Originally Posted by nis14
Just curious if anyone in the automotive world has done a side by side internal comparison between the canadian and Japanese bride seats. I am not against buying eBay parts as long as they perform on par with their expensive counterparts.
Not sure what you are talking about here?
(Ref quote above) Your very obviously misinformed, or confused! Canada has nothing to do with the manufacture of Bride seats Japanese or otherwise. The fact of the matter is, where you buy something has nothing to do with where it originated, if that is in fact what your issue with Canada is.
In the future I'd suggest you take the time to educate yourself before posting nonsense! Or at least qualify your position.
So everyone is clear. Bride seats, the real ones we know and love, are registered and trademarked as well as manufactured in Japan.
The "knockoffs" are a registered and trademarked product of Taiwan. Manufactured in Taiwan, China, and Korea. Exact wording from Ebay ad, for Taiwanese Bride products goes as follows:
"Bride" is a legal registered trademark in Taiwan.This seat is not made in Japan.
This is why you can search on Ebay and find seats of the same apparent brand and model with such a discrepancy in price.
As to the quality of each? Like someone else mentioned, do you want to take the risk in a crash? They could be as good or better, but how do you know for sure. Has anyone researched crash data from either company?
The reason they can post on Ebay and use the Bride trademark is due to the fact that they both are registered legal trademarks in their respective countries. Legally one is no more valid then the other in that respect. So the discussion it seems is:
VS. Bride Taiwan
The best indication as of right now that I have found is that the "fakes", further to be referred to as: Taiwan Bride Seats, do not use CF or Kevlar. Most often they are FRP when in fact if it was the JDM version they would be in CF or Kevlar form, or at lest provide that as an option. This will change, as anything one can do the other can copy.
Reality is, it should be easy to spot with a small amount of research, or better yet, buy your parts through a local registered distributor, its the best way to know for sure, and your supporting your community. Seems pretty intuitive to me, no?
Hope this helps to clear things up for perspective buyers!