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My Alibaba Carbon Fiber Journey

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Ok, so I've joked for 2 years about Alibaba and how great it is. A lot of people talk badly about China, but I am of the belief that Chinese product can be just as good as anything made in Germany or elsewhere. I should say, I don't really like Carbon Fiber all that much and the only reason I'm doing this is to see how it turns out. I was going to give the piece to the guy rebuilding the salt water flood car, but when I googled 2014 R8 V8 carbon fiber on I didnt realize that his car was older, so that fell through. I guess now I will either use it on my car unless he can make it fit on his and still wants it. Or, it may never show up.

So, the reason I went with the Alibaba vendor that I went with is because they have a video and they responded quickly to my email. I also wanted to test if they were going to rip me off, so I paid them via paypal (not on the alibaba site) and I even sent the money before they gave me the PO. Its only a $132 plus shipping for the engine cover part and I guess will kind of look ridiculous when the rest is the black plastic, but this is really all about entertainment for me so I rolled the dice.

Here is how it went, I found them on Alibaba in about 5 minutes sent them a message at about 8pm chicago time (10am China time) and they responded in good english with a catalog of parts within 30 minutes. I told them I wanted the piece and then sent the money via paypal. They said it will arrive in 4 to 6 weeks but we will see. Lots of cultures view time differently than American's so I don't know what they really mean by 4 to 6 weeks. If I hear that in Latin America, it means about 6 months and I'm ok with that. If I hear that in Germany, I am shocked they didnt give me an exact date and time and if I hear that in the USA I think it will be here in 4 to 6 weeks.

It appears this thing costs $1,400 OEM, I'm sure less from R8crap and probably there are other vendors who sell it non OEM for 500 or 800 bucks or something. I still dont know my landed price as I may get a high shipping bill and I may get customs charges.

The company I am buying from is OYA CARBONCO., LIMITED and this PO:

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Here is the link to the OEM one I saw: Audi R8 Engine cover. 4.2 LITER AUTO TRANS. 5.2 - 420103926J | Audi Columbus, Columbus OH

So, its Feb 16th and we will see when it arrives.
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"Chinese product can be just as good as anything made in Germany or elsewhere"

This is one of the funniest things you've ever posted Judd.
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I've done hundreds of tensile tests on structural metals from different places and did research on brittle failures on steel from welds.

Chinese steel is :poop: compared to US/Japanese steel.

Just food for thought. I would never trust anything from China with critical function. Aesthetic components are probably whatever.
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The Chinese, and many other nations, would argue that American foreign policy has caused more war and death than anything else. And that they are doing the best they can for the greatest good even if that involves some short term suffering. I mean, they have had a pretty spectacular 40 plus year run in terms of improvements in living conditions. It's remarkable actually.

As a proud American, this is something I struggle with. 34 of the 46 current world conflicts have arms made in the usa fueling the killing. The world is a rough place and I'm comfortable with the notion that some people need to be eliminated. I do wonder though how much of the supply of arms is based on a few men making an enormous profit or garnering more power.

We, meaning Americans, are certainly not blameless for contributing to global suffering through the natural process of protecting our self interests. I just wish there was some more clarity as to who is making off with all that cash from selling arms. How much of our military budget comes from arms sales? I highly doubt these questions are answerable but im sure there is some think tank someplace that's got at least an understanding of the basics. A lifetime ago I had several offers to go be a junior peon at a few policy think tanks. But I was greedy and wanted to pay off my student loans by working for the banks. Can't say I regret it either.
Did you miss all the ghost cities they've been building to manipulate economic indexes and what has been happening in China during the lockdowns? Much like the country I was born in, communists have mastered the art of painting a beautiful facade that conceals rust and rot.

Also when you say Americans, relative to the context of your post, you might as well say Democrats. The same Democrats who have their hand in China's pocket.
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