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Old 06-27-2012, 12:48 AM   #31
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Man, I feel for you guys... I've done most of the work on my Jeep myself, with exception to my re-gear and TrueTracs. The reason was more of a limited $ budget on my part vs. actually wanting to do the work myself. However the benefit to working on your stuff is you get to familiarize yourself with your Jeep and if something fails - well, then you know what not to do the next time around. The 1st thing I bought for the Jeep was a copy of the FSM. Additionally, sites like Stu's and 4x4xplor are excellent resource on turning a wrench. And as many of you are starting to find out, we have a good community of Pacific Northwest Jeepers who are willing to offer a hand, or their knowledge .

Unfortunately, mudb8 doesn't post and participate on this forum, so he may not be catch word of what's going on.

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Old 06-27-2012, 01:05 AM   #32
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mudb8 may not be, but Nik the Owner is on here. and if he is smart he would start contacting unhappy customers.

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I have been very happy with my gear and locker install that was done threw jeep west. I've just hered stories from other guys that had problems with them.
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Man, I feel for you guys... I've done most of the work on my Jeep myself, with exception to my re-gear and TrueTracs. The reason was more of a limited $ budget on my part vs. actually wanting to do the work myself. However the benefit to working on your stuff is you get to familiarize yourself with your Jeep and if something fails - well, then you know what not to do the next time around. The 1st thing I bought for the Jeep was a copy of the FSM. Additionally, sites like Stu's and 4x4xplor are excellent resource on turning a wrench. And as many of you are starting to find out, we have a good community of Pacific Northwest Jeepers who are willing to offer a hand, or their knowledge .

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I held a basic mechanics class back on June 3rd to teach people how to disassemble the front end. For the purpose of changing hubs, brakes. Also how to do field repairs to wheel joints, and drive line joints. Also showed how to reset a tire that popped off the bead. Had about 14 sign up but only 2 showed. Im glad I was able to teach the two that showed up, but was a big waste of my time.
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I held a basic mechanics class back on June 3rd to teach people how to disassemble the front end. For the purpose of changing hubs, brakes. Also how to do field repairs to wheel joints, and drive line joints. Also showed how to reset a tire that popped off the bead. Had about 14 sign up but only 2 showed. Im glad I was able to teach the two that showed up, but was a big waste of my time.
I wish I had known about that, I guess I missed it. But I would have showed up! That's great info to know! I love getting my hands dirty and turning wrenchs! Its what I do to relieve stress. My weak points are differentials and welding. My old boss described my welding skills as CS welding LOL..
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:26 AM   #36
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There was an issue the beginning of the year with Jeep West and some of the wrangler forum members. It was getting so bad that I was asked to step in as a third party, not involved, and could I get to the real issues and determined what the problem was, and can it be fixed or not. The wrangler forum members had agreed to a meeting with JW personal. I made contact with JW, and one would not respond back and the other had no interest in a meeting to discuss the issues. When there is finger pointing, he said, she said, I heard, and frustration, a meeting is to make sure everyone are on the same page and that there are no misunderstandings. However, when some of the involved parties are not willing to meet and get to the real issues and fix it. It is time to move on.
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Well I had enough of my gear noise and after a lot of thought I decided to call Jeep West. A number of people on here recommended calling him and giving them the chance correct the issue and stating that he had new techs that would do a good job. After a civil conversation with Nik he agreed to make things right.

I met with Mudb8 (Dave) and he spent an hour with me test driving and checking things out. He agreed that the gears were ruined and recommended replacement. Nik agreed to take care of it so I left my Jeep with them.

I will say the customer service has improved. He has a new crew working there and Nik has given me regular updates on the days promised. A big improvement from 6 months ago.

I have stated before I dont trust many people to work on my Jeep and leaving it with them was a very hard decision. I prefer to turn my own wrenches. Hopefully Nik will come through and change my mind. Time will tell but I am hoping to eat crow and post a shining review of their work.
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I trust my Jeep to mudb8 .
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Any chance anyone here has bought a jeep from Nik? I'm shopping!
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They have some nice looking Jeeps in stock. What kind of rig are you looking to end up with? What are you going to use it for?

