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Old 07-20-2002, 08:06 AM
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Question Summit Parts

Has anyone ever used any of the Summit brand parts? Like if I were to use a Summit cam instead of a Comp Cam, would it work just as well? I've noticed Summit offers all kinds of parts with their name on them and was just wondering how they hold up. Also do they make their own parts or are they made by someone else and summit just puts their name on it? The prices seem to be pretty good.

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I've seen a couple summit cams in action they hold up.As far as performance if its the right cam it should run great.Also the summit stamped steel 1.5 rockers are good.
I feel that summit as big as they are wouldn't put their name on junk.
Also I have a Jegs brand torque converter in my car.
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I don't believe Summit makes their own parts, they are parts made for Summit by other brand names and sold under the Summit name. The Summit water pump I got was a Flowkooler, 12.00 cheeper for the same pump.The sales rep. @ Summit told me in not so many words this was the case but was not allowed to say what brand. So who knows the Summit cam could be a comp. cam. I know Jegs does this also.
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Old 07-20-2002, 08:32 PM
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I've used two of their rebuild kits without any problem. I should add that neither was intended (or used) in a high HP application.
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Old 07-21-2002, 12:30 PM
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I believe the rebuild kits used clevite77 bearings and hastings rings.Probably w/ summits name on them.
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you may be surprised to find out just what they own/operate. i have used a number of summit brand parts with no trouble. its like anything else,there are some better parts,they are made for high hp/racing conditions.for the street,dont be afraid of summit parts.i wouldnt go with anything cheaper than what summit offers. thats my .02

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summit parts

i have some of their smaller parts fuel pump, regulator it all works well. just recently got their ignition box and having some issues.
i have had to return items and their cutomer service is killer
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If you compare their parts to the name brand items, you will be able to see who makes what. Example, it appears that Griffin makes the Summit radiators. I have not purchased any Summit brand parts, but just like it was stated, someone with a big name is making them.

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I don't know....I have a pair of their Summit brand gauges (water temp, oil press) and neither one is accurate.........
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I've had pretty good luck with Summit parts. I love thier website, it kill Jegs by far. The shipping is included (small handling fee though) and I usually get parts in two days.

I used a mix of Summit and Russell braided stainless and AN fittings when I plumbed my blower motor and the quality seemed the same, although the colors were a little off. I just noticed the other day that the red fittings have faded a bit. Not sure which brand the fittings were though.
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As long as you are not super picky about the parts then they are fine, I wouldn't use a cam but I have used their pulleys, water pumps, distributors, thermostat housings, fuel pumps, regulators, gauges, alternators, brackets, valve covers, air cleaners, oil pans, and a bunch of smaller items required to "finish" a motor.

I shopped there exclusively until I found Competition products for my engine parts.

The thing about it is you have to be prepared for the items not to be perfect. Like on the distributor the power and tach wires kept pushing up out of the connector to the cap. (a little adjustment fixed this, small price to pay for a great performing distributor for 90 bucks complete)

I bought the polished aluminum valve covers and the baffle screw holes weren't tapped on one cover (simple fix)

but at the same rate I have purchased "name brand parts" that weren't perfect either. Like the moroso oil pan that had a cracked weld and dripped oil after I filled it (another easy fix if you have a welder)

On something internal I would pick a name brand or cam specific company like ISKY. So the chances of having to make adjustments are smaller.
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:32 AM
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I've had pretty good luck with Summit parts. I love thier website, it kill Jegs by far. The shipping is included (small handling fee though) and I usually get parts in two days.

I used a mix of Summit and Russell braided stainless and AN fittings when I plumbed my blower motor and the quality seemed the same, although the colors were a little off. I just noticed the other day that the red fittings have faded a bit. Not sure which brand the fittings were though.
I used some Summit brand AN fittings because the Russell equivalents were out of stock. ALL of the red Summit fittings faded very quickly.
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Old 07-07-2008, 11:25 AM
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Good discussion even if the thread is 6 years old.

I've had both good and bad luck with summit, but I think its a "you get what you pay for" type of place.

Ran a cam in my 305. It was fine but I don't think the technology was up there. It did its job for a low price but I don't think it squeezed out every ounce of power it could have.

Ran a fuel pressure regulator that was complete garbage. It would either run 9 psi or 0, nothing in between. When you'd go back and check it again later the reading would be different. Trashed it.

Center bolt valve covers (chrome) were garbage. Leaked all the time, finally trashed them.

The quality is very hit and miss. I have an alternator bracket that works fine, but then again its hard to screw that up. I would stay away from any critical parts, performance adding parts or parts that are counted on for a "finish."

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I have used several things. They really do a nice job. And great way to save some cash. The quality is veryy good.
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Everything I've used that was Summit branded has worked well. I am not sure of country of orgin..but products have seemed well made for street applications.
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