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Old 06-22-2009, 12:31 PM   #1
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I got the belfab deal, supertech slugs and their (m-tuned/cat/949/ect) rods.

My builder calls me and tells me that one of the rod bolts were stripped when i when to install them. I call Belfab and whoever picked up the phone was a real dick at first. Eventually understanding where I am coming from he tells me to mail the rods back and he will refund me the money if they truly are defective. My builder did not strip the bolts, they came stripped.

Long story short, the bolt was stripped, it was belfabs fault and they are not refunding me my money for mailing them overnight to belfab across the country. However they did replace the bolt and inspected the rod itself and claim it is in perfect condition.

Gay. Anyone else have issues with them?

Anyone have any lame issues with any company's when building a motor?
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Well, since you ask...

I ordered low-comp, dished pistons for my 1.6. The pistons were shipped a week later than what I'd been told to expect for whatever reason. No big deal, right?
What I received were 9.3:1 flat-top pistons. Called, spoke with Jim, shipped the flat-tops back at my expense. I was told the low-comps would be available in 6 weeks. This was in April.

Still waiting on the dished slugs (or my money) to make an appearance...and I'm getting damn antsy about it.

I've waited longer for parts, so that's no big deal. Just kinda wish someone had called or at least sent an email asking if I was okay with a different compression or if I wanted the money back.
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How does a bolt come pre-stripped? Are you talking about the ARP bolts that come with the Belfab rods deal?
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it sounds to me like you're a lying-son-of-a-bitch and you're trying to take advantage of Jim. Sooner or later you'll jack with the wrong ETG and get smoked.
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The only issue I had with them was they sent me the wrong gasket for the IM, but they sent me a check for me to buy the right one locally. I would defiantly buy form them again.
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Only issue I've ever had with Jim was slow follow up. His excuse at the time was he was out for a week at a race (he has a race team??) I told him that it was no excuse because he was holding on to my money so I expected a quick response. From then on he was quick to reply. I would buy again.
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... My builder did not strip the bolts, they came stripped. Long story short, the bolt was stripped, it was belfabs fault ...
Just curious, how do you know this to be fact?
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I got the belfab deal, supertech slugs and their (m-tuned/cat/949/ect) rods.
Just a quick FYI. Our Rods (M-Tuned) are not the same, and our new batch even has our logo and ARP 2000 bolts which are installed by hand by either John, Mike or I before we ship them.
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Just a quick FYI. Our Rods (M-Tuned) are not the same, and our new batch even has our logo and ARP 2000 bolts which are installed by hand by either John, Mike or I before we ship them.
Good to know, bummer i did not buy from you.


Still dealing with belfab, i was told that if it was there fault then they would fix or replace my rods for free. Awesome, thought i was being taken care of!

I was told that if it was their fault, belfab, that my shipping would be covered too and to overnight them. So i did.

I am STILL waiting to get the rods back, the did agree it was their fault. Apparently whoever put the rod bolt into the rod didn't care, and stripped it.

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it sounds to me like you're a lying-son-of-a-bitch and you're trying to take advantage of Jim. Sooner or later you'll jack with the wrong ETG and get smoked.
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Just curious, how do you know this to be fact?
Because my builder has 3 of his motors in the top 10 spec miatas in CA. No need to lie about that, and belfab confirmed and said it was their fault.

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How does a bolt come pre-stripped? Are you talking about the ARP bolts that come with the Belfab rods deal?
I do not believe they are ARP bolts, i have not herd of an unused arp bolt being stripped.

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Well, since you ask...

I ordered low-comp, dished pistons for my 1.6. The pistons were shipped a week later than what I'd been told to expect for whatever reason. No big deal, right?
What I received were 9.3:1 flat-top pistons. Called, spoke with Jim, shipped the flat-tops back at my expense. I was told the low-comps would be available in 6 weeks. This was in April.

Still waiting on the dished slugs (or my money) to make an appearance...and I'm getting damn antsy about it.

I've waited longer for parts, so that's no big deal. Just kinda wish someone had called or at least sent an email asking if I was okay with a different compression or if I wanted the money back.
That's shitty, hope it turns out for the better.


Overall i would not buy from belfab again, i have dealt with Emilio from 949, Marc from M-tuned and both have not only been a breeze to deal with. If an order has been incorrect, missing a part ect. I have been taken care of in a very timely manner with no questions asked.
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is there anyone selling supertechs for miatas aside from belfab?
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emilio has them on his site, im almost certain.
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