Installers: No matter where you are, where do you go? (1 Viewer)

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I'd like to see if I've missed some thread on here to vetted installers... If you've had a good experience having somebody else fit goods to your rig, where was it? Have I missed something? I have friends all over, and they can't find vetted install teams. IS there a list I've missed? Asking for some friends...
 
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Installing what? Gears? Racks? Armor? Headgasket? Cupholders?
Let's say, the whole lot... MUD offers a lot of information to all sorts of folks... and suggestions from experienced owners offers an enormous resource to the newbies. I sought out a good team myself in PDX, Willamette Garage (Though I hear it's done, boo) and I'd happily return to them for any/all sorts of installs. MUD is a data resource, could it/does it provide data for the country wide? Cause on a roadtrip, finding a vetted repair source or install team is a real bonus. Lemme know what you think...
 
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I will throw this out there based solely upon my reading of a lot of threads on here. Most folks will wait for/insist upon an Land Cruiser focused shop if they are unwilling to tackle the job themselves. We have @torfab up here. There is also @sleeoffroad , @OTRAMM , @SNLC. I'm sure there are a bunch I am forgetting (no offense intended), most specialist shops run a wait list, so if you're planning a road trip with an install, I would say to call/email before hand. Wow, captain obvious much?
I've seen threads for other vehicles where someone rakes a place over the coals for getting something wrong (upholstery shop not quite up to the task of fully integrating seat heaters into seats that didn't start with them). While the mud community may be able to point you to a good exhaust shop, don't then make the exhaust shop try and install a dual battery system. What the hell am I trying to say? Just make sure you and the shop are in agreement about scope of work before anything gets taken apart.
 

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This is a great question, and I'm assuming a lot of shops open and don't make it because they don't have enough loyal customers that help prop them up. I'm still in business because my customers have stuck with me even though I have long wait-lists. We are very fortunate for that, because without our customers support we wouldn't be here.

To talk to your other question about servicing your truck when on a trip, this is a huge point for our shop. First off we take phone calls when a customer is on a road trip and we help them find a shop for repairs. Secondly, we make sure that everything we install, create, convert, and build is fully serviceable in any area. One example of this is that we stopped our cummins R2.8 program even after tens of thousands of R&D because their promise of parts availability and knowledge support didn't meet our core expectation.

The mud vendor map is a good place to start, I see you're in Oregon which has a lot of good mud vendors to choose from for all kinds of stuff.

Hope that helps
 

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I believe there is a thread somewhere about reccomended shops in each state........
 
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This is a great question, and I'm assuming a lot of shops open and don't make it because they don't have enough loyal customers that help prop them up. I'm still in business because my customers have stuck with me even though I have long wait-lists. We are very fortunate for that, because without our customers support we wouldn't be here.

To talk to your other question about servicing your truck when on a trip, this is a huge point for our shop. First off we take phone calls when a customer is on a road trip and we help them find a shop for repairs. Secondly, we make sure that everything we install, create, convert, and build is fully serviceable in any area. One example of this is that we stopped our cummins R2.8 program even after tens of thousands of R&D because their promise of parts availability and knowledge support didn't meet our core expectation.

The mud vendor map is a good place to start, I see you're in Oregon which has a lot of good mud vendors to choose from for all kinds of stuff.

Hope that helps
Totally helps, and your reputation as an excellent shop precedes you!
 
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Fricken BOOM! That's what I was lookin' for! Thanks all who were here! And thank MUD!
 
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Click THIS. It is a spreadsheet done by @esoniat I believe. It is a way more current and accurate/efficient way to find a shop. The thread mentioned above was started in 2010 so not the most current thing out there but this spreadsheet was acquired from that thread.
 

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