|Been trying to get two sv's ready for this season, and until recently had been doing most things myself. Then I hit a speed bump, I needed a fairing stay that would fit
A: My stock gauges
B: My hotbodies plasics (, but that's a whole different review)
I've been getting help from Zoran at TWFracing for most of the off season, but when we couldn't find a decent fairing stay, he Sent me to KC at BRG.
Finding the shop, is TOUGH. Didn't want to pop up on my GPS, or Mapquest, but eventually I found my way there, and I'm glad I did
BRG was able to make changes to a prototype design they had been working on (for a fee of course) that would make all of my ends meet, between my gauges, triple, fairing, levers, everything. When I first did a cost comparison, I honestly was a bit put off. The additional fee to adjust the design ran me 155 bucks on top of the 150 base price.
Then, I went and did my first trackday with the new fairing stay. After a few sessions at thill, some of the welds near the gauges began to tear Now, I'm an unhappy customer. I've paid double for something that fails on the first use???
So, I made a quick video of the damaged areas, put it up on youtube, and sent the link to KC via email. He replied the next morning, and told me to bring it by. He believes that the additional weight of first gen stock gauges was the culprit. I dropped the stay off on tuesday, came back to pick it up today, and the solution looks promising.
They added an additional aluminum support, redid the welds/added more new welds in possible weak points, cleaned everything up and handed me back a much more durable (looking) product... and the price for this fix? I have to slap on some stickers from BRG
Not a perfect world, but I applaud KC's efforts to stick with it and make it right Picking his brain a bit at the shop, and speaking with other riders about his work, he definitely knows his stuff to.
So, I figured I'd give a good review for a friendly ethical local shop. These guys do everything from fabrication to dyno tuning. I saw a WRX, an IROC camaro, a full dress harley, a zx10 with a stretched swingarm, a turboe'd 'busa, sv 500... just the full span of machines. These guys are close, they do it all, and they've earned a new customer in me. Thanks for the tip Z!
Thanks for dyno tuning my bike. When I went for a test ride this morning, I did not get a true appreciation for how well the bike now performs. Maybe it was just too cold, or my brain was in a fog. On the way home, however, I did get several chances to see how it performs from a dead stop, and up through the gears. I must say it exceeded all expectations. Throttle response was much improved as well as outright torque and power. Bravo!! The combination of the pipe and your tuning expertise brought about a whole new bike. While I still did not rev it past 7 grand, rolling on the throttle, and running up to that point, I must say it delivers a whole bunch more power and the power is the right type of power, e.g. very linear in delivery.
Thanks so much and enjoy the Holidays!!
|By the way, the guys at Munroe Motors were very impressed with the Brutale
and they have several Brutale owners complaining about the snatchy throttle.
I just sent them the dyno graph and all your contact info so they can refer
their customers to you. :-)
|Guys, first of all, I want you to know how much I appreciate all of the
work that you are doing on my Vette. Looks like you will, indeed, earn the
right to have the BRG sticker in my rear window (this was not a given!).
As I was driving home, I realized that you still have the accelerator pedal.
I have no further use for it, so do you want to keep that?
Assuming that you say yes, here is what I propose: BRG keeps pedal and assembly and buys replacement of plasic cowl piece. Inglis will return unneeded fuel system cannister to Corvette Express. Is that a deal?
NOTE: prior to installing the new cowl piece, I want to put a strip of metal tape on the underside. Along with the new screws that KC suggests, that should help the new unit last a little longer than this one did. I will bring the tape.
I also want to see about replacing the piece of missing heat insulation near where the Cat will go. Do you have any spare bits of insulation lying around? I may have on my wrecker car up in Grass Valley. The same metal tape can be used to attach, but I'm wondering how long it will last. Oh, well.
Chris (and Chad), thanx for the efforts on the carb.Your well thought-out solution looks to be first-rate. Can't wait to open those secondaries on the road !!!
Please don't worry about the time needed to get the proper mounting set-up for the exhaust system. Can't the folks at Mel's help out with that?
I'll ask Joe to look to the electric and heating systems.
|Wow, those are very very nice, dang man, I'm very impressed! :-D Perfect
size too, not really noticeable but big enough to do the job.
I bet I can scare up several local (and long-distance if you can ship)
customers if you're willing to make more of these. Don't want to post
about it though until you let me know what you'd be interested in doing
so I can set the right expectation.