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Old 08-30-2009, 06:22 PM   #1
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Will the prices of a supercharger ever decrease?

Will the prices of a supercharger ever decrease?
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:27 PM   #2
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:27 PM   #3
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:28 PM   #5
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when they're used
Prices seem in line with those for every other car on the road (including those for vehicles a decade old!)
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:30 PM   #6
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Old 08-30-2009, 07:59 PM   #7
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yes, they do. It usually takes anywhere from 3 to 5 years after availability for popular ones.

Since they are a part you can pretty much manufacture and then let sit for a year or two, the inventory of the first production run(s) needs to be sold before they get a cheaper price.

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when all brands are available and demand has slowed you'll see sale prices.
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:15 PM   #9
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I have worked closely with ATI for over a decade and I can say that usually ... the price doesnt change much. Look back at pricing for the original F-body kits and what the same kit costs now ... there may be variations of the kit, different options and so on but the basic kit (apples to apples) hasnt changed much in price. As the cost of materials goes up, you'll see the kit prices go up as well (not down). The cost of materials has gone up in the recent years due to the large amount of scrap and raw materials going overseas. I highly doubt you'll see prices dropping anytime soon.

Manufacturers used to price intial kits high to offset R&D. That isnt the case so much anymore. They know that the product will sell and they know there is competition. Initial pricing these days can be and is often lower than std pricing. I suppose it is also relative to your purchasing level with the perspective manufacturer.
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Example of Reasonable Retail Pricing
$3,704.99 Whipple 3.4L S/C
$400 60lb Sieman Deka Injectors
$350 Heat Exchanger
$400 DynoTune

Some shops will give you a break on those prices as part of a package parts/install deal. Knowing the right people can get you one installed for about $5500 - $6000.

Add in the Camaro/Corvette Tax and the figure goes up quite a bit.

I've seen (sold a Kenne Bell myself) reconditioned S/C units for $1500 as well.

So yeah the Mustang guys pay less, sometimes a lot less.
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Old 09-01-2009, 01:07 PM   #11
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Most prices stay the same or go up when the price of materials increase. 4th gen f-body kits have gone up a little over time. ProCharger went awhile without an increase but had to raise some prices earlier this year. The Mustang guys tend to have it good. At least for the older models. Parts for them tend to be cheaper.

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Old 09-01-2009, 04:40 PM   #12
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Your exactly right I can remember when you had to be a rich man to build or race a ford,my my how times have changed,But these major pwr adders sc,turbo,pro chrg,etc,don't go down because for one material cost increase,and as they become more efficient from research and development that always warrants a price increase,and we will pay it because we want the latest greatest
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The new stuff will go down a bit with time. The older established stuff will hold firm and might go up a bit.
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Too bad they're overpriced, they'd be flying off the shelves if they were reasonable.
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They will go down. This gen is selling like gainbusters and if the trend continues the price will go down more than it did with the last gen Camaros. Plus there are a great deal of companies throwing their hat into the ring already (the car hasn't even been out that long). The Camaro engine is already out there in multiple vehicles and well known which will again contribute to a price drop in the long run. This is how it works with all products and the aftermarket performance market is no different.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:37 PM   #16
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You probably won't see any significant decrease due to the fact that the "core" cost is the TVS2300, which is only available to select companies direct from Eaton. The kit manufacturers have no control over the price. IF OE use of the unit were to increase dramatically, then Eaton MIGHT reduce the cost. But that's not likely. (the reduce part)
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Not sure what they go for now, but i remember when i worked at a speed shop years ago a complete BDS671 setup was $2200-$2400 range...blows my mind the SC i see being offered for the camaro are 3x the price.
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