Marc T.'s review of A T K North America

A T K North America

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Complaint Posted 6/3/2018
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Purchased a set of ATK, ( Aren't That Knowledgeable) 5.4L 3V cylinder heads through Advance Auto and "WOW" what junk. The first thing that I noticed was the intake cam lobe for #4 cyl had gouges in it that i guess they tried to cover up but did a horrible job at it but the fact that they reused this cam and did not replace told me everything I needed to know about this company right from the start. Upon further inspection of the combustion chamber I noticed that there was a significant amount of hack work performed in the combustion chamber, it was so bad that the spark plug hole was no longer round so the end of the spark plug would not even fit through the hole like it is supposed to, REALLY, I mean it was so hacked up it looked like they gave an infant a dremel tool and let them go to town on it, obviously whom ever performed the work had no idea what they were doing. This cylinder head had a catastrophic failure in the #4 cylinder, lash adjuster or roller follower probably came apart and they hacked it up and sent it out, I wish that I could track down the source of this cylinder head just to ask if they received a core credit for this head, I'm leaning towards probably not knowing this company. The next issue was that they decked the head beyond what the ford shop manual allows meaning that the valves would have been really close to if not smacking the piston. I have pictures of everything that was wrong with this cylinder just in case and I will post them all over the internet just so people can see the poor quality and workmanship this company provides. Needless to say I did not install either cylinder head on my vehicle, I marched them right back to Advance Auto and returned them. If they ship a cylinder out that was this bad, I can only imagine what kind of hack jobs go into one of their rebuilt engines, if I had to guess they probably just throw some new rings on the pistons and over sized main bearings and call it rebuilt, I will never purchase any product from this company or any company affiliated with this company like VEGE which is sold by PEP BOYS, STAY AWAY FROM ANYTHING THAT "ATK / SPARTAN" IS INVOLVED IN. All in all, somebody needs to step in and hold these hacks accountable for the scammers that they are, I have been working on cars my entire life and I expect good quality in the products that I pay for but some people may not notice certain things or know what to look for so they trust the company that they are purchasing the product from to be honest and legit and this company is not. One last thing, I took my original heads to an actual machine shop in my area and while I was there I showed them the pictures of the (Aren't That Knowledgeable) heads and they just shook their heads with disgust, and then laughed uncontrollably and they are now going to use the pictures on their website for the distinction between Quantity of products produced and Quality of products produced.
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