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Author Topic: OEM Specs for the Aftermarket?  (Read 320 times)

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OEM Specs for the Aftermarket?
« on: March 01, 2016, 10:56:08 AM »
How does the aftermarket acquire vehicle spec info for their parts, such as lift kits, bumpers, and such? Do they buy the info directly from the Manufacturers or is it open sourced? I've always been curious about that.
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Re: OEM Specs for the Aftermarket?
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2016, 12:06:25 PM »
Most of it is reverse engineered. Why a lot of aftermarket parts are sub-standard.
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Re: OEM Specs for the Aftermarket?
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2016, 12:52:58 PM »
The chinese do a LOT of that.I prefer to call it counterfeiting............... ;) ;)
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Re: OEM Specs for the Aftermarket?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2016, 12:59:44 PM »
True, but when you can order any lift kit for damn near any truck they must have a database with the proper dimensions for each model and year range. Right?
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Re: OEM Specs for the Aftermarket?
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2016, 04:42:40 PM »
that's what they reverse engineer then send with + / - ....1/2" slop in the bolt mounting holes so you can get it to fit lol
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Re: OEM Specs for the Aftermarket?
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2016, 05:55:33 PM »
Some good ,some bad. Kom,in todays world all it takes is a photo and something for scale to get whatever info to copy most anything.Computers are a wonderful thing.
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Re: OEM Specs for the Aftermarket?
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2016, 08:59:31 PM »
Some good ,some bad. Kom,in todays world all it takes is a photo and something for scale to get whatever info to copy most anything.Computers are a wonderful thing.

That is a good point. Probably a few open source applications out there too.
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Re: OEM Specs for the Aftermarket?
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2016, 01:11:20 AM »
True, but when you can order any lift kit for damn near any truck they must have a database with the proper dimensions for each model and year range. Right?


Most of the larger suspension company's belong to SEMA. Through SEMA you can get CAD files for current models.

If it's a GM product, you can go to the upfitter site and request certain CAD file of current vehicles. No, they will not send you the whole damn car. I have gotten the frame and front suspension for a Colorado from them. Be aware though, the files include everything, nuts, bolts, brackets....... They are very large and if you don't have a very fast computer with plenty of RAM, it will not be happy.
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Re: OEM Specs for the Aftermarket?
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2016, 08:17:54 AM »
Thanks. I don't need them, but it would be cool if there was info readily available.
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