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Old 03-18-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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I am getting out of the ARMY soon and was thinking about staying up here and opening a performance shop. I would bring in an AWD Dyno, Nitrous fill station, Race fuel and try to stock as much stuff as I can so that people can get stuff local rather than having to order online and wait for shipping. Since it was brought to my attention that we do not have a AWD Dyno here in Alaska, that is a plus. I just want everyone's opinion and if they think it would be a good or bad idea. I would be looking at the end of this year for completion but would be starting supply in the next few months.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:26 PM   #2
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Please try not to take offense to this post, because I'm only trying to help at your request.

Based on your posts here, you don't have the requisite knowledge to make the business work. Try reading these posts for an example of every other time this has been asked.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...light=awd+dyno
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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...light=awd+dyno
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...light=awd+dyno

So as you can see, people have been asking the same thing for nearly 10 years, it hasn't happened because the costs are astronomical versus the potential return and the user base isn't here.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:28 PM   #3
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The market in Alaska really cannot support a successful/profitable performance shop. I wish there was another resource to bring up higher quality fuel, sadly that market is also in low demand.

Realistically, an AWD dyno would be nice here, however that one feature wouldn't be enough to keep a shop open.

These are all my opinion though, results may prove otherwise.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:45 PM   #4
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but there's really no shops in fbx other than diesel performance? Don't honestly feel anc or the valley needs another shop.

A lot of "performance" shops have turned into full auto repair cause there's no sustainability in just doing add ons and builds.

Just my $.02
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:31 PM   #5
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^^^ What do you know Rob? You only have a business degree.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:31 PM   #6
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:03 AM   #7
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Everyone that has posted so far has given you good advice...

but that being said alot of people said that same thing about underground and P3 and they seem to be doing well..
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:16 AM   #8
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Are you a tuner?
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:38 AM   #9
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Underground is booked till april. I'll be your first dyno customer!
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:45 AM   #10
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He was or may still a big honda guy i believe
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Old 03-19-2012, 02:42 AM   #11
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I am not taking offense to anything said here at all. I posted this to get everyone's opinion, knowing there would be alot of answers out there. Im not new to the auto scene and have no intentions of making this a car based shop, 4x4 trucks can also utilize this Dyno and some of my services. The difference in some of these posts are that I am not coming in here saying I am doing it or know someone who is going to. I am simply asking what everyone's opinion is on the subject this way I can make a better decision on whether or not to take a risk and try to.

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Please try not to take offense to this post, because I'm only trying to help at your request.

Based on your posts here, you don't have the requisite knowledge to make the business work. Try reading these posts for an example of every other time this has been asked.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...light=awd+dyno
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...light=awd+dyno
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...light=awd+dyno
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...light=awd+dyno
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...light=awd+dyno
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...light=awd+dyno

So as you can see, people have been asking the same thing for nearly 10 years, it hasn't happened because the costs are astronomical versus the potential return and the user base isn't here.
I am slowly seeing the cost issue, but in a long term situation this shouldn;t be too much of a problem.

In regards to "you don't have the requisite knowledge to make the business work"

I can not see how you can determine that based on a few posts. This is my first round with a Subaru so there's no harm in asking questions.

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The market in Alaska really cannot support a successful/profitable performance shop. I wish there was another resource to bring up higher quality fuel, sadly that market is also in low demand.

Realistically, an AWD dyno would be nice here, however that one feature wouldn't be enough to keep a shop open.

These are all my opinion though, results may prove otherwise.
Bringing fuel up here is no problem for me, I have connections with VP Fuel and have worked with them for many years now.


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Correct me if I'm wrong, but there's really no shops in fbx other than diesel performance? Don't honestly feel anc or the valley needs another shop.

A lot of "performance" shops have turned into full auto repair cause there's no sustainability in just doing add ons and builds.

Just my $.02
I do not plan on running a shop on performance alone, I also plan on doing General maintenance, electronics etc...

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Everyone that has posted so far has given you good advice...

but that being said alot of people said that same thing about underground and P3 and they seem to be doing well..
I do agree with everyone giving me good advice.

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Are you a tuner?
I have played with AEM, HP Tuners and The older S100 Hondata systems.

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He was or may still a big honda guy i believe
I am not bias to any make in general, I have the most experience in Honda, Saturn (yes Saturn) and Mazda (Rotaries). Hopefully Subaru will be next on my list These are cars I have tuning knowledge on. As far as actually building and working on cars. I have played with plenty different types of setups both NA and Forced Induction.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:48 AM   #12
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Personally I think it would do quite well in Fairbanks if it was managed well. I would be a customer for sure.
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:10 AM   #13
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if u got the money and maybe hire some of these people on these forums who knows their ****, i say go for it! i'll come in and support...

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Old 03-19-2012, 08:12 PM   #14
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I think you would do well if you have the goods and the knowlege. Since we have opened we have not had a single down day.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:07 PM   #15
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I think you would do well if you have the goods and the knowlege. Since we have opened we have not had a single down day.
Depending on how you look at it, that's awesome.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:23 PM   #16
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The biggest hurdle for you will be managment. Good management is hard to come by nowadays, and without it the shop will fail.
you have to be able to step back and look at yourself and see if you'd be able to manage the business well, handle marketing if your don't outsource, keep good records of everything and have HONEST books, as well as keep the customer happy.

I have always wanted to do this myself, big ol' pipe dream of mine. I know I could manage and market the business, as well as do customer service and inventory and blah blah. Just couldn't do any of the car work myself.. Haha.

the goods on hand would be the biggest draw for the shop.
Being able to see the seats, the wheels, exhausts, gauges, and what have you in person. At the store. That is what would bring people in.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:41 PM   #17
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its a great idea, anchorage in particular could use another performance shop. you will need a great tuner to make it work well. you also will need to prove yourself worthy...........
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:01 PM   #18
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Bringing fuel up here is no problem for me, I have connections with VP Fuel and have worked with them for many years now.
If you can get the stuff up here, the market would be very very profitable.
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