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Old 03-30-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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Default Need some advice for Subaru repair shops!

Might be a thread for this so I apologize for not finding it . Using my iPhone -_-. Anyways I'm trying to find some good shops around town to put my car in. Trying to fix my engine before it blows. I think one of my valves isnt going back up so it's hitting a piston.. So any good places that do a great job and have a decent pay rate? I really don't know where to start so please help! Eek haha
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:26 PM   #2
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Retrac engineering
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:57 PM   #3
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+1 I'm going there sometime hopefully this weekend
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Retrac engineering
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:31 PM   #4
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Definitely Retrac Engineering.
I'll be there tomorrow for a consultation.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:36 PM   #5
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Retrac Engineering <- click for link
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:57 PM   #6
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Our shop can help you no problem. We are licensed, insured, and have certified techs in house. Feel free to shop around and check us for a quote.

P3 Import Autowerks
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:18 PM   #7
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just start taking **** apart.....i doubt the valve is hitting the piston it would have fallen out and destroyed that cylinder already. you probably have rod knock, unless your not getting compression in that cylinder then the valves might have an issue.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:19 PM   #8
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AAA Subaru and Specialized import=quality!

They've been open for years, not weeks!
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:22 PM   #9
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AAA Subaru and Specialized import=quality!

and they've been open for years, not weeks!
+1....
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:25 PM   #10
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I'm really not a fan of AAA Subaru, but Specialized I've always heard great things.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:41 PM   #11
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Conti Subaru, AAA the Shop and Specialized are all great places. You got technical training and serious company back up to warranty their repairs. Plus as mentioned. they have all been around for years.

damn it now I have the Shop's silly jingle add in my head.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:07 AM   #12
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If I had to take my car somewhere, I'd take it to Prodrive.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:07 AM   #13
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If I had to take my car somewhere, I'd take it to Prodrive.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:04 PM   #14
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just start taking **** apart.....
^^^If you have the time, this is the way you learn about your car.

If you don't have time, all the shops listed have good reputations and a couple are members on the boad. If you've modded at all I would suggest P3 or Retrac as they focus on after market performance
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:25 PM   #15
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I'll take mine to retrac engineering any day before I ever go back to conti. Retrac diagnosed what was wrong with my check engine light on the impreza. Conti charged me 100 bucks and said my oil was dirty. A week later conti replace and oil supply valve which retrac said it was two weeks before.
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:30 PM   #16
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+1 for RetraC Engineering.
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:59 PM   #17
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If I had to take my car somewhere, I'd take it to Prodrive.
no you wouldnt youd take it to Retrac Engineering
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Old 03-31-2012, 05:06 PM   #18
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no you wouldnt youd take it to Retrac Engineering
You obviously missed that.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:39 PM   #19
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no you wouldnt youd take it to Retrac Engineering
Just found out Taylor(coldfiremx) is with Retrac engineering. A huge boon for them in my opinion. Taylor has done some work for me over the winter at his employer (Quality Tune) and I am really pleased with his work. Superb worker and a honorable guy.

I knew he and Paul were friends from Kodiak. I also knew that they had worked on several projects together already but I was unaware that they had partnered.

Taylor has serious credentials and is ASE certified. That was always part of my reluctance with retrac engineering…the lack of an ASE certified mechanic, licensing, insured and bonded, etc.

Paul Carter has been a tough competitor over the years and is getting better all the time. I continue to be impressed by his ingenuity and abilities, on the track, as well as off. I know he is competent and keeps his own machinery running well enough to win events on occasion. He has taken broken down equipment and built some nice projects.

In the end though, his whole do it yourself thing…while an impressive effort…left me a bit wary. It can be scary trusting your equipment to a competitor. Not that Paul would ever do something deliberate….but the whole…stuff happens routine, if you know what I mean.

Paul has proven the dedicated racer is a better path overall. Now, he has proven the do it yourself path, along side some top wrenching talent, is another strong move. I wish them both much success with retrac engineering.

More choices are good for all of us.

See you fellas at the track.
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