Current Build Times - August 10th, 2014

Posted by Danny on 8/10/2014 to Product Updates
I'm trying something new, and depending on how well this method works, we may or may not continue it. I'm going to post up some detailed info on several products and what their current lead times are. This should be helpful information for anybody looking to purchase a product, or for those who have already ordered a product but have not received it. For those who have already ordered, we use a semi-automated system that gives you updates on your order status, but it doesn't give us the ability to say exactly "why" an order is in welding for 2 or 3 weeks. In a perfect world, we would be able to call or email every single person and update them, but then we would end up being even further behind on orders. If you send an email and check on the order status, we'll be glad to fill you in on what the current state of your order is. But for those who like to read, this blog post/section will be full of good information.

Steering Braces - 2nd Gen 1994 to 2001/2002 models:   Currently we have these braces in stock.  We have about 30 orders that are pending shipment, and another 10 to 15 braces on hand at this very moment.  However, due to a supplier issue, we do not have the machined sector shaft nut extensions on hand.  These are the pieces that thread on below the pitman arm on the steering box, and then your bearing mounts to this piece.  Basically we placed a routine order for these parts and the supplier informed us that they were not making them any longer.  So we had to scramble and find another company to produce them for us.  Any of you who deal with machine shops know that nothing happens quickly.  We actually have 3 different shops working on these pieces for us right now.  As soon as we get the parts in, we'll start shipping out the existing orders in the order they were placed, until we are caught up on paid orders.  Then we will list the 2nd gen steering braces as "in stock" on the site and they will be available to ship the same day or next day, depending on what time your order comes in. 

Steering Braces - 3rd Gen 2003 to 2008 models:   These are a huge pain in the rear to make because we have to tack them up under the Power Wagon, which is our way of ensuring that each one fits.  We are trying to make time to build a jig for them so we can knock them out faster, but it seems like there is never enough time in the week to do it.  We are planning on tacking up another dozen of these braces this week (August 11th through 15th) and then filling the current orders, and then we'll have a couple on hand.  We're hoping to use one of the on-hand units to build a jig from now that we have hired yet another welder and should have a little bit more free time.   Once we have the jig made, these will be a stocked item like the 2nd gen braces. 

Steering Linkage Kits - 2nd through 4th gen trucks:    Right now, we have a ton of steering kit orders pending.  Like the 2nd gen braces, we are waiting on one part from a machine shop.  Their lathe went down during production so we have 2 other machine shops working to fill this order for us.  We are looking at a couple of weeks to have those pieces here, and then we just need to weld the tie rods and ship everything out.  Our plan is to have the steering kits in stock all the time, as they are one of our top-selling items, but it will probably be October before that happens.  

Track Bar Kits - 2nd gen 1994 to 2001/2002:   The HD models are in stock most of the time, we just have to wait on the brackets to get done.  Sometimes you'll catch us when we have a bunch on hand, other times we may be a week or so out from having more ready.  This is the main item we want to have on hand at all times.   We had some problems getting the bushings made back in July but we are stocked up on those now.  The Extreme version of this bar is custom made and will always take some time.  We're hoping to drop that build time down to a couple of weeks or less, but that may not happen until October.  Until then, plan on waiting for the Extreme Track Bar (XTB as we call it).  

Track Bars - 3rd and 4th gen 2003 to 2012:   The company that makes these for us has been backed up and these are taking longer to ship than planned.  Our goal is to have these in stock as well as the 2nd gen bars, and we're working on implementing that just as soon as we get caught up on the current orders that we have.  

Long Arm Kits - 2nd through 4th gen:   We currently have some 3rd and 4th gen brackets on hand, and then we build the arms to order.  For 2nd gens, we are running about a week behind from having those brackets in stock all the time.  The plan is to keep the brackets on the shelf and send them out as soon as your order is placed, and then we'll build the arms to your specs since we make so many different versions and for different heights.  We plan to have the arms out the same week or next week after the order is placed.  Until the website is changed, follow the lead times posted on each product page for the long arms - they are accurate.  Adjustable arms get made faster than non-adjustable arms and that may not ever change.  The bent arms take a little more time but they are a big seller and we do plan on keeping those in stock in the future. 

