Next on our list of shops/company reviews is TF Works/ Stance suspension USA. TF works also known as Touge Factory has been around the S chassis community for a very long time. They have built or been apart of many magazine featured vehicles.
The owners of TF (Dave and Mike) both participate in Motorsports (drift, time attack, and road racing) which is important to me when looking into a shop. I desire someone that knows the struggles and stress of competing in order for me to leave my car with them. TF and Stance have been a part of my program from the very get go. One of the few companies to give me a chance to prove my worth. Although I am a sponsored driver this review will be honest and express my true opinion.
When you pull up TF Works you will usually notice there is always at least two cool cars outside. Rather, it is an employees car or customers, I just felt like you demanded to know that cool point. As soon as you walk in and down the entrance you see a rack of wheels in front of you and covering the wall plaques of all the awesome cars they have ramped up. It's a truly amazing site to be honest. Gets you all tingly like you just walked into an exclusive shop that you shouldn't be there for short lug nuts..
The show room is pretty big compared to every shop I've been in, lots of things to look at and touch from seats, aero pieces, and even apparel. The sales representatives are very friendly and unlike most places actually know what they are speaking about. If they don't know the answer they will at least attempt to find it out for you. It's nice not being pressed to buy buy buy as well. I can actually sit and hold conversations for hours with them even though one of the representatives (Nick) can't beat me in Forza but had this delusion that he can.
TF is also Stance Suspension's USA headquarters. You can take your stance coilovers to get serviced there, customized and optimized all in house. They also have a part of their show room displaying some of the coil overs that are on professional drivers such as Forrest Wang and bill Washburn' 240sxs. I personally feel that stance coilovers are the best bang for their buck unless you desire to spend 5k on JRZ or ASTs. I've personally run the same (if not faster) times, then similar TTC/TTB trim S2000s on ASTs and KWs with great drivers piloting them.
I did experience an issue that occurred on my car this year after it left TF and after talking to MIke, made them a lifetime shop to deal with. Instead of putting the blame on me or someone else he simply told me he will take care of it. He didn't have to ship my car from ATL to their shop but he did. He didn't have to reach me as soon as he saw that I had an issue but he did. That character of customer service is what makes me a lifetime customer, it shows me that they care about their customers and take pride in their work and if something goes wrong they want to go out their way to make it right.
So here is a quick pros and cons of TF works and Stance that I believe you will find helpful! I'll break it down from someone that tracks perspective.
-Real world advice from experience
-Fair prices on parts
-All in one shop, parts specialist, and vinyl design work (its proper)
-High quality work
-Can perform custom alignment And corner balancing
-Labor rates are premium
-Not open on weekends (which is common, but I don't like it)
-Great price for single and two way coilovers
-Great coilovers and rivals coilovers that are triple the cost
-Can be optimized to your tire compound
-Endless amount of spring rate options
-Off the shelf not valved for competition on R Comps
That's it for this week guys. I appreciate Tf works support throughout the years and I would recommend them to anyone that wants things done right and with great caliber. Any comments feel free to say them below.