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Billet Cap/Handle Group Buy - ROUND 2

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I am organizing a 2nd group buy for billet aluminum fluid caps & handles produced by Tooling Design Co.

One standard set of caps/handles includes seven pieces:
* Brake Fluid Cap (no engraving) - Fits on top of OEM cap
* Power Steering Cap (no engraving) - Fits on top of OEM cap
* Windshield Washer Fluid Cap (00+ models have washer fluid symbol engraving, 97-99's are not engraved) - Replaces OEM cap
* Coolant Overflow Cap (with coolant symbol engraving) - Replaces OEM cap
* Radiator Cap (with Ram's head engraving) - Fits on top of OEM cap
* Oil Filler Handle (with Engine Oil engraving) - Replaces OEM handle
* Transmission Fluid Handle (with Trans Fluid engraving) - Replaces OEM handle

DISCLAIMER: These caps/handles are known to fit 1997-2004 Dakotas and 1998-2003 Durangos only. It is possible that some of these caps/handles might fit other years of Dakotas/Durangos and maybe even some Rams or Jeeps, but there are no guarantees. Please carefully inspect the pictures and/or compare your caps to someone else's Dakota/Durango before ordering - there are no returns available due to incompatability with alternative models.

* Produced from solid billet aluminum. The caps are shipped in a raw/semi-polished format. They are ok to install as-is, but are ready to be anodized or powder coated if desired (you must arrange this on your own after delivery).
* The engraved areas are shipped bare. The painted areas in some of the photos are for example only. If desired you can highlight the engraved areas with paint or powder coating (once again, you must do this yourself).
* Alternative engraving (eg: R/T logo, etc.) is not available. Caps can be produced without any engraving upon request.
* If necessary the caps/handles are available on a per-piece basis (contact me), but the discount rate we're receiving for the whole 7-pc kit makes it relatively uneconomical.
* The fluid handles will require some minor fabrication during installation. A 2-pc sleeve frames the dipstick blade, and a pin is pushed through a hole to hold it all together. It isn't a difficult process, but it is a procedure you will have to perform.
* These caps are being produced by the original manufacturer, who stopped making them about three years ago. They are not available on an individual basis - in order to get a new batch of these caps/handles produced, we need to submit a single bulk order.
* The manufacturer does not have the time/interest to deal with individual consumers. Therefore I am collecting everyone's orders and payments, and will process the sale as a single purchase from the manufacturer. The caps/handles will be shipped to me, then I will re-package the kits and ship them to each individual.
* I have hosted about 20 group buys using this format over the past six years. There are plenty of references available if you have any questions or concerns about the way this works.
* Group buys take time - please be patient! Everyone will get their order eventually - past group buys have always been worth the wait. Anticipated production/delivery time is 8-12 weeks after the group buy has completed.

One seven-piece set of caps & handles costs $140.00. This price includes all payment processing fees, packaging, and shipping/handling costs to the continental 48 states. If you live in Canada or Hawaii, please add $5.00 for USPS Air Mail.

OPTIONAL ANODIZED FINISH: An anodized finish is available for an additional cost of $15 for a set of seven caps. Anodizing is available in red, blue, or black. The anodizer charges a minimum batch fee of $75 per color, so at least five sets of caps must be ordered with the same color in order to qualify. If you're really desperate for a particular color you can pay the $75 fee by yourself or split it with just a couple of people, that's up to you.

INDIVIDUAL CAPS/HANDLES: If you want to order individual caps/handles, they cost $25.00 each, then add $10 for paypal/packaging/shipping.

How do I order a set?
Step 1: Send me a PM with the following info:
1) What year is your truck
2) What size engine is in your truck (3.9L, 4.7L, 5.2L, 5.9L, etc.)
3) Does your truck have an automatic transmission or manual transmission?
4) Your real name, forum name, and shipping address
5) Please measure the diameter of your power steering cap, and the length between the tip of your transmission fluid handle and the relief ring that keeps the handle secure on the dipstick.

Step 2: Send me your payment:
1) PayPal: [email protected]
2) Money Order: PM me for snail mail information

Reminder: This is a one-time bulk purchase group buy - the caps/handles will not be made until everyone's orders are submitted.

If you have any questions, please send me a PM.

