Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com
 
JDP Motorsports
Go Back   Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com > Marketplace > Vendor and Seller review / feedback / experiences


Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-07-2013, 10:11 PM   #1
Rabamaro
 
Drives: 2010 ABM SS/RS
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Prairieville, LA
Posts: 491
Unhappy My experience at Lethal Racing

Up until about 2 1/2-3 months ago, I had nothing but great things to say about Lethal Racing. I've praised their customer service and quality of their work. It'd be easier for me to post the link of the other thread I posted in rather than go over the whole story again.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=320916

Even when I started the above thread, I wanted to protect their identity hoping this would be resolved before coming to this. I've tried for over a month to get this resolved privately, however Lethal has refused to take responsibility for what clearly happened as a direct result of some mishap/error during removal or install of my transmission. Shawn told me that he would've never let my car leave the shop in the condition it was in when I sent him the photos and video of my bent input shaft. However, I believe that he honestly didn't know about it at the time my car was picked up. The vibration in the car wouldn't even be felt under 4000rpm, and he told me after the clutch install that they didn't push the car very hard. I filed an official complaint under the Consumer Protection Act last week with the Louisiana attorney general. We'll see if it gets us anywhere. I'm still stunned that it ever came to this. All I ever asked was that they stand by their 1 yr/12000 mile workmanship warranty, yet I'm the one blamed for the bent shaft after everyone has told me that it's impossible for it to have happened while in the car.
__________________
Vararam Tune CAI, Vararam Power Wedge, 160 degree stat, VMax ported throttle body, Ceramic coated ARH 1 7/8" LTs with X-pipe, Borla S-Type Axle back, MGW short throw, 3.91s, Ported stock IM, BTR Stage IV cam, Heritage Grille, Backup camera, UMI Performance trailing arms and toe rods, dyno tune
Rabamaro is offline  
Old 10-07-2013, 10:40 PM   #2
Muddflap

 
Muddflap's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro SS
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Longview, Tx
Posts: 797
Hope it all gets worked out for you
__________________
TSP 1 7/8 LT, ADM Race Cold Air w/ Race Scoop, GPI SS3 LS3 Cam, Powerbond UD, 3.91 Gears, GPI Posi Mod.
498RWHP/451RWTQ
Muddflap is offline  
Old 10-08-2013, 08:14 AM   #3
bhillakaiceberg

 
bhillakaiceberg's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 Synergy Green 2SS/RS L99
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1,418
Damn. I saw your other thread. Hope you get this worked out bud.
__________________
2011 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS/RS L99 (1 of 782)
10.83 @123.68mph ALL MOTOR SBE
Built by Me
bhillakaiceberg is offline  
Old 10-08-2013, 09:29 AM   #4
Rabamaro
 
Drives: 2010 ABM SS/RS
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Prairieville, LA
Posts: 491
Quote:
Originally Posted by bhillakaiceberg View Post
Damn. I saw your other thread. Hope you get this worked out bud.
Thanks man. I've known the co-owner over there for a couple years and considered him a friend. I know he didnt do the install himself. I know that if he would've legitimately known that something happened, he would've addressed it. I'm almost certain that whomever did the install is just trying to cover his ass or honestly believes that whatever happened at install wasn't bad enough to have caused the bent input shaft. I'm at a loss here.
__________________
Vararam Tune CAI, Vararam Power Wedge, 160 degree stat, VMax ported throttle body, Ceramic coated ARH 1 7/8" LTs with X-pipe, Borla S-Type Axle back, MGW short throw, 3.91s, Ported stock IM, BTR Stage IV cam, Heritage Grille, Backup camera, UMI Performance trailing arms and toe rods, dyno tune
Rabamaro is offline  
Old 10-09-2013, 01:53 AM   #5
BLACK10


 
BLACK10's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 CAMARO. 10.04@133mph, 1.4 60'
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Posts: 4,584
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rabamaro View Post
Up until about 2 1/2-3 months ago, I had nothing but great things to say about Lethal Racing. I've praised their customer service and quality of their work. It'd be easier for me to post the link of the other thread I posted in rather than go over the whole story again.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=320916

