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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 2007, 4:56 pm Thread Starter
 
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Question Staintune $$$ price Increase - wtf?

Anybody else notice the HUGE increase in the price of a Staintune exhaust for the K12RS/GT in the past few weeks? They went from around $1400 to nearly $1900.. that's almost two grand... close to $500 in one jump! I had been 'watching' the 'net for these for a while now, waiting for the price to drop... instead I saw them leap upwards! Fortunately, I found a large online retailer who still offered them at their 'old' price of $1416 so I bit the bullet and bought one, all along hoping the order wouldn't be rejected... well, I just received it today via FedEx Home delivery wouldn't you know... I'm not so sure the retailer made any money on the deal since it was obviously shipped from CBT Imports to them before it was sent to me and the invoice label from CBT Imports was still on the box... Still, at over $1400 to drop the CAT... it's a bit steep, but hopefully worth the 'investment'... Anybody who's got them want to chime in with your experiences, good or bad, with this magical set o' pipes? Recent installation tips would be particularly welcome... Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 2007, 6:17 pm
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Staytune reduces prices afterwards

Pirate, in his "Cheesy Newsletter", mentioned the steep hike, then the not-as-steep reduction. Apparently they're reconsidering their prices faced with reality. Scroll down to the "What's new at Pirate's Lair" section, about 3/4 of the way down.



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The almighty greenback is falling in relation to other currencies. Good news for folks in other places but bad news if you are in the U.S. and importing products.
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Pirate, in his "Cheesy Newsletter", mentioned the steep hike, then the not-as-steep reduction. Apparently they're reconsidering their prices faced with reality. Scroll down to the "What's new at Pirate's Lair" section, about 3/4 of the way down.

Thanks! I hadn't been to Pirate's site since he left for the Biltmore rally... even Pirate is selling these now for $1700, special order only... and add another 6% if you want to use your credit card... guess I really lucked out by jumping on the deal when I did...
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The almighty greenback is falling in relation to other currencies. Good news for folks in other places but bad news if you are in the U.S. and importing products.

Our Aussie dollar is on a roll, a 20 year high compared to the US dollar, the yen even the Euro - good for us when we buy imported goods but harder for us selling our stuff O/S.

Staintune products are expensive over here as well, but still cheaper than US/ European pipes.
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Staintune price increase.

All I can say is I hope you plan on removing the exhaust when you sell the bike to recoup some of your investment.
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No doubt they've discovered the BMW GT muffler is $1500 and adjusted their prices upward to reflect that.

If the BMW stock muffler cost only $400 do you think they would have jumped that high? I don't.

BMW parts prices are way out of line - no matter what exchange rate is used.
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All I can say is I hope you plan on removing the exhaust when you sell the bike to recoup some of your investment.
Sell my bike? ... wash your mouth out with soap! haha ... yea, I always keep the stock parts laying around to put it back to stock trim ... besides, the resale market for BMW farkles is very strong... I got roughly 80% back on my 'investments' in stuff I took off of my previous bike, an R1150GS, before I traded it in on my current KGT... btw, 'investment' was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek expression... the trade-off in resale loss is more than outweighed by the enjoyment of the item, as long as you don't 'invest' in useless junk, imo...
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BMW parts prices are way out of line - no matter what exchange rate is used.
If you think BMW prices are bad you should see what Triumph charge!
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Shipping a Staintune System

Here's a caveat to those who find a used ST system - don't let the seller ship the components uncovered in loose styrofoam peanuts!

When I opened the shipping carton, I noticed that dozens of the peanuts were stuck to the header and can. They wouldn't brush off, and when pulled off left a residue stuck to the metal. It looked like the peanuts had melted onto hot components - but how would you ever get the system off the bike and packed while it was still hot? Did the carton get hot in transit? Maybe it was some kind of weird chemical reaction.

Anyway, I was not able to remove the crusty residue with any type of solvent - acetone, paint stripper, WD-40, alcohol, etc., heated or not. Forget Mother's - had to use a buffing wheel and coarse compound to get the metal clean. Then, a lot of finish buffing to restore the shine.

Huge PITA (but, Jeez, the price was right!).

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