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As their popularity grows and further imports arrive in the Old World, so it becomes more interesting to produce parts without the usual high shipping costs, customs charges and any trouble returning wrong or broken parts.
Rock auto are great,they even do that thing where you order parts on a Monday planning to do the work the following weekend and you've got to move your plans forward to the coming weekend as they delivered 'too quick'.Kameari(Japan)
Amazing knowledge, Prompt emails(in English), excellent product support, sensible prices, proven history. Massive range of parts. Example, their own top of the range forged piston sets are cheaper and better quality than a set of ROSS pistons from the states, much less than a set in the UK.
Vast parts source, lots of options for individual items, cheap post, 99% of the items even after post/duty/vat are still 50-75% of prices in the UK. A good trick is to try and get parts from the same shipping location which is noted A, B or C etc.
Mass catalogue of parts from most suppliers in Japan, parts landed in the UK normally attract a level of duty, however this tends to be lower than expected. Ie a full set of OER carbs(weber jets) with manifold, post, duty is less than a weber set in the UK. Even large parts are nicely packaged, A full fujitsubo exhaust system arrived well packaged, zero damage(beautifully made object!). I've had an issue with a gasket missing on another part and RHD Japan sent a replacement FOC.
Large selection of parts, ie lots of needed interior trim bits listed, some of the more normal parts seem expensive, always give a bulk discount(I've had 10-20%). They do fully declare any value so you tend to get hit with VAT/Duty etc, so factor it in. Still ends up cheaper than sourcing in the UK.
I'm gonna throw one into the mix FRP Automotive, who have previously had a pretty poor reputation for delivery... Feel free to shoot me down here but I thought I'd give an honest account of my experience.
FRP Automotive - https://www.facebook.com/frpautomotive/
Claire was immensely helpful, delivery was as promised. Just generally lovely people to deal with.