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Just Strokin
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From: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 07-30-2002 07:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Strokin   Click Here to Email Just Strokin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With so many companies now farming out their base material, cranks, rods, vavles, etc to off shore/over seas/china companies, has any one every heard of this company or used any of their products?

http://www.catpep.com/

Not trying to be cheap or foolish, but you hear too many horror stories about people who bought products from name brand companies to find the machining was off/not done or the heat treating was not done, etc.

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V8 Thumper
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From: Orange, Ca. United States of America
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 07-30-2002 08:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have no personal experience with that product/vendor, but I'm told (by more than one source) to AVOID THEM AT ALL COST. I was dissapointed to see that Summit is now carrying a line of products bearing that logo

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Mike Harris
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Registered: Jul 2002

posted 07-30-2002 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Harris   Click Here to Email Mike Harris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Avoid them like the plague!!! Had one customer who got a balancer from them. Came apart. Set of rods on another....you wouldn't believe the tolerance difference in lengths. I don't care to see any more of there stuff again.

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Mike Harris
MKZ Racing
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TomP
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Registered: Dec 99

posted 07-30-2002 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have heard their cranks are OK, once you check them and/or machine them to the right specs.

This drivel below from their site sorta sums it all up for me.... they have no idea what they are doing!

"THE AUTO RACING INDUSTRY
According to the "Performance Racing Industry Research Corporation", the overall market for the world wide auto racing industry is projected to reach $12 billion dollars by the year 2002.

Anyone seriously participating in the racing industry must have the financial resources to invest large amounts of money in the sport. With a "beefed up" chassis, a high performance engine, special tires, and a myriad of the specialty items, the cost of an engine alone range from $10,000 to $80,000.

Auto racing has been a part of the American Culture for 100 years. It is a sport that to one extent or another is tired of the world major automobile manufacturers.

Currently, the worldwide auto racing industry is a $12 billion dollar a year business. From the Monte Carlo in Europe to the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida, thousands of spectators gathered each year, not only to view the race, but to be mesmerized by the roar of the engines, the carnival type atmosphere and exotic automobile. We may not imagine ourselves as A. J. Foyt or Dale Earnhart, but we drive something with four wheels and they drive something with four wheels. In some mystical way we can all relate to auto racing. "

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Moneymaker
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posted 07-30-2002 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not for me gang.

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Keith
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From: Sumner, Wa 98390
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posted 07-30-2002 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Keith   Click Here to Email Keith     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, I probably didn't want to read your response. I have their sfi balancer and flexplate on my Fairlane. No problems yet, but just out of curiousity where did the balancer break at? Also, was it sfi or stock app.? The last thing I want is some custom bodywork under the hood, especially at the track.

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Mike Harris
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From: Oakfield, Ga USA
Registered: Jul 2002

posted 07-30-2002 09:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Harris   Click Here to Email Mike Harris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The outer inertia ring seperated from the hub. It WAS and SFI spec'd piece. Now it can't even double for a wheel chock. Talk about expensive. This ripped alot of sh!t up on a BBC that was being run in Limited Street. Guy skimped absolutely nowhere and thought this was not skimping either. Took out the Mezziere water pump, the Be Cool radiator, the dry sump resevoir, the evac pump, and the nitrous fuel cell got whacked (but not split) as well as doing a number on the fiberglass hood. Worst one I have seen of a balancer coming apart, thing bounced around like a freakin tennis ball!! This was at 7800rpm in first gear. To think that I had gotten the first stage tuned in and we were testing the second stage and THAT was my concern at the time.

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MKZ Racing
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Just Strokin
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From: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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posted 07-31-2002 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Strokin   Click Here to Email Just Strokin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just curious about them. There was some SS roller rollers on eBay and before I even considered making a bid I thought I would check with some of you.

Thanks guys.

Larry

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mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
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posted 07-31-2002 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Probably why they are on ebay.

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