Short Arms - 2nd through 4th gen:   We make a ton of short arm kits so I'm not going to post an update for each one, but basically we are caught up on short arm orders and actually have some in stock.  Check the product pages for accurate info.  If it says "in stock," then it's here.  If it says 1 week or more, we actually will get them out pretty quickly.  We have hired some more help and are knocking control arms out within a couple of days in most cases.  Of course things always come up, so email us if you have questions before you place your order.  

Suspension Kits - 2nd gen 1994 to 2001/2002:   Believe it or not, we are shipping full suspension kits out in a couple of weeks right now.  The only hold up is with Fox shocks - they have been on backorder and are really hard to get right now, but that should change in about a week (maybe two weeks).  We have the rest of the parts in stock or are able to make them in just a couple of weeks now.

Shackle Flip Kits - 2nd gen 1994 to 2001/2002:  These will be a stocked item in about a week.  We've been doing a lot of overtime to build up an inventory of these, and we'll continue building them to maintain our inventory level.  We had a lengthy wait on the zero rates for these kits, but the brackets and shackles are made in-house as well as the U bolt plates.  We source the zero rates and U bolts.  We're trying to keep enough of those parts on hand for about 10 to 20 orders at all times.  When these are listed as "in stock" on the site, they will ship the same day or next day.   Also, we are going to start putting bends in the U bolt plates now that we have a 20 ton press brake! 

Suspension Kits - 3rd and 4th gen 2003 to 2013:  We have the 3" kits shipping out in a couple of weeks right now.  Same deal with 2nd gen kits, if you order Fox shocks then there is a wait for those at the moment.  Otherwise the rest is either in stock or able to be made in just a week or two. 

Diff Covers - 2nd through 4th gens:   We're trying to keep the AAM 925, 1050, and 1150 covers in stock, as well as the D70 rear cover.  All other covers will take a couple of weeks.  We usually just keep 2 of each on hand so quantities can disappear pretty quickly, but we'll bump up the inventory as needed to support the order frequency.  


As I've stated, our goal right now is to get caught up on all orders and then build inventory up for our most popular products so those will be available to ship immediately.  We've always built each order as it came in, but now we're trying to switch over to being a stocking retailer of our own products.  We are also branching out with a dealer network, so please keep an eye on our Dealers page for current info.  We have a very large distributor coming on board just as soon as we are able to send all of the product photos and info over to them.  

If you have questions about a product not listed on here, first look and see if it is drop shipped.  If it's from Borgeson, Synergy, Carli, Pure Performance, Road Rhino, or otherwise not labeled as a DOR part, then it probably drop ships.  Most product pages will say that too.  What we do is send the order in to the manufacturer or one of their top level distributors, and they ship it for us.  That saves us from having to stock a ton of merchandise, which keeps overhead down, which helps keep our costs low, which keeps our prices low.  So if you followed all of that, we do this to save you money.  And we also pass along the great savings on drop-shipped products.  Sometimes those manufacturers run into snags of their own and can't send the products out as quickly as you want.  We try to keep you up to date but with some companies we really don't get a lot of info until the order has shipped.  It's not like we can walk out to the shop and see what the hold up is.  So please be understanding that we have submitted your order and are playing the waiting game with you.  

 If you find this method of product updates useful, please let us know so we can decide whether to continue it or not.   It could be a weekly thing that we do to keep everyone in the loop.   If it's not that helpful, then I'll spend my time on something else.  

Thanks,
Danny

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3 Comments

Deven LaVere
Date: 8/11/2014
This is useful info! Thanks Danny!
chris sinkez
Date: 8/11/2014
Found this very useful, answered my question about the 2nd gen steering braces. I placed my order in June and was starting to wonder what the hold up was
Travis Guy
Date: 8/11/2014
This is very useful and thank you for the update! I know how difficult it can be as we can only go as fast as the person ahead of us. Weekly updates are more than welcomed, and encouraged! I'm definitely eager to run your great products as I'm sure everyone else is :-)

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