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This is mainly for people who ACTUALLY own cars, and have plans for them.

Let me start things off by asking you guys about ebay parts, how do you feel about them and have you ever had experiences with them?
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Hey, another Bay Area resident!!!


Well, I don't trust ebay, I've heard about the horrific scam stories about counterfeit parts.....
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I don't trust Ebay either.
Had a bad experience with putting some lowering springs in a customer's car...
it was his choice, but still...eh...bad for reputation.
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oh naw naw, I was talking moreso about the cheaper ended stuff such as $20 for short shifters, mufflers, and intake etc...

which part of the bay your from btw?
Posted 1/27/08

antdaniee wrote:

This is mainly for people who ACTUALLY own cars, and have plans for them.
Let me start things off by asking you guys about ebay parts, how do you feel about them and have you ever had experiences with them?


well two things. I have heard a friend say he has bought some stuff of their but nothing to pricey.
I've also heard they are not reliable nor will the give refunds.

I don't suggest it but its your choice. I'd rather purchase products from a performance parts store.
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Posted 1/27/08

GreekCotan wrote:


antdaniee wrote:

This is mainly for people who ACTUALLY own cars, and have plans for them.
Let me start things off by asking you guys about ebay parts, how do you feel about them and have you ever had experiences with them?


well two things. I have heard a friend say he has bought some stuff of their but nothing to pricey.
I've also heard they are not reliable nor will the give refunds.

I don't suggest it but its your choice. I'd rather purchase products from a performance parts store.


I don't know, I've heard people say they've had great reviews on their strut bars, and a few people has yet to see any problems with their cheap coil overs...
Posted 1/27/08
I don't suggest it but its your choice. I'd rather purchase products from a performance parts store.


I don't know, I've heard people say they've had great reviews on their strut bars, and a few people has yet to see any problems with their cheap coil overs...


well I'm just saying don't try to buy something pricey like ohlins coil-overs or something thats in the high 100s or 1000s
yes, some people are reliable and others aren't if they have a great review than most likely they legitamate but there are ways to trick the system and get better rated. Also you should request pics of all aspects incase the product has scratchs or rust on an unspecified or unshown part.

I personally would rather not trust in that risky with no real guarentee.. but its your choice and these people can't make it for you.
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I will never go with ebay items unless it was a bidding on an item I know. Sure there are some ebay items that work, but usually they are poor quality, bad fitment, and the list goes on.
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28 / M / CA
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Wow, more people from the bay.

Some Ebay CAIs are actually just knockoffs of AEMs. No real difference other than a CARB # and a sticker.

Would I ever buy anything from Ebay for the Sup? No.Unless its from an Ebay store that has a proven history on supraforums.
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I've purchased tons of shit from Ebay for my (and others) cars. As long as you buy with the mindset that you will most likely have to modify it to make it fit or work then you will be fine. And you will save hundreds buying there.

That goes for damn near everything on ebay motors. If your just an average joe don't buy from there, but if you are a fabricator with some experience (like me) or if you don't mind chopping that shiny new CAI in two and weilding it back up to get the fit just right you will be fine.
Posted 1/27/08
oh actually I was talking to one guy on an asian forum and he said he saw a Lexus CS300 transmission on ebay posted as a stock supra MK III transmission
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I've bought from Ebay in the past, and won't be making that mistake again.

Ebay is overflowing with knockoff parts, and not even taking all of the faulty seams, etc. into consideration, most of the parts (like CAI and SR intakes) are made with universal tubing, and haven't gone through the extensive R&D that most name-brand parts are subjected to.



Final note - I'd MUCH rather lay down the $275 for an Injen CAI than the $75 for the knockoff CAI from Ebay.
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My opinion on eBay parts-

Don't buy any off-brand, "ebay special", part that either has moving parts, or is essential to the safe operation of the car. Short Shifters, suspension links, harnesses and seats, that kind of stuff is a defenite no. However, stuff like strut bars are fine, as, if they break or don't fit, the worst case is that you're out 20 bucks and can then buy a better one, without taking a major loss.

Seats are an interesting point, by the way. Never buy a reclinable/adjustable seat from ebay, unless it's a reputable seller with a real name brand. (Sparco, Momo, Bride, etc.) The hinges can fail in a crash, and leave you paralyzed or dead. However, it's possible to find fixed bucket seats that are essentially direct copies, or, in some cases, unbranded examples made by the same factories that make the name-brand seats.

There's a very nice Sparco Pro2000/Fighter clone (Can't remember which it's a copy of - the seats are the same, except the Pro is a side-mount, the fighter is a bottom-mount) that's sometimes available on eBay and on forums. Also oddly, 3A Racing, maker of crummy Pep Boys ricer parts, makes a very passable copy of the Sparco Sprint, for about a hundred bucks, plus brackets. It's not great, but, being a tube-frame "bucket" seat, it's a very simple design, and should be safe in a crash. Comfort isn't the best, but the same is true of Sparco's version, it holds you in place well, and the price is a third of the nearly-identical Sparco.
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ebay ebay ebay...

its all goin to depend what brand of ebay your buying and knowing what your looking at. decent brands that are usually found on ebay right now are Megan racing, OBX and TC sportline.

From what I know.

Megan Racing's parts are cheap and very affordable, made from taiwan, most likely from the same factory as bigger names, like cusco and Greddy. their selection for the Honda cars, I hear are a good bang for the buck same with nissans and ae86s.

OBX, its alright from what i hear from ppl's reviews of things. like for their header for the 4age, its a copy of the TRD header, but with some flaws, like the o2 sensor bung is placed weird, and they sometimes fit very tight, but paying 150 bucks for a knock off header of a $400+ header that isnt in production, not too bad in my eyes, if you dont want to shell out the dough for it. and their exhaust systems offer some improvement and come with a silencer.

TC Sportline, I've only looked into their suspension bars for the corolla, but I hear alot of the Eastcoast guys use them, and their all pretty beeefy looking bars compared to the stock and they work great. I have their strut bar and it was pretty beefy not too much flexing.


for all the Mufflers, Cone filters, and strut bars, their really isnt any worry like what max archer said.

but if you buy stuff for your car from ebay, I'd look into these 3 companies first.
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if ur gonna get into motorsports. u should know that ure gonna spend every penny uve got on the car. so y waste ur time gettin some ghetto part the first time and having to go back later on and fix it cause the part was crap?? so save both time and (small amount of money) eat ramen as long as u need to, get the right/quality part to do it right the first time.
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