and don't forget the Home Depot. Fabricating stuff, wire wheels, cleaning supplies, etc. is always there at the Depot. I have spent a lot of time there while trying to clean up the frame and such. After that, then the other stores take over.
in almost all cases- you can have parts made, which are better and cheaper than OEM or aftermarket.
for example- pinions, gears, shafts etc- these parts can be made cheaper and as good or better than after market parts by any machine shop that has CNC and tempering capability.
the simple truth is- SAE is built around "working thru the warranty" rather than WORKING ( anyone who doubts this- ask yourself this- if a "better" part is "out there"- why wasnt it OEM to start with?)
here are a few links to get you started, I cant give away all my secerets but mabey this will get some other people to post a few of their favorites good luck
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