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4dr rubicon as daily driver and wheeler. I'm looking at his 2008 rubicon....lots of extras...he's asking $34.8 which is $5k over kbb
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If its the black one I have seen it in his show room. Its a nice looking Jeep. It would definitely fall into that category of daily driver and wheeler. It has a pretty good lift and good tires. Lots of toys. Putting it together yourself you would be right in that ball park.
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Got it....pretty excited to take it wheeling.... I can't believe it's never been wheeled before!
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Got it....pretty excited to take it wheeling.... I can't believe it's never been wheeled before!
That's awesome!!!
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Got it....pretty excited to take it wheeling.... I can't believe it's never been wheeled before!
Nice...if your ever looking to put it to test I run the hardest trails up at TSF. Crusher, Airplane Hill, Waterfall, Rock Garden...ect. Or if your looking for an experienced trail guild to help you learn the skills need to keep your Jeep in one piece on the trail hit me.
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Thanks guys! Just moved up here from NorCal (wheeled many trails down there). Always looking for new jeep/wheeling friends up here!
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Thanks guys! Just moved up here from NorCal (wheeled many trails down there). Always looking for new jeep/wheeling friends up here!
Check out the sticky at the top of the Oregon forum. We have lots going on all year around! We would love to see you at our next meeting.
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That’s good news thanks for the positive update.

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Well I had enough of my gear noise and after a lot of thought I decided to call Jeep West. A number of people on here recommended calling him and giving them the chance correct the issue and stating that he had new techs that would do a good job. After a civil conversation with Nik he agreed to make things right.

I met with Mudb8 (Dave) and he spent an hour with me test driving and checking things out. He agreed that the gears were ruined and recommended replacement. Nik agreed to take care of it so I left my Jeep with them.

I will say the customer service has improved. He has a new crew working there and Nik has given me regular updates on the days promised. A big improvement from 6 months ago.

I have stated before I dont trust many people to work on my Jeep and leaving it with them was a very hard decision. I prefer to turn my own wrenches. Hopefully Nik will come through and change my mind. Time will tell but I am hoping to eat crow and post a shining review of their work.
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shewoolf, thanks....will check those out!

Re: Jeep West....haven't dealt with mechanical issues (hopefully won't, for a while!) but I talked to just about everyone there at Jeep West and they are all good people. David and Nik really know their stuff. I passed on the good things I read here about mudb8 (David) to Dawn and told her people on the jeep forum are saying great things about him
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Well I have my Jeep back. I have to say Dave did an amazing job on my differentials. Nik kept his word and made things right. On Nik's dime Dave replaced front and rear gears, seals, bearings..including the front axle seals...EVERYTHING! Dave found that the previous tech had dropped my locker and cracked the magnet. They replaced it. It retails for $1100. As mad as they made me they came through in the end and that says a lot.

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First off, sorry for anyone that had faulty work done through JW. Let me assure you that Dave was not there at the time.

Nick and Dave care tremendously about each and every rig that comes through there. I'm on to buying my 2nd Jeep through JW.

3 mechanics I let touch my jeeps......

Shane Fay- Mountain Air Offroad

and Nick/ Dave from JW
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I watched Nik blow up his rock crawler on 7up after talking shit to me about my Jeep. "I will show you what a real Jeep can do!" he said... Evil grin as he towed it home...
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Glad I got the knowledge and tools to work on my own jeep so I dont have to put blind trust into a mechanic.
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LOL, my lack of $$$ funds is my driver on working and upgrading on my Jeep. The only thing I did not do is my re-gear and front & rear TrueTrac limited slip installs.
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LOL, my lack of $$$ funds is my driver on working and upgrading on my Jeep. The only thing I did not do is my re-gear and front & rear TrueTrac limited slip installs.
I lack motivation now and im getting tired of my heep. Ive been trying to sell my Jeep for the past month. I want a diesel truck so I can turn my other wrangler into a buggy. Regearing is pretty easy. I spent around $500 on tools, clam shell puller, 12ton press few other misc tools and had it done in a day. Ive also regeared for other people as well. But no one wants to pay me to do it so I quit.
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The only thing I have had done are my gears. I do everything else.

I plan to build my own axles so I can learn how to do that as well. I trust no one!
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I watched Nik blow up his rock crawler on 7up after talking shit to me about my Jeep. "I will show you what a real Jeep can do!" he said... Evil grin as he towed it home...
Wow! If that's true hopefully he's grown up a little since then and learned a valuable lesson. I believe that is the biggest tool for men to grow up. Be humbled quickly by your foolish words. I know I've said things And soon regretted right after saying. That being said, he's always gone above and beyond to be helpful.

I do as much work as I can on my own. Sometimes I don't have the time, space or tools to do it all. Shane's the one that has done both my regear jobs perfectly.
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Well I have my Jeep back. I have to say Dave did an amazing job on my differentials. Nik kept his word and made things right. On Nik's dime Dave replaced front and rear gears, seals, bearings..including the front axle seals...EVERYTHING! Dave found that the previous tech had dropped my locker and cracked the magnet. They replaced it. It retails for $1100. As mad as they made me they came through in the end and that says a lot.

Thanks Guys!
So is Nik a good or bad Guy? Your last reply was negative when I said who'd I let work on my rig. After reading this I'm confused.
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Dave (mudb8) is the good guy...

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