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#1 User is offline   jeepcat 

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Posted 23 May 2003 - 10:51 PM

Hello again.

Reference my earlier post....I am now looking for a reputable shop in the Broward area to install a header in my 99TJ.

I live on the very West end of Pembroke Pines........so please don't tell me about a place in Orlando :jump:

Thanks for your time!

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  Posted 24 May 2003 - 06:42 PM

Tom,

I really don't know anyone in the area other than Broward PowerTrain in Fort Lauderdale (have no personal experience with them). They do drivetrain work and I'm sure they can help with the header. If you wish to wait a few weeks, there is a guy that I know moving down who know the ins and outs of Jeeps real well (from gears to axles to anything) who will be opening a small shop around Flamingo and Sunrise.

Btw, did you install the skids? Which ones did you get and what manufacturer?

I pretty much have the major stuff done on mine, just have to finish some minor steering adjustments (waiting on part) and put the outside cage back on. After this I can take it to the corner to buy milk all over again. :2thumup:
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Posted 25 May 2003 - 11:01 AM

Do you have the contact info for that place in Ft. Lauderdale....

I don't know if I can wait a few weeks....sounds like my header is already cracked.....and I am tired of driving my wife's Xterra :sneak:

The diff skid from Skid Row.....the gas tank is a Tomkin

Thanks
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  Posted 27 May 2003 - 08:29 AM

Tom,

Broward Power Train
5300 NW 12 Ave.
Fort Lauderdale 33309
954-772-0881

Get an estimate first.
Jim

I just thought of another in Miramar but don't have the information or recall the name. This guy works on Jeeps but mostly tune ups, oil changes, does gears and might just do this. If you want to take a drive to the corner of Pembroke Road and Palm. Cross palm when you see the warehouses on the south east corner and take your first right. Go down that street and look the right. If he is not there ask the other shop owners around there and I'm sure they will direct you where this guy is. Have not been there in years, can not be sure if he is still there but it is worth a shot. :obsessed:
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Posted 29 May 2003 - 02:14 PM

Jim, are you trying to remember Joe Blanko? Howard would have his address. john

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  Posted 29 May 2003 - 02:38 PM

John,

Thank you for reminding me. Joe Blanco is another person that is excellent. This was not the guy that I could not remember. :obsessed: I'm glad you brought this up.
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Posted 29 May 2003 - 09:16 PM

You could also try 4 Wheel Drive Outfitters. Marty is a member of our club and his shop s off of Orange Drive & State Road 7. He does excellent work.
www.4wdoutfitters.com
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Posted 29 May 2003 - 11:08 PM

Joe just did my lockers and transfer case and he is very good. I hate anyone touching my jeep but me, but he did a great job. I highly recomend him. Check with some of us at tower shops and someone will give you his #.
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Posted 01 June 2003 - 05:46 PM

Broward Power Train.....is this by the baseball stadium up North?

That is a bit of a hike for me.....I'll try to look up Joe Blanco.

Does anyone here have a #?

BTW....what is a reasonable amount of time for a shop to swap out a header?

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Posted 03 June 2003 - 09:14 AM

I do NOT recommend Broward Power Train. They did some work for me and I was HIGHLY dissatisfied. Plus they WILL NOT let you in the shop to watch and at least in my case they FAIL TO READ INSTRUCTIONS. jdn

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Posted 03 June 2003 - 03:42 PM

Try Garmins 4X4. Ask for Glenn!
I have delt with them for years on parts and so far they have been top notch.HTH

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Posted 03 June 2003 - 06:10 PM

I didn't think it would be so difficult.....

Do you have contact info for Garmins?

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Posted 04 June 2003 - 07:50 AM

Sure.....
2840 North State Road 7....
They are just North of Sheridian Street.

954 961 0550

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Posted 04 June 2003 - 08:55 AM

If you find a good place let me know. I've asked this question on JU before... It's to the point now where I don't trust anyone to do a good job, so I use Marooney Dodge on I-75/pines. Not because I think they do good work, in fact I think they do pretty bad work in general, but because in my experience larger dealerships are easier to deal with when they screw up.

However, recent experiences with Marooney make me want to find another shop, but I just don't know where.


BTW, Jeepcat, where are you located? I would also describe where I live as the far west side of Pembroke Pines. I'm in Hiden Lake/Chapel Trail at the end of 208 st off Pines. My wife is due with our second kid here real soon, and after that I'm sure I'll be looking for excuses to get out of the house. :rolleyes: Maybe another idea is instead of going to a shop, get a few other jeepers together at someones house and knock it out in an afternoon? I'd consider myself pretty much a beginner mechanic (which makes me a master mechanic to my neighbors :lroll: ), and I've never done headers on a jeep, but I don't mind lending a hand. And hey, if we get a small group doing this, hopefully including more experienced wrenchers, it could help everyone. I know I'll be looking to do some work on my TJ at some point in the not so distant future.

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Posted 04 June 2003 - 09:01 AM

VTS,
Don't even get me started on Maroone..I have 2 Dodge trucks from them and there work stinks...
Trey to stay with a Shop like Garmins that knows Jeeps.
What kinda Mods are you looking to do?

