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Anyone ever use these guys? I visited their shop and they have about 10 Vipers out there. Every single one had major mods and they all looked great. I met with John who runs the shop and he seems to have a good head on his shoulders. he told me that primarily they set Vipers up for raod racing. Most of the Vipers they had there had huge Stop Tech brakes in the front and back. They offer big horsepower #'s for naturally aspirated engines. No NOS either (John says that NOS is cheating). Anyway, they seem to know what they are doing over there, anyone ever work or had any work done with them?
 

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I know John. He's worked on my car after an ...ahem... incident. He's very qualified, and is a great mechanic. He also does work on another friend's Viper for track prep and such. He has nothing but good things to say about John.
 

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Just had a new transmission and clutch put in at West Coast Viper. John did a new Tranny, clutch, 30K service, new air box w/ tubes and filters and the car was ready to go the day after I dropped her off. Nothing but great things to say about John and his shop. Recommended to anyone in the area.
 

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i've also heard good things about john horton and west coast viper although i have never had any personal experience with him besides meeting him once at a viper days event.. from what i understand he is an ex viper tech turned tuner.. someone correct me if i'm wrong..

someone i know here in town has used him before, but i'll wait for him to come across this thread to post his experiences (good ones)..

i'm almost positive he does all of the work on john dearings car.. last time i saw it there were west coast viper stickers appended to the side doors..

Eddie
 

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vipernathan said:
Anyone ever use these guys? I visited their shop and they have about 10 Vipers out there. Every single one had major mods and they all looked great. I met with John who runs the shop and he seems to have a good head on his shoulders. he told me that primarily they set Vipers up for raod racing. Most of the Vipers they had there had huge Stop Tech brakes in the front and back. They offer big horsepower #'s for naturally aspirated engines. No NOS either (John says that NOS is cheating). Anyway, they seem to know what they are doing over there, anyone ever work or had any work done with them?
Here is a West Coast Viper..... :ugh: :ugh: :ugh: :ugh: :ugh:
http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/t99382.html
 

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Yes Nathan, John Horton & West Coast Vipers have worked on several of my Vipers. I send my GTS to him to pe prepped for the track. He services numerous Viper owners who I race with as well as many other makes. His specialty is Vipers. He is a dealer for Stop Tech and several other major brands. Several of the Vipers I race with have his 650 R package which is developed entirely with Dodge Performance products, thus is still eligible for warranty work. I've had good service from West Coast Vipers and would not hesitate to send my car there again. /images/graemlins/supergrin.gif
 

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That shift knob on that Viper in the link I posted is ABSOLUTELY AWFUL!
 

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Here is a West Coast Viper..... :ugh: :ugh: :ugh: :ugh: :ugh:
http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/t99382.html
Are you sure about that? That's Jesse James' Viper, of West Coast Choppers... Not everything with "West Coast" in the name is the same company. I'm just pointing that out just in case, I don't know either way myself, but from previous posts on the subject I was under the impression Jesse did all (or a lot) of that work himself.

I agree the shift lever looks pretty bad, but apparently it's machined to fit Jesse's hand perfectly, and I'm sure is intended to be reminiscent of the shift levers he uses on many of his bikes. I'm guessing he doesn't road-race it. /images/graemlins/smile.gif
 

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No, he is mistaken. That is West Coast Choppers, not West Coast Vipers. It just so happens that WCC did a Viper.

As for West Coast Vipers and John Horton, I can personally say the guy is awesome. He modified my first car and is now working on my 2nd car as we speak. He even had some custom chrome emblems made up for me when none could be found, and now he sells those too.

He had so many vipers parked out in front when I dropped off my car that there literally was almost no room to park mine.

As for speed, I would say this is where he shines -- he does things fast! Before I left, my car was already in the garage being looked at. And before that, as I was filling out the paperwork, I noticed my hood was open and one of their techs was already looking for one of the issues I spoke about.

People ship their cars to John at West Coast Vipers from all over the world. I found out about John from the guy I bought my first Viper from, who drove his car past L.A. and all cities in between to bring it all the way down to Temecula (which is about 20 mins north of San Diego.)

For about $16K, you can get your Gen I to put out about 600hp naturally aspirated, for road racing. You can get a S/C for less, but that's not a good set up for road coursing. My car has the 600HP N/A and I am now looking into adding a Super Charger on top of that (maybe.)

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Sgt. Snatch said:
Here is a West Coast Viper..... :ugh: :ugh: :ugh: :ugh: :ugh:
http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/t99382.html
Are you sure about that? That's Jesse James' Viper, of West Coast Choppers... Not everything with "West Coast" in the name is the same company. I'm just pointing that out just in case, I don't know either way myself, but from previous posts on the subject I was under the impression Jesse did all (or a lot) of that work himself.

I agree the shift lever looks pretty bad, but apparently it's machined to fit Jesse's hand perfectly, and I'm sure is intended to be reminiscent of the shift levers he uses on many of his bikes. I'm guessing he doesn't road-race it. /images/graemlins/smile.gif
 

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vipernathan said:
Anyone ever use these guys? I visited their shop and they have about 10 Vipers out there. Every single one had major mods and they all looked great. I met with John who runs the shop and he seems to have a good head on his shoulders. he told me that primarily they set Vipers up for raod racing. Most of the Vipers they had there had huge Stop Tech brakes in the front and back. They offer big horsepower #'s for naturally aspirated engines. No NOS either (John says that NOS is cheating). Anyway, they seem to know what they are doing over there, anyone ever work or had any work done with them?
-I went there the other day and checked it out, since one of my houses is very close to the shop, and I will be taking my Z06 and my Viper there (once it arrives and I break it in)for now on, as they can do regular service and mods. They do sell NOS however, I saw it in one of the Vipers.
 

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I have all of my Viper stuff done there. I am waiting for my dry sump to be finished shortly. They truly put out more horsepower than any other tuner (for naturally asperated). John and crew really know their stuff. I would say road racing is their specialty, but they can do whatever you want. www.westcoastviper.com This is their website.
 

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Speaking of which, I am taking my Viper to them in just a few minutes. Need to get it prepped for the Dec 3rd Button Willow track event.

Manny
 

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They have a SUPER trick custom fab sheet metal intake that I was VERY impressed with. Im not sure if the thing makes power, but it has a good length runner with a larger diameter perfect for forced induction cars. Looks trick as hell.
 
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