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    • Fabspeed proves you can survive and thrive in the automotive aftermarket without selling your Soul

      Fabspeed Motorsport is a name all of us know. I knew it back when I first got started with cars way back almost twenty years ago in those late teenage years. Fabspeed did something nobody else did at the time which was offer reasonably priced exhausts for exotics designed and built in the USA.


      You did not have to pay an absurd Ferrari tax to get a quality Ferrari exhaust. European tuners (which we will not name) would charge ridiculous prices for pipes that cost small fractions of the retail price. Metal does not suddenly appreciate because it is going on an Italian car.

      Things went well. Very well. Fabspeed expanded and grew their staff and facility. Today Fabspeed offers exhausts for Ferraris, Lambos, BMW's, McLarens, Bentleys, and basically all the high end performance cars.

      Their giant facility is actually filled to the brim so they are looking at expansion. They have a team of almost forty employees from engineers, to customer service representatives, to the shop dog Bentley. They hired an in-house tuner to offer complete performance upgrade packages. It's almost a family atmosphere of like minded enthusiasts you could say.

      It almost sounds like an aftermarket fairy tale, doesn't it? Well, along the lines something went wrong. As is often the case, when you are successful others try to pull you down. Stories started to spread out onto forums in the past few years. People would manufacture false narratives to extort money. Even this network got caught up into this tangled web and had a part to play in an ugly narrative fueled by hate, deceit, theft, and a desire for revenge.

      What happened you ask? Well, some Fabspeed employees decided they wanted a bigger piece of the pie. They wanted to go out on their own. Normally, that is fine, but some of these guys took a piece of Fabspeed with them. Literally. Former employees stole from Fabspeed while forming another company.

      Want proof? You will get it but let me get to my role. Before Soul Performance Products came about Mike Spock worked at Fabspeed. He would often e-mail me about products to do articles on and he was my one source of communication at Fabspeed. What he told me I believed as I had no reason not to.

      Things were going well and Fabspeed was asking about advertising once they heard I picked up a 991.2 for development in early 2017:

      Quote Originally Posted by Mike Spock
      [My advice is start with the Sport Cats first then add the Header. The Sport Header can slow the spool response a tad, but high end power increases.

      Are there costs associated with being a vendor?

      Best Regards,

      Mike Spock | Marketing Manager
      Mike.Spock@Fabspeed.com
      Along the way of communication he started dropping negative tidbits here and there. He started saying how Fabspeed was terrible to work for and would send me links of 'former employees' complaining on various websites about conditions at Fabspeed.

      Little did I know some of these guy were preparing to move to a new shop and were going to burn their bridges behind them and attempt to make their name off bashing Fabspeed. Not to mention potentially use designs Fabspeed already developed.

      Just slightly before this took place I received an e-mail from Fabspeed upset about this article: https://www.boostaddict.com/content....stomer-service

      This was an article about a potential class action lawsuit Fabspeed was supposedly facing due to poor customer service and product issues. This lawsuit never happened. What happened was a con man went around posting links on various forums trying to extort Fabspeed.

      The con man went by the name Sal Pane: https://www.boostaddict.com/content....named-Sal-Pane

      There are many articles on the internet about the con man and additionally he is apparently a convicted felon. Regardless, as the story goes he purchased an exhaust for his Ferrari he was not happy with and started giving Fabspeed crap.

      Fabspeed offered to replace the exhaust at their cost but this was not good enough. He demanded compensation in the range of $15k. He put up the website fabspeedsucks.com, e-mailed me about this class action lawsuit he was putting together, and then reposted my article all over the internet to buoy his stance.

      It worked. Fabspeed offered to settle with him to put an end to the ordeal. Once Sal Pane realized he had leverage he doubled his demand. It was now over $30k to 'settle' with him or in other words get him to go away.

      At this point Fabspeed said no more and simply said they would take the bad press and move on. As for the lawsuit, it never happened. You will find most references to it scrubbed from the internet. The con man pushed too far and unfortunately