I was rebuilding the fuel tank for one of my little Jeeps I had been ignoring for 2 or 3 years...
Ordered a tank strap, tank skid plate, skid plate liner, fill/vent hoses, sending unit, float, lock ring and sock filter for the tank...
The skid plate was for the wrong model/year, so was the liner and tank strap,
This after looking up the proper part numbers my self and giving them to the sales guy (4WD Hardware)...
So I have to cut, splice, drill everything to make them work.
So then I go to put the sending unit in,
I was told REPEATEDLY on the phone the sending unit came with a plastic float, but it showed up with NONE.
Went to put the sending unit in, the 'O' ring is the wrong size.
It's a standard 'O' ring, not one for the application which is an odd size.
Went to put the sock filter on the end of the suction tube...
Too long, it's for a FSJ, not a SWB Jeep.
Completely wrong part number from what I ordered.
Went to put the lock ring over the pickup/return lines on the top of the sender,
And the lines are soldered in place at such extreme angles I had to bend the return line to get the lock ring in place!
Of course, the cheap solder job broke loose on the return line and I had to re-solder it before I could use it...
Then the lock ring is too small for the opening it's supposed to fit in, and wants to pull out from under the 'Fingers' than hold it down...
Let's not forget about the sender adjustments.
Should be 10 Ohms and 90 Ohms when the sender arm is fully 'Up/Down',
No where close, so I had to move the limiters to make the sender put out what it should,
And there isn't enough adjustment to get 90 Ohms no matter what you do.
Before you order some of these parts,
Make sure you ask if it's OMIX-ADA before you place the order!
So far, not one darn thing I've purchased from OMIX-ADA has worked as intended,
Quality is cheap, the parts are usually wrong,
And if you order from 4WD Hardware,
CHECK THE PART NUMBERS WHEN THE STUFF COMES IN!
They CAN NOT be trusted to get you what you ordered, so make sure you check EVERYTHING before you open packages, get things greasy, ect.
Just venting, but I'm TIRED TO DEATH of being screwed by Omix-Ada crap!
While I had the soldering tools out, I soldered the lock screw in place so it doesn't fall out!
This thing is so cheaply made it's not funny!
All the parts are.
I would GLADLY pay twice the price for a unit built to factory specifications and tap dance all the way home!
Why can't these retailers figure that out!
I try and save all of the post like yours that I see for future reference for what I need to buy in the future. Thanks for letting us know!
On a side note to your question about why retailers can't figure out that what we really want is quality. I have wondered the same thing. Why too are so many of these parts imported? Is there nobody interested in building quality into their products. I'm sure there are and I hope they're getting rich!!
What I don't get is that they have the OEM part to make the copy from. But yet, their part has the holes slighlty offset, or the bends in the brackets slightly wrong, or the part too short....this all effects fittment and function. Why is it so hard to copy the real part.
I honestly can't think of one aftermarket part (let alone a factory look a like replacement part) that I didn't have to modify in some shape or form to make it work like it should have. Battery trays don't fit, shifter boots too thick and still split after a week, turm lights missing the inner chrome ring, dash lights wrong color, seats too high or thick, etc. etc. I won't even get into replacement body panels....
So far, everything I have bought in the after market for my rig has been disappointing. Some of it to the point of seeming like a toy version of the actual part.If someone would open just one parts house with all grade a quality.........
I totally agree with everyone. I hate the china made crap.
And 4 WD use to be good till 4wheel parts bought them out, now they're crap too.
I know we're a small nitch, but you would think some one would make good replacement parts.
83 CJ7, 350 TBI, TH350, Dana 300 twin stick, Dana 44 E-locker, Ford 8.8, Detroit, 4:10 gears, 35x13.5x15s
"Just Exchange Every Part"
Seems to me there's an oportunity here for someone to have a business selling good aftermarket parts? What kind of things would you guys buy? You want it 100% made in U.S.A. ?
There are people that are capable of doing this but they need feed back and help with information as to what needs making and spcs on how to make it. An example. I have a customer that maufactures shock tower braces for the newer Ford Mustangs, I machine the parts in my shop, he tells me after a trip to try and sell these to a major buyer that there are 7 different hoods made for these cars. It's frustrating for him, or anyone else looking to do this, because things like this affect the fit of his parts. That's where people like you guys can help. There's a wealth of information on this site and with the members. Just my thoughts.
Sorry to here of your miserable experience with such a conceptually "simple" item, JH. It's pretty bad when you have to put more work into a brand new part than the manufacturer did, making it!
I have a tendency to take OEM parts, that are somewhat fixable, and spend ungodly hours restoring them. I try to make them as nice as I possibly can. Of course, certain items, like fuel senders, have to be bought as replacements, but many other items can be restored.
I'm a self employed metal fabricator. I've posted a few of my projects on this, and other forums, so people can see how thorough I am.
With all the problems that guys have reported about aftermarket windshield frames,I've often thought about buying repairable OEM windshield frames, and making them solid, again, then reselling them. The problem is, I'd never be able to get paid for the amount of work involved, so I don't bother.
If I knew that guys were willing to pay for quality restoration work, I'd do it.
BTW, those plastic sender floats are notorious for splitting at the seam and leaking, you might want to drop by your local Ford dealer and get a Ford brass float to replace the plastic one before you install everything, the Ford part is the same size... I'm sure you don't want to drop the tank in a year because the cheapo plastic float is leaking and sank to the bottom always showing empty.
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That would be great, but the problem is, the overwhelming majority would continue to buy the cheap Chinese (and other foreign-made) junk because of the price.
And the "Made in USA" company would fold. Sad, but true.
You're right. I think part of the problem is that way too many people are of the mindset that when this or that breaks or wears out they'll just get another. It's our dispoable society concept.
I like things that last and are made right. I try to buy things that way but I realize not everyone wants that. I've also noticed the things I've bought over the years that did hold up good and finally wore out that in replacing them with the very same brand, like tires, they aren't as good as the older ones were.
There's a great story to read if you guys get a chance, maybe some of you have, about the "Tucker". The car that was made years ago that was supposedly made better than anything else at the time. Interesting story.