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Old 07-08-2014, 04:23 PM   #1
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Watch Out for This Mechanic

Recently I went to a mechanic in Simi Valley, and had a less than satisfactory encounter with him. The shops name is American Off-road and Repair. I had a simple repair, torn rear track bar bracket, and he was attempting to charge $1500 for this repair. He seemed to be a very shady guy And his hourly rate and part prices didn't add up to even half the price he estimated. He was recommended to me twice so I thought I should let people in the Los Angeles area know to be cautious if planning to use him

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Old 07-08-2014, 05:50 PM   #2
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That must be a really tough job. I'd think a bracket repair (replacement) wouldn't go over $150. A friend built one for me, and only charged me $15 for the steel he used making it.

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That must be a really tough job. I'd think a bracket repair (replacement) wouldn't go over $150. A friend built one for me, and only charged me $15 for the steel he used making it.
that is why I'm warning people about him he seemed to be trying to force me to buy parts that I didn't need, then when I questioned him he told me I would never be happy and that I should just pick up my jeep from his shop
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I trust you did exactly that...........AAA, please go save my toy

If he starts acting stupid, call the bureau of automotive repair. They have nothing else to do.
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I trust you did exactly that...........AAA, please go save my toy
aha exactly
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:29 AM   #6
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Dude, sorry you had that kind of experience with 'em. Shouldn't have been that way but thanks for the heads up. Only other people I can think in that area is gen-right but don't know what kind of drive that would be for ya.
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:12 PM   #7
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I use to live in Simi a few years back but never heard of the shop you went to. I have dealt with Genright as well as a few friends and never had a problem. Keep your blinders on and hold you wallet, they have a lot of very cool stuff there.
Also can recommend Jim at JC Fab in Sylmar (if he's still there)
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I am curious to hear about what all is messed up for a $1500 repair.
I am also curious how you tear a rear trac bar bracket in the first place.

Obviously if it was torn you may have other issues going on back there. It may not be a simple fix to not only repair the bracket but also fix whatever is wrong that cause the bracket to be torn in the first place.

It might be super simple to weld it back on and send you down the road but if you don't fix the problem causing it then you are just going to have it tear again.... not trying to justify the $1500 repair but I can completely understand a shop telling you to pound sand if you just wanted to weld the bracket back on without fixing the problem. (if this is the case).


GenRight has been used by a buddy of mine and he was happy with the results.

I would shop around and get a few quotes on fixing the bracket and fixing what caused the bracket to tear off.


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1500.00, hahaha. That better include replacing the rear housing for that price. Good job getting out of there.

A lot of unknowing guys just dump their JKs off at shops nowadays and spend thousands on a whim. I'm sure he figured you might be one of those guys. I'm sure you weren't the first and won't be the last. I'm sure you helped others here with the post.
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Can ya post picsof the damaged area.
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How old and miles on your Jeep, bud? A guy I was looking at purchasing a low mileage D44, before I got a D60, told me he dealt with dealer take offs for the exact problem you have. The dealers were covering torn brackets by replacing the rear ends minus axle shafts. Not sure if you'd be covered I'm just going off what the guy told me. I questioned why he had so many low mileage d44s, with torn tb brackets.

Otherwise I'd say 150.00 tops to reweld it and pay a little extra and buy a tb bracket from Teraflex or similiar and be done.
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:44 PM   #12
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Blackstone Jeep in Santa Clarita is an honest shop. I had them install my Metal Cloak lift and other items w/o issues. I also had him fix my jeep after Travis from Brute4ce broke my jeep and dismissed it as not his fault.
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Gwobble may be the same guy I went on a run with earlier this year up Pilot Rock. He had a stock JKU with a new 4in lift and the stock rear track bar. The extra height on the suspension ripped off the track bar mount on the axel when it flexed. I would have thought that the guy I went with would have fixed it by now; he couldn’t drive it at all. He used a tie strap just to keep the axel centered under the vehicle. Easy fix I would think, many manufactures make a bolt on mount that is taller so that the stock track bar can be used. I would think that this would fix it. I have an OME lift on my JKU with a bolt on track bar “tower” although it does use one of the stock holes if I remember correctly.
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I am curious to hear about what all is messed up for a $1500 repair. I am also curious how you tear a rear trac bar bracket in the first place. Obviously if it was torn you may have other issues going on back there. It may not be a simple fix to not only repair the bracket but also fix whatever is wrong that cause the bracket to be torn in the first place. It might be super simple to weld it back on and send you down the road but if you don't fix the problem causing it then you are just going to have it tear again.... not trying to justify the $1500 repair but I can completely understand a shop telling you to pound sand if you just wanted to weld the bracket back on without fixing the problem. (if this is the case). GenRight has been used by a buddy of mine and he was happy with the results. I would shop around and get a few quotes on fixing the bracket and fixing what caused the bracket to tear off. _
i have a stock rear track bar bracket, but have a 4" lift, that causes a lot of stress on such a weak bracket, I talked to mike genright and he said its a simple repair. This guy was just marking up prices, he told me he was getting a front track bar rear track bar and he was going to fix the brackets. Parts were equal to about $400 and he said his highest hourly rate was 150 for something that is maybe a three hour job, his pricing didn't make sense when com pairing it to his ridiculous estimate
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Gwobble may be the same guy I went on a run with earlier this year up Pilot Rock. He had a stock JKU with a new 4in lift and the stock rear track bar. The extra height on the suspension ripped off the track bar mount on the axel when it flexed. I would have thought that the guy I went with would have fixed it by now; he couldn’t drive it at all. He used a tie strap just to keep the axel centered under the vehicle. Easy fix I would think, many manufactures make a bolt on mount that is taller so that the stock track bar can be used. I would think that this would fix it. I have an OME lift on my JKU with a bolt on track bar “tower” although it does use one of the stock holes if I remember correctly.
I don't believe we have met I haven't wheeled out there yet aha but yeah I bought a new bracket, it's weld on
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How old and miles on your Jeep, bud? A guy I was looking at purchasing a low mileage D44, before I got a D60, told me he dealt with dealer take offs for the exact problem you have. The dealers were covering torn brackets by replacing the rear ends minus axle shafts. Not sure if you'd be covered I'm just going off what the guy told me. I questioned why he had so many low mileage d44s, with torn tb brackets. Otherwise I'd say 150.00 tops to reweld it and pay a little extra and buy a tb bracket from Teraflex or similiar and be done.
I either have a 2007 or 2009 and it has 57,000 miles
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I don't believe we have met I haven't wheeled out there yet aha but yeah I bought a new bracket, it's weld on

Where did you go, and what did they charge you?
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I highly recommend FourXDoctor in Burbank. Mike is a really knowledgeable dude. He did a few brackets for me too at respectable prices and super fast.

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