Why are retro-fit hydraulic roller lifters so expensive? I'm seeing prices of $400-500 for a set of 16 with the link bars from manufacturers like Howard's or CompCams.
I'm planning a daily driver build and would like to install a roller cam, not for high RPMs but for reduced wear. I'm reading about wiped cam lobe problems with tradition flat tappet cams because of reduced zinc in the modern oils. Thinking of installing adjustable, roller rocker arms as well for similar reasons.
I've seen some much cheaper roller lifters on ebay, but the lack of name recognition worries me. Anyone ever heard of, or used roller lifters from MaxSpeedingRods? They run $180 on ebay - see ebay link below.