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Old 03-18-2014, 12:23 PM   #1
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Dallas/North Texas 4x4 shops & mechanics

A question regarding Dallas/North Texas 4x4 shops & mechanics.

I have recently purchased a 2000 TJ, my first venture into the Jeep world. I am looking to find a reliable 4x4 shop/mechanic for some service needs. I have read many posts blasting 4WP. And many posts touting Collins Bros.

Can anyone recommend a Wrangler knowledgable, reasonably priced, reliable 4x4 shop & mechanic in the Dallas / North Texas area?

I want to thank you all. In the short time I have been reading this forum I have learned quite a bit regarding my new toy/hobby/love/diversion.

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Three come to mind, but I'm sure there are others.

*Mike's Off Road (Haltom City): Mike's Off Road Accessories - Haltom City Texas Our Services - friends have used, highly recommended by them.

*Tribe4x4 (Ft. Worth): Tribe4x4.com | Custom Off-Road Fabrication - they've done installs for me before, very happy with their work.

*Baertrax in Dallas: Baertrax - never used but have heard nothing but good things.

Also, Screamin' Lizard in Bedford did my re-gear and I'm very happy with the outcome. I'd suggest calling all of them with what you want done to get quotes, info, etc.

Good luck!

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Old 03-18-2014, 01:48 PM   #3
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I've been working with Smith Offroad And Performance over in Carrollton. He pressed some bearings/seals on my axle shafts and will be doing some mod work to my front axle when I get the parts in.

He's a one man shop that does fab/gearing/etc, and so far he's been great to work with.
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Old 03-18-2014, 05:39 PM   #4
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Thanks for the heads up. Mid-Cities and Carrollton are on the opposite side of town for me.

Anyone ever use 4WP on Riverfront in Dallas ? I have an appointment for them to do a "look over" on the TJ this weekend. Their inspection is free of charge, per the service manager. Collins Bros wanted $140 just to do the inspection.
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I'd like to suggest doing repairs yourself, if this is an option.

I purchased my jeep from Collin Bros and they are indeed great guys.

However, repairs on vehicles can be easy.. You'd be amazed what you can do by taking a shot at it first, on minor repairs & upgrades. (uncle google and youtube are your best friends here)

Also, sometimes shops will "deal" with you if you purchase the parts on the cheap and take them to their shop and they sell you only labor to install. (I've done this with Goodyear on parts for a 4-Runner on a repair I couldn't do.) <-- this is rare, but some shops still do this.

I like hbgirl's advice, simply call them and leverage their own competition... Collin's Bro will fix for $x, can you, 4WP, do a better deal?

Finally, there's a lot of guys on this forum that will do back flips for a case of beer. (after said repair, ofcourse!)
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I'd like to suggest doing repairs yourself, if this is an option.
I agree. Before I got my TJ, the most challenging car repair I did was change a tire. I've had it about a year and I just redid a rear Dana 44 to install and am overhauling a front Dana 44.

Even if it's your daily driver, you would be amazed how easy it is to work on these things. If you ever have a question, you can always post up here, PM a local or Google it.

If you do have them look over it and want some feedback on if the repairs the list are easy to do, just post back.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:44 AM   #7
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I have been doing the repairs as needed myself. Very cathartic. One of the reasons I purchased the TJ was for the hands on, dirty fingernail experience. But being new to the TJ and all the quirkiness associated therein, I just wanted a PRO to look it over and tell me if they see any major issues that need to addressed.

I do know that the pinion seals need replaced. I am not sure I want to take on that job.

It is also reassuring to have someone like Collins or 4WP to confirm what I am seeing.

Thanks for the replies.
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mikes, baertrax, tribe, are all good places. I personally wheel with mechanics from all three. 4WP in fort worth isnt bad either.
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I am moving from the San Antonio area to Lubbock. Is there a jeep group/club that meets in the area?

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