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    Who are all the car shops in Calgary. I need to know who's good, the not so good............etc. I want to spend money on my car, at a shop that know what it's doing that all. I think this will give myself and everybody a better understanding of what shops have to offer, good prices, good info, and best of all, quality work I want to hear people's experiences!!!!!!!!!
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    I've heard of Impressions, Tunerworks, RPM, Speedville. What are the others???????

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    Exactly what are you looking for? Each performance shop offers something different.

    A topic like this will just end up in shop bashing because every shop has a few grumpy customers
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    Originally posted by silenttype23
    I've heard of Impressions, Tunerworks, RPM, Speedville. What are the others???????
    Ghetto Hookups.....
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    everyone has their own best/worst shop. Your best bet is probably go talk to them and make a judgment for yourself.

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    Originally posted by LUDELVR


    Ghetto Hookups.....
    The best prices in town
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    Like everyone's saying, Calgary has a good number of shops. It's just that topics/threads like this always get outta hand so like buh_buh says, go talk to them directly and make your own judgement. Here's a listof the ones that I know of to simplify it for you, although you already know of a few:
    AutoDream
    AutoZeal
    CCR Motorsports
    Concept One (for veedubs only)
    Contemporary Motorsports
    Impressions Auto
    ImportAdrenalin (parts only I think)
    Joy-Life Electronics/Alarmtec
    Millenium AutoTrendz
    RPM Racing
    Speedville
    Tunerworks

    and I think that's it....

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    rpm has a nice new shop, never seen anyother shops but its reallll clean back there!

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    What are we calling a shop? Are we calling a rented office with a parts catalogue a shop? Or are we calling a place with a mechanic a shop?
    In my mind we have:
    Western Motorsports
    Ground Zero race cars
    Guyons
    Davenports
    Sports car parts place
    and thats about it.
    The rest of the places are just pushers of clear taillights and 18" rims, which does not constitute a performance shop.
    I wish there was a dedicated dsm shop in Calgary. I end up going to Renfrew Chrysler for most of the stuff for my car.
    Yes its a Plymouth and its paid for.

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    Originally posted by LaserRS
    What are we calling a shop? Are we calling a rented office with a parts catalogue a shop? Or are we calling a place with a mechanic a shop?
    In my mind we have:
    Western Motorsports
    Ground Zero race cars
    Guyons
    Davenports
    Sports car parts place
    and thats about it.
    The rest of the places are just pushers of clear taillights and 18" rims, which does not constitute a performance shop.
    And its begun......

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    He does have a point tho. But from what i know tunerworks does have a mechanic, RPM does as well, as does impressions and IIRC autozeal sends them to davenport? The only difference between these shops and the ones laser listed is that they don't have all the proper equipment to build a motor, but they could probably turn you over to someone who could. I am almost 100% positive that all the above shops (except maybe autozeal which doesn't have an install bay) have licensed mechanics working for them.

    Edit: this is not intended to start a war, i just wanted to point out that these shops have mechanics working for them, they just don't have all the neccesary equipment to do everything.
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    Could that possible be the criteria of a true shop then, can they biuld an actual motor, and do more than just sell you a sticker package, and some xenon bulbs.
    Most of the tuner shops are just way to honda for me, but thats whats hot right now, so thats what sells I guess.
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    Originally posted by LaserRS
    What are we calling a shop? Are we calling a rented office with a parts catalogue a shop? Or are we calling a place with a mechanic a shop?
    In my mind we have:
    Western Motorsports
    Ground Zero race cars
    Guyons
    Davenports
    Sports car parts place
    and thats about it.
    The rest of the places are just pushers of clear taillights and 18" rims, which does not constitute a performance shop.
    I wish there was a dedicated dsm shop in Calgary. I end up going to Renfrew Chrysler for most of the stuff for my car.
    So you need a mechanic to be shop? Then go to Canadian Tire....they got more mechanics then anyone

    Besides, knowing a Subaru inside and out doesn't mean you know a Mistubishi inside and out.....

    Hardly any of the shops you list have "mechanics", or people that would have a clue about imports.

    Western motorsports?? Yeah, if you are into Mustangs
    Ground Zero? Chassis only (roll bars)
    Guyons? Best chassis/suspension place in the city.
    Sports Car Place? MG's and British stuff only

    Would I let any of the above do engine work on my Honda, Mitsubishi, BMW? Subaru? etc... NO WAY.

    Most the above shops farm out their machining. Once you get a good machine shop, anyone can screw a motor together. From what I hear, getting good import machining in the city is actually hard.

    Running the dyno, I can give a BIG for Nelson and his tuning ability from Tunerworks. He knows his Hondata and others, and works fast to save you $$$ on dyno time.

    Sooo, there is a different "shop" for all your needs. Go to one for parts, another for machining, another for engine "building", another for assembly, another for tuning, another for chassis etc... another for Dyno time :

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    Originally posted by Toma


    Sooo, there is a different "shop" for all your needs. Go to one for parts, another for machining, another for engine "building", another for assembly, another for tuning, another for chassis etc... another for Dyno time :

    Toma
    Exactly. Not every shop can give you everything. I don't think davenport sells altezzas just as rpm doesn't have a dyno sitting in their shop. It's better for a shop to specialize in a couple of things rather then have them know a little about everything.
    You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.

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    Ya its almost compared to if youre a skateboarder and you can do 5 or 6 tricks very well rather than being able to do 100 tricks and it looks very sloppy and isnt very consistant


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    Originally posted by LaserRS
    Most of the tuner shops are just way to honda for me,
    maybe it's because u drive a laser.
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    its sad that subarus best performance support is probably the dealer

    maybe i should open one up lol...

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    Originally posted by HOK
    its sad that subarus best performance support is probably the dealer

    maybe i should open one up lol...
    See if subaru lachute will open up a branch dealer in calgary?
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    Originally posted by HOK
    its sad that subarus best performance support is probably the dealer

    maybe i should open one up lol...
    i know this isn't in calgary, but if you are looking for Subaru parts, check out www.pdm-racing.com My buddy Don owns the shop and mainly specializes in 240sx's however has a very loyal subaru following... worth a look...

    I've found that unless i'm ordering a "generic" part (seats etc) I can't find a shop here in town that can get me what i need... In fact, the only 2 shops in town that i've had a good experience with have been Contemporary and Tunerworks... I couldn't even get an OBX intake from one shop in town... 2 months later i got my deposit back... oh well, it happens...

    There is also a new place over by where alarmtec is called QuarterMile Performance... my buddy's neighbour just opened the shop... Its brandnew, so don't expect too much, but i have a feeling he's gonna try to do a good job servicing calgary's performance cars... mostly honda's though :madred:

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    Originally posted by Toma
    So you need a mechanic to be shop? Then go to Canadian Tire....they got more mechanics then anyone

    Besides, knowing a Subaru inside and out doesn't mean you know a Mistubishi inside and out.....

    Hardly any of the shops you list have "mechanics", or people that would have a clue about imports.

    Toma
    Nice one Toma, I couldn't agree more !

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