The billet alumnium would be pure waste of money unless you are ok paying 400 extra dollars just for the bling factor. The whiteline product is superior and cost less.
"Pure waste of money"? On what basis? To whom? Depending upon when a person buys one and available promotions at the time, the price difference CAN be negligible. And "superior" on what basis? People with a 9" axle would have one hell of a time running the White Line product and for somebody SO vexed by using an SCT to change his speedo's tire size calibration, you're awfully quick to go cracking-upon your differential and replacing its cover with something aftermarket.
With such a penchant for empirical information, strange to see the difference in how the systems attach, their ease of servicing and removal, weight and durability or performance dismissed as "bling" so summarily. What about people who prefer to have their vehicles exclusively Shelby or Ford Racing in their components? Are they "blingers" too? With the exception of near-universal reports that watts links of pretty-much ALL known types are a tremendous improvement over a panhard bar, there's been almost no relative comparison data whatsoever between them.
Yea I talked to them they said its the best thing ever blah blah blah. I want normal people reviews who don't gain from telling whether its a good product or bad.
Though upon reading this article I did not know this is 29 pounds. Thats basically the same weight as the fays [sic] which people always complain about it being too heavy. Thats interesting I thought maybe this would be like 20 pounds or something.
But wait, I thought you'd already made up your mind?
It's 29 lbs because it includes a differential cover - and a rather blingy one at that given how substantial it needs to support the pivot. Where has there been any complaints about the Fays units based upon their weight? The billet unit happens to be lighter, but the intrinsic downsides to the Fays units have absolutely nothing to do with weight - though given the GT500's relative imbalance, a terrific case could be made for a few extra pounds improving balance more than they harm power/weight.
The most notable, and only significant criticisms I've seen of the Fays units to date is the use of axle clamps that are inherently less secure unless welded which makes them irreversible - or nominal clunking at low speeds.
It'll be interesting to see what the first reports of White Line's unique "Elastomer" bushings hold forth versus urethane, Delrin or any of the other exotic materials used versus spherical ends the Fays are very much weapons grade in that respect.
I wonder how many "reviews" it will take...