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$130 bucks Lokar, $80 bucks Ebay..What's the difference?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by stovebolt55, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. stovebolt55
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 129


    Anybody see any reason to buy the Lokar emergency brake cable kit versus this one listed on eBay for $50 bucks less?

    Is there a difference I'm not seeing? Looks like the same stuff, only not paying for the name.

    Lokar on Summit:
    <img id="main-image" src="" alt="lok-ec-81fu_w.jpg">

    Ebay Cables:

  2. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    About the only advise would be to check the sellers rating.
  3. Simple....

    One is Tiawan and one is China.
  4. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,482

    phat rat

    No need to buy either. Go to a parts store that will let you look for the length you need and it will be cheaper yet

  5. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,704

    from Nebraska

    Funny, I was recently wondering the same thing.
    I went ahead and purchased the Lokar kit off Ebay. Seller's name was "lumpkinsgarage" and price with shipping was $106.05. Cheaper than Summit or Speedway, etc.


  6. Retro Jim
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,859

    Retro Jim

    Personally I wouldn't buy anything from that seller with that shitting rating ! He has 10 neutral and 13 NEG in the past 6 months ! Now that should tell you something right there . It also depends on who made it and where it was made .
    One thing you also need to consider is that price of $79 is just the OPENING BID !
    You should just play it safe and buy the Locar or just go to a real parts store and buy a new one there in the length you need ! It might cost more but at least you know the quality you are getting ! The price is far from what I consider is a good deal .

    Retro Jim
  7. cool37
    Joined: Jan 20, 2009
    Posts: 1,870

    from SoCal

    Also look at what it costs to ship..sometimes on flybay..the shipping costs more than the item!
  8. RagtopBuick66
    Joined: Dec 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,182


    Not sure what you're looking at, Jim, but what I'm seeing is only one neutral and one negative in 6 months with a 98.6% rating. 6 neutral and 3 negative in the past year. I'd probably buy from someone with a rating like that. I've bought from worse! As a seller myself, I've learned that you'll never make everyone happy every time, no matter WHAT you do to correct a situation.

    EDIT; My mistake. The rating I was commenting on was "lumpkinsgarage" mentioned above. The listing for "partscityusa1", HELLS muthafuckin no would I buy from them. You're right... their feedback SUCKS!
  9. No one fell off the truck and one didn't.
  10. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,867


    he's looking at the original auction that was posted in the first post.
  11. RagtopBuick66
    Joined: Dec 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,182


    Yeah, I got that. Hence the "EDIT" at the bottom of my post.
  12. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,683


    Volume, volume, volume VS greed, greed, greed! I recently had to buy a new Lokar throttle cable end after my nephew broke it. On E-Bay $18.90 with shipping included, and another E-Bay vendor was at $32.00 plus shipping. What vendor do you think I bought from? Part came skin packaged as Lokar. Butch/56sedandelivery.
  13. KJSR
    Joined: Mar 7, 2008
    Posts: 2,385

    from Utah
    1. Utah HAMBers

    One bonus is the service after the sale with Lokar. I bought a few Lokar items from Summit, had an issue with one of them, Lokar stood behind the item and got me the parts to fix it (for free). Worth the extra $ to me....
  14. Some of those eBay sellers are the same company out a backdoor. I've bought Chassis Engineering parts on eBay from an eBay seller that came from the same city/state as they're located in.
  15. Square One
    Joined: Aug 26, 2004
    Posts: 91

    Square One

    These ebay parts are more than likely from The American Shifter Co. (The Hoffman Group)
  16. Real CHEEP E-Brake

    Attached Files:

  17. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,562


    You have to read the complaints before you make a decdision. One of the neutrals says "Great". The rest seem to have been rectified. No, I am not the seller nor do I know the seller, I just know that some people are very impatient and don't want to resolve the issue amicably.
  18. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,438


    One isn't paying the overhead of a Summit or Jegs he is drop shipping the item. That's why you can buy it cheaper.
  19. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,449


    I've got you beat, mine is a piece of 2x4 with "emergency brake" written in magic marker. ;) :D
  20. 60galaxieJJ
    Joined: Dec 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,525


    Yup that's what I've seen
  21. RagtopBuick66
    Joined: Dec 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,182


    Agreed. And you've also got to look at the volume the seller is moving. Figure on averaging 1 unhappy miserable SOB per 100. If you only sell 100 items that year, then one negative feedback is pretty understandable. If you sell a thousand items, you might end up with 10 negative feedbacks. And while it looks bad when lumped into a red number to the right side of the column, it really is no worse than 1 per a hundred.

