Thank you for the kind words @WVHEMIS
I believe you are doing your homework and trying to find out exactly how everything works and that is exactly what anyone should be doing.
I just want to note in this thread a couple of things.
1. The supply chain has effected certain parts. You want to be sure that all of your parts are gathered or available for the package plan.
A. There are shops that will lure you in and while waiting for parts they will start selling you the next "Best Thing" and as you pour money into their pockets your Hellcat sits for parts and a
"domino effect" can happen. My advice is never get into that trap......ever!
B. If you are going to be happy with the extra HP but you might want to go for more, than you want to do some things that will set up for help later.
2. Knowing that you have an experienced and knowledgeable Shop/Tuner for Hellcats is to ask them questions too........and you never want them to say to you.....I have a Mustang racing into the 8's
Ford wants you race their mustangs and they are easier all around. You want to know how many Hellcats have they worked on and what are the ET's. You want to know who they are so you can
check them out.
A. You must know that you are NOT the R&D guy, unless you agreed to do that. ( My husband Loved R&D, even in his own business. He paid for our parts and knew there might be a chance of
something blowing up, which did not happen! ) Many did not know and Blown Engines and Burnt Trans
B. Just because a shop has a package to off doesn't mean they actually have done the Install and Tune. The Top Shop/Tuners will post up packages......they do get copied!
Over the past 12 years of being part of the Modern Hemi Modifying and racing, I have seen a lot of scamming. I can truly tell you that my husband when he was posting on here it was to help STOP that. He was posting up the information from the T&T and R&D what parts and what was happening. The Best thing is that while Josh and John were pioneering the way it, created good competition and now there are many quality parts, ways to Build and Tune a Hellcat. This was my husband Ultimate Goal for parts. Prior to the Hellcats the Trans, Engine guys....and others, there was so much lying and the scamming was atrocious. There were also shops who were good to some customers and others never even got to race their cars!
3. This is also important, remember if it's too good to sound True well then get a second opinion. Paperwork Marketing Example
There is Trans seller guy who said he had a 1500 HP Nag 1 he was selling. And you know what else he did. He told everyone that his Shop Jeep was running it!
I watched that Jeep and found out that the Nag1 was rebuilt after every time it raced! And the Paramount Jeep owner said his Jeep had the "secret sauce" <---You Never want to hear that either!
Rebuilds! Secrets only benefit the person making the money. Then I saw it during a T&T with a brand new engine and it couldn't get down the track and it also hurt the engine. The Following week that Paramount Jeep beat another Fast Jeep running a built Paramount Nag1.
But it is a FACT that he stole our borrowed Rossler Transmission had it installed into his jeep and basically said "Nobody can see inside a Reid Case" and he took the money bet for the win. He wanted us to play along never admitted he stole it, No Effing Way would we do that!. And my quote "The Truth is Told at the Track!
4. Last thing when dealing with a Speed Shop/Tuner think it's a business! The Good ones are busy, but they should be organized. When I quote HHP for an install my quote turns into my invoice. Just like any other business! The only time it has changed because we added something. Note: There are exceptions. R&D work, of course could add parts along the way. That could happen when
installing something new and then a supporting part is needed. So if you are offered a package deal then have a Quote for the entire build. Packages are usually know builds and Tuning so it shouldn't
be hard to do.
I think that many Hellcat owners are pretty smart people and you know how to do business. Sometimes we think we need to treat someone special because you are afraid something may not get done right. You are the one with the $$$$ and the customer! It should be done right!