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Old 07-10-2001, 10:25 AM   #1
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Default Survey - Subaru Tuning in New England

Guys,

One quick survey for you.

My mechanic, german car tuner, is thinking of expanding his services to the car tuning market and thinks that Subaru would be a good market to cater for, especially in the New England area (Springfiled - Boston - NH area)

The shop is located in Auburn, MA. I'm unable to tell you the name at this point since the decision has not been made yet. Sorry about that.

Since there is a lack of tuners in this region to cater your needs, this would provide an excellent opportunity for both you and him.

An AWD dyno has already been purchased and should be installed shortly. The dyno is from Dyno Dynamics (?) from Australia.

Since there are numerous vendors out there, what kind of products would you like this shop to carry ?

Cobb/APS or MRT
Unichip or Possum Link
Any other stuff you can think of

Any feedback can be posted in this thread and I'll compile the data.

Thanks for your time

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Old 07-10-2001, 10:29 AM   #2
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Hi Dave! If our buddy can work similar magic on a WRX as was worked on the little greenish hatchback I think folks would be all over it. Especially with a 4 wheel dyno in house. Just my humble two cents.
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Old 07-10-2001, 10:40 AM   #3
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Shh...
I want this guy to be our secret
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Old 07-10-2001, 10:42 AM   #4
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Tuning guy sounds good but Dyno sounds even better. I was hopping that someone in the local area would get their act together and purchase and AWD dyno. I know I would check him out.
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Old 07-10-2001, 10:48 AM   #5
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Default Please, o please be a Cobb tuner.

Yes, definitely Cobb!!!!! I'm want my Stage 1 kit, like now.

I would think that just by having a 4 wheel dyno, that he'd get a lot of our business.
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Old 07-10-2001, 11:06 AM   #6
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once i start making serious money, i'd be a regular visitor
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Old 07-10-2001, 12:10 PM   #7
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is there a bed room over the garage?
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Old 07-10-2001, 01:03 PM   #8
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Sounds good.

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Old 07-10-2001, 01:21 PM   #9
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If they got an AWD dyno, i know of MANY people who drive DSM's (At least 60) who would use his services.

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Old 07-10-2001, 01:37 PM   #10
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I'm down for it if it goes through.

pretty sure he could get the Audi/DSM crowd in there too.

decent sized market for a real tuner in this area.
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Old 07-10-2001, 07:29 PM   #11
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That would be cool! There's really only one place around here and he doesn't have a full shop.
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Old 07-10-2001, 07:44 PM   #12
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Thumbs up Subie Tuning

Thanks for the replies guys. I appreciate the interest.

I'll forward this thread to the owner of the shop and he'll take it from there.

BTW, even if he does not get into the Subbie business, the AWD dyno will still be there.

RyanC - you should never disclose someone who is working under cover You are fired.

How could you use my first name ! And what the heck is the green hatchback - whose car is that ?

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Old 07-10-2001, 07:50 PM   #13
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Did I say Dave? I meant Slick.. yeah, that's it! I was referring to the little one that can almost outrun a certain black car. And most definitely outrun a little silver one with speed waves on the fender
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Old 07-10-2001, 08:42 PM   #14
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my vote... MRT
oh, and please don't leave the N/A tuners out of the loop .
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Old 07-10-2001, 10:24 PM   #15
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COBB COBB COBB!!!!!!
That'd be great!
280bhp for 3k Heck I already have the money.

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Old 07-11-2001, 11:05 AM   #16
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Definitely Cobb. I am all set to have the stage 1 and 2 (maybe later) done. I am just waiting for a certified Cobb tuner in our area.

I think your friend will have a large scuby market. If I was him I would jump all over it. Does anyone see how converting your shop to tune scubys can fail?
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Old 07-11-2001, 01:20 PM   #17
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Wink COBB!

I don't think there's any way he could fail... not with all of us waiting in line in front of his shop for our stage 1 or 2 kits.

My car audio installer works in Auburn.. so having a cobb tuner in the same neighborhood would make me a very happy camper

On the same note.. who wants to try to get SOA to approve stage 1 kits so we can keep our warranties.. "Japan gets 280hp.. we want it too!!". hehe
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Old 07-23-2001, 06:55 PM   #18
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Lightbulb new Info on 4wd dyno

FYI,

I heard that a tentative date for the dyno will be installed on August 6th. There were delays because
of the availability of the engineers to fly from Aussie to the facility and do the training.

I firmly believe that the owner is seriously considering the Subaru market coz they just purchased a brand new WRX (blue) as a test bed. Coincidence .. NOT

Again, the name of the shop will be announced to the public when everything is finalized.
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Old 07-23-2001, 07:18 PM   #19
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I know who these guys are and have talked to them more than once before, and while they definitely are very enthusiastic and have some pretty big plans, I'm going to sit back and see what kinds of results they can get with Subarus before I let them work on my car. They do tend to promise a lot ahead of time - they seem to have the resources and skill to deliver on most of their promises, as I've seen some of the work they did on the VWs and was fairly impressed, but we'll see. My contact with them was brief - I stopped by their place to get a quote for some quick welding work, and while they never did get back to me with the quote, they did tell someone else that they had worked on a turbo Subaru not too long afterwards. But they sure hadn't worked on my car - just looked at it..

