Just wondering whether there has been any improvement of rubber parts i.e. boots, engine mounts, bump stops etc. I've seen a lot of complaints about drive shaft boots deteriorating during a restoration, mine did before I could get it on the road.
I want to buy quality parts but have not found a supplier who can guarantee original spec, or a supplier of a better spec material, ( silicon nitrile maybe?). All I hear is you get what you pay for, but suppliers cant supply a spec so I have nothing to make a comparison with. A oem manufacturer will sell to a distributer at a base price, but its up to the distributor to sell it at 10% or 100% mark up, so you can pay extra and still end up with the same problem.
I've now re-stripped my Mini down to its shell and am getting ready to start replacing everything, any advise would be appreciated.
It's simply a reflection of the market, a vast majority of Classic Mini owners for the past 20 years have chosen the cheaper option, meaning the parts suppliers over the past few decades have sourced cheaper solutions, allowing them to sell the parts cheaper to the consumer.
Cheaper solutions = not as good quality.
Over the past 5 years or so this has massively started to change and more and more Classic Mini owners are now searching for quality parts, rather than cheap parts.
However, the "parts" market first needs to sell out of it's current stock of cheap parts, they can then decide and start to look into having better quality parts manufactured. If they decide that this is now where the market is, quality will improve and prices for parts will increase to reflect this.
Annoyingly, no way around it for the "parts" market, it's simply a reflection of the supply and demand, created by the Classic Mini owner.
Here at Optimise we are very lucky, as we have been able to move with the market very easily - making alterations to our entire product range, massively upping the level of quality that we offer (which has also been reflected in price increases). Unfortunately, it's not as simple when a parts supplier has 10000 items of a part sat on a shelf.
Edited by roberts, 12 February 2021 - 10:51 AM.