aurora gauges/autoloc/hoffman group

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  • September 29, 2009 10:24 PM - 3706 Views
    Since buying some items from the Hoffman group, I have had serious trouble. This outfit is located in Oregon and sells several different types of parts for street rods, tuner cars, and so on. Their customer service is really not very good. Some of the parts are junk and if you have a problem, you may very well get the run around. Some of the phone contact people from their customer service group flat out mislead, deceive, and tell whoppers. The Tech support is a joke. They have no clue about how to handle electronics in their gauges. You will be on your own if you use. I am basically stuck with some crap items, one of which is the gauges. These things are junk. They mount poorly, two in my group of six gauges don't work. And forget about the custom face plate crap. It makes a mess of the gauges by the time you get them mounted. If you are considering purchasing any of their stuff, contact me via this forum and I will explain what has happened. Consider yourself warned. I have it straight from the horses mouth that a large, well known street rod parts supplier (I won't give the name, but they are from Iowa, named after famous bear and NY Yankee catcher) was approached by Hoffman group to be a retailer. All the items supplied for testing did not work or were junk. I was told to basically stay away. It pays to stick with the reputable suppliers. By the way, the street rod place in Iowa was gracious enough to give me a great deal on some replacements for the junk from Hoffman/Auto Loc. Lesson learned.

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  • SAM1951 Rides Info - trussville, Alabama
    September 30, 2009 06:13 AM

    been buying from the "bear" streetrod bunch for years. you dont get no better than them. thanks for the heads up. sam

  • da34guy Rides Info - marlow, Oklahoma
    September 30, 2009 07:25 AM

    Ya get what ya pay for!!!!!!!!!!

    As Far as gauges--- Classic Made in USA,Autometer Made in USA, Sterwat Warner Henco e Mexico, most others

    Made in ROC (Republic of China), the "Fishy 1's, in Pakastian

  • Crazyhorse Rod Shop Rides Ads Info Website - bluff dale, Texas
    September 30, 2009 07:45 AM
    Crazyhorse Rod Shop
    careful don. every time i say something about cheap junk peddled by 1-800-streetrod i get in trouble. we have good quality parts out there but we also have the marketers who just want to sell. just like insulation. lizardskin cost money so they decide to use roofing materials and such. nothing like the smell of fine leather and roofing tar there is no such thing as good cheap anything. the joy of those cheap fishy gauges sucks when half of them don't work.
  • dakotah Rides Info - port richey, Florida
    September 30, 2009 07:58 AM

    Yea and while we're on the subject,those gauges with the fish on them are also low quality.Replaced a few at my cost that quit,(they don't care to warranty them)the face color doesn't match and most of them are inaccurate.Gonna chuck the whole set into the garbage soon. How are the Dakota Digital gauges holding up?

  • srodder39 Info - santa fe, Texas
    September 30, 2009 08:08 AM

    Nothing stinks like a dead fish and I have had them die right out of the box.

  • Crazyhorse Rod Shop Rides Ads Info Website - bluff dale, Texas
    September 30, 2009 08:21 AM
    Crazyhorse Rod Shop
    i use classic and dakota dig. love both. only had one problem with a dig gauge and they fixed it right away. great folks to deal with. what kills me is all the guys trying to cut corners and save a few bucks only to be stuck with junk later. i know it's hard to build on a budget but i would rather save a little longer and have quality stuff. rather than a car full of junk that did not work.

    i have a man with a very nice car built by someone else ( hack ) who used that tar paper junk inside. one texas summer and they can not drive it with the windows up. not only that but the junk has melted to everything and is impossible to get rid of. think before you use some of this stuff.
  • da34guy Rides Info - marlow, Oklahoma
    September 30, 2009 09:25 AM

    Know what yer talkin about re: the "tar paper" Shine.

    Built a car 4 a guy about 4 years ago- he didn't want to spend the $$$$ on the right stuff, so he put the "tar paper" in him self. then had the car upholstered by a "High End" shop in leather.

