Eastern Members - Need to find a shop in MA for tuning




danno111909
01-23-2009, 05:43 PM
Hi guys my name is daniel and I jsut bought a new 2009 pontiac G8 GT and I am trying to get some input on a couple of things. I am looking at headers and am torn between SLP and American racing headers. Also I needs to find a good shop in the eastern or central MA area. I need them for header install and tuning. Can anyone help me with this... THANKS!


Frans96SS
01-23-2009, 05:52 PM
SLOHAWK....Hands down.

My84Z
01-23-2009, 06:11 PM
another for Don aka SLOWHAWK.


DarkJuggalo
01-23-2009, 06:14 PM
definately slowhawk

danno111909
01-23-2009, 06:40 PM
Have you guys ever heard of a shop in sterling, MA called enhanced street performance? Anyways just let me know as I may be doing my work there.

danno111909
01-23-2009, 06:48 PM
Do you guys know who does the tuning for slowhawk?

DarkJuggalo
01-23-2009, 06:49 PM
never heard of it, most of us usually stick with the sponsors on the site because they give killer deals and are proven. most of the sponsors here have a following, myself personally i will stick with slowhawk as he has always been fair, reasonable, and honest. his work speaks for itself. just know if ya go somewhere and it gets hack up all you will hear is "we told ya so". but your best bet is to do a search in this forum with their name and maybe find some feed back. slowhawk isnt far from you, i would get a estimate from both and make the appropriate decision :) good luck

454mag
01-23-2009, 06:55 PM
Definitely slowhawk. Don does all his own tuning. Check out his specials on headers and installs also. I would not trust anyone else to work on my stuff.

danno111909
01-23-2009, 06:56 PM
Well those guys do alot of cars as well and they have a good operation and dave the shop manager is very knowledgeable about the newer gm cars like the gto, camaro, trans am and such. Check out there website and tell me what you think.###non sponsor link removed####

danno111909
01-23-2009, 06:58 PM
Definitely slowhawk. Don does all his own tuning. Check out his specials on headers and installs also. I would not trust anyone else to work on my stuff.

Ive met all the guys at ESP and they know what they are doing and I feel that I can trust them with my car. They did a few dyno runs for me and they got a good handle on the car. Also while I was there they just finished installing a twin turbo kit on a new GTO and did a custom engine build for a 300c with a supercharger and customer exhaust. I will check out slowhawk next week and see how there shop is.

Frans96SS
01-23-2009, 07:04 PM
Do your self a favor and save money in the long wrong and bring it to slowhawk... PLEASE. He does his own tuning. Trust my word coming from another sponsor.

BKDZ28
01-23-2009, 07:34 PM
+1 for Slowhawk my car was there 1 week ago.

Slowhawk
01-23-2009, 07:38 PM
Do you guys know who does the tuning for slowhawk?

I do the tuning and have been doing so since 01.We've also built a few cars in our days:D

Feel free to stop by if you like.We'll be there tomorrow which is a good time since it's mellow on saturdays,good time to talk.

DarkJuggalo
01-23-2009, 08:57 PM
hell yea! run by and check the shop out :)

JJsnowking
01-23-2009, 09:26 PM
+1 for Slowhawk, he is also an American racing header dealer.

Justins00ss
01-23-2009, 09:31 PM
Chalk up another one for slowhawk. he has helped me out alot in the past. And hell if I didnt move down here to florida I would still have him working on the car. Great guy to deal with.

DarkJuggalo
01-23-2009, 09:59 PM
no excuse justin! you have an LS1, you can drive to MA on a week end :D

Bajapat
01-23-2009, 10:30 PM
Hi guys my name is daniel and I jsut bought a new 2009 pontiac G8 GT and I am trying to get some input on a couple of things. I am looking at headers and am torn between SLP and American racing headers. Also I needs to find a good shop in the eastern or central MA area. I need them for header install and tuning. Can anyone help me with this... THANKS!

Have you guys ever heard of a shop in sterling, MA called enhanced street performance? Anyways just let me know as I may be doing my work there.

