I still had to add a ballast resistor (1.6ohm). Still didn't work right, so they told me to put heatsink thermal grease (ARctic Silver II) under it. Improvement, but only some.

This bus had a Pertronix that ran fine until I screwed up and shorted the leads to the poor thing.

I'm gonna get a .85 ohm resistor and see if that makes it perfect.

They do respond quickly, and are VW guys, so that's why I've given this thing so many chances to work.
They said they improved the design and thermocouple on the new batch and sent me a new one. I'll hook it up this weekend and see what happens. Now it comes with a little syringe full of thermocouple grease.
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Aircooled.net SVDA w/Compufire,
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Post by DurocShark » Thu May 03, 2007 7:26 pm

Sluggo wrote:
DurocShark wrote:That's what I discovered belatedly.

It ran fine the first day, then went south.

My coil has 3.8ohms resistance (good Bosch blue) but I still had to add a ballast resistor (1.6ohm). Still didn't work right, so they told me to put heatsink thermal grease (ARctic Silver II) under it. Improvement, but only some.

This bus had a Pertronix that ran fine until I screwed up and shorted the leads to the poor thing.

I'm gonna get a .85 ohm resistor and see if that makes it perfect.

They do respond quickly, and are VW guys, so that's why I've given this thing so many chances to work.
They said they improved the design and thermocouple on the new batch and sent me a new one. I'll hook it up this weekend and see what happens. Now it comes with a little syringe full of thermocouple grease.
Yeah, I got the new one too. Haven't had time to deal with it, currently hunting vacuum leaks (again).

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Post by NWbuspilot » Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:16 pm

Kemco Ignition Coil. :pale:

Mine lasted 3 days. I put my old bosch coil back in there. Pale yellow spark is better than zero spark.

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Warning Harbour frieght fuses dont blow

Post by RSorak 71Westy » Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:00 am

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This is a Harbor Freight fuse that never blew after being direct shorted across a battery....WARNING Do NOT use these
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Post by NWbuspilot » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:20 pm

Sluggo wrote:Bus Depot "OEM Quality" Spark Plug Wires. Could feel the charge when I rub my arm over the wire.
I'll second that. The shoddy insulation on these wires caused my coil output voltage to arc the the #1 negative terminal and fry my ECU.

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Quality

Post by foxtail » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:20 pm

Where has the quality gone???????
Where has the pride of quality gone?????????
Pride in craftmanship so few and far between.
I work part time for Kevin Veale he own Veale Automotive and we see it all the time....having to go back to the Parts Store and get another part and they are said to be new parts??

Having to tear out a tranny twice because of a so-called new Pressure Plate or Throw out bearing.

BAAAA HUUUUUUUUUm BBBBBBBBBBUUUUUG!!!!!!

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Re: Parts: Belatedly Discovered Junk

Post by dtrumbo » Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:44 am

This isn't so much a criticism of the quality of the part per se, but more of an exposure of the borderline false advertising under which it was sold to me.

https://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails.as ... 03-109-GER

Part number ending in 'GER', description on the webpage as 'Original German quality or equivalent'. What I received was a Euromax brand pulley made in China. I paid $24.95 + shipping thinking I was getting a better quality part than the typical aftermarket made-in-China (ie Euromax) when I can buy the exact same part from multiple other vendors for at least $10.00 cheaper and knowing what I'm going to get if I do so.

I called and politely expressed my disappointment with my purchase and was met with questions about if I thought a part made anywhere other than Germany could be considered "OE quality". When the discussion degraded, I asked for a full refund including return shipping. I was offered a purchase refund, but no return shipping. I then informed them (what most of you have already determined for yourselves) that I would keep the $24.95 Chinese pulley and that would be the very last dime they ever would receive from me. If the person had bothered to check my order history, simple math would have told them this was a bad decision. Now my "banned" list of ACVW parts vendors is up to three.
- Dick

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... as it turns out, it was the coil!

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Re: Parts: Belatedly Discovered Junk

Post by hambone » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:16 am

I no longer shop at CIP1 because of that crap.
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Post by dtrumbo » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:09 pm

hambone wrote:I no longer shop at CIP1 because of that crap.
I had read of your experiences, but I guess I had to feel the pain myself. No more.
- Dick

1970 Transporter. 2015cc, dual Weber IDF 40's
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Re: Parts: Belatedly Discovered Junk

Post by Amskeptic » Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:57 pm

dtrumbo wrote:This isn't so much a criticism of the quality of the part per se, but more of an exposure of the borderline false advertising under which it was sold to me.

https://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails.as ... 03-109-GER

Part number ending in 'GER', description on the webpage as 'Original German quality or equivalent'. What I received was a Euromax brand pulley made in China. I paid $24.95 + shipping thinking I was getting a better quality part than the typical aftermarket made-in-China (ie Euromax) when I can buy the exact same part from multiple other vendors for at least $10.00 cheaper and knowing what I'm going to get if I do so.

I called and politely expressed my disappointment with my purchase and was met with questions about if I thought a part made anywhere other than Germany could be considered "OE quality". When the discussion degraded, I asked for a full refund including return shipping. I was offered a purchase refund, but no return shipping. I then informed them (what most of you have already determined for yourselves) that I would keep the $24.95 Chinese pulley and that would be the very last dime they ever would receive from me. If the person had bothered to check my order history, simple math would have told them this was a bad decision. Now my "banned" list of ACVW parts vendors is up to three.
Watch words. All they have to do is meet the minimum standard of legalese.
I like "Part will be repaired or replaced at our sole discretion with a product of like-quality."
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