Most Ridiculously Expensive Part Contest

Most Ridiculously Expensive Part Contest

<HTML>It hasn't taken me long as a new Cessna owner to discover that some of the parts are astronomically expensive. For example my cowl would cost $18,000 dollars to replace. Even the little shimmy dampener costs over $1000.</HTML>

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<HTML>William,
Welcome to the world of Aircraft Ownership,When I first bought 26G I wanted TWO Exaust pipe support clamps(The automotive equivalent of a hose clamp),NEW the price was 250.00 EACH,I opted to buy used ones at a MUCH better price from a Salvage yard.
Just FYI,I also believe that the points in a Slick magneto are the same ones in a Harley Davidson Motorcycle,The Harley points may be 10 bucks,The Slick points are I believe 3 times that,and Im not sure but suspect the only difference is the paper trail.....Mind you,I never considered using the Harley points,but you get the drift....Tailwinds</HTML>

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<HTML>I have to say that Beech and Piper tie for my most ridiculously priced part.

Beech:  $135.00 for the brass thrust washer on the nose gear.
Piper: $875 for the stall warning flasher - this is akin to the $0.99 blinker in your car.

Although $7.00 for the cessna instrument panel cap nuts is a little steep. These are the silver ones that someone has already attacked with pliers or replaced with brass nuts (now you know why ;-)

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RH</HTML>

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<HTML>If Harley points are the same as Slick points,  then Chevrolet 6 cy. points from the 1960's are the same also........ I used them in my Harleys,  because they were 1/4 the cost of Harley points.....</HTML>

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<HTML>14 volt generator regulators are one of the mysteries of aircraft parts.
The aircraft part is $350 and up.  Autozone sells exact replacements for $16 with a lifetime warranty.  The only difference is the Autozone ones last longer.</HTML>

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<HTML>I should have said, "only practical difference".  The FAA PMA costs $350.</HTML>

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<HTML>Ya know, I was planning to go the experimental route (lower costs) then my mechanic told me about a guy who got sued after selling an experimental Long-Eze. Seems the new owner ran out of gas then sued because the tanks were built slightly smaller than spec. Oh well, someone could problably just as easily sue when you sell a production aircraft.</HTML>

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<HTML>Let's face it guys. The aero-industry has been ripping us off for years. We just aren't yelling enough.</HTML>

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<HTML>5 in long piece of blue plastic under the control wheel called a map cover lense, $125.00 from Cessna, Give me a break!!!</HTML>

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<HTML>How about $2500 for a shimmy dampner C177RG.</HTML>

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<HTML>Wouldn't  suprise me if building my C-150 from the parts catalogue cost more than a SPACE SHUTTLE. How in the world do they get away with it?</HTML>

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<HTML>Guys,
We are their market. We own the planes that need the parts. As long as we allow them to skim, they will. Law of supply and demand. We need to unite, brothers.</HTML>

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<HTML>That's called - POWERRRR TO THE PEOPLE - tell it brother! Geez, I'm goin to dust off my ole Bobby Zimmermann LP's and smoke me some bananas ...</HTML>

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<HTML>Tort law and trail attorneys.
Push for reform.</HTML>

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<HTML>Can't spell trial.</HTML>

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<HTML>About 20 yrs ago, my "Cessna" alternator stopped alternating.  I took it to an automotive repair shop to have it bench checked.  It was DOA.  The guy (not noticing the Cessna label) recognized the alternator for what it pretty much was...went to the back and brought out a a rebuilt Ford alternator and said "That will be $35".  The only "apparant" difference was...no Cessna label.  We opened both cases on the counter, swapped the guts and retested it...It seemed to be a working Cessna alternator.
The origonal problem turned out to be the brushes...About two dollars later, The Cessna parts were re-united for about 1/10 the cost.
Michael

PS...The Cessna voltage regulater was also a Ford regulator with Cessna stamped on the outside</HTML>

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<HTML>Gentlemen, Gentlemen,

This has very little to do with supply and demand.  Someone (that's us) has to pay for the lawyers... and manufacturers liability.  You don't think that corporations pay for the rediculous jury awards - We do the consumer! 

This is no different then getting a $20 band-aid in the hospital.</HTML>

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<HTML>Michael, alternators don't care which way they rotate.  They make alternating current either way,.....except they care about being cooled.  The physical difference between the Cessna alternator and the Ford alternator (who makes it for Cessna) is the fan at the pulley.  The Cessna fan is the reverse of the automotive part because the alt is mounted facing backwards in the aircraft and needs the air to flow in reverse.</HTML>

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<HTML>Vented gas cap:

  Cessna 172: $70

  Beech Duchess: $800

  Renting an airplane...priceless

...but for owners, there's Mastercard</HTML>

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