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Old 06-04-2013, 12:20 AM   #1
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Coilover Install Shop in NorCal?

Anyone have any suggestions for a shop I could go to to install coilovers in norcal?
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:23 AM   #2
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Depending on the brand, I know there are two peddlers authorized installers.

Abel Chevrolet in Rio vista
Custom Alignment in Santa Clara (maybe neighboring city)

Other places are:
Synergy Motorsports in Fremont.
Force fed performance in roseville.

Those are the shops I know off the top of my head.
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I use Synergy with Borelli Motorsports as a fallback.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:54 PM   #4
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Synergy it is, thank you guys.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:30 PM   #5
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ive been calling synergy for the last two days...they dont answer there calls. Really Weird.
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ive been calling synergy for the last two days...they dont answer there calls. Really Weird.
Synergy has a 3 week backlog and is essentially one person. I have been in his queue for two weeks myself for a ton of work.

As I tell everyone, you go to Synergy when you want your car done correctly the first time. The owner knows he's the only real game in town and acts like it so not everyone will appreciate his approach at customer service.

After a bad experience at another shop and a ton of research you really have few options in NorCal.

Suspension & Alignment - Borelli Motorsports
Suspension, LS engine builds, FI, tuning, etc - Synergy Motorsports

Otherwise you are driving to SoCal for work.
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Anyone have any suggestions for a shop I could go to to install coilovers in norcal?
If you want to drive to SoCal there are several good shops, personally I would just do the install yourself and then get it aligned.
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Just spoke to Rick, he has a 1 month backlog so check out some of the other suggestions in this thread.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:24 PM   #9
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Rick (Synergy) does some great work. Took both of my Camaros there when I needed stuff done.
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:04 PM   #10
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Holy smokes, 1 month?!?

I'll give Borelli Motorsports a call
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:02 PM   #11
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Roger Kraus Racing in Castro Valley was recommended to me by Livermore Performance. They fit me right in and did a great track alignment for me. They said when I get coilovers to bring it in for a new alignment and corner weighting. They run NASCAR west so they must know what their doing. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again and I am a 2 1/2 hour drive away.

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Old 06-05-2013, 10:07 PM   #12
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I really don't get people wanting a (insert model here) performance shop to install something as basic as suspension components. Source the right parts on the internet and go to a shop that does suspension all day long. I took all my stuff to the local Big-O.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:10 PM   #13
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I really don't get people wanting a (insert model here) performance shop to install something as basic as suspension components. Source the right parts on the internet and go to a shop that does suspension all day long. I took all my stuff to the local Big-O.
Because a popular shop that hasn't been mentioned screwed up a coilover install. That and apparently Pedders has identified a large number of failed coilovers due to installer error.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:27 PM   #14
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Because a popular shop that hasn't been mentioned screwed up a coilover install. That and apparently Pedders has identified a large number of failed coilovers due to installer error.
Would this shop rhyme with new bait? Lol I went there to get my cam and header install and they did an alright job, I was getting ready to buy suspension parts and take it to them but if they're messing up I might have to go to synergy
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Because a popular shop that hasn't been mentioned screwed up a coilover install. That and apparently Pedders has identified a large number of failed coilovers due to installer error.
Wow. I guess I'm glad I've got low-tech lifetime guarantee koni's. I did have 1 go bad, koni replaced it and so did Big-O (at no charge even though it may not have been their problem). But it does look like the instructions for the pedders kits are a bit more involved than your average strut replacement... along with the warnings right on their sell page.

That said my general rule of thumb has been that anything that involves electrical/tuning, including just moving it to get to something else is when I take mine to a model specific performance shop. But what do I know, I drive a mustang.
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You are all good in my book =)
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:52 PM   #17
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Call the parts/service manager rich wilhoff at abel Chevrolet. There are none better.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:31 PM   #18
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What do you guys consider a good price for: coilover install, alignment, balancing?
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:38 PM   #19
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take it back, just install + alignment
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install is 6-8 hours (@ ~$100/hr) and alignment in the bay area was anywhere from 100 bucks to 290 when I was living there a year and a half ago.
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:02 PM   #21
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is it that hard for our cars, 6-8 hours?

i come from the honda family and s2000's took 1 hr!!
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It's much different. probably different weight springs. Do you have a coil compressor? I'm just telling you what I was quoted on my coilovers.
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:42 PM   #23
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^ thanks for the info!

Anyone have a DIY?
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:04 PM   #24
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Call the parts/service manager rich wilhoff at abel Chevrolet. There are none better.
I'm sure Rich at Abel Chevrolet would be glad to help you out! I come from the Corvette crowd (They tend to be extremely picky of who they let touch their cars.) Abel knows their stuff! They are not just a Chevy dealer. Their service department does all types of mods and aftermarket installation. On any given day, you will see tons of performance GMs on their racks. It's always been worth the drive to Rio Vista to see them.

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Old 06-13-2013, 11:49 AM   #25
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Thanks for all the help guys. I'm going to go with Limitless Motorsports in San Bruno since it's so close. They're also a wholesaler of BC Racings Coils & charges less than $300 for the install.

Hopefully everything goes well!
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