Even when I started the above thread, I wanted to protect their identity hoping this would be resolved before coming to this. I've tried for over a month to get this resolved privately, however Lethal has refused to take responsibility for what clearly happened as a direct result of some mishap/error during removal or install of my transmission. Shawn told me that he would've never let my car leave the shop in the condition it was in when I sent him the photos and video of my bent input shaft. However, I believe that he honestly didn't know about it at the time my car was picked up. The vibration in the car wouldn't even be felt under 4000rpm, and he told me after the clutch install that they didn't push the car very hard. I filed an official complaint under the Consumer Protection Act last week with the Louisiana attorney general. We'll see if it gets us anywhere. I'm still stunned that it ever came to this. All I ever asked was that they stand by their 1 yr/12000 mile workmanship warranty, yet I'm the one blamed for the bent shaft after everyone has told me that it's impossible for it to have happened while in the car.
Rabamro,

First off we are sorry this issue has come to this, but there are some major facts that you have not produced for everyone one to see.

There are major defaults that are being left out. The first is the issues that you yourself have brought up here previously here on camaro5. This begins when you state that you originally had and issue with a vibration that took place after dropping the clutch several times. You also state prior to Lethal Racing doing any work on your car that you have broke an axle, and driveshaft bolt(s) on your car while drag racing the car in which at the same time found evidence of transmission damage. Could a shock hard enough to damage an axle not also damage a transmission? Yes it can...
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showpo...57&postcount=1

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...04#post5795504

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showpo...11&postcount=1

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...20#post6826520


You have also had your dealership (again previous to Lethal Racing's work) REMOVE your transmission out of your car in search of a vibration. Is it not possible They may have dropped it? They were apparently able to re install the trans also with no issues yet the vibrations remained.....how can they re install it and not be accused of dropping it but we are accused?
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...36#post5787836


Next, you purchased a used clutch that was removed from a car with know issues. You were advised not only by Lethal Racing, but by other vendors as well that is was not a wise choice to install this into your car. You were notified that Lethal Racing gives no warranty for installation of any and all used parts.
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showpo...73&postcount=5

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showpo...73&postcount=6

Upon removal of your trans to install the clutch you supplied you were notified and were sent pic of your throw out bearing and slave cyl. The throw out bearing was completely destroyed and this is where the sliver of metal your dealership found and notified you about during the replacement of your broken axle. It had been damaged after the first instance and occurrence of a vibration. The pilot bearing was replaced due to it feeling gritty and as a precaution. I told you accidentally that it was the input bearing when I was asked later. That was my fault and it was a mistake but I was referring to the pilot bearing.
The clutch that was removed was difficult to assess due to the throw out bearing's balls having been sent ricocheting through out the bell housing over time.

The transmission was re installed and the clutch was centered before install by using a metal splined shaft that insures correct alignment. IN NO WAY WAS THE TRANSMISSION EVER DROPPED, HIT OR BEAT ON. At all times it stays secured to a jack by a chain and retaining bolt.

As you stated, myself , mike or shawn would NEVER allow a damaged part to leave the shop without letting the owner know prior to re install. It frankly is NOT worth the trouble, money, or reputation to allow any type of action to be hidden for future dealings.

We are sorry for this unfortunate turn of events since you have always supported Lethal. However in our policy it states that any and all warranty work MUST be done at Lethal Racing and again we offer no warranty on used parts of any kind that are installed ...for this very situation.

We also cannot be liable to pay for work that another shop does prior to our investigations of failures. If we were given the opportunity to inspect it first you know in your heart we would have worked with you and made it right. That goes for anyone we have done work for...
We were not given that opportunity to due so and we are sorry it would have been an inconvenience for you but we can not control that aspect of the situation. We simply cannot not go by the word of another shop when it comes to these situations. It MAY have been an exemption it we were notified of your plans a head of time and not after the fact.


We hope everyone carefully reads this response and understands the full scope of these threads and replys.

regard,
Nick, LETHAL RACING shop manager

Ps- here is the pic you were sent at the time of removal of your clutch
Attached Images
 

Last edited by BLACK10; 10-09-2013 at 02:05 AM.
BLACK10 is offline  
Old 10-09-2013, 02:40 AM   #6
yotaman96


 
yotaman96's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro SS, 2000 Trans Am WS6
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Portland, TN
Posts: 2,701
Sorry for the issues.

