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Old 08-20-2010, 10:52 AM
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USA made brake parts

I recently bought a rear brake hose. When I got home I noticed it was made in China It was Raybestos Professional Grade, Nascar licensed. It has SunSong imprinted on the hose. What a Load of Crap Where can I find something made in North America ??? Jack
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:39 AM
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I recently bought a rear brake hose. When I got home I noticed it was made in China It was Raybestos Professional Grade, Nascar licensed. It has SunSong imprinted on the hose. What a Load of Crap Where can I find something made in North America ??? Jack
Ebay, NORS or NOS, that is about it. We have sold out our country my friend. Makes me SICK to put Chinese junk on my Rambler, makes me sick.

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Even NAPA can't promise you their parts aren't from China. Recently ordered a pair of brake drums for a 68 Roadrunner from them. When they arrived, the package said they were manufactured in China, and they did not fit. Quality is a forgotten attribute with manufacturers anymore. All they care about is cheap labor and profits. Maybe someday they'll realize they've got their head up their *****.
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What kills me is when challenged on moving their production to China they say "but it is OUR company that is making the stuff, it just happens to be in China". HUH? Like I give a crap less!

We are screwing ourselves big time. But check out all the talk about this in Washington........


Yeah, that's what I thought.

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What kills me is when challenged on moving their production to China they say "but it is OUR company that is making the stuff, it just happens to be in China". HUH? Like I give a crap less!

We are screwing ourselves big time. But check out all the talk about this in Washington........


Yeah, that's what I thought.

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Whats really funny is chinese union auto workers recently walked off the job over wages and benefits. LOL
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Funny thing.......When I was a kid, "Made in Japan" meant junk.........Look at them today........Just saying.
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Japan makes some fine products. But again, sorry, am just too proud (or thick headed) to buy something I don't NEED and screw over the USA. It's just me, but that is how I think. My Ford Windstar MAY not be as nice as a Toyota Sienna but I have drive it thru 20 states and it hasn't left me anywhere. It has 160K on it and has cost me a few bucks, the most being a blown head gasket at about 120K. It has still cost me FAR, FAR less than a Toyota. I fix Siennas all the time at work and have seen some pretty screwed up stuff like sliding doors and lower control arms prematurely wearing out. Both of which cost darn near as much as my head gasket.

All I know is my Ford does the job, I don't NEED a Toyota so one isn't in my driveway.

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No jap junk on my drive way either, All American iron .....

But bomb throwers are good for a laugh, useless but funny .
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I just replaced all Brake components on my 71-C10. Priced parts locally went to pick up, made in China, same crap US Brand. So I just ordered the cheapest brand online @RockAuto @1/3 the price that I new was a Chinese import. No way I'm gonna pay US price for China part.
Everything fit but, Front brake hoses, had to grind/smooth the hose end that fit thru the frame bracket. Master Cyl. is one size fits all, bought local. Same size Piston for Power & Manual brakes, my required pedal pressure is twice what it was. Arrrrg. I have Manual disc brakes. Of course no one had a rebuild kit.
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I agree that our Business Leaders, and I use the term leaders loosely have sold out the American Workers, but it has taken a lot of abuse from OSHA, EPA, the IRS and the Labor Unions (the good USA workers) to push them to a profit margin. It is a fact of economics, no matter how much we do not like it. I do look at the foreign manufacturers here that are making a go of it and are saddled with OSHA, EPA and a different IRS play book. At the present, they have been able to keep the Union out of the picture, because so far the employees have seen no reason to vote the Union in. I will key on BMW in South Carolina, Mercedes-Benz in Alabama and Toyota in Texas, Miss, and other states. The local economies in the areas surrounding these remarkable facilities are booming and it is very noticeable. Theirs are relative new, modern facilities that were built to meet OSHA and EPA demands. They have not had the Capital Investments into 100 year old facilities to meet the ever changing US Govt regulations and have been more concerned with paying their investors dividends than wiping the slate clean and starting over as the foreign companies have. Additionally, labor agreements that were pretty easy to cow-tow to years ago are now an unbearable cross to bare. I don't have the answer to how to solve their problems and become competitive with the other markets, but asking the US consumer to throw their money at them is not the answer, in my opinion. Their key is to get employee costs down and that includes starting at the top and going all the way down.

Now I will jump in my foxhole.

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The day our gubberment forces everything coming off the boat to be built with the same smog and pollution standards as here is the day we will be on a level playing field.

"but asking the US consumer to throw their money at them is not the answer" It is the only HONORABLE thing to do for us consumers!

That is all I have, I have no control over anything else. I can not buy the stuff made here and thank the companies who do and tell them so. I can tell the companies that leave that I won't buy the products anymore. That is ALL I can do!

What about Washington, what are they doing?




Yeah, I thought so.

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