Do you plan to? If so, will you post the results?
I'll probably never be able to do apples-to-apples. My character with the expensive gear was level 29 when 1.7 rolled out and is 44 now. The pieces & parts inside that expensive armor are higher level and thus more valuable now than they were then.
However, if the cost is really not using the value of the shell, that should still be pretty evident next time I die... if I die... it doesn't happen often.