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Old July 20th, 2011, 11:34 AM
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Aluminum Hinges

Anybody have the aluminum hinges on their Defender? Wondering about the quality and difference ( if any) between the Britpart and Croytec http://www.croytec.co.uk/products.htm
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Old July 20th, 2011, 12:49 PM
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No direct experience with this part, but in general -- Britpart = cheap and marginal quality.

The Croytec units have grease nipples and are purported to be machined vs. cast. For the relatively small difference in price I'd go Croytec.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 02:27 PM
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Yeah, I suspected as much from anything S**tPart, thanks.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 03:10 PM
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Is the pricing of CroyTec hinges reasonable? 299 = $485 (plus shipping)

Is that any cheaper than getting it domestically?
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I know lucky8 is a distributor for them
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Old July 20th, 2011, 04:11 PM
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Is the pricing of CroyTec hinges reasonable? 299 = $485 (plus shipping)

Is that any cheaper than getting it domestically?
Maybe hit up Stephen @ Safari Heritage: http://www.safarihp.com/ for some TD5 take off. IIRC, I bought a set from him a couple years ago that worked well and they were even Alpine White so I just had to bolt them on.
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Old July 21st, 2011, 03:49 AM
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Is the pricing of CroyTec hinges reasonable? 299 = $485 (plus shipping)
No, of course not. Over $500 for a set of door hinges is madness. But that wasn't the question. The question was, which ludicrously priced set of door hinges is likely to be better quality.
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Old July 21st, 2011, 08:08 AM
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No, of course not. Over $500 for a set of door hinges is madness. But that wasn't the question. The question was, which ludicrously priced set of door hinges is likely to be better quality.
Actually, I was trying to find out what made the CroyTec so much more expensive and was hoping to hear from someone with either the Britpart and/or the Croytec.
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Old July 21st, 2011, 10:49 AM
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Can you paint the cryotec? I think these would be good as they look the right size. If you use the td5 hinges on a soft top you need to trim the capping.
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I don't see any reason why you can't paint them.
Maybe the TD5 hinges are cheaper, but there are a lot of advantages to the CroyTec. As for price, yes they are expensive, especially if compared to oem or TO LR ones. But, given the difference it's like comparing apples and oranges.
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 05:46 PM
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Well, more like comparing apples to those crazy expensive Japanese watermelons, but yes.
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 08:28 PM
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Well, if I must choose between a crazy Japanese watermelon and a rotten apple, I'll take the melon.
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There's also a company making stainless hinges and at a much more sensible price. Don't recall the name offhand but they've had ads in LRM.
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 10:51 AM
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I'm waiting for Justin's offering in the alloy hinge department. Hopefully it won't be a melon
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Wasn't ecr in the process of making some too? Not sure if they are for resale though.
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I have a friend who runs cnc mills... I could talk to him about producing some in either stainless or aluminum. I feel sure he could compete with some of these prices
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Even with cnc equipment, there is a lot more to these hinges then it might appear and billet aluminum is not cheap. So it really has to be a volume deal to make it affordable.
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I believe ECR are prototyping hinges with grease nipples now. They should be available for sale eventually. He posted something about in my hinge thread.
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Still a question of 'what is affordable?'I can easily see the ECR hinges costing $500 as well.

I'd love new high-quality hinges for my poser-mobile, but $500 is way steep.
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Still a question of 'what is affordable?'I can easily see the ECR hinges costing $500 as well.

I'd love new high-quality hinges for my poser-mobile, but $500 is way steep.
Plus, who knows if they'll fit your early '94
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