Everything is top dollar. A quick check on the CPI Inflation Calculator on the Bureau of Labor Statistics site shows a $100 bill in 2021 has the purchasing power of $89 in today's wallet. Shops are now cutting here and there to make up for the deficit.
ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) equipment is no exception, nor is the number of technicians who are manufacturing their own ADAS stands and targets. I can't think of a more dangerous assumption that these garage-produced calibration items are dead-on accurate. Neither should you.
But those builders believe otherwise.
So, last month I started out to bust the myth that these devices are not as reliable as one might be led to believe, taking technicians down the wrong path.
Using those internet-prescribed elements such as wood, PVC — and even iron rods/steel piping — a small group of us recreated those online ADAS tools and placed them in a shop.
The difference between our locally produced product and the ones shown across the web? The devices we created are experimental only, never to be used as actual ADAS stands.
Our group plans to unveil our findings within 90 days with detailed results, showing "why" these items have specific chemistries, metallurgies and design parameters set by the OEMs.