It could have been someone else, but seeing as how there were and still are a mere handful of turbocharged 2.5RSs in Massachusetts, it is somewhat hard to explain. I've spoken to them since and that incident is behind us, but I still don't wouldn't spend any money until I know exactly who does their tuning and work for them, and talk to the people actually doing the work myself.

Just my 2c.

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Old 07-23-2001, 11:27 PM   #20
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Unhappy hmmm

Alright I'm not trying to start any feuds here or anything...

But my car audio guru who works in Auburn has told me that (if they're the guys he's thinking of) they are hacks.

Since we don't know the name of the shop there's of course no way I can confirm this... but he said that the one he is thinking it is has some sort of ties in Northampton.

So of course there could always be the possibility that it's someone else.. and I'd be thrilled if it was.

But I dunno....
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Old 07-24-2001, 10:26 AM   #21
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Default Tuner Shop!!

The reason that we do not keep a lot of stuff in stock is because we are a small shop. The internet also kills our business. It is tuff because we have people that spend time talking with us and then they just buy from the internet because they can save 10 bucks or something like that. If people can round up stuff that they want I can get almost anything. I think we do more performance work than show stuff. You guys are thinking of Manchester motorsports. I try to kep the basics in stock for Subarus like suspension, exhaust, pullies, brake stuff. It seems that guys in CT are tight with their money. I must be different I have tried like 3 sets of 500-700 dollar cams in my SE-R. Come guy's. If I can order more than one thing at a time I can get better discounts and that helps you CT guys in the long run because I can keep stuff in stock. I think I have tried to be more than helpful but I guess not. Sorry!!
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Old 07-24-2001, 11:28 AM   #22
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I think we should keep this thread on-topic and not compare other shops here - Craig, I fully understand what you mean about most people not being able or willing to put their money where their mouth is, so to speak. If selling wheels and exhausts pays the rent, I'm all for it! If your shop were any closer to me I'd bring it by just so I could rent your facilities and perhaps get dealer access to parts. Most "real" race shops I've dealt with don't even give you the time of day unless you drive a Porsche, and therefore can afford to upgrade the car with "real" stuff - a very unfortunate attitude, but I can see where they are coming from as well.

In any case, I should point out that I'm not implying that this new shop is an all show, no go shop - quite the opposite, actually. I've seen some very fast cars come out of there. But they have no track record with Subarus, and I'm not willing to pay full price for the privilege of being a guinea pig, especially considering that their prices are not cheap by any measure. Very close to "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" territory. Plus, they still have no track record. I'm glad to see that they have bought their own WRX though - that's a very good sign, so I'm willing to give them some time to prove themselves.

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Old 07-24-2001, 12:40 PM   #23
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Just the Dyno would get my business. Cobb products would be good, or maybe even SYMS products. If he carries Sti, that would be a plus as well. Whiteline (yes I know Cobb carries, but better profit as direct dealer), KYB, ProDrive, BPM, the list is really too long.

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Old 07-24-2001, 12:54 PM   #24
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Unhappy Tuner Shop!!

Craig, when I posted that, I really wasn't thinking at all, I didn't think about the internet sales, and how hard it is to keep stock, especially if no ones buys it. I am truly sorry about what I wrote, I wish I had thought about it more before I wrote it. I am more than happy with your work, and the help you have given to me in particular. I guess I was refering to the fact that you didn't (carry) stuff like racing seats, helmets, and other "racing" equipment.

As for the all show and no go stuff, you do carry all the hondaesque stuff like that, but again I wasn't thinking about how hard it is to run a shop that caters to all car lovers. So again, I am sorry for bashing your shop, I really had no right to do so, you absolutly are one of the most careful and particular mechanincs I have ever watched, you cared for my car more than I do, especially when you did my UR pulley. So all I can really say is that I am truly sorry for saying that, and I hope you don't take my words as being the collective thought of the whole board. I am positive that people who have dealt with you, and spent more money than I have will say nothing but good things about your shop.

I meant nothing negative about your actual workmanship, or personality, I was refering to only the fact that you hadn't carried more racing equipment, so I should have worded my thoughts better. I can't say I am sorry enough, what I said came out really wrong, and its not at all what I meant it to be.

Hopefully you can understand that, and hope you can forgive my words. You are the only shop that I have seen in CT that actually carries Scoob equipment, and I want to come back without bad feelings.

I am sorry about all of this
Steve
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(edit) P.S. I have deleted my other post, I really was off base with what I wrote, and I don't think its fair for it to be here any longer for everyone to read. I really have no right to be saying anything here. I would like to see a tuner shop around with a Dyno, and the like. But comparing shops to shops isn't fair to anyone. Again I am sorry.

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Old 07-24-2001, 01:27 PM   #25
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Sorry - I haven't read the whole post yet, just the first couple. Auburn, eh?? I live less than 10 mins from there (but not in Auburn)

Cool...

Ok, now I'll stop being a jackA$$ and read the rest...
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