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Posted 04 June 2003 - 10:34 AM

blevisay, on Jun 4 2003, 10:01 AM, said:

VTS,
Don't even get me started on Maroone..I have 2 Dodge trucks from them and there work stinks...
Trey to stay with a Shop like Garmins that knows Jeeps.
What kinda Mods are you looking to do?

Yes, as I've seen, Maroone work is crap. But as of yet EVERY place I've been to sucks. What is the Garmin's?? Jeep dealership? 4X4 shop that does a lot of Jeeps?

Basically the mods I plan to do are simple things like a small lift (probably 3" or so), and maybe some engine upgrades. The type of thing I can probably do myself over a weekend. But also the type of thing that can go MUCH faster with another set of hands, especially someone who has done it before.

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Posted 04 June 2003 - 11:14 AM

The reason I feel so strong about them(Garmins) is they have been around since I was a kid (native Floridian here). They were a dealership way back when and turned aftermarket shop in the late 70's-80's. I have not had any work done there but I can stand up for their knowledge and character. I have been working with Glenn for a few years now to get parts for my Willys 5. I swear he has forgot more about Willys Jeeps than I will ever know.

You can do the lift yourself its not really hard at all and best of all you will know the Jeep better than anyone.

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Posted 04 June 2003 - 03:59 PM

blevisay, on Jun 4 2003, 12:14 PM, said:

The reason I feel so strong about them(Garmins) is they have been around since I was a kid (native Floridian here). They were a dealership way back when and turned aftermarket shop in the late 70's-80's. I have not had any work done there but I can stand up for their knowledge and character. I have been working with Glenn for a few years now to get parts for my Willys 5. I swear he has forgot more about Willys Jeeps than I will ever know.

You can do the lift yourself its not really hard at all and best of all you will know the Jeep better than anyone.

So you're that elusive native Floridian living in S. Fl I've heard about! :lroll:

When I get around to it I plan to do the lift myself. But there are some things like some recent tranny and t-case work that I pay others to do. Pretty much if I don't feel I can easily get something done in a weekend, or it requires lifting the engine, or it requires more than one person then I'll take it to a shop. If it's something I can do on my own with the help of a Haynes manual (still need to get a shop manual) then I'll do it myself. I installed a BB/shocks on my ZJ with hand tools, but now I have air tools. :rolleyes:

I've been pricing 2" and 3" lifts today.. I'll probably end up going the same route as I did with the ZJ, BB with new shocks. From what I've seen and done around here (and hope to do MUCH more of), flex really just doesn't matter. I'm running 31's at stock height now and really only want the lift for water crossings and possible future 32's/33's. The price for just going to 3" is surprisingly high, and a 2" suspension lift, basically just new coils, can't be that much better of a ride than a BB can it?

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Posted 08 June 2003 - 07:56 PM

I have lived in Fla. since 1950 so I guess I am pretty much a NATIVE. haha.
Anyhow, my reason for replying is to tell you that SOME suspension lifts such as OME actually DO improve the ride over stock. I have the OME lift with 1" body lift and 1" MM lift with cam bolts and NO SYE and NO vibrations, rides like a dream and we COMMUTE to the West at least once a year for trail riding and I drive my TJ everywhere.
As to shops, there are several good IMHO aftermarket mod places, Garmins as mentioned, fellow at TruTec in Margate (name is Tim McNeil) is very good for ANYTHING jeep. He builds them for himself from FRAME UP restoration so he knows them well. Several people in our club are competent for suspension lift installs. I sure wouldnt expect a DEALER to know anything about this stuff. john

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  Posted 09 June 2003 - 07:58 AM

John and the Rest,

If you guys are going to recommend someone, please also post contact information as the readers are not psychic. :blink: :amazed: :holloween:
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Posted 09 June 2003 - 12:37 PM

Maybe add a "local shops to recomment/avoid forum?" Seems like the type of topic that would come up often on a regional site like this...

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  Posted 09 June 2003 - 01:16 PM

Vts,

Good reminder as this forum was already here. This topic has now been moved to the correct forum.

Maybe we can now post individual threads on each of these shops with thumbs up or down on the poster's experience. :tdown: :bluelight:

Please don't forget to provide location & contact information on these shops that are being posted. :book: :foot:
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Posted 09 June 2003 - 02:27 PM

Jim B, on Jun 9 2003, 02:16 PM, said:

Vts,

Good reminder as this forum was already here. This topic has now been moved to the correct forum.

Maybe we can now post individual threads on each of these shops with thumbs up or down on the poster's experience. :tdown: :bluelight:

Please don't forget to provide location & contact information on these shops that are being posted. :book: :foot:

Heh, I had tunnel vision. I was suggesting something that was already there and didn't know it!

Another thing I'd like to see in addition to experiences and contact info is the type of place they are. Mainly an after market parts place? Strictly a mechanic? Specialize in Jeeps? A place for custom (ie. expensive but good) work?

I'd even be interested in places that do basic stuff like exhaust work. I took my ZJ to a place that advertised "custom exhaust" work. I ended up with a flowmaster exhaust and an off the shelf crush bent tail pipe (which I was unhappy about after I got home and saw it). They would not custom bend or otherwise try to fit a 3" tail pipe, and they would not even touch the Y-pipe, I wanted them to replace about a foot of crushed pipe (crushed from factory, not actually damaged).

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