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I plan to have a Heico exhaust installed on my 2006 AWD V50 and wanted to know of any recommendations for installers in the Bay Area. Heico recommends Smythe Volvo in San Jose, but I was hoping to find someone a little closer (and less expensive than a dealer) to SF or the North Bay. They don't have to be a Heico dealer, but just a good reputable shop that has done performance upgrades. BTW, the Heico exhaust upgrade requires a modification to the rear fender skirt since I have the Appearance Package from Volvo.<p>Thanks!
 

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Did you read the installation documentation on Heico's website? If I were you I'd just do it myself -- pretty easy job, even with the saw work. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Heico Installers in San Francisco Bay Area (mlenox)

Why not drop Todd a line? His contact info is <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerouser?cmd=viewprofile&id=12349" TARGET="_blank">here</A>.<p>Unless you're very handy, I would suggest having a shop do this work. I did it myself, but it's a little tricky. And, every car needs some adjustment, etc. Here's a link for my experience (in case you haven't seen it): <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=52409" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=52409</A><p>[edit] Really, any good shop (not even Volvo) could handle this exhaust work. There's nothing specialized about it, you just need some care and finesse. Chassis work, I'd approach with more care, and warranty or electronics work, definitely a dealer at this point.<p>Tom.<p>
 

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Re: Heico Installers in San Francisco Bay Area (mlenox)

i went went to Smythe volvo to install wheels and springs on my s40. i had called around other shops but they were actually more expensive. i figured that smythe volvo is a safe choice because they install heico parts on a regular basis.
 

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Re: Heico Installers in San Francisco Bay Area (smartytai)

smartytai,<p> If you don't mind me asking, what did Smythe charge for the spring install and did you buy your Heico parts through them or someone else?<p>Thanks!
 

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Re: Heico Installers in San Francisco Bay Area (mlenox)

i had aftermarket (eibach) springs installed for about $430. total installation cost (springs, wheels, tires, alignment, etc) is around $650. I bought my heico parts through Stamford Volvo on eBay. check out their ebay store (userid: transatlanticmotors). I bought through them because I save on tax and s&h. they ship most items for free.
 

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Re: Heico Installers in San Francisco Bay Area (smartytai)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>smartytai</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">i had aftermarket (eibach) springs installed for about $430. total installation cost (springs, wheels, tires, alignment, etc) is around $650. I bought my heico parts through Stamford Volvo on eBay. check out their ebay store (userid: transatlanticmotors). I bought through them because I save on tax and s&h. they ship most items for free.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You should be able to get springs installed for about $300. Wheels and tires for not too much, I think most shops would cost less than $100 (guessing at like $40, actually). That leaves one expensive alignment. <p>I'm trying to remember the name of the shop where I had this sort of work done - they're in Sunnyvale. You might try posting on VWVortex (maybe the Passat discussion board) to ask - its more active and has more people doing mods. Thats where I learned about the shop I used.
 

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Re: Heico Installers in San Francisco Bay Area (GoBigRed)

if you do find a shop that is cheaper and still do a good job, please post back to this topic so i know for future reference.
 
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