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Old 11-28-2012, 04:34 AM   #1
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Question Recommendations for a good shop/dyno near Redding, CA?

I live up near Redding, California. Can anyone recommend to me a good dyno-tuner and installation shop for mods? I personally would prefer to have a shop install my parts for me. I don't have a whole lot of faith in myself when doing mods. Especially with the unique Suby engine. Same goes for the tune. I plan on building up the engine quite nicely so I'd prefer someone with the actual know-how and experience and knowledge, who's reputable, to do the work for me.

If Redding is the starting point, I'd be willing to drive as far as San Francisco/Reno/Medford. Within that distance, is there a good shop worth recommending? Anyone out there with a good dyno? (AWD dyno?)

Also, do shops in California have to abide by the strict smog laws? Meaning, if I want to have someone install something that's not CARB legal in Cali, I'll have to go to Nevada/Oregon to get it done? Or will good shops in Cali install whatever parts I ask them to? (if I supply them with what I want installed)

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Old 11-28-2012, 08:45 AM   #2
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I actually bought my car from a guy in Redding, and he did all of his work in the bay area/Sacramento. If it were me, i would go to GST Motorsports in Hayward or EQ Tuning in Fairfield. Me personally, I get my tuning done at EQ and my mechanical work done at GST. From my experience, FW motorsports in Sacramento (Rocklin) is a little shaky. Instead of taking the time to diagnose a problem, he threw random parts at my car charging me out the ass for something that took GST litterally 2 hours to figure out.

For the most part, shops may have you sign a document stating that they are not liable for any tickets/ legal action against you for putting on illegal modifications. Thats it. No big deal. Good luck and choose your tuner wisely!
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:26 PM   #3
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Thanks. I appreciate it. After looking around online and reading reviews, it looks like EQ Tuning in Fairfield will be the one to go with. Not only are they closer, but people said they have great customer service in addition to their great skill. GST Motorsports in Hayward got great reviews in terms of their skill and the work they do, but they got a lot of negative feedback when it came to the whole customer service aspect.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:51 PM   #4
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Thanks. I appreciate it. After looking around online and reading reviews, it looks like EQ Tuning in Fairfield will be the one to go with. Not only are they closer, but people said they have great customer service in addition to their great skill. GST Motorsports in Hayward got great reviews in terms of their skill and the work they do, but they got a lot of negative feedback when it came to the whole customer service aspect.
My sti is at EQ tuning for a complete engine build, and new turbo etc. you won't be disappointed. What do you have planned?
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:08 AM   #5
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My sti is at EQ tuning for a complete engine build, and new turbo etc. you won't be disappointed. What do you have planned?
Good to know.

Well, at this point, I'm not 100% sure. Are we talking endgame, such as my ultimate goals, or just the immediate future?

At this point I'm just saving up money. Although I keep telling myself that I'm going start out only with Intake/Exhaust/Tune, I can't help but want to do more for my first trip down there.



But say after a year or two when I finally get the STi where I want it and turn it into a beast, how do I get through Smog Season? I don't imagine I can make it that powerful and still pass smog. So how does that work?

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:49 AM   #6
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Its funny because i use to live in davis,ca and you have to smog every two years. Well now i live in humboldt and its one of the only counties in california that you dont have to smog in with the exception of selling the car...but no every two year crap. I just kept my drivers license and car registered to my parents address to avoid having to get smogged while i lived in davis
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:51 AM   #7
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I should have mentioned that i grew up in humboldt so i had my stuff registered to my folks in humboldt while i lived in davis.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:19 PM   #8
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LOL. Well, I don't have anyone in Humboldt that can help me like that. I'm basically forced to get a smog every two years. I guess the only good thing is that brand new cars don't have to be smogged for the first time for something like 5-6 years after purchase. So if I can get the mods on within two years, that still leaves me 3-4 years of not having to smog it. But... what happens when smog time eventually does roll around?
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:52 AM   #9
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Simple! Throw on all your stock parts and get it smogged! That is one reason why i invested in an access port...
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:13 PM   #10
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Yeah, but is it really that easy? I mean, I'll be paying a shop to do the install for me, so it seems like taking it off and putting on the stock parts would be pretty difficult, if I were to attempt it. Otherwise, that would suck if I paid to have a shop mod my car, then had to take it back to them to turn it back to stock, then had to return to have them put it back the way it was (modded).