Well those guys do alot of cars as well and they have a good operation and dave the shop manager is very knowledgeable about the newer gm cars like the gto, camaro, trans am and such. Check out there website and tell me what you think. http://www.enhancedstreetperformance.com/

Ive met all the guys at ESP and they know what they are doing and I feel that I can trust them with my car. They did a few dyno runs for me and they got a good handle on the car. Also while I was there they just finished installing a twin turbo kit on a new GTO and did a custom engine build for a 300c with a supercharger and customer exhaust. I will check out slowhawk next week and see how there shop is.

No offence.. but why are you bothing to ask for suggestions if your going to another shop in the same day???:bang::bang:

Slowhawk does great turning and pretty much everyone said him...

I don't know but if I'm going to bother asking advise i'd listen to it...

sciff5
01-24-2009, 12:03 AM
I'll take this as an opportunity to thank Don for tuning my car. I am finishing the build of the car in my sig and as Don says.. I'm no electrical engineer so the car went to him less than perfect. He not only tuned the car but also diagnosed and resolved about a half dozen issues with my setup over a course of about 5-6 hours.


Go to Slowhawk

Krazy98Z28
01-24-2009, 08:11 AM
Only man allowed to touch my car :)

datz kool
01-24-2009, 08:28 AM
After many numerous attempts at having PROFESSIONALS tune and work on my car.
Don at slowhawk is the most knowledgable and strait up guy you could ask for, B.T.W Don see you in april,
You fuck with my car i breaka your nose........

Slowhawk
01-24-2009, 09:55 AM
Thanks guy's.I'm very straight on my answers which sometimes scares a few customers away:emb: I just don't want to BS customers to make a dime on them.We like to see them happy when they leave.

TheSilverOne
01-24-2009, 10:13 AM
another vote for Don

2002_z28_m6
01-24-2009, 06:35 PM
Only man allowed to touch my car :)

:stupid:

MTBSully
01-24-2009, 07:23 PM
does slowhawk do LT1 tuning too? If not, ESP is 10 miles from my house. However, my buddy who has a 92 vr4 HATES the place becuase they've messed up his car a couple times

Bajapat
01-24-2009, 07:40 PM
Slowhawk will tune LT1 BUT........

LT1 Edit cost $$$$$ 3000 per car year

92,93,94,95,96,97

18,000 for him to buy for the 2-3 LT1 that might come though his door...

BUT

You can buy a single use for your car and then he will tune your car with it...

BKDZ28
01-24-2009, 07:41 PM
Can't say enough about how satisfied i was about Don's professionalism! +1

danno111909
01-24-2009, 07:48 PM
No offence.. but why are you bothing to ask for suggestions if your going to another shop in the same day???:bang::bang:

Slowhawk does great turning and pretty much everyone said him...

I don't know but if I'm going to bother asking advise i'd listen to it...

I didnt go there the same day I went there a few weeks ago. I am just looking for input on these two shops in particular because these are the only 2 I could find. I am taking everyone's advise I just need to formulate everyone's thoughts to suite what I am looking to do. Plus no one has worked on a G8 before and I am trying to find the most competent person. Ive met the guys up in sterling but Ive heard that they have blown a few engines on the dyno, not ones they have built but ones that people brought in and had them tune. I bet one of them is probably that kid above me that was talking about his friends VR4. Anyways guys I do appreciate you suggestions and am taking into consideration everything I've read so far. Keep all your thoughts coming in!

danno111909
01-24-2009, 07:50 PM
Oh and by the way I did speak to don today and I said that I would like to check out the shop on friday. I would have come today but I work every saterday.

BoostedLT5
01-25-2009, 12:16 PM
Don is the man to take it to. Look at all the ls cars that run in this area, they all run fast and were tuned or built by him. Also he has a new z06 in his shop being built along with multiple other corvette's/turbo/supercharged ls vehicles......i think he can handle a header install and tune on a g8.

