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Custom installers/garages in Texas

Discussion in 'Texas' started by bambooshoots, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. Aug 2, 2008 at 11:16 AM
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    bambooshoots

    bambooshoots [OP] Be a fountain, not a drain.

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    I did it again. Got tired of paying truck payments and gas and traded in for a 2015 Honda Accord Sport since I enjoyed my 2013 Sport so much.
    Wow, it's always great to see that a board where Texas has it's own forum.

    Anyway, on to my question:

    Where in Texas can I find a buisness that will install parts onto my Tacoma? I can order the parts just fine however I don't have to tools nor do I feel I have the necessary level of mechanical expertise to install parts myself. I asked several auto shops around town and they said that they will not install customer supplied parts; I'm SOL there.

    I am located in the Bryan/College Station area, however I could probably drive to Houston if a reputable installer can be found here.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Aug 2, 2008 at 11:19 AM
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    Fluffymonkey

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    I live in College Station as well and i've had the same problem :/
     
  3. Aug 2, 2008 at 11:19 AM
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    MotoXFreeStyle61

    MotoXFreeStyle61 Displaced Texan

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    I guess it kind of depends on what type of work you want to have done. i.e. lift kits, engines, exhaust, body???
     
  4. Aug 2, 2008 at 11:54 AM
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    bambooshoots

    bambooshoots [OP] Be a fountain, not a drain.

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    I did it again. Got tired of paying truck payments and gas and traded in for a 2015 Honda Accord Sport since I enjoyed my 2013 Sport so much.
    Nothing more than installing Bilstein 5100's and installing another leaf spring in the rear. Suspension work, I guess.
     
  5. Aug 5, 2008 at 12:00 PM
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    bambooshoots

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    I did it again. Got tired of paying truck payments and gas and traded in for a 2015 Honda Accord Sport since I enjoyed my 2013 Sport so much.
    Hey, I called around and the local Toyota dealer also stocks and installs Toytec lifts/kits. Been doing so about 5 years, so they probably know what they're doing.

    The guy I talked with was kind of an asshole saying he preferred that I buy the kit there but I figure they charge more for it. Cited something about warranty. It's the same damn thing, I'll probably pay less for it if I get it myeslf. I intend to purchase the kit from Toytec's website and just have Atkinson install them.

    I really hate going there. I've had bad experiences every time I've been there when shopping for cars.
     
  6. Aug 5, 2008 at 1:40 PM
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    Anthony San Antonio Detailer :)

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    i would think any "off road" or accessory shop would do them regardless if you bought theparts from them or not.
    unless theyre super busy and dont want to make their customers that bought from them wait to have parts installed.
     
  7. Dec 11, 2008 at 8:20 PM
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    Fluffymonkey

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    2007: Avid sliders, 30% front tint, Truxedo low-pro qt tonneu cover, aero turbine 2525 muffler w/ 8'' tip, AR25 Resonator, 16x8 Dick Cepek DC-1 w/ 265/75 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs, 2010 headlights, ome 884 coils with .5'' top plate spacer, OME sport front shocks, blisten 5100s rear, 2'' aal, locking gas cap, LR ucas, Viper 2-way remote start, afe drop in filter, Rocky locking bike mounts, gear chest, scanguage, pop n lock tailgate lock 2013: most things transferred over from my 07, 5100s @ .85 + eibachs, wheelers progressive aal w/ overload


    Did you ever get the lift installed? How did that go? We've bought six cars from Atkinson so i'm hoping they don't give me sh*t :)
     
  8. Dec 12, 2008 at 9:33 AM
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    Nothing a local mod day can't fix. I did all the suspension work on my truck myself (replaced leaf springs and shocks in the rear, and the coils/struts in the front).

    Take your time, get a friend, and its a pretty simple afternoon project, unless of course you need a welder.. :D
     
  9. Dec 12, 2008 at 6:03 PM
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    That always makes me nervous... My truck spends most of its life on the highway doing 75 MPH. Do you guys do something like a quick walk around to make sure that everything is kosher? (especially for the guy that spends most of his time drinking instead of wrenching)

    I want to learn how to work on the suspension, brakes, driveline, and the engine on my truck. I just have never had anyone show me how to do it properly. I rather not experiment with something that could cause another person to lose their life (or even my own).
     
  10. Dec 14, 2008 at 10:52 AM
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    I'm not trying to knock anyone's craftsmanship. I just get nervous about anyone doing anything to my truck. Breaking down on the side of the road is one thing. Dropping a drive shaft at 80 MPH is something completely different.

    Been There. Done That. Barely survived.

    I would much rather do the work myself than have the stealership do the work for me. The only good thing about paying them to do it - they are liable if it isn't done right.

    I am very comfortable turning a wrench, and I would love to do all the work on my Tacoma and my Jetta TDI myself. I just don't know who to trust when it comes to learning things from other people. Unfortunately, I have been burned on a number of occasions - from electronics/alarms, to driveline, to radiator, to exhaust, to suspension...
     
  11. Dec 14, 2008 at 11:34 AM
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    I did it again. Got tired of paying truck payments and gas and traded in for a 2015 Honda Accord Sport since I enjoyed my 2013 Sport so much.
    Yes, I did get them installed. Wonderful upgrade, BTW. Especially the Bilsteins.

    Went to Aggieland Automotive which charged almost half of what Atkinson's quoted.

    Dropped it in the morning and it was out around lunch.
     
  12. Dec 14, 2008 at 5:57 PM
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    Sounds like a good crew. Somewhere down the road, I need someone to show me how to replace brake pads (correctly). I know how it all works, but that is one thing I have never done myself. I know it is a simple job. I am just afraid of screwing it up.

    So, did you call the shop up and tell them about the loose nut?
     
  13. Dec 14, 2008 at 8:52 PM
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    i'm from college station too and ive heard good things about chops auto shop..think its in bryan..
     
  14. Dec 15, 2008 at 7:30 AM
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    Thanks. I will have to remember that. I shouldn't need brakes for another 30,000 miles at least, but I may just change them early just to be shown how it is done. :)
     
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  16. May 8, 2009 at 1:29 AM
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    Mod Days FTW!!!!

    if you SA guys are ever in need of a mod day let me know. I'm not too terribly far from there.

    As far as my resume in mech work, all I can show is my truck. Everything done my self (except for the 7th injector and fuel line tap). My truck is my DD, and FREQUENTLY sees 100mph or more, as it is also my weekend race car. both 1/4 mile and for autox. So I can't really afford to make any mistakes on an installation.
     
  17. Jul 11, 2009 at 8:26 PM
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