Chuck, Although I try to do most of the work on my cruiser myself. There is a mechanic in Escondido who owns his own shop. The name of his shop is Alternative Automotive, on Rock Springs Rd. I don't have the # handy, but I'm sure It's listed. Owners name is Steve, give him a call, He is an ex-master mechanic from Toyota of Escondido. Eduardo
Behr at Sport Utility Motorcars. He is/was a Land Rover Master Mechanic at Pioneer and opened his own shop servicing most 4wd vehicles. Best mechanic I've ever dealt with...honest to a fault. 858-453-6234
DAMN next time I use google for directions I will have to read what is related, kind of funny though in a sick twisted way, I was just trying to use the map function honest!!!!!
As far as basic vehicle work, toyota lexus care it is the best option I have found in the area. They installed my springs (since I don't have a lift at home, and wish I had one when I was working on my gas tank) and did some diagnostic work that some of the local toyota dealers would not even tell me about when I was trying to trouble shoot error codes when my check engine light was on (don't ya hate vehicles with electronics, makes it so damn difficult to figure out what is wrong when ya do not have the right reader, service manual, etc.).
a few hours drive north of san diego there are lots of great places to pick up parts like "spector off road" and "man a fre" (well worth the drive if ya want to add a few things to make a cruiser more useful in the bush).
btw Beowulf what is wrong with poining out that in a majority of cases SUVs (stupid urban vehicle) do suck!