That's a very detailed response from Lethal and makes sense to me.
__________________
2010 IOM Camaro 2SS/RS manual trans
Magnacharged 2000 Trans Am WS6 manual trans
2015 Ram Crew Cab Cummins
yotaman96 is offline  
Old 10-09-2013, 04:58 AM   #7
Craig B
 
Craig B's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 1LE
Join Date: May 2013
Location: NJ
Posts: 610
Quote:
Originally Posted by yotaman96 View Post
Sorry for the issues.

That's a very detailed response from Lethal and makes sense to me.
X2
Craig B is offline  
Old 10-09-2013, 05:29 AM   #8
Bad Dad

 
Bad Dad's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 2SS/RS , 2011 C6 Base Corvette
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Naples Florida
Posts: 856
Quote:
Originally Posted by yotaman96 View Post
Sorry for the issues.

That's a very detailed response from Lethal and makes sense to me.




x3
__________________


SUICIDE BY RACECAR
Bad Dad is offline  
Old 10-09-2013, 05:31 AM   #9
motorhead


 
motorhead's Avatar
 
Drives: Stormtrooper
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Bartertown
Posts: 9,598
This is a very stand up shop that has a great rep, and from their reply above I would say good luck with whatever you're trying to get Accomplished on here and with the AG in your state. Sounds like you beat the crap out of your car and then was to cheap to pay the piper when it broke. Then only advice I could give lethal is to not perform work that you don't believe in(ie, installing used clutches)

I turn down work all the time that I know isn't a good idea.
motorhead is offline  
Old 10-09-2013, 05:41 AM   #10
SeaCompiler
...not a marine biologist
 
SeaCompiler's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 Camaro RY SS LS3
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Clarkesville, GA
Posts: 641
I have been reading numerous threads from different performance modification providers like Lethal and Jannetty and Livernois, MTI, etc for a long time and I would still have no reservations about taking my Camaro to any of them when I am ready. They have too good a track record to discount them over one negative experience even if it turns out to be valid, which it doesn't appear IMHO. Seems like your issue was present before Lethal received it.
__________________
Turbocharged with Huron Speed & Cammed 2XX/2XX/115/.624/.613 Cam Motion from Spartan LSX Performance, 25% PowerBond UDP, Ported TB, shaved heads, LS9 gaskets, chromoly pushrods, BT trunnions & dual valve springs, ZL1 spoiler, Strut Brace, ARP bolts, Skip shift elim, A-Pillar Gauges, FR Style 41 20X10 offsets Gloss Black, CAI, Cherry Bomb Extremes, blackouts, Lowered, Custom LS3 badges, C5 handle vinyl, VDI lambo doors, Hines hood vents,RPI fender vents, BlackVue DR500-GW 1080P Dashcam, Technostalgia Tail Lights, BB Stripes, KW 500W mono on 12", Metra Kit, Pioneer AVH 4600BT, LED scanner
SeaCompiler is online now  
Old 10-09-2013, 07:02 AM   #11
mlee
Charter Circle Member
 
mlee's Avatar
 
Drives: Number Twenty-Three
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Conroe, TX
Posts: 27,697
Quote:
Originally Posted by yotaman96 View Post
Sorry for the issues.

That's a very detailed response from Lethal and makes sense to me.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Criag B View Post
X2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bad Dad View Post
x3
X4

Quote:
Originally Posted by SeaCompiler View Post
I have been reading numerous threads from different performance modification providers like Lethal and Jannetty and Livernois, MTI, etc for a long time and I would still have no reservations about taking my Camaro to any of them when I am ready. They have too good a track record to discount them over one negative experience even if it turns out to be valid, which it doesn't appear IMHO. Seems like your issue was present before Lethal received it.
There's always another side of the story. Good on Lethal for providing all the info.
__________________
.
mlee is offline  
Old 10-09-2013, 07:50 AM   #12
dcoates18481
 
dcoates18481's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 CAMARO RALLY YELLOW SS/RS/M6
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Aransas Pass Texas
Posts: 569
BUSTED!!!
Bad Karma :(

BOO!!!
__________________
I LIKE TO GO FAST!

