UPDATE: DINAN 3.45 rear diff. GROUP BUY info/details...............
I spoke with Steve Dinan yesterday, regarding the Dinan rear diff. group buy. The outcome of our conversation was positive!
DINAN will have the 3.45 rear diff. available for us (guys who submitted their names and additional info) to purchase as of NOVEMBER 15th. The CONFIRMED price is
$2500.00 ($500 of of the regular price). You will purchase the rear diff. directly from the DINAN corporation, located in California. The rear diff. will then be sent to your mailing address. You can either have the rear diff. installed at a local Dinan dealer or anywhere you wish to deal with, for the installation. I neglected to ask Steve about the core charge (if there would be one) since we were speaking about several issues. I would however think that the core charge still applies. I will verify this, okay. Therefore, it might be advantagous to let a Dinan dealer do the installation. This way, you can possibly leave the core with the Dinan dealer, instead of having to mail/send the rear diff. core back to Dinan yourself, avoiding this hassel and the expense of shipping it back to California. This is just an idea and for you to decide.
I spoke with Steve about the Dinan rear diff. "LOCK-UP" ratio or percentage. He informed me that Dinan doesn't change/alter the BMW OEM lock up ratio/percentage. This is left alone. He indicated that the BMW lockup ratio was a 20% lockup ratio. Steve added that of all the 3.45 rear diffs which were sold by Dinan, none of their customers EVER complained that this ratio was not enough or to low and should be increased to a higher percent/level of lockup. His final commnet regarding this matter was that IF there was a need to make the lockup ratio higher, DINAN would have done so, and the 20% ratio is the correct lockup ratio, as far as he's concerned. No need to make it any different or higher as suggested in other discussions.
This group buy is ONLY for the DINAN 3.45 rear diff. (since Dinan is ready and willing to offer this to us at a $500 savings)
For those who wish to be a part of this group buy, please
REFRESH the DINAN 3.45 rear diff. group buy list, by adding your real name (first & last name) and the town/city and state you are located in. If you plan on letting a Dinan dealer do the install job, also provide who you'll be dealing with, okay.
PS I think this is a good price for the rear diff. What do you guys think?
Here is BEASTPOWER's response to this group buy.......
I also posted m message on the Group Buy Forum board.
Daniel of BEASTPOWER read and responded to my post.
Here is his reply:
Excellent news Robert!
I must take my hat off to Steve Dinan for following through with this group buy and offering such a steep discount. It is clear that they are doing what they can to work with customers.
I have the Dinan 3.45 differential installed and find it to be one of the best mods for the beast. I highly recommend this product. I have run my beast at Laguna Seca with this differential installed and it was amazing. I even had a professional race driver drive my beast at Laguna and he was very impressed, as we were keeping up with a highly modified 996TT, and we had a passenger in the front and a passenger in the back
We all know, Dinan makes nothing less than QUALITY parts. This mod is a must!
thanks for taking the time and effort to put this group buy together. Do you know if this deal is for the repackaged OEM BMW diff, or is this the newer set from US Gears? To me it doesn't matter too much, just curious....
haha I bought my 3.45 diff for that same price... my dinan distributor told me that was his cost for the diff... so by eliminating the middleman in this transaction, Dinan is able to offer the customers a lower price, without affecting their bottom line at all... This guy is really a good businessman...
you summed it up best with your remark of:
"by eliminating the middleman in this transaction, Dinan is able to offer the customers a lower price, without affecting their bottom line at all... This guy is really a good businessman"
You hit the nail on the head. Dinan dealers make a minimum of 20% or better on each item they sell to the customer.
Robert - after this long wait I'm dropping out. With the new structure of this GB done through Dinan and not through the dealer, the shipping from and to Calfornia just doesn't work for me here up in Canada, particularly with customs to deal with, a true PITA for the individual. Thanks again for all your efforts.
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Last edited by Hamann7; 22nd October 2003 at 22:05.