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Old 10-16-2019, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default San Francisco/Bay Area shop recomendations?

Wondering if anyone has a recommendation where i can take my car (2009 subaru outback 2.5XT) in and have parts installed? Need someone who has knowledge of these cars who can take my car, swap out stock parts, install new parts and make sure everything is buttoned up and worry free when I drive off the lot.

Have coilovers, rear upper and lower control arms, and new wheels that i would like to install. Possibly a brembo brake kit + SS lines for all 4 sides and a master cylinder.

Thought about doing it myself however im not in a place to be able to let my car sit half finished and I know for me something like this will take me more than a day to install plus maybe more days to fiddle with the setup to get it right.
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:10 PM   #2
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Default San Francisco/Bay Area shop recomendations?

Hit Werkshop in SSF. They pretty much do mostly Subies. Ask for Andy Or.

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Old 10-16-2019, 11:34 PM   #3
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Old 10-17-2019, 05:51 PM   #4
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GST motorsports in Hayward
Auto HQ in Mountain View
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Old 10-17-2019, 07:57 PM   #5
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AA Motorworks in Mt.View...
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:25 AM   #6
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aweosme thanks all!
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:48 PM   #7
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rbms in hayward
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Old 11-19-2019, 07:33 PM   #8
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I've been to a couple shops in the Bay Area for parts install and tunes, but I now go to EQT in Fairfield. I'll actually take a day off work to drive there for the day as I'm in South Bay
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Old 01-12-2020, 11:35 PM   #9
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I also recommend GST Motorsports in Hayward.
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:28 PM   #10
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anyone know if these shops do custom fabrication? looking to get a custom axleback exhaust made. likely will get some ebay mufflers/tips but need someone to make the axleback portion so it can all bolt together.
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Old 02-14-2020, 05:27 PM   #11
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Try Golden Auto Muffler in Daly City.
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Old 03-19-2020, 02:05 AM   #12
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GST motorsports in Hayward
Auto HQ in Mountain View
Can vouch for Auto HQ!
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Old 03-22-2020, 10:03 AM   #13
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Any in the East Bay? Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, etc?
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Old 04-04-2020, 01:09 PM   #14
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TD Garage
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Old 10-09-2020, 08:47 PM   #15
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Anyone have thoughts\heard of Garage One Auto in Campbell? Thinking of doing some major engine work there -
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Typically, we use new short blocks from the factory for this kind of repair. We also send your cylinder heads to the machine shop for machining, and, of course, use all new gaskets, seals, spark plugs, and fluids when reassembling and installing your engine. This process takes about 1 to 2 weeks to complete and costs around $6,600+tax. This is our best recommendation and with this, you get a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty
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Old 10-10-2020, 06:29 PM   #16
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Any in the East Bay? Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, etc?
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Old 10-10-2020, 06:42 PM   #17
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Old 10-27-2020, 11:08 PM   #18
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I went with GST Motorsports in Hayward.

Cannot recommend Mike and his work enough. Solid guy, guided me through the process, professional, communicative.

I'll not be going anywhere else.
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Old 11-23-2020, 01:33 AM   #19
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In the East Bay, I highly recommend GST Motorsports and RBMS Auto. hey are both located in Hayward. Mert from RBMS used to work with Mike in GST, but now runs his own shop on the same street. They know what they are doing.
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Old 12-18-2020, 04:46 AM   #20
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Unhappy YIKES! LIC Motorsports of Novato CLOSED!

Dreadful news. My favorite mechanics shop EVER, LIC Motorsports has closed.

I loved this place; the mechanics were thorough, honest, and great to talk to. They LOVED Subarus. Kept my old 'preza going past the 2 decade mark, and they were easing my Forester into a groovy old age.

I broke the news to the old car ... it cried a little oil when it thought I wasn't looking.

Are there any other decent Subaru doctors in the North Bay/Marin area? Or will I be driving to Fairfield or Hayward for the rest of my Subie's life??
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Old 12-25-2020, 12:20 PM   #21
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damn why did LIC shutdown? I was about to take my car there for it's 90k service.

it seemed like they had a lot of loyal customers, lots of good reviews, my only experience was good, rent couldn't have been that expensive at their location in Novato(relative to marin prices).

The only thing I can think of is that they didn't install parts unless you bought the parts through them and I think a lot of WRX owners like to purchase their parts themself and either install it themselves or have it installed somewhere but they don't really like to buy the parts through the shop that's installing the parts. I don't think they marked up the parts but it's just one of those things.

I really assumed they were doing well.

The shop was in an awkward location, small and tight to get into the back of building it was located in, but it was really clean and nice.
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Old 12-28-2020, 02:33 PM   #22
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Default 5J's Auto San Jose?

Hey all, what are your thoughts for 5J's Auto in San Jose? I live in the Central Coast and brought my 13 WRX there for some tranny work. They were willing to pop open my tranny to replace bearings. Nobody here on the Central Coast would do that.
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Old 03-23-2021, 03:43 PM   #23
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Who is reputable for a 2017 Valve Clean? West or south bay preferable down San Jose if I have to. Just moved here recently.

Tried Auto HQ and took forever to get responses to voicemails and emails, they kept calling me by the wrong name and quoting for the wrong car once I did get in touch.
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Old 04-05-2021, 04:48 PM   #24
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GarageOne in SSJ or GST would still be my recommendations.
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