NOTE: This group buy ends on June 30, 2009. Your order & payment must be submitted by that time.
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Are these extra pieces supplied with the caps???:waiting:
Which extra pieces? :huh:
is it possible to get

clutch master cylinder fluid cap for the manual trucks? i can get a cap to send to you

a set in blue like your pics would be really nice
I'll forward the request.
Got any pics of the Black anodized peices?
Unfortunately I don't have a photo of a complete set because not enough people wanted to have black done to justify a full run of that color with the previous group buy. Randy sent me a demo photo of a small handful of parts he sent to the anodizer for a test run, I have added it into the 2nd post of this thread so you can see at least one piece with black.
I'm going to try and get completely updated with everyone's questions and orders and everything by tomorrow night - I just haven't had any significant amount of time at once to sit down and focus on this project.
k....so I have yet to install any of these caps. Some seem to fit into more than one place. But they are different heights, etc. Can anyone tell me which ones go where? I bought the whole kit. All but the oil cap are non-engraved. I have the Ram head on the oil cap. Or did I do the coolant cap that way? Crap...see? This is why I need to know which is which

I just looked @ my 'order' & realized that I ordered EVERYTHING non-engraved. But I have one cap (the biggest one) with the Ram's head on it. Any chance of exchanging it? Never installed it or any of the caps. I also need to know which cap goes where as they are not labeled of course. Thank you.
This weekend I will try to locate my kit in my garage (still haven't unpacked or installed my own kit yet) and will take photos of the underside of each cap so people know which one is which.
This group buy is going to happen... I'm slow, but in the end things get delivered. I'm going to try and get everything organized and confirmed by the end of the weekend. Randy's aware that the orders will be incoming, but I don't know what the production schedule will be as of right now. A significant amount of the delays from the first group buy were associated with the fact that they had not produced these parts in over three years - they had to do a lot of retooling, rebuilding of the CAD/CnC files, etc. that we shouldn't have to deal with this time.
Yes it's still progressing - I was having a really hard time getting ahold of Randy over the last few weeks, consequentially delayed this phase of the group buy. I'm hoping to have this wrapped up soon so we can move forward. Each individual who has already signed up will receive a confirmation PM or e-mail. Anyone who is still interested in participating can send me a PM, check the original page of the thread for details.
So if I wanted the oil and trans dipstick handles, I'd need to cough up $60?
That is correct.
I've been trying to get ahold of Randy for the past week - very difficult to peel away for personal calls during his business hours with the major projects we've been doing at work lately.

I'm hoping to have full updates by the end of monday if possible (they're not open on weekends).
I was from the 1st group buy and received the wrong power steering cap and have never been able to send it to Steve. I sent him some pms and he never replied either....
It's starting to be ridiculous...
Holy Crap - do we have to go through this AGAIN?

On 5/23/09 you sent me a PM with a pic of your caps because you weren't sure which cap was which. I responded with a description list.

On 5/26/09 you sent me a PM asking if you had a bad PS cap. I responded that you probably did.

On 5/30/09 you sent me a PM asking if I could take care of your PS cap issue. I responded via PM with the same instructions everyone got, and that were also posted in the original group buy thread - that you needed to send me the oversized cap, and once I received it I would send you the replacement cap for free. I also gave you the address to send it to.

On 06/02/09 you sent me a PM stating that you would try to ship the cap by the end of the week and would PM me as soon as it was sent.

On 07/28/09 you posted in the group buy thread that you still hadn't shipped the cap out, but obviously knew what needed to be done to get the cap exchanged:

On 08/19/09 I posted a note in the group buy thread that notified people that I had finally received the replacement caps from Randy, and also posted a list of people who had complied with the replacement instructions.

On 08/21/09 I posted a note in the group buy thread that stated that the replacement caps were on the way to the 5 people who had complied with the replacement instructions - less than 48 hour turnaround.

I didn't hear from you again until 01/12/10, when you griped in the group buy thread that you still had the original cap:

Within 2 hours I reminded you of all of the previous PM's and posts, and re-re-re-reminded you of what needed to be done to get your cap exchanged:

You have had the instructions for how to get your cap replaced for almost eight months - MAIL YOUR EXISTING CAP TO ME. You have had my shipping address for where to send it to - IF YOU DELETED IT FROM YOUR PM'S, THEN SEND ME ANOTHER PM ASKING FOR IT AGAIN. Once I have your oversized cap, I will be glad to send you the replacement cap for free.
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Refunds will be forthcoming within the next few weeks for anyone who has been continuing to wait for this group buy. I have to wait for my tax return to be deposited, because BofA completely screwed up my credit/debit accounts that I used to use to hold group buy funds.
Looks like Steve may need to change his name to SAM!!
Go fuck yourself, Dwight. You obviously forgot about the hundreds of hours of personal time I spent over a three year span to make sure that group buy got completed. You're welcome, you ungrateful piece of shit.
I have been absolutely slammed for well over the past month, and things aren't going to let up anytime soon. As I've said a million times - I don't read every thread on the site, especially not on a realtime basis. If you need to get ahold of me, send me a PM. If I don't get back to you within a week or two, send me another PM. I will try to get everyone's concerns taken care of as soon as possible.
I'm closing this thread off - the peanut gallery can go eat a dick.

I have not been able to contact Randy for a very long time. If you have any concerns that need to be addressed, send me a PM. Please include your real name and the e-mail address you used if you pre-paid via paypal so I can look up your order.

Anyone who did not participate with this group buy should contact one of the other vendors who produce billet components to see if they would be willing and able to produce these types of parts.

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