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Old 01-24-2013, 04:19 PM   #176
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I have a CRX still!

and some other cars
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:31 PM   #177
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Hey M@!

My WRX has 193K on it and still runs great. I'd say the last 80+k of that has been on your tunes. Certainly amazing work.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:36 PM   #178
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I currently own [...] half of a WRX,
I can just imagine two people driving a WRX at the same time.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:58 PM   #179
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Hey M@!

My WRX has 193K on it and still runs great. I'd say the last 80+k of that has been on your tunes. Certainly amazing work.
Thanks bud, made it through many paint jobs lol.

Tunes to remember include the most expensive tune (for me) ever and the mega late night tune, both with MAX haha
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:17 AM   #180
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Just picked my car up from Wicked yesterday, and wanted to leave my thoughts/review.

[C/N]: Had a motor swap done at Wicked Innovation, the car is somehow improved in nearly every way. Magic?


My motor blew about 5 months ago and while posting about my troubles, Matt replied that he had a stock EJ205 if I wanted, and could do the swap for about $3000. I had moved to Massachusetts for less than a year at the time of the incident, and did not know any of the shops. But I found this thread, and realized that enough local people were vouching for the work that Matt and Tom did at Wicked Innovation, so I decided to go ahead and accept his offer.

I placed a small deposit to hold the motor, and started the slow process of saving up money for the swap. I spent nearly all of my savings on the purchase of a beater, because I had just started a new job, and needed to be able to commute to work, so that set me back even further. Throughout all the various delays (there were a few), Matt never gave me any grief over the long delay, which I appreciated. I finally sent the car to them on the 11th, and was able to pick it up yesterday, the 16th.

When my friend and I arrived at the shop, Tom gave me the keys, and I went out to start it up. As soon as the car started, my friend and I turned towards each other in shock and said "Whoa...it's quiet." My car, as long as I've owned it, has always been fairly loud. Now granted, it's been five months since I've heard my car running, but the reduction in noise was so severe, that we both remarked on it.

I took the car out for a quick drive down the road and again, something jumped out at me. The car's handling, felt extremely "buttoned down." Feeling weirded out, I parked the car in the middle of the street, had my friend switch to the driver's seat, and had him drive my WRX. He looked over at me and said "That's weird...it handles good. Really good."

My car is not a POS, but it always had its flaws. The car made a lot of engine noise, the suspension didn't like bumps, the steering had some slop to it, and the brakes had started to pulse literally the day before the motor died. But as we were driving the car now, five months later, somehow, they were strangely absent.

I confirmed with Tom, that all they did was the motor swap. He mentioned that they installed a new donut gasket as part of the process, probably responsible for the reduction in engine noise. But as I drove the car back home, I kept scratching my head in vain...how the hell, did my car feel so much better in nearly every way, especially in the areas that had nothing to do with the motor swap?!?! [The motor by the way, runs and pulls awesome Matt. I had that new car grin on my face the whole two hour drive home]

I can only come up with one conclusion: magical osmosis. Simply having your car sit in the premises at Wicked Innovation a few days, is enough to revitalize it.

So that potential new customers understand, I am seriously not trying to be funny or use hyperbole here, but my car literally "feels" different in a good way. I understand that some of it may be from having to drive a 2000 Forester for the last five months, and thus my body has become accustomed to the ride of that car, but still...I swear there's something going on here, something that I can't put my finger on.

Maybe Matt and Tom are warlocks on the down low, maybe the air in the shop is infused with horsepower, maybe they're mechanical messiahs, who can fix car problems by simply sitting in the seat. Whatever it is, my car feels great, and I'm happy to have trusted these guys with the work.

If you two ever need a new shop slogan, feel free to use this one: "Wicked Innovation: Magical Osmosis Happens Here."

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Old 02-17-2013, 01:07 PM   #181
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:37 PM   #182
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great writeup!
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:57 AM   #183
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lol best review yet


oh and I believe since my last review in here, I have had them completely swap my drivetrain (including having to pull out the built transmission shortly after, box it up for me, send it back to Andrewtech to fix something, and reinstall it), build my motor (with many less parts and therefore much less $$$ than I thought I was going to need), and retune it to now run a healthy ~26 PSI.

I hit peak boost around 3,600 RPMs, and my power band stays pretty much completely flat, all the way to the 7,400 RPM rev limit.


Love these guys and their work. And also, they now have a LIFT!!!!




I continue to drop their name to people needing work done, probably an average of once every other week.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:05 PM   #184
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Love these guys and their work. And also, they now have a LIFT!!!!
Yeah BUMP for their new lift. Their quality work just got even better!

