These are companies that are sponsoring one or more of the vehicle builds you see here. These are also companies that have products that I would have used and recommended with out the sponsorship. You will never see a company represented here just because they offered me something free or cheap. These are quality products that you know you can trust.
You can find Toyo Tires on the majority of the fleet, and this isn’t by accident. The R1R is an absolute favorite tire of mine for cars that are built for the fun roads. For the daily drivers I use the Extensa HP. They have plenty of grip be it rain or shine, and seem to last forever. The couple of cars that don’t have Toyo’s under them? Well they just don’t have Toyo’s yet. They will.
While the companies listed here don’t actually sponsor me, they needed an honorable mention for one reason or another. Most of them are here because they offer outstanding customer service or products at a time when many others fail in one or often both of these aspects.
Rennwerks Performance, Inc 1070 Dell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008 While a shop that shows mostly European cars on their website may seem like an unlikely stop for “an 80’s Toyota guy”, it has never felt like it walking in. It’s not very often that I need help on the mechanical side of things, but alignments and tire mount and balance are things that I just don’t have machines for. I’ve had at least half a dozen different vehicles in for work, and have always been happy with the results.
Sadly they have closed, and I have no current recommendation for this type of work.
Techno Toy Tuning
4211 Business Dr #A, Shingle Springs, CA 95682
One of these most helpful aftermarket suppliers I have dealt with. When I first picked up the Hachi and wanted suspension I contacted some of the big name JDM companies to see if there was any way to order a coilover set. Even though one of them was showing exactly what I wanted on their Japanese couterparts Instagram page, none of the US branches could get their shit together and complete the order. Having never ordered from or dealt with T3 in anyway I was a bit hesitant to place an order with them, but their customer service won me over. After exchanging several emails we finally decided on a combination that they thought I would be happy with. Not only was the cost half of what the JDM experts wanted, I can’t imagine I would have been any happier with their products under the car. You will see more of their products arriving as some of my other cars progress in their builds.
Lithia Toyota Parts
I have used a couple of different Toyota dealers over the years but when I first moved to the “Bay Area” the local pricing was ridiculously high. Worse than that none of the customer service was all that great. Why exactly would I want to pay 15% over nationwide retail for shitty service? Lithia had been a long time sponsor of the MR2 community, so I started ordering from them. Years later the customer service has always been top notch, and the pricing is so much better than the locals. What more could you really ask for?
The Great Auto Paint/Dings And Dents
Both of these shops operate out of the same facility, and I have used both of them with Great success in the past. Dings and Dents has done perfect PDR (paintless dent removal) on my Lexus to erase the previous owners neglect and lazy parking habits, while The Great Auto Paint was able to perfectly color match both the Hachi and Hi-C bumpers and hood when work was needed. I have sent others here before and have yet to hear a complaint from anyway. Highly recommended for your auto body touch up needs.