Hello all, this will be a fairly involved question, so please bear with me.
I have run into a little bit of cash, so I am going to start putting a new evo together. I have never built one before, but I have built plenty of V-8's in my time, and I can follow an assembly manual with the best of 'em. Anyway, my question is this: I am trying to decide whether to build an S&S 124 or an ultima 127. I went by my local chop shop yesterday to get pricing and advice, but he didnt convince me one way or the other. they issues I am wrestling over are this. I want to know why there is such a price difference between these two motors. Does S&S use that much better quality parts in there engines, or are they just comfortable charging more because they have a more established name? I have $2,200 and I want to get the crankcases and the flywheel, and both companies charge close to that. As you can tell, this is going to be a ground up build. Another thing that concerns me is that, if you go to S&S website, they have a ton of technical info and tech sheets and contact info and service manuals and, well...... you get the point. Ultima on the other hand, is not so open with there information. I haven't been able to find any service manuals, or assembly manuals or tech sheets, or contact info or, well...... you get the point. This motor is going to cost, between $4000- $7000 depending on the options. I dont know about you, but to me, that is a lot of damn money, so if I buy these components one at a time, I want to know if I have any questions, will I have the proper tech support from ultima. Basically it comes down to this:
S&S = more money, better tech support and documentation, (maybe better quality???)
Ultima= Less money, less tech support and documentation, (maybe less quality???)
Please help me decide which company to give my money to. I want this to be a fun learning experience, not a freaking nightmare. Thanks