    SOME people will NEVER be happy NO MATTER what you do to try to fix the issue. Some never even let you know there's a problem and then smack you with a negative feedback before you get the chance to fix it. I learned a hard lesson a long time ago about the importance of OVER-appropriate packaging, since nobody gives a shit about your item between here and your buyer. Once I started over-packing my things, my negative/neutral feedback stopped. Gotta treat it like a business, I guess. I do.
  22. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,554


    I read down about five pages on the feed back. Both negative complaints were about decals that weren't received. A couple hundred others were happy as hell to have received the same decals quickly. One neutral complaint was about a damage alternator. But they took care of him.
    Welder Joe is the Ebay outlet for Hoffman stuff. Not saying that these guys aren't connected but there are several Big hot rod suppliers in the Vancouver Wa area and this may be one of those doing some back door business.

    I used to buy engine kits From a supplier in Arizona who advertised in the back of Hot Rod every month. The guy was a racer and passed away a year or two ago. When the parts came they were always on a hand written ticket from a warehouse distributor. They were selling the parts at the same or next lower price than they were selling them to the parts houses but you couldn't walk in and buy a part over the counter on a bet.
  23. Kramer
    Joined: Mar 19, 2007
    Posts: 911


    I didn't read all the posts, so someone may have mentioned this. I find it interesting that the pictures are identical. I'm guessing that Mars stole Lokar's picture. I would not buy the e-bay one. Picture may be the same, but the product won't be.
  24. Cerberus
    Joined: May 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,381


    In case you didn't realize it, $79.99 is not the BUY IT NOW PRICE. It is the opening bid price. No one has bid on it yet. Reserve has not been met. Shipping is $9.95. You won't know the selling price until you bid on it and meet the reserve.

    Summit wants $119.95 plus $11.95 to ship. I bought the Lokar e-brake system from Summit with $420.00 in other parts, and it all arrived in three days. So shipping percentage was only about $4.00 on the e-brake LOK-EC-80FU.
  25. Dog Dish Deluxe
    Joined: Dec 23, 2011
    Posts: 778

    Dog Dish Deluxe
    from MO.

    From my experience, Lokar stuff sucks no matter who you buy it from. I ran into a lot of their quality issues when I needed a shifter, I finally just said screw it and built my own. Thats the American way anyway. (or used to be)
  26. 54 Chevy
    Joined: Sep 4, 2010
    Posts: 358

    54 Chevy

    THe part numbers on the Ebay ad are Lokar numbers. It may be Lokar parts they are selling. I have purchased cheap Lokar look alike cables before and each time I usually end up changing to Lokar. The advantage you have when buying Lokar products is that they have very great service. At least every time I have used them. I use to sell their products and in my experiance the people that had problems most of the time it was installer error.
  27. stovebolt55
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 129


    I just bit the bullet and bought the Lokar at the local rod shop. The guy who helps me is awesome and the price was pretty close to what I would have paid at Summit.

    I started thinking that I might actually need the brake in an emergency situation, and that would be the exact moment I would have regretted going cheap.
  28. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,949

    metal man

    I've had very poor luck with the Lokar e-brake cables. Those set screws will not keep the cables secure...then the brake won't hold the car still. Ended up going to a factory style U-shaped deal with one cable. Nothing to "slip".
  29. Cutlassboy68
    Joined: Dec 3, 2011
    Posts: 593

    from Boone, Nc

    Im a lokar dealer and its simple... Lokar doesnt have a MAP policy therefore the dealers can sell them for whatever they want to. Occasionally LOKAR gets over stocked on stuff and dealers can buy it for 50% off and sometimes more. I sell those for $105 plus shipping all day long... and have several in stock...

    ps... lokar has a large mark up...
  30. Cerberus
    Joined: May 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,381


    Metal Man, I've found that the Lokar cables stretch after setting the ebrake first couple times, and I had to readjust them. No big deal. My Lokar ebrake system holds my car in neutral while idling with no problem on my steep driveway.

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