Archive for November, 2008

Black Friday @ Ricambi America?

November 25, 2008

Over the past several days, many customers have telephoned us to ask if we’ll have any “Black Friday” Ferrari parts specials on Friday November 28th. In the United States, Friday following Thanksgiving traditionally signals the start of the holiday shopping season. Bargain-hunting shoppers line up for hours in the early morning at their favorite shops, hoping to get fantastic discounts and savings on holiday gifts.

Ricambi America has also planned an exciting Black Friday special, but I can’t comment until Friday! Although we traditionally specialize in genuine, original Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini parts, this door-buster sale will be a particular item that all owners could enjoy, regardless of the Italian exotic they have in the garage.

Big savings? Yeah, we’ve got you covered. (wink)

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Ricambi America Overrun by Fur Parts ?? Yikes!

November 19, 2008

The Ferrari Parts Mascot! At Ricambi America, we receive nearly a hundered telephone calls per day, from customers looking for original Lamborghini, Maserati and Ferrari parts. Although I have a beautiful view of Winston Salem from my office window, it seems I’m usually sitting to my computer for hours upon hours and unable to get outside and enjoy the fresh air…

Well, the solution has arrived! Remy, my puppy Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever is like a one-hour countdown clock. The process of house-breaking (or office-breaking!) him forces me to put down a nifty carbon fiber panel, or amazing new Ferrari tool, and get outside for a potty break every sixty miuntes. Originally, I thought I would miss “something critical” being away from the desk. The truth is, it’s nice to just enjoy the fresh air!

Should I change the company name to Fur Parts ? Or Furry Parts? Nope!  Let’s keep it Ricambi America. The name is already known around the world for quality, passion, integrity, and the most knowledgeable Ferrari parts staff in the business.

I’m confident Remy will be trained soon enough. Then, our breaks will involve chasing tennis balls and maybe even an occasional Testrossa rim or other Ferrari part that rolls away (just kidding).

*** On a more serious note, we’re in the process of working with Hill Engineering in London on a clutch thrust bearing for the Lamboghini Gallarado. It’ll be a geat way to save some money, and get a fantastic Lamborghini item that is vastly superior to the factory version. Watch this space for more information.

Goo be Gone! No more sticky Ferrari Parts… forever!!

November 12, 2008

Anyone who owns a newer Ferrari (348, 355, 360, 430, 456, 550 and so on!) shares a mutual frustration with the sticky, gunky, melting of their interior plastic parts. Ferrari, in their infinite wisdom, chose to coat many plastic items with a textured rubber coating for purely aesthetic reasons. Yes, it looks great when brand new. However, within a matter of months and a few hot days in the sun, the rubberized coatings begin to melt and stick everywhere. Amazingly, even a $250,000 Ferrari is prone to this mess.

Some people believe the mess is because of cleaners like Eagle1. Others claim its the result of damaging UV rays on the interior. Regardless, it is just amazing that Ferrari owners tolerate this gunk. Simply touch your A/C vents to redirect air and the gunk is on your hands. Touch the rear-view mirror switch and the gunk is on your hands. To make the situation worse, if you then touch the nice leather seats, the black gunk is easily transferred to the seats and makes a horrible mess. Ferrari knew about this problem with interior parts as early as the 348 (1989), but in their ongoing blindness to customer pleas, they continue to use it on the latest 430 Scuderia and California.

So, what is an owner to do? For many years we at Ricambi America have been selling replacement plastic panels (genuine Ferrari parts) which look great and fit perfectly. But unfortunately, they are also coated with the same messy rubber which degrades and turns to goop. For F355 owners, we have offered a fantastic HVAC overlay to ensure the air conditioner panel never goes sticky again. But those original plastic pieces? What’s a Ferrari owner to do? The answer is here!

As long as you’re not planning to enter an FCA sanctioned concours, a new company has emerged to professionally refinish the panels with an extremely strong black paint. The coatings are strong enough to survive in a mass production Toyota, but beautiful enough to fit perfectly in a Ferrari. The company , www.stickynomore.com is run by a true Ferrari enthusiast (and F355 owner!) who can also professionally install our air conditioning panels.

Last week, I tore my 348 apart and sent all my interior Ferrari parts for professional refinishing.

Although I certainly could have pulled new ones from the shelf at Ricambi America, I really wanted to see the results from Stickynomore. Within 3 days my panels were returned — and in a nutshell, I was absolutely speechless. The quality of the finish is superb. The color match is excellent. The durability — I can already sense — will be outstanding. Here is some of their handiwork: Ferrari Parts Refinishing

As much as we’d love to sell new plastic pieces to every Ferrari owner on Earth, I strongly recommend the service of http://www.stickynomore.com. As an owner myself, I know the plight of these interiors, and do think (for non concours cars), this is the ideal solution.

New Lamborghini and Ferrari Parts Coming Soon!

November 5, 2008

As we at Ricambi America expand our business beyond our core Ferrari parts world, we are now becoming deeply involved in Maserati and Lamborghini parts as well.  One of our primary suppliers in England, Hill Engineering has been instrumental in helping us to develop custom Lamborghini parts which allow owners to personalize their cars, improve their cars, and just have fun in their garage.

Our first “bespoke” item is an oil filter tool which allows the easy removal of the Gallardo oil filter housing.  While Lamborghini makes a similar tool, it was priced into the stratosphere and really of marginal quality.  Similar to Ferrari tools, the manufacturer produces these tools for workshops, but gives little thought to how they’ll be used over the years.   Now, with Hill Engineering at our side, we have released tool OFT-05 for the Gallardo.

Ferrari and Lamborghini Parts - Oil Filter Tool

Ferrari and Lamborghini Parts - Oil Filter Tool

Next up, will likely be an item very similar to a popular Ferrari part we sell — skid plates!   The skid plates are made from either extremely strong plastic, or billet aluminum.  Mounted to the lower side of the front bumper, they are basically invisible to a passerby, but do an outstanding job protecting a Ferrari or Lamborghini front bumper when the car crosses a concrete parking lot apron.  Rather than the ‘crunch’ sound of a $4000 bumper scratching the ground, the skid plate gives itself up and protects the bumper.   In terms of popular Ferrari parts, the Hill Engineering skid plates have been a huge success.   Now, we’re designing them for the Lamborghini Gallardo, with an expected release date in early 2009.