ShevrolayZ28
01-25-2009, 12:28 PM
Don't let him scare you off. He does great work in a timely manner and at a fair price. By my estimation he may be one of the best LSx tuners in the country. (No, Don, I'm not looking for a favor lol.)

badpewter-z
01-25-2009, 05:38 PM
ive known don for over a few years now and the work is top notch, no BS no hidden "extras" very very straight forward person with questions and answers. he has the knowledge, the touch and the experince that no matter where you look his customers will all say the same . if you ever heard the saying youve tried the rest now come to the best. this is a prime example

as for headers step away from SLP please. there not really all there cracked up to be

american racing or kooks and youll make more power and be happier :)

G8GT721
01-25-2009, 06:39 PM
i'll probably give SlowHawk (Don) a call in a couple months for an ARH install on my G8

2002_z28_m6
01-26-2009, 07:30 AM
i'll probably give SlowHawk (Don) a call in a couple months for an ARH install on my G8

Thats two good choices. The ARH's like a work of art. The quality is second to none.

danno111909
01-26-2009, 09:36 PM
Thanks for all the input guys, I really appreciate it!

DannoWS6
01-27-2009, 06:30 AM
I've been to ESP in Clinton a couple times for dyno days and whatnot. They seem like a good group. They have done a few builds including a LS1 Miata. But they cater more towards the import crowd from what I have seen. Subi's, Mitsu's, BMW, etc.

They might do a good job for you, but I can tell you this Slowhawk WILL do a good job. He's been in the LSx game since they first came out. Has enough experience building and tuning them that he's probably one of the top few on the East coast with this kind of knowledge. You can feel safe leaving your car with him, it's in good hands. Just tell him what you want and drop it off.

He's tuned/built just about every possible combination you can think of, from street car to race car to bridging the gap, FI, NA, N20, power glide, 6 speed, whatever...Not to mention it's not just a dyno tune you get but the time is taken to make sure everything is optimal on the street and not just at WOT.

If you give him a shot you won't regret it, he takes care of his clientele during and after. Slowhawk guys put 110% into everything they do. Plus the new shop is awesome.

Tracer X
01-27-2009, 09:16 AM
Come by and check the shop out. I've known Don for almost 10 years now (Boy time sure flies!!) He's always been upfront, honest and 2nd to none when it comes to working on cars.

He's very detailed oriented, and a perfectionist when it comes to getting the work done. He's built and tuned a both of my cars perfectly! You won't be disappointed. Trust me man!

WJ SOM SS
01-27-2009, 09:45 AM
I got into the F-body LS-1 game back in 1999. Slowhawk had my 2nd LS-1, a pretty much stock, A4, '02 T-topped coupe, w/just a 3200 stall, OR pipes w/stock manifolds, good tires, a little rear suspension work, and his custom tune, running low 12.20's in 70 deg. and less temps regularly at 3550 raceweight.....He is simply, The Man, when it comes to the LS-type cars if you're on the Eastern seaboard. Honest, straightfoward, competitively priced (for sure), w/out any bullshit. His experience and results say it all. :burn:WJ

Shockrock3
01-27-2009, 02:25 PM
Oh why not another vote for Don....he's gone above and beyond for me on numerous occasions.

Everything from tuning my cam only car with no stall on a Friday night at 8 P.M. lol...installing headers @ 6 P.M. one night....etc. etc.

I like the fact he's upfront about things...not afraid to tell you your being a dope lol...heck he told me the Hot Cam makes crappy power and that I'll want a bigger cam soon right before my tune with him...guess who was right :D Rather have someone be honest with me than just agree to get business.

I know how much him and Nick ENJOYED doing my cutouts but what I took away from this install and others he's done is that he CARES, no half assing shit...if it's not working he will work on it until it's right. Can't say enough good things about him.

danno111909
01-27-2009, 08:56 PM
WOW looks like you guys are in love... HAHAHA just kidding, Ill be there on friday!

danno111909
01-30-2009, 01:45 PM
Looks like im gettin slowhawk'd

Justins00ss
01-30-2009, 01:54 PM
Great to hear. Your not going to regret it at all.

Frans96SS
01-30-2009, 01:57 PM
Thanks guy's.I'm very straight on my answers which sometimes scares a few customers away:emb: I just don't want to BS customers to make a dime on them.We like to see them happy when they leave.



I agree, I do the same exact thing and sometimes customers look at me like im crazy. I could make money off them but sometimes they wanna do a pointless mod and i just dont want them to waste thier money.

ws6on19s
02-02-2009, 06:32 AM
Slowhawk all the way, when another shop really screwed up with tuning my car I decided to trailer it over 2hrs to don and its has never run better. I honestly don't think I have come across someone that had a bad experience with him