So I was told about this thread this afternoon, and after reading it, I really had no interest in posting anything at first, its really the drama BS that I have been trying to avoid in good faith. However, after stewing on a few points, I feel its necessary to address a few things, if not to defend myself, to just point out some facts...
Jerad and Brandon, thanks for the good words, I appreciate it.
That main thing above all is the fact that I am filling the void that hasnt been occupied for this platform in a while, and furthermore never
to this extent. That on its own is something to be said. When I decided I needed a fullsize diesel pickup, I started looking for PSD's, I test drove lots of trucks, I could have had a brand new 6.4/6.7 if I wanted to spend that much cash, it would have been no issue for me. That would have been the most practical way out correct? Well one thing about me, is I dont like to do things the way others do things, I like to take something unconventional and do something different with it... Thats what drove me to the IDI... I love 80-97 Fords, and the slantnose and bricknose trucks are even better in my opinion, because you know
its not a power stroke... Now I just happened to have a bricknose gasser truck at my disposal when I picked up my engine and trans up off craigslist, so why not combine the two? That was my rationale when starting that project, and I spent a lot of money I didnt have to, but the result is a truck that I wouldnt sell even if somebody had $20,000 in cash to take it off my hands, thats how much I love my truck, and how much it speaks about me as a person... It is me. Now with that being said, had I not met NMB2 at the beginning of my project, things might have gone down a different path, I dont doubt things might have eventually gotten to this point, but without him being somebody who had a running "performance" IDI, as well as somebody intelligent enough to discuss the issues inherent in these engines, AND somebody who wasnt afraid to let it all hang out, and tell it that way, I dont think things would have come to the apex it is at now, NMB2 was the guy who spearheaded this whole thing. My business, and the IDI products I sell are the results of two intelligent guys "getting s**t done" over the last year, something that has never been done until now. NMB2 is moving onto bigger and better things, and when he applies himself there, he will have no issue making even more of a name for himself... Im sticking around and keeping this movement going... Love it or Hate it.
Now onto the issues...
"Came across" is still nonsensical guerilla marketing.
Jerad has no skin in the game... He is just a guy excited about the prospects for this platform, and just because he posts a thread doesnt mean he is marketing anything, I know he wants to get the word out as much as anybody, because he wants to see the future, and the products I offer go further than any other products to further that cause...
You don't really have any idea what I am interested in...Read the warranty policy, and you'll see that it is totally subjective to the whims of Justin. I might be interested in some more power if he could warranty his parts just like any other aftermarket/performance seller does.
Not always the case.
If I installed his cam and it broke, would he replace all the components that it took out?
I have been in the wrencing "business" for a long time and you and I both know that any mechanic worth a darn can make everything the customers fault.
We could argue this thread into a lock, so I will quit now..I do wish him success as I wish anybody success in a business venture during these lousy times.
I thought I was pretty damn straightforward on my warranty policy, and I completely stand by every word on that page. I will NOT offer a blanket warranty on the products I sell, because there is so much that the customer can do to put the light negatively on me that could be caused by their own inemptness. The Warranty is written that way specifically to keep those away, who think that they can do anything they want to a product, and have no consequences to their actions... If you read the quote from my page above, I clearly state that if failure of a part is due to the work that I do, than I will make good on the issue... Am I going to come out and say "If my cam breaks in half (ridiculous anyway), its a product I sold, so therefore I will replace your engine at no cost to you"... Hell no, thats beyond the scope of what my business is... Im not a charity, im not going to spend more time on dealing with every issue some guy just happened to dream up, because he felt like pitching a *****. Now on the other side of the coin, I have put enough time, money, brains, and testing into these products that I am confident that there will be no issues with a sane, relatively intelligent individual. There is a reason I dont have E-commerce on the site, I want to deal with every customer on an individual basis, and if I can tell that you dont have what it takes to run one of these products without bungling something up, Im going to raise some issues. Beyond that, you have to have some sort of knowledge of these things if your going to go modifying them, and if your going to go putting a pump capable of laying down 500whp on fuel on your engine, you gotta have a little responsiblity... If you dont like my warranty policy, its simple, dont buy my products, its no sweat off my balls...
