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Old 01-17-2014, 08:48 AM   #1
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The High, High Cost of Mstng Mods

For the last quarter, I have been boltin' on some fun stuff to a 2011 GT. And I've been (more or less) consistently OK with the cost/value proposition of each new addition.

But in the last month, I started a new project. A little side affair. Re-loving a 1988 Porsche 924S, which is turning into a little NASA/SCCA club racer type of ride.

To my astonishment, many of the bolt ons for the old Porsche are cheaper, wayyyyyyy cheaper, than a comparable mod for the GT.

A GT CAI is 300-400. A CAI for the 924S is 150.

A tune for the GT is 400. A new chip for the 924S is 150.

Performance brakes are more for the GT, on and on.

In the abstract, I'm still OK with the price/value proposition for the GT-specific mods.

Except for brakes. Performance brake prices for our cars are, to me, insane.

But . . . dang, you'd think with (a) a huge domestic market for Mustang performance, (b) a huge fleet of Mustangs out there to give the parts makers the sales volume, and (c) the healthy and robust competition between all the Steeda/Roush/Strange fabricators and all the AM/Bren/Strano/Justin's distributors, that we could get the price of new bolt on for our used American cars below that of an old Porsche.

What am I missing?
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Higher price = Less work I suppose

Not every one subscribes to lower price attracts more customers and will lower the price point enough to entice new never mod before customer base.

That and R&D for new parts require recouping the cost of research and production and marketing.

Also people like you and I are willing to pay. If everyone cuts their budget in half for mods and tank the mod market, it may force them to become competitive. But that probably won't happen because Mustang owners are passionate about their cars. Passion has a higher price tag.
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Could be that the Porsche is going on 30 years old. Parts for a 30 year old mustang are way cheaper than a 3 year old one.
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Supply and demand.. old porsche parts and mods are not in as much of a demand... so many new stangs suppliers cant keep up with the demand
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engineering costs of new parts vs 30 yr old engineering that has already been paid for long ago.
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Many of the parts may have been manufactured decades ago and just sitting on a shelf. The 924 was the Porsche on a budget, originally meant to be sold as a Volkswagen. It was in production for over a decade, so it is no surprise that prices would be lower for parts.
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Not even close to being tech.
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Yeah, its purely the age of the car, as others have stated. Go try to mod a newer German car, you'll crap yourself haha. I traded in an 06 Audi A4, basically one of the cheapest Audis you can get, and I'm loving the price of mod for my '14 GT. CHEAPEST decent exhaust for my 2.0T Audi, just a cat back, was like $1200. And it's on a 4 banger, so you know it basically does nothing to add power haha.
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