Having worked in the forklift industry I can tell you that the H20 engine is
going to be around for a while. It isn't only used in Nissan forklifts. It
is used in Komatsu, Clark and few off brands as well. The H20 and H25 are
like the crate motors of forklifts. When I needed a water pump for my 1600 4
years ago, I went to my local Clark dealer and $40 later i was a happy man.
Just my .02
----- Original Message -----
From: "O'Farrell, Fergus" <Ofarrell.Fergus@hitco.com>
Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 10:54 AM
Subject: economics of stroker parts
> Okay, stroker-heads, while the prospect of bi-coastal, virtual drag racing
> is mildly appealing, here's a few notes.
> Parts designed for low rpm and low stress applications may have serious
> points that short term/high stress (spin VERY fast) and long term/normal
> stress (1000's of thermal cycles, and others) may illustrate. The reality
> of 'shaking force' of rotating parts and a fully weighted crank balancing
> one of many.
> That being said, lots have used various stroker configurations
> I've heard of no reports of 'weird vibes' at XXXX rpm (although still
> waiting for Victor's famous 50,000 rpm test), or absolutely
> lower rod bearings at 12,000 miles.
> As far as the economics vs quality, if a manufacturer realizes that normal
> usage is wearing particular parts quicker than projected, they may spring
> for a large-number run of parts, which dramatically drives down the raw
> material price, spreads the tooling and set-up charges, making the price
> very low. Let's have 200 of us all call Les today and ask for pricing on
> one-piece fiberglass tilt front end.
> (just kidding, no phone campaigns) we all know the price would go down
> In addition, the forklift component supplier may realize that if folks
> aren't pleasantly surprised at the low price of parts when they were
> unpleasantly surprised at the look and duration of their removed part,
> they'll junk that forklift and buy a (insert other name here). This leads
> to many years of lost revenue on other ancillary parts. So, they may
> discount particular parts, drastically, to the point that it seems
> ridiculous to the rest of us.
> Parkin' my soapbox now, Fergus O'Forklift
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