Gen1 market is believe it or not more in demand than gen2. Gen2 has far more issues than gen 1 but gen2 customers with engine builds will spend 5-8 k on the timing. Parts because they are right so it once but they have the funds to not worry although Gen1 is way cheaper than gen2 upgraded parts and we get calls 50x a day I swear for kits but need to get a premium Mary order or presale order to make it happen or I am not getting stuck with what people want but never do although they Gen1 is far more parts end more parts cost more money.so Gen1 is a better market and we can do it because it say is an extra 2k over normal parts but say 45-60lk miles later another 2k on oem parts buy once do it once you save tons on labor and we do the labor now too if the thought process is really sound and really slept on it you’d realize how much you’d save(loads) doing proper upgraded timing in the Gen1 especially as mileage is getting very high and 2-3-4 hand trucks start needing it and money best spent to obviously keep the truck and why guys by them with the higher mileage so long term it’s a A+++ decision and gen2 is no brainer it’s not just better parts but truck literally rides and idles like glass!!! So much smoother than anything you’d feel ever and noticeable to tone layman like the wineglass commercial on hood not spilling it’s so noticeable customers call me to tell me all the timeAs the consumer, rather than the engineer or manufacturer or fabricator or builder...., It doesn't always favor me and my interest, but the market goes where the money is.
Just my opinion but the Gen1 Era (the actual calendar time of 2010-2016ish?) had the task of establishing the platform and convincing the supply side that it was a legitimate investment. But when Ford released the Gen2, that was a huge statement that the platform has a long life and the risks to the aftermarket were seriously diminished. Sales just kept growing and the Gen2 had such a superior starting point for those getting in the game. And the aftermarket already had some momentum so it hit the ground running for the newest customer.
Of course the consumer sees things through the lens of what they own and have already invested. But Gen2 is where the freshest and most energy is being spent. (from my own vantage point) And if the 2021 really is a Gen3, from the point of view of the aftermarket developers, that too will suck resources away from the Gen1 market.
It's just progress. And momentum. Inevitable.
If Gen1 aftermarket market really does have buyers, I can't imagine the demand would go unnoticed.
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