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Post  HQU304 Fri 20 Jul 2012, 6:46 pm

Not sure if you guys have been informed but rare spares will soon be releasing new reproduction front guards for HQ's, there will be no release for hj - hz from what they told me. They said the quality will match the original and they will retail for $850 each. Not sure if this includes GTS guards.
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Post  panoz78 Fri 20 Jul 2012, 7:50 pm

When I started rebuilding my van
I found a place in brisvagas that where trialing
h--wb front doors but had not put them into
Production yet.
Retail price was going to be around 800.
Production yet was to start about october 2009/10 silent I think :: it was. No
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Post  The Zodiac Fri 20 Jul 2012, 8:32 pm

Good news considering the HQ racers have killed a mountain of good bits. Very Happy

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Post  0488TINTER Fri 20 Jul 2012, 10:35 pm

is it just me or is $850 a little on the steep side?
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Post  sinbin Sat 21 Jul 2012, 12:11 am

0488TINTER wrote:is it just me or is $850 a little on the steep side?
Just seems to be the going rate for reproduction panels. All the Torana, Monaro and EH panels seem to be the one price.
All also seem to be coming from the one supplier and it's not Rare Spares (although they do re-sell and distribute).

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Post  HQU304 Sat 21 Jul 2012, 6:37 am

Yeah they said it costs $200,000 to make the die so thats why they won't be releasing hj - wb guards but at 850 a piece they'd make the money pretty quick.

$1200 for a new complete fibreglass front

$1700 for a pair of steel guards

what would you choose....
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Post  Jonny James Sat 21 Jul 2012, 8:40 am

Steel... Got steel guards on all my old rust buckets that have been on there for more than 40 years... Some 50 years.

So given that, a new set of steel guards should out live my driving days.

Like to see a fiber glass front live the same amount of years!

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Post  panoz78 Sat 21 Jul 2012, 8:49 am

Don't let Rusty hear that
.. lol! ds
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Post  0488TINTER Sat 21 Jul 2012, 7:42 pm

all the rare repo stuff sells for close to $1000 yet repo tailgates are $109 - HUGE price difference

i can even get a repo guard for a 2002 Jeeo for $130 - ow is the HQ one $600+ more??

Also couldnt work out how WB tail lights were $100 ea and all of a sudden they dropped to $50

some serious profit in them parts
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Post  panoz78 Sat 21 Jul 2012, 8:06 pm

All comes back to supply and demand.
Back in the 70's a gaurds would cost say 150 but
There where a million. Hq's .
How many are around today.
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Post  HQU304 Sat 21 Jul 2012, 9:03 pm

I think also companies changing suppliers would have an impact on prices going up or down. I know from dealing with allcrashparts the price of a tailgate went up and down alot. They used to be around the $220 mark but i can get one now for $89. They also sold new HJ - HZ complete corner lights for $15 each but have stopped producing those for some reason, so all thats left is to pay the $45 each that other companies like Rare Spares want. I can still get a New reproduction HZ grill for $25 new but the variety of reproduction parts are slowly diminishing
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Post  0488TINTER Sat 21 Jul 2012, 11:21 pm

yeah, it's a sad state.
We need the people wh started selling the WB tail lights for $50 to source panels - that would shake things up affraid
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Post  Jonny James Sun 22 Jul 2012, 5:29 am

Them after market tail gates a rubbish! There is a reason they are so cheap.

Up to a $1000 a panel seems good value if it bolts straight on and only prep for paint required.
Got a panel beater to do any work to a rusty dented panel lately? Factor in the price you think a good second hand panel is. Get someone to straighten it out, cut rust out and get it to the stage it's ready for paint prep. Makes $800 seem like good value after all...

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Post  HQU304 Sun 22 Jul 2012, 8:38 am

i agree they are rubbish but with the carelessness of other drivers, and those who love to throw shopping trolleys around i really wouldn't want to spend a whole afternoon repairing a few dints or sourcing out another genuine and straight tailgate when i can pick up a non gen that looks the parts and is cheap.
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Post  Mad Van Sun 22 Jul 2012, 4:26 pm

I think it's worth it to buy a pair for spares.When the sales drop off in a few years they will stop making them
and the ones left will cost a fortune especially if you need one urgent.

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Post  0488TINTER Sun 22 Jul 2012, 8:07 pm

Jonny James wrote:Get someone to straighten it out, cut rust out and get it to the stage it's ready for paint prep. Makes $800 seem like good value after all...
You wouldn't bother, the $800 would be much cheaper
still think they're overpriced
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Post  The Zodiac Sun 22 Jul 2012, 8:15 pm

Mad Van wrote:I think it's worth it to buy a pair for spares.When the sales drop off in a few years they will stop making them
and the ones left will cost a fortune especially if you need one urgent.

Makes sense Phil, really comes back to the old if you want something bad enough you'll pay for it.

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Post  Mad Van Mon 23 Jul 2012, 8:40 am

My Corvette came out with two red tailights and I needed to get a pair of orange ones
for the indicators.I didn't rush because a lot of places had them for $80.00 each.The demand
dropped off and they stopped making them and the suppliers bought up the last of the stock.
The last ones are going for around $450.00 each Mad ,if you can find them.I managed to get new
pair on Evilbay for $200.00.Lucky.
The guards may be expensive now,but they won't be making them forever. Neutral

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Post  HQU304 Wed 01 Aug 2012, 6:41 am

spoke to rarespares again when i picked up some new tailshaft u bolts. they are remaking the HQ GTS guards initially, he said they will be making standard gaurds aswell. Also they are making new nosecones, not sure if they are single or twin (i forgot to ask). They have made a nosecone already but they are remaking it due to it not giving a factory fit.

Will keep you guys posted, going back this week for more goodies
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