Lethal Racing Night Fury Cam Kit, Melling oil pump, C5R Timing Chain, Dyno Tuned by Shawn@Lethal Racing, Vararam Tuned intake, Vararam Power Wedge, LSR Tri Ax Short throw Shifter, VMAX Ported T/B, TSP 2" L/T Headers, TSP Cat delete, Borla axle back exhaust, Innovate A/F monitor, 471.7 HP/438.8 TQ
dcoates18481 is offline  
Old 10-09-2013, 08:14 AM   #13
Rabamaro
 
Drives: 2010 ABM SS/RS
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Prairieville, LA
Posts: 491
The vibration I'd had previously was from a friggin motor mount! What transmission damage are you referring to? My dealer had my transmission out 3 YEARS ago. Your shop is the only other shop to have it out. Your throwing totally irelevant threads out there. There was/is no damage to the transmission other than the input shaft. Anyone who knows anything about these cars knows the passenger half shaft is a notorious weak point. My best friend broke his pulling out of a Shell station a year ago. Also, I don't beat on my car. I've taken my car down the track a total of 5-6 times total in 4 years.

Again, I offered to bring you the transmission, I still have everything that came out of it, but you have refused to even look at it. For the 4th time, I could not get my car to you. I didn't feel it was safe to drive 90 minutes to you. This happened at your shop. A bad throwout bearing or used clutch did not cause this. How do you explain how 6 shops have told me that this CANNOT occur with the trans inside the car? There was also a thread about you warrantying work done in Texas. So I don't want to hear about not covering another shop.

You yourself told me that the clutch disks looked fine. If you or Shawn would've recommended that I not use it...I wouldn't have. You even told me you changed the INPUT SHAFT bearing when i asked about it 2 days after picking the car up. My car is a garage queen, hence why I didn't push it until later in July. What I can or cannot afford is honestly none of your business. I'm having paint work done now. I have the income. I'm just trying to get what's right. Your boss's last email to me took a quote directly from Ted Jannetty saying that the trans had to have been dropped, and pointed it towards the shop I brought it to. Again, nothing else was found wrong. The car was revved with the clutch still bolted on and no vibration. I even told Shawn that I wouldn't expect him to cover the cost of a used clutch and that I would just eat that cost.

Bottom line is that I brought the car to your shop, had a clutch that you said was good to go and new slave installed and my whole car began to vibrate when revved over 4k. It had never done that before. I know you personally did not do the install, but I was told that you drove the car around bit afterwards and didn't push it. I'm not saying that you should've run my car ragged, but I can guarantee you that you would've felt it if you got the rpms up some. I used to love driving out to y'all's shop and hang out with your team and check out some of the builds. If I felt it was safe to get the car out to y'all, I would have. We all thought my pilot was about to go, and I couldn't risk the long drive.
__________________
Vararam Tune CAI, Vararam Power Wedge, 160 degree stat, VMax ported throttle body, Ceramic coated ARH 1 7/8" LTs with X-pipe, Borla S-Type Axle back, MGW short throw, 3.91s, Ported stock IM, BTR Stage IV cam, Heritage Grille, Backup camera, UMI Performance trailing arms and toe rods, dyno tune

Last edited by Rabamaro; 10-09-2013 at 09:26 AM.
Rabamaro is offline  
Old 10-09-2013, 08:20 AM   #14
litle88
V8 Lounge member #2
 
litle88's Avatar
 
Drives: 2001 Ws6
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Burbank,IL
Posts: 6,337
Wow I clicked on this forum by accident this morning AND cannot believe it. How can you beat the snot outta your car (not that there's anything wrong with it) and expect OTHERS to be responsible for YOUR actions. I don't get some guys, looking at that slave and the way it looks so damn torn up is just horrible. Then you go to the dealer AND a shop AND get used junk. I don't get it, in this hobby (and a subculture at that) we must take care of ourselves. This hobby is frickin $$$$ and ONLY we know how this addiction is SO we rely on the manufacturers to build quality products to be installed by a quality shop and both rely on OUR word of mouth and its a cycle. BUT we must take responsibility of our actions and not point fingers. Even then NOTHING is bullet proof we just hope for the best and expect the worst.
Spohn fugged me with a DS and a Trans, many came forward and spread their feelings on Ls1tech about 1.5 years ago, I cut my losses and moved on.

This is what we do.
__________________
2001 ws6, 40k miles, Ls3 416 stroker, short block built by PER the rest by me. LPE Ls3 heads milled to 12-1 comp, FAST 102, NW 102, kooks 2", dual DMH cutouts, Magnaflow C/B, BTR cam + springs. Full UMI suspension.
litle88 is offline  
 
Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.