I just had a lengthy discussion with Matt at Wicked the other day regarding my upcoming build. He cleared up a bunch of quesitons I had, helped me figure out a solid plan that should come in at a pretty reasonable cost. These guys will never recommend parts or services just to make a buck. It's almost like they treat every car that rolls through their doors as their own.

Now I just can't wait until all this snow clears (I'm not ballsy enough to drive the Miata in the snow) and I can take the Subie off the road for the work to be done!
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:09 PM   #185
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Hoping to have them build me a motor and tune my car, have heard ALOT of good things. Waiting on a quote from Matt and then the fun begins .
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:21 PM   #186
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Looking forward to dropping off my car to have a Rallispec long ratio gearset installed in my 04 six speed. The weather just needs to clear up!
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:26 PM   #187
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Thanks for all the kind words guys,

I figure its better to save you money on stuff you dont need, so you can get more of the stuff you want!

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Old 03-28-2013, 09:37 PM   #188
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Writing to say that Matt and Tom at Wicked are amazing! I've had my car tuned from Matt and I have bought several parts from them. The parts came in quick and the price was right. every time i have a question they get back to me very quick with the answer i was looking for. I have nothing but good things to say about Wicked Innovation and will continue to do business with them.

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Old 03-28-2013, 10:04 PM   #189
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Wicked Innovation is hands down the best shop around! I recommend Wicked to every subie owner i meet . Everyone there (matt, tom, jay, jimmy) are unbelievably talented!

Im happy i can say my car is Wicked built and tuned!! Im glad i met them a few years back...my car would never be where its at today! I have much appreciation for Wicked cant thank them enough
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:20 PM   #190
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WI, always a good decision
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:55 PM   #191
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Won't let ne body but Wicked touch my bug eye. Tom, Matt. and Jay are all great guys keep doin what ur doin
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:29 PM   #192
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My miata lost its Wicked virginity a couple weeks ago. The guys saved me a ton of money by putting some time and hard work into some rusty bolts and bushings M@ was also kind enough to drop off some parts at my house when I couldn't make it down to Wicked. No other shop treats their customers like WI.

My bugeye will be back soon for another trip to see Jimmy.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:52 PM   #193
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I just fabd up an undertray and intercooler air damn/director and installed quick release latches on the front bumper today. Next comes bumper fiinal test fit then (finally) time to see Jimmy for some much needed sanding and paint of bumper, hood, mirrors, trunk and wing, basically all the CF parts.
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:45 PM   #194
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First experience at Wicked yesterday.
It was just a compression/leakdown test to confirm if it was indeed a busted ringland.
Very pleased with the price. For not a lot, the leakdown test and at least 2 hours of one on one with Matt on 'what's next'.

Great group of guys. It sucked that my ringland is shot, but getting treated like a longtime friend, and Matt's ability to discuss 'what's next' at exactly my level was incredible. I can't wait to have them do pistons and a refresh...(And turbo!)
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:45 AM   #195
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Bump for best all around guys for what ever ur problem or dreams they make it happen

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Old 04-15-2013, 07:50 AM   #196
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Wishing I had stuff to put on my car as im 45 min from the shop for the next couple days.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:56 PM   #197
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Hey I was just here a month ago Brought my wagon in for Jimmy to roll the fenders and smoke my turn signals - he did a fantastic job. I also needed a wheel bearing replaced. Tom was able to do that as soon as Jimmy finished up. Turns out I also needed a new hub. Tom gave me a used and working hub for a very fair price. 6 out of 5 stars as usual!!!
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:43 PM   #198
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Ive only dealt witht hem a few time but always a good experience. I bought my invidia N1 there, matt price matched it for me!!! took my car there because i had a check engine light. Subaru dealership told me i needed to replace two of my solenoid valves to the tune of $600+ talked to matt and he said they prob just needed to be cleaned, cost me $80 and i got a tune while i was at it. saved me alot of money and made my car run alot better.... def recommend them to anyone, hopefully i can deal with them more and get some mods for my car
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:26 AM   #199
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A+ review for Wicked Innovation. I've been running a matt miner tune on my daily driver for the past 2 years. It's been close to 50,000 miles since the tune, Im at 176k total, and the engine feels healthier than ever and hasn't had a single problem. A definite improvement compared to the Cobb OTS stage 2 map I had been running, especially in terms of throttle response (no more rev hang on throttle lift!).


Well done, highly recommended.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:17 AM   #200
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Had my clutch and flywheel done at Wicked this past weekend, as well as a few other smaller repairs. The car drives better than it ever has, thanks to these guys.

A+ quality work, great people, thanks again.
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