If I turned it up in a way that was provided for by the design of the pump and described in the documentation then yes, I would expect a warranty on the pump. I wouldn't expect the warranty to cover my pistons if I melted them because I turned up the pump too far, though.
If you could describe to me the proper process for "turning up" a DB4 pump, then there would be no issue with me warranting the pump if it crapped on you. The rest of the adjustments are the same as a DB2, and its common sense... If you dont know what it does, dont screw with it. Thats the whole reason I offer the pump in 3 different forms, so you dont have to mess with it... If you dont know what your doing, and you screw with your pump, Im not going to warranty the pump if it breaks... The reason I did it this way, is because I encourage people to tune their pumps if they know what they are doing, I want them to get the most out of them, but if you dont know what your doing, you have no business doing it, simple as that. Again, if you dont like it, dont buy my products.
Let us know how well that power worked out after you've put a few hundred thou on the engine. If I wanted "power" I'd have gotten a big block gasser or 5.9l and built the hell out of it, and I'd have an engine that would eat ANY 7.3l IDI for an appetizer. My truck does everything I want it to do in stock 185/385 trim and I'm grown up enough not to get wood from rollin' coal, so why would I want to spend my time and money putting stuff on my truck that will make me have to spend even more money on fuel and result in a shorter lifespan for the engine? There's an axiom you should learn - TANSTAAFL.
Thats the plan, so far so good, and as I have said before, Im not easy on it...
As far as the big block gasser goes, I laugh.... Dollar for dollar, you cannot build a BB ford that puts out as much torque as my IDI, and you wont do it at 2100 RPM regardless... Not to mention, good luck on that fuel mileage... 5.9's are 5.9's but for the amount you spend swapping your cummins in, Ill have an IDI that puts out more power... In the end, the cummins wins, but that goes for pretty much any diesel, if thats what your into, great. As far as the 185/385 goes... I started out with more than that, and it was barely adequate, you must be the slow guy I get stuck behind when Im pulling up the hills around here... Again, if thats what your after, great. The problem about there not being a free lunch as far as your concerned, is this engine has never been tested to its full potential, so your point is moot, and fallacious, your just repeating the same old wrong info thats been spread all over the net about these things, I know because both NMB2 and I have been beating the info back every step of the way, and so far, every piece of mis-info has been blown out of the water... When you get to the point of being able to make an educated judgement on the matter, you can determine to what degree something is a free lunch.
That's fine, if I decide I need a hotter pump for my IDI because I've decided to spend more money chasing power than if I just bought a newer truck, I'll buy it from someone else.
If you can find a brand new truck that puts out more power than my IDI, buy it, because its an anomaly... Can they make more, yes, but you wont find one off the lot like that, and have fun spending 50+k on it...Your not the type of person I am catering to anyway. And as Brandon said, good luck finding a pump like this anywhere, there are two guys that know how to build it like this, and one of them is under contract by the place he works, so your only option is me...
Too true, appears to me the whole atmosphere, more correctly, mental maturity of the IDI forums has changed over the years. Originally the members here and elsewhere bought a diesel pickup primarily to tow a vacation, horse, stock, or flatbed trailer and the owner actually had a real job and need for a diesel pickup. Of course you had get decent pay to pay $25,000+/- for a pickup truck back then. Now the main event and only goal, especially on some other sites, is driving around town making noise and smoke and generally beating the crap out of their underpowered 6000lb IDI pig.
I assume you are alluding to me...
And you are the Judge of mental maturity I take it?
The first pic is what I tow every other weekend, during about 3/4 of the year...~15klbs
The second is an enclosed car trailer... I also tow smaller trailers on a regular basis... My truck is also a DD, so it gets driven every day...
If you think my 6K lb "pig" is underpowered... You have no business posting in this thread...