Originally Posted by pfoyle
Ok, I'm confused/hesitant now... Does this mean they could take our $100 deposit, do the research, and then NOT even make the LW crank pulley, and we'd be out $100 for nothing in return?! That seems pretty f*ed up... Or am I reading something wrong? And if they do take our $100, and do make a LWCP, would our $100 deposit then be applied to the product purchase, or would the cost of product be added ON TOP of the $100 deposit... Important questions... anyone know for sure?
I'm now also confused (based on what Rhett posted) but based on speaking to Mike @ UR about our project and having kick-started this for us I understood:
1. $100 deposits will be applied to final GB discounted price, yes
2. UR believes a unified design can be achieved (at least for the 2.5T and 2.5i, MT and CVT models 2010-2012; 2013 2.5i should be covered already by the BRZ LWCP. UR to confirm)
which will result in a GB price estimate of $200-225 (includes free shipping).
3. Post GB, the retail price for a 'simple' design should be $250.
4. If during R&D and prototyping, UR finds that we somehow need a more elaborate pulley design, the price can go up but shouldn't exceed $250 GB, $300 retail.
5. R&D and prototyping might also uncover a need for a unique 2010-2013 3.6R pulley. If this comes true, UR will segregate the 3.6R deposits and if we're not past 30 unique 3.6R deposits (I don't think that would ever happen), REFUND our $100s to each 3.6R owner.
6. At the same time, if the combined 2.5i/2.5GT deposits are above 30, that design and GB will continue as schedule and we'll get the part out for 2010-2012 2.5i/2.5GTs.
A lot will depend on the initial analysis UR does on our OE pulleys and mounting to see if they can engineer a unified design to fit all engines.
We'll go from there.
ETA... 7-14 days as UR settle in to their new office and visit the local Subaru dealerships, plus start to get pics from us.