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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-04-2016, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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CA shop recommendation

If anyone has worked with a shop in CA, preferably Bay Area that is familiar with our cars and/or GM engines in general, please pass on your recommendation. Thanks!

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-05-2016, 01:35 PM
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Blacktrax in Milpitas does a lot of work on Solstices.
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Scotty's Auto Repair in Campbell

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wholeheartedly agree there... but they don't work on modded stuff.

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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-12-2016, 10:52 AM
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They definitely will not work on modded stuff. What are you planing to have done?

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Oh... It's already done.

Just a few loose ends. I need help getting a couple things emissions compliant.
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What do you need. I just got my EFR turbo-ed coupe to LEGALLY pass ca smog!

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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-12-2016, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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who has a very good smog tech?

its an engine swap, so it need to comply with an updated engine year so i have to add a few components to satisfy CARB (and have it run better) and i also need a rock solid tune.

I have already visited the referee and have my to do list and i think it is very doable but it has to be done by someone who cares.

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Jeff, you built that badass LS motor... is that what's going in your car now, or are you swapping it out?

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It's in there, tucked in nice n tight. Just need to finish a few loose ends for compliance. It's a tricky game and most shops avoid the issue, so that's why I need some help from a quality shop.
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Blacktrax is very familiar with what a CARB-compliant V8 swap looks like in a Solstice.
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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-13-2016, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I saw your earlier recommendation. They are definitely on my list to scope out.
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I know this thread is a couple years old but, thought I would ask if Jeff got his car smogged and any info would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance -
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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 02:18 PM
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Also looking for a recommended shop in CA...

Took my coupe to the local "Silver Star" GMC dealership due to a P0443 and a few other codes... can't pass smog... So at the dealership, they had no idea what my car was nor had they ever worked on one before so I wasn't about to leave my car there. I'm looking for a recommendation preferably in Thousand Oaks or anywhere near Ventura County? Any help would be great! Thanks in advance.
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 03:08 PM
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You made the right choice not leaving your car there! I moved from Westlake Village a year ago and have had my car at that Silver Star three times and they screwed it up every time. It's funny they would say they have never worked on a Solstice. Mine was there for 6 weeks when they put in a clutch and two slave cylinders only to finally deduce it was a broken clutch pedal. Also had it there for the recall ignition switch where they broke my steering column cover and the pinion seal fix when they put in the wrong fluid.

Unfortunately, I never found anyone out there that knew much about our cars. I just invested the time to fix everything myself. Search the forum for your P0443 code. It may be a very simple fix.
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