Thread: Mahle vs JE
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Ponder the issue economically, as I’m 100% certain any company making anything is. Why on earth would a manufacturer currently making air-cooled pistons, which is an old tech with low volume, spend the capital on some proprietary material or process which is highly doubtful to be superior to 4032 or 2618. It’s makes zero economic sense. Mahle diesel pistons are a bit different, but that is a totally different concept. With Mahle groaning about making air cooled stuff anyway, they are not doing anything special.

Some years ago Ted Rutlands (yes, of Rutlands ferrari Parts, may he rip) approached ZF to make a run of ferrari synchros. ZF Germany promptly and curtly advised us the min order was $100k thinking that would make us go away. Ted being Ted quickly requested who the check needed to be made to. Long story longer, we had to fight tooth and nail AFTER they took out $100k and contact the state department to get them to make the run.

Point is, companies like Mahle and ZF could care less about some measly under 7 figures order so I promise you they are doing nothing all that special when they are made.
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