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Old August 25th, 2006, 09:12 PM
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Question If we lived in the UK, would our parts be cheaper?

This may sound like a no-brainer because the answer is most likely "yes" but I just got my new ignition cylinder from British Pacific for $250 and I'm wondering how much would it have cost in the UK. Ever see those internet specials like BP's "Steve's deal of the day" where the prices of some parts appear ridiculously cheap? I wonder if those prices really are a steal and if its not, how much does it really go for in the UK when converted into green backs. Mabye someone who has bought parts both here and there can chime in. If not, I'll just quietly go back to installing this ignition cylinder.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 09:44 PM
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shipping and exchange rate adds up eventually.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 09:48 PM
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I go to England every year and I have watched the exchange rate go to hell over the last 10 years. I always go to Land Rover places and accessory shops. Accessories are more expensive there, and suspension kits made here are showing up there all the time. On parts, it depends. I could carry them back cheaper, but I can't ship them over cheaper. Some, like used parts, are a lot cheaper. I wish they had 14cux's over there--I would love a spare.
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Old August 26th, 2006, 02:49 AM
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YES!!!

I just air shipped an R380, bell housing, clutch kit, slave cylinder, clutch master cylinder and it cost me considerably less than half of what I was quoted by my local dealer (AKA local stealer)
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Old August 27th, 2006, 04:21 AM
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I'm just about to buy a whole steering lock and barrel assembly, didn't ask the price-the old one was totally shot. Steering lock came on whilst I was going round a corner. That made for a white knuckle ride I can tell you luckily nothing was coming the other way
Finished up in the hedge inches from a large tree
No damage done
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Old August 28th, 2006, 12:45 AM
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I had to replace mine last year. If I remember, it was about $500 for parts. Curious what that would have cost in the US.
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I had to replace mine last year. If I remember, it was about $500 for parts. Curious what that would have cost in the US.
I'm worried now
should have asked
Mind you a good squirt of WD40 didn't fix it.
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Old August 28th, 2006, 04:33 PM
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That's more reassuring
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I live in the UK (Scotland) and I'm always amazed at how much used 90's sell for in the States.. I assume spares and parts are similarly priced.. Next weekend I'm hoping to buy my 16th Land Rover (I don't have the previous 15...), a 2001 TD5 D90 with winch, alloy wheels, JE Engineering Stage 2 tune (remapped ECU and big intercooler giving 195bhp) LR rear seats and windows and Ashcrofts final drive gearing (1.22:1) and Kleentect underbody protection (which costs $3300) for 11,000 ($20,800). A new basic spec. 90 can be had on UK EBay for 13250 plus tax (totals $29550). Paddock Motors (see above) are my heroes. They are cheap compared to UK Land Rover main dealers, although you don't always get genuine parts and they are friendly and helpful (IMHO).. I bought a V8 clutch for 65 compared to a quote of 190 from my local LR dealer, and both were the same make (Borg & Beck) and type..
Do your emission and type regulations stop you guys importing 90's? When I was in the States in '73 the exchange rate was $2.40 to 1. Looks like it's heading that way again.. Still, have you guys got any idea what price gas is here?? How does $8.35 grab ya?? That's an Imperial gallon, which is a little bigger than a US one.., but not THAT much bigger! 80% of that is tax...
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The big red light for importation is lack of airbags. Well, and a host of other red tape.
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Steering lock, ignition switch, key came out at 55 for OEM parts, not too bad.
Now I've got to figure out how to get the special bolts out of the old steering lock asembly
Do I drill? hammer? chissel or what???
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Steering lock, ignition switch, key came out at 55 for OEM parts, not too bad.
Now I've got to figure out how to get the special bolts out of the old steering lock asembly
Do I drill? hammer? chissel or what???
I did a search and found that some guys here have used an "easy out" or a punch @ hammer to get it turning. I used a bolt extractor from Osh's. (Home improvement store) It has a drill tap head and a bolt extractor on top once the tap goes through the bolt. It was like $29.99 for a set of three sizes. Just watch the trim when you drill, put duct tape on it or something to protect the finish. Good Luck.

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Ah... Thanks, after a bit of disassembly and a good look see I chose to centre punch and drill the heads out. Then Murphy's law took over and due to the difficult angle the drill bit started to wander into the soft alloy of the bottom half of the clamp
Plan B... I drilled some big holes into the steering lock and through the bolts in the top (main) part of the steering clamp and it all came apart quite well. The old steering lock fell apart completely during all this hammering and drilling. The back fell off with the terminals on it and the shaft that turns the contacts dropped out the back... it was tatally shot. No wonder starting was a bit hit and miss
Reassembly was the reverse of disassembly apart from all the drilling and smashing
And it all works properly now
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