GENUINE REPLICAS BRO
WE GET THE LOWDOWN ON HOW TO SAVE YOURSELF SOME TEARS, AND IDENTIFY THOSE PESKY KNOCK-OFFS, WHEN IT COMES TO BUYING A SECOND-HAND BRIDE BUCKET SEAT
YOU WILL OFTEN SEE SETS OF ‘GENUINE’ BRIDE SEATS LISTED FOR SALE FOR A PRICE THAT SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. WE SHOW YOU HOW TO SPOT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE REAL AND THE FAKE, SO YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR
Fake, replica, knock-offs, or ‘genuine-as’ bro — we’ve all come across these words when hunting down the parts we want. But you might be asking yourself, why does indentifying them matter? When it comes to safety equipment — well, most parts, really — using untested, cheaply manufactured examples can be dangerous, and in some cases, life threatening. That’s especially so when you consider what could happen if a bucket seat does not live up to its expected purpose upon impact, and there are horror stories of drivers being thrown about the cabin and injured as a result of ‘replica’ units snapping in half. It’s safe to say that out of all the seat brands that are copied around the world, Bride Japan has been hit the hardest. On any given day you will find multiple pairs being slung on Facebook trade groups, and popping open a door at a meet will most likely provide a good example of how common they have become. Finding a certified, genuine Bride is like finding that 10mm socket you dropped into the engine bay two years ago. The company states that fake products do not undergo important intensity testing, and often have a weak structure, “An automobile seat is an important safety-related part: please do not use a fake product by any means, for it is very dangerous”.
We had a chat with New Zealand Bride distributor Mike, at Prosport Auto, about how to spot a gem from a turd.