Pattern parts - bad quality

  1. Crater Creator

    Crater Creator Member

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    Hi folks,
    I just received this "pattern part" from a VW Beetle "specialist". It's a jacking point.
    I am shocked at the ridiculously bad quality, but can't really be bothered sending it back, and as it seems to be of fairly thick steel sheet I'll probably just fettle it. Won't be using them again though.
    I have included a picture of how it is advertised....
    Actually I don't think the pictures do it justice, it is a good half inch off!

    Grrr
    IMG_0097.jpg IMG_0098.jpg IMG_0099.jpg IMG_0100.jpg Jacking Point.JPG
     
  2. johnser

    johnser Member

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    Jacking points on a beetle are a moisture/dirt trap. Most people who aren't after concourse do away with them. Even if I still had them, I wouldn't use them for jacking!

    No-one has a a good word to say about any beetle repro panels (notwithstanding hooky's)
     
  3. steveo3002 Member

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    that is bad

    thing is general public want cheapest and thats what weve been given , if you ran a motor factors only stocking the best of the best people would still flock to the cheapest rubbish
     
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  4. mechman Member

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    Stevie Wonder Beetle spares dot com
     
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  5. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    And that's perhaps one reason they will continue to import 'dross' and sell it on at huge profit margins. Send it back with a letter of complaint, I say.....:worms :scared:
     
  6. Kayos

    Kayos Member

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    It’s always been the case, years ago I found some acceptable Nova parts but they ended up going the same way. Anyone remember the Binky episode they realised the side repeater hole was wrong? On a £100 panel
     
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  7. Shox Dr

    Shox Dr Chief Engineer to Carlos Fandango

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    Britpart for land rovers is just as bad, if not worse, some of their bearings are made from silver paint:mad:
     
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  8. beebee Member

    I have changed both the wiper wheel boxes & cable 3 times this year on a defender, these were all britpart, & kept stripping the teeth & so were returned to paddock, which they exchanged each time, but really got fed up of replacing them, so got genuine Landrover ones from the dealer, no problems with the genuine ones so far !
     
  9. Shox Dr

    Shox Dr Chief Engineer to Carlos Fandango

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    Tell me about it, I reluctantly used a britpart taper bearing in a R380 gearbox mainshaft rebuild. Turned to paste in 500miles, destroyed the box:mad:
     
  10. ranchero Member

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    years ago i phoned up for a pair of repro metro front wings seller said "do i want the cheep ones or the ones that fit"
     
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  11. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    I'm about to buy a pair of arch repair panels for my little nissan....geez I really hope I'm not making a huge mistake. The whole reason for buying them in is to save me time vs making my own...not really much of a saving if I thin have to spend half a day getting them to fit right!
     
  12. indy4x

    indy4x Forum Supporter

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    The whole aftermarket LR parts operation does seem to be a lottery, Britpart do seem to get a fair bit of stick and usually it's deserved but Bearmach seem to be getting a bit hit and miss on their parts as well
     
  13. Shox Dr

    Shox Dr Chief Engineer to Carlos Fandango

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    OEM LR stuff is cheap enough not to bother with patern parts. The bitter twist was I’d already sworn to not use the stuff after the experience with BP caliper rebuild kits. I was told there wasn’t anything to be concerned with regarding bearings:mad:
     
  14. Onoff Member

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    I fitted some Unipart drop links and they failed pretty quick. Got a second set from the same place a year later and they looked so different I questioned it, thicker rods and knuckles bigger by far. These ones are Delphi and far superior!

    Anyone comment on George Barber panels as that's where I got my Focus sills from?
     
  15. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    I used to order from the Toyota main dealer parts dept...then they changed their process so I then had to turn up in person to place an order rather than calling the order in! The dealer is 40mins away...it didn't even matter that I wanted some clips which cost a few pence either....bonkers!

    Onoff...I've found Delphi stuff to be very good indeed.
     
  16. indy4x

    indy4x Forum Supporter

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    @pdg @Shox Dr
    Generally avoid Britpart but found Bearmach to be better, usually take a judgement call when looking for D2 spares and buy accordingly but some stuff is no longer available from LR.

    Last thing I bought was a belt tensioner, bought Bearmach and not impressed
     
  17. Kayos

    Kayos Member

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    I used a Defender bulb holder to mod my freelander rear lights, unknowingly bought Britpart. Had a few issues so replaced with Bearmach but after a week put the Britpart ones back in (while I got genuine, which I should have done anyway)
     
  18. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    universal :laughing: that = crap that u have to make fit :)
     
  19. Olderisbetter

    Olderisbetter Forum Supporter

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    Some of the parts i have ordered have been useless alot like the aftermarket "tuning" parts, if i can find it i have a picture of the beetle front beam i had to remove from someones car, When you bolt it on it bends the bolts down, clearly the mounting holes have been drilled in about 8mm to low, this part was fitted and the car was on the road when an MOT guy looked at it he pointed it out.
     
  20. Olderisbetter

    Olderisbetter Forum Supporter

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    I never use my jacking points ion the beetle and if i was doing work i would onit them, maybe i have been affected from when i had a beetle at 17 and jacked it up using the vw jack in the proper jacking point and the car stayed on the ground as the jacking point kept going up into the rust :(
     
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