For the most part, we at 4X4REVIEW, love the fact that we are located in Tucson, AZ. We are privy to great sunsets, easy living and great 4-wheeling. Unfortunately though, we are usually pretty far from the majority of the major 4-wheel parts manufacturers. When we placed our call into Daystar Products, we soon realized that they were located merely 2 hours away in sunny Phoenix, AZ. After talking with Craig at Daystar, he extended an invitation for a tour of the facility. Bearing in mind that this doesn’t happen to often due to our location, we jumped on the opportunity. After the directions were given, I asked what their building looked like and if there were any landmarks in the area to help me find it. I was simply told “You can’t miss it… it’s the only building with a pink stripe on it… in fact it’s the only building.” Well, they were right. This new facility is an oasis in the desert.
Once there, the tour began with the administration sections. Now, being the web master for this site and the computer geek that I am (No, I don’t wear a pocket protector) the first thing that I noticed here was the progressive nature of Daystar. New facility, new computers at every desk… I’m starting to like this. Now for any of you would be thieves out there, Daystar takes their security very serious at their location. You’ll find out later why. After my body cavity search (just kidding), I was allowed into the next portion of the tour which consisted of the polyurethane injection and molding area. What makes Daystar so unique is the super hi-tech and top-secret injection process. This allows them to put out more products faster, and with greater quality and efficiency. After each part is molded, it is then sent to the Quality Assurance area where a real person actually inspects and cleans each part. Again, I was very impressed
Nearing the end of the tour, we entered the metal fabrication and shipping & receiving area. The metal fabrication area is where they fabricate their dies and make other parts like their new greaseable shackle kits. I picked up one of the shackles and was impressed with the quality of the tig welding used to make the shackles.
Wrapping up the tour, I had the pleasure of chatting with Craig and J.T. for a while and the usual topics of trucks and 4-wheelin’ spewed for about an hour. All in all, I had a great time at Daystar and left with a feeling that every product that we ever install of theirs with be of the highest quality and should last a lifetime.