I saw a pic of a guy with an AEM intake that was covered by a metal plate. The plate actuallykinda made it blend in and look more stock. Perhaps with the right tune, maybe a more hidden, blended in approach would get me through it?
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:09 AM   #11
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Yeah, but is it really that easy? I mean, I'll be paying a shop to do the install for me, so it seems like taking it off and putting on the stock parts would be pretty difficult, if I were to attempt it. Otherwise, that would suck if I paid to have a shop mod my car, then had to take it back to them to turn it back to stock, then had to return to have them put it back the way it was (modded).

I saw a pic of a guy with an AEM intake that was covered by a metal plate. The plate actuallykinda made it blend in and look more stock. Perhaps with the right tune, maybe a more hidden, blended in approach would get me through it?
It's not that big a deal and you limp your car over for the smog and then you limp it back home. It's once every two years and it is part of Cali. Don't worry do it, you won't be sorry
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:37 PM   #12
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The only thing you have to worry about smog is basically emissions and not have something aftermarket stick out too much. All i do is swap out my downpipe for the stock one, which has the catalytic converters for the emissions and thats it. I had to smog mine this year and it passed with aps cold air intake, external wastegate, the vf39, sti tmic and sti injectors. I even left the aftermarket catback exhaust and it passed no problems.
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:39 PM   #13
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Doomsdayfan, I live in Redding with my '04 STi. Andy and his crew at FD Autoworks on South Market St. is pretty knowledgeable with our cars. They've done a ton of work on my car, including mods. Then I go to GST in Hayward for my tunes.

I also belong to a local autocross club if you're interested.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:26 PM   #14
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It's not that big a deal and you limp your car over for the smog and then you limp it back home. It's once every two years and it is part of Cali. Don't worry do it, you won't be sorry
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The only thing you have to worry about smog is basically emissions and not have something aftermarket stick out too much. All i do is swap out my downpipe for the stock one, which has the catalytic converters for the emissions and thats it. I had to smog mine this year and it passed with aps cold air intake, external wastegate, the vf39, sti tmic and sti injectors. I even left the aftermarket catback exhaust and it passed no problems.
That sounds good. I guess I'll try to swap it out and see what happens. When the time comes. But I'm not going to have to worry about it for quite a long while. What I'm doing now is just going through the planning stages with everything so when the actual time comes, I wont be lost in the wind.



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Doomsdayfan, I live in Redding with my '04 STi. Andy and his crew at FD Autoworks on South Market St. is pretty knowledgeable with our cars. They've done a ton of work on my car, including mods. Then I go to GST in Hayward for my tunes.

I also belong to a local autocross club if you're interested.
Hey man, that sounds great. It's probably gunna be a while before I'm ready though. Do you guys only do autocross? Or do you drag too? I'm more of a drag racer myself and love going out to the strip out behind the airport. Maybe someday I'll dip my toe into autocross waters though. But I'll certainly hit you up when the time comes.

As far as Andy at FD Autoworks, do you think they're as good as EQ Tuning in Fairfield? I know EQ is a lot farther, but the reviews I've seen of them are really good. And they dyno-tune.

However, perhaps I'll take it to FD Autoworks to install my Intake/Exhaust whenever I get it.

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Old 12-02-2012, 08:58 PM   #15
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FD Autoworks is great for a local shop for just about anything, including your intake and exhaust. They're really the only place around for our subys. For tuning though I'd go to someone like EQ or GST because they have a dyno and a lot more experience with tuning. Let Andy know what your long term plans are so he can help with advice. He has no problem with you going elsewhere for some of your work just keep him in the loop.

The Trinity Touring Club is primarily an autocross club but we do sometimes do other things like touring the mountain roads or social gatherings. No dragracing but some of us do enjoy it.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:23 PM   #16
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There's also Boosted Tuning in Chico. Jay does great work tuning. He can also tune your car on a dyno if you prefer. Thunderhill, here in willows has an awd dyno which he has access to.

I head up to redding to the street legal drags a couple times a season and im usually the only subie there. It'd be cool to get more subie guys out there racing. Ill defenitely be out there once it opens up again.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:52 PM   #17
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Are you sure that dyno at T'hill is an awd? I hang out there occasionally and the only one I know of is only 2wd, it's in the shop back by the skid pad area.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:03 PM   #18
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Yeah positive, they just got it earlier this year. My younger brother has an Evo and he got his car dyno'd for free when they were calibrating/setting it up. They've had a 2wd for awhile. Thats usually the one they take around at car shows/events and even to redding dragstrip.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:58 PM   #19
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Cool, thanks!
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:39 PM   #20
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Doomsday or jpdriver, if you need anything or have any questions, just let me know.
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