All I can say is if you look at the same item side by side and you can not see the difference then, I don't know what I can tell you......................It is not, if it is a quality casting.
Are there cheap castings out there, full of voids ... yes. But that is not a representation of all castings.
Part of my job involves specing out things like this. There are many castings that you would never know the difference. Start up costs for casting a product is high though ... that is often why you see small quantity items being made and advertised as billet.
Much like people charging a high cost for a welded joint exhaust system vs investing in a mandrel bender.
Billet doesn't mean anything except made from one piece of material...you can get low quality billet as well.
I'm sure that if you do these alot of people will want to have them so, let the Challenger community in on it, I for one would be very interested in them!I have all the tooling required for making them out of billet ( a cnc mill, some high-powered CADCAM software, the knowledge to use it ) or making molds for casting. I also have a laser scanner so I can scan in an original part and make a duplicate or use it as a starting point. I was thinking I could make some with some custom artwork on top as long as the detail wasn't too small. I tried making some billet grill badges but the bits I needed to use for the inside corners on the lettering proved to be too fragile. Also thinking of doing coilpack covers.
True, but that can't/won't ever change - the smart entrepreneur does the important parts locally (design/prototyping/marketing) and the takes advantage of globalization for the production.Not to worry, I'm sure some Medieval sweat shop in China will steal an existing design and market cheap Chinese crap reproductions.
Now comes the sad part.
EVERYONE will buy one!