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Old 01-04-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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IMS Retrofit - in Bay Area, CA

I am interested in looking for a mechanic in the SF Bay Area who has done an IMS Retrofit using the LN Engineering kit.

I'm particularly interested if you've had this done and can relate your personal experience.

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Old 01-04-2012, 04:59 PM   #2
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Tony Heyer, Heyer Performance in Mountain View right off of the 101 and Rengstorff. He is about 8 blocks from Google.

He has performed a good 20+ installs. I work VERY closely with him. He has 30+ years of experience with Porsches and a TON of history with professional Porsche race cars. He has owned the shop for 30+ years and owns the building/complex he is in on Rengstorff.

We speak 3-4 times week when it comes to the late model cars and I regulary perform work for NorCal customers of mine in his shop!


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Please mention my name. He rarely takes in new customers


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Old 01-04-2012, 05:27 PM   #3
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Many folks- including me- have been happy with the work and service done by Flintworks. He did my IMS/RMS/clutch in Nov; no complaints.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:13 PM   #4
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Had my in-laws car done with Flintworks. He's done many of these and. I've heard good things of Heyer too.

Maybe worth contacting both for price comparison.

Just so you know some places charge well over $2500 to do this.
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I am interested in looking for a mechanic in the SF Bay Area who has done an IMS Retrofit using the LN Engineering kit.

I'm particularly interested if you've had this done and can relate your personal experience.

Many thanks.

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My personal experience here. http://www.babblers.org/index.php?pg=recommend&do=reviews&id=132
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I don't know the Flintworks guy's, but I do know a lot of people have tried them and bailed after the first experience, of course, you won't hear from those people.... but it sounds like they have a good online presence!



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Stumbled on this thread as Iím looking to get my parents Boxster IMS services sotjt be IMs solution. Are flintworks and Heyer Performance still the go to shops for this in the Bay Area? Also - given how many Heyer has installed - I was kinda surprised to not see them on the recommended list by LN?

In addition to Flintworks and Heyer, I am considering:

Modderman (Mountain View)
European Performance (Novato)
Pacific Motorsports (Walnut Creek)
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I had mine done at European Auto Tech in San Ramon and I highly recommend the shop.
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Alden sold Flintworks last year.

Tony from San Carlos German Motor Works has taken classes from Jake Raby and seems on top of things.

Whoever does the job, ask them for what diagnostics they carry out beforehand to see if the car - really the engine - is worth investing that kind of money in

Not sure if Jake posts his pre-qualification procedures online, but it worth checking into it
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Alden sold Flintworks last year.

Tony from San Carlos German Motor Works has taken classes from Jake Raby and seems on top of things.

Whoever does the job, ask them for what diagnostics they carry out beforehand to see if the car - really the engine - is worth investing that kind of money in

Not sure if Jake posts his pre-qualification procedures online, but it worth checking into it


Thanks Thom - yeah good point. Iím a little frustrated that no shop in the bay is approved to do the IMS solution. Iím sure many shops can do it - however on calling a bunch, they didnít seem too fond of the Solution due to the drilling of the engine and transmission casings.


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Alden sold Flintworks last year.

Tony from San Carlos German Motor Works has taken classes from Jake Raby and seems on top of things.

Whoever does the job, ask them for what diagnostics they carry out beforehand to see if the car - really the engine - is worth investing that kind of money in

Not sure if Jake posts his pre-qualification procedures online, but it worth checking into it
Prequalification procedures start on page 2: http://lnengineering.com/files/IMSR-Pro-Manual-03-23.pdf
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Thanks JFP. So I got a hold of one shop today and got an estimate for an IMS Solutions installation. I was prepared for $5k - donít know where I got that number in my head but I was under impression that $3k was for bearing replacement and $5k was for Solutions.

But I was a little surprised when the estimate for the Solution came in for $8k. Wow. . That didnít even include the RMS, engine case bolts, tranny seal, etc. Have prices gone up dramatically over the last year?


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I had my IMS, RMS, Clutch, Flywheel, Throwout Bearing, and a brake/clutch fluid flush all for $4900 CDN in 2016. Thats about $3800 US. Now it wasn't the Solution but the LN Retrofit. Even so at $8000 USD? Really?
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