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Old 17-04-2018, 06:01 PM
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Try this guy his name is Taige and he helped me with some air bag work on my C-10 and liasoned with the engineer who did the mod plate for me. He's good to deal with too.
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Update...Taige had a heart attack last year (all ok after stents inserted). No longer works there, he sold up to the other guys and i think they've changed the company name.
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Old 17-04-2018, 06:06 PM
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Thanks for the update on that.
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Old 19-04-2018, 06:33 PM
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Ok - so this is becoming a bit of a mission.

I have had no luck getting hold of the twice recommended engineer so far (Paul). I've emailed a couple of times and the shop phone just rings out as well. Not even a option to leave voicemail. Not a great sign.

I have called a few others - not a SINGLE call back. Amazing. Must all have a lot of work on, that's all I can say. Wish I could run my business like that.

I did get hold of one shop - run by Archie Robertson in Bayswater VIC. Archie seems to have done himself a mischief and is in hospital, but the young guy who assists with VASS assessments was helpful. Unfortunately Archie Robertson does not do site visits, so the car would need to go to their shop for approval.

This young fella said the ridetech gear "should be ok", explained the process and made some recommendations. In the end he said Mr. Archie signs off on it though - not him. So yeah....I took the kind advice with a grain of salt.

One fabricator I spoke with says some of the engineers like technical drawings, I've also emailed Ridetech for any technical data or product dimensions they could share. Scarey thing is I have done some web searches - could not find ONE single technical drawing for the 4link setup - or any of the other Ridetech gear I bought either (front control arms and turn turn kit).

Anyway....will keep persisting and will update accordingly.

Cheers.
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Old 20-04-2018, 12:44 AM
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Did you try Talk Torque ?
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Old 20-04-2018, 05:00 PM
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Hi Cluxford,

Funny you should mention Talk Torque (Bill Malkoutzis) - he just reached out to me on email.

Bill was the one who originally re-directed me to Paul @ Automotive Performance Solutions - simply because Bill was too busy.

Fortunately I have been cc'ing Bill in my attempts to reach Paul @ APS (without success btw) - keeping Bill in the loop.

Think he has realised I am having some troubles getting assistance and has kindly said he would call me himself on Monday to get the ball rolling.

To wrap it up in a nutshell - at this time - the only two who have been of any real assistance with advice or time are:

1. Talk Torque - Bill Malkoutzis
2. Archie Robertson Auto & Marine services - Daniel (Archie's offsider)

The only other one who picked up the phone was Jean @ Bonneville (but he does not do this type of work now).

Otherwise the rest have given me "donuts".
I have called multiple times, over different days to a few of them - they do not pickup the phone , or do not respond to messages at all.

Very strange.
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Old 22-04-2018, 06:14 PM
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Bill was fantastic with mine. Say gday when you chat to him
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Hi Guys,

OK - so another update.

Paul Bottomley from Automotive Performance Solutions (in Thomastown) did finally get back to me. He is the one that was twice recommended for this type of work.

He apologised about being hard to pin down. When I said I also called his office multiple times - he indicated they get 100's of calls a day.

So yeah - sounds like he is a busy boy.

From the lack of interest I have been getting more generally - I get the impression these VASS signatories are all pretty busy - definitely not short of work anyway. Something to keep in mind if you choose this path for your car.

Bit concerning is that Paul did say that Vicroads have made things a little harder with these sort of suspension mods. Sounds like this USA stuff now has to be tested for aussie standards.

Previously he could look at control arms and say - "yeah they definitely look thick/beefy enough" - essentially use his skilled judgement and give them the tick. Apparently vicroads do not allow that sort of thing anymore.

Not sure what that means for my Ridetech gear exactly, but I suspect this is going to be harder than I thought to get approved.

I am also fitting Fitech fuel injection. He said he would need to review and approve that also (including fuel lines).

I have a 700R4 transmission as well - that would also need to be approved.

So yeah - learning more as I go.

Going to sit down with Paul in the coming week or so - 1 hour introductory session to figure out a game plan. Will post on the results.

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Shan
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Following with interest, seems things are generally getting harder rather than easier.

Aussie roads? I reckon there are plenty of **** roads in the US that would put ours to shame.
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Following with interest, seems things are generally getting harder rather than easier.

Aussie roads? I reckon there are plenty of **** roads in the US that would put ours to shame.

Yeah, have a drive around the 'burbs of Detroit...
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