I forgot to add, I wouldn't put it past shops to charge $750 or so for this stuff. They mark JDM stuff up like mad.
I remember reading a post saying that Type S cams were going for $700 or something nuts like that. They only cost about $450 in Japan, and that's retail. I don't know, I just don't like that the shops get this stuff, then they tack on another $100 for pure profit. It's giving the customer the shaft to me. Maybe you pay $450 for the cams, which is about $475 after tax, then they will probably ship it by boat with a bunch of other stuff, so say $525 after shipping (probably closer to $500), sell them fro $700, instant $200 profit!!
Same goes for JDM foglights. In Japan, they are 25,000 yen. With today's exchange rate; $215. I have seen them go for as high as $400 or $500.
The list goes on. Don't even get me started on Type S pistons.....
Now, I have seen good prices, don't get me wrong, well, I should say, prices that aren't half bad. I saw an SiR valve cover (blue) for $229 at a shop. I am getting one for $190, but that includes the valve cover gasket.
I am not trying to come down on all shops selling JDM stuff. There are good ones out there (www.jdmhondaparts.com is one of them). It's worse around here in Dallas. A shop has a Type S throttle body, and they are telling my friend that it's bored over Xmm and it will give him X hp. Yeah right, the Type S throttle body is only 2mm larger, and you probably won't get any hp out of it without other mods. Worst part is, they way $650 for the TB. You can get a Spoon ITR TB for less than $500.
Now, before all you shop owners flame me, I am not saying ALL shops do this, but the majority I have seen do. Of course, you will say "the customer is willing to pay a premium price," but that doesn't change the fact that when you are marking the stuff up 100% you are ripping the customer off.
Sorry guys, just had to get that off my chest.
I hate to say it, but I can't get these parts for you. I can't ask my family to send over 25 sets of JDM foglights, 50 intake manifolds, etc. etc. If I ever do work something out, I will let you guys know.
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