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Old 01-15-2013, 09:45 AM   #21
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S2 Dynamics is formerly Pro Imports, with not the greatest rep around here. Hit or miss.
Good to know. If I'm going to spend the money, I better get my monies worth.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:16 AM   #23
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So, after some searching around, I looked at 3 different places. Atspeed, RRT and Piper Motorsports. I chose to go with Piper Motorsports because of the
1. Price
2. Customer service
3. Willingness to listen to my subframe trunk brace idea
4. Their experience with this particular issue
5. The fact that they built the Franken M3

They quoted me $1698 for repair, reinforcement, subframe\diff\RTAB bushing install. The trunk brace would be extra (as I expected) but not much.

I've heard RRT has a good rep, but honestly after communicating with them, they need to work on people skills a bit. Atspeed seemed to not really care since they didnt really bother to follow up.

Drove up to the shop at Piper Motorsports on saturday (they dont work weekends and were completely willing to work around my schedule) and dropped off the car. They took a quick look before I left, gave me a quick run down and what to expect. Now im just waiting for them to send me pictures of the complete damage since they'll be starting on it today.
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Thats the impression they gave off.
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Awesome, good luck! I am sure you will update this thread when you have the final result
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So who wants to see the damage?! I know I did....So Robbie at Piper Motorsports made sure to send me quite a few pictures so I knew what the car was going to undergo lol.

Here they are!


Btw, I nearly **** myself realizing the dealer had sold me a deathtrap....JAG might just be getting involved.
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My thoughts exactly lol
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My thoughts exactly lol
Sorry to hear man... Glad its getting all fixed up.. Anyways i work on Andrews as well and we should meet up sometime.. There is a BBQ on 30 Mar at Ft Meade if you want to tag along.. Let me know..
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Here's some of the progress made last week. Apparently they had to use chains and straps to pull the chassis back together to weld it all up. I should be getting the car back this upcoming weekend hopefully, so if they dont sent me any mor pics before I get it back, Ill just take some myself.
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did they add to the cost at all? That looks like a lot of extra work
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did they add to the cost at all? That looks like a lot of extra work
Yea, it did ad to the cost. It about doubled it. BUT, after seeing the damage myself, nobody would have done the repair for less than what they quoted me. And if I found someone that would, I wouldn't trust it at all. I got an Email this morning from them saying that all the repair work was done and that they were in the sealing\painting and re-assembly so i should have the car back tomorrow afternoon!
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Are you going to go back to the dealer who sold you the car, with these photos?
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Are you going to go back to the dealer who sold you the car, with these photos?
I want to. Just have to figure out the right way to go about it and the legalities of it. I'm not from VA or MD so I don't really know the laws on this kinda stuff.
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Here's an update of the subframe repair with reinforcements. I took the idea of the trunk brace from PITT M3 RR in his thread here http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...4#post15179504

although its modified, credit is due to him since his work sprouted the idea.
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What in the....oh my GOD!!!! WOW.

Also, Mason Engineering sells something somewhat similar to what you had made. It doesn't tie in the rear floor as much but does help transfer the subframe loads off that weak piece of floor sheetmetal

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that build up of welded metal they did in those pictures is exponentially better than the Mason bar IMO. You can definitely rest easier knowing a shop like Piper did the job, they know their $hit...

Nice job!!!
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What in the....oh my GOD!!!! WOW.

Also, Mason Engineering sells something somewhat similar to what you had made. It doesn't tie in the rear floor as much but does help transfer the subframe loads off that weak piece of floor sheetmetal

They actually have their own design (which is much like the mason bar) in their track car. The main thing I didnt like about it was the lack of contact points on the thin sheet metal. That and the mason bar cuts off quite a bit of room in the already small trunk hah

They were extremely cool about my design. I showed them what I liked and why I liked it and asked for feedback on the design, and they liked it as well. They gave me some advice on how to make it just a bit strong. They incorporated they're own knowledge of this sort of thing while still sticking mostly to my design. Ill take some pics of it today since I have the call back.
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that build up of welded metal they did in those pictures is exponentially better than the Mason bar IMO. You can definitely rest easier knowing a shop like Piper did the job, they know their $hit...

Nice job!!!
man, they took a video of the trunk floor and how much it flexed when it was under load before they started working on it. the cracks on the frame rails flexed so much down that you could literally almost put two fists through it. I asked them to upload it to youtube, so I'll see if they do and try to find it.
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