    Well after 2 very hot summers here in AZ, the interior is SHOT.

    The car now is in another shop in So- Cal getting a new interior to the tune of over $14000.00

    Read: Very labor intensive to get rid of all that tar paper sh*t once it's started to soften up and bond itself to the panels



    Case in point--- To save $400 it cost him $8500 to throw away the first interior.

    DUH -- When will people learn????

  • 41 Kustom Rides Info - essex junction, Vermont
    September 30, 2009 01:45 PM
    41 Kustom

    They were selling stuff at the Notheast Nats here in Essex. While my wife was setting up the craft show I talked to the guy setting up there booth. He told me the show price on all products was to be 30% off. I thought fine there was some stuff I needed, Seat belts for the Buick. When the show opened I went to buy them. The other guy in the booth gave me there online price. When I asked about the show price he said it was'nt on seat belts.  Hmmmm.  When asked about some switches guess what, Not on them either. The thing that bothers me is they have a lot of other peoples products they sell so they can set the price. I tried to buy Julianos belts but I have to go though the Hoffman guys. I don't want to buy from just a few supplyers. Let the compition of  the supplyers set the prices.

  • raf Info - arlington heights, Illinois
    September 30, 2009 04:25 PM

    I can't understamd why anyone would buy junk for their rod. Do some research and ask on this site for recommendations. Case in point- this year I bought a PRC radiator,Auto Meter Gauges, Ron Francis switches, MagnaFlow Mufflers, Billet Specialties components. Sure it cost some $$. But it's good stuff and any rodder would notice this on your car. This is NOT a cheap hobby,save your money till you get what you really want and don't be tempted to get anything less!!!

  • Bill33 Rides Info - victoria b.c., Canada
    September 30, 2009 08:44 PM
    What is the stuff you're calling "tar paper"? Is it what we call "peel and stick" in construction? Peel and stick is an asphalt sheet of some sort that is self adhesive on the back side when you pull the protective backing off. This is the website for one of the typical ones. It looks a lot like Dynamat. I've been considering using Lizard Skin, but have a few friends that were unhappy with the sound transfer quality of the Lizardskin product. I agree, nothing good comes cheap......just ask my construction customers :-)
  • 29robert Rides Info - la verne, California
    September 30, 2009 10:02 PM

    All you have to do is smell the difference between Sarnafil (or any other construction peel-n-stick material) and Dynamat and you'll know why one is for construction and the other is for cars.  Like the guys said, the last thing you want is for your nice leather interior to smell like your next door neighbor's roof.  There's a reason one is cheap and the other isn't.  It's called off-gassing.  Ya get what ya pay for!

  • Bill33 Rides Info - victoria b.c., Canada
    September 30, 2009 11:40 PM
    I'm definitely not intending to use this, but this is from their website'


    Peel & Stick

    Peel & Stick has no odors or volatile organic compounds to bother building occupants and disrupt building operations.  It's perfect for hospitals, schools or any building where odors and VOC emiss




  • jchobbs Rides Info - deshler, Ohio
    October 01, 2009 07:06 AM

    Shine is right on this deal Lizard Skin in the way to go. 

  • Crazyhorse Rod Shop Rides Ads Info Website - bluff dale, Texas
    October 01, 2009 08:16 AM
    Crazyhorse Rod Shop
    the problem is some guy thinks he has found the holy grail and reinvented the wheel . then post everywhere about it. no test, car wont be on the road for years but he swears paint and microsheres are the same as lizardskin. no telling how many guys fall for this just like roofing materials . take a gal of latex paint and put it in a 2 gal can then set if on a shelf for over a year. bet it wont be good when you open it. the lizardskin will stir right up. nothing ruins a hotrod faster than a cheap owner.
  • RHHotRod Rides Info - andover, Minnesota
    October 01, 2009 06:00 PM

    While you guys are also talking gages... I've had good luck with Cyberdyne Gages.

    They are also US built as far as I know.

    Good people to work with as well.


    Has anyone else used them?

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