I read your Hemi crate article, and was duly impressed that Barton was the new vendor. Since I am in the process of building a Hemi, I figured if Barton and Mopar Action had a formula, I could follow it and maybe add a couple upgrades like Stage 5 heads, along with the MP block I already own. I ordered the K1 crank and rods. Imagine my surprise and disgust when I received the parts and found the â€śmade in Chinaâ€ť sticker on the box. Please, in the future tell us where the parts are made. Iâ€™m not the only one who cares that American industrial prowess is being shipped to China. I always try and buy American.
Unfortunately, something like 97% of the aftermarket rods and cranks are Chinese (forged in China, many are machined there, also). I hate this as much as you, but it is a fact of life, and itâ€™s what has made strokers, etc., affordable to the â€śhuddled masses.â€ť The flip side is that many of the Chinese factories are making much less $$$ perâ€‘piece than the US designers, importers, etc. So it could be said that weâ€™re ripping them off.
I try to buy American in everything, not just auto parts. I was the first to complain when Chrysler began using Mitsu engines, was bought by Benz, etc. Thankfully, that situation has improved a bunch. But unless you wanna go barefoot, hungry, not watch any DVDs, satellite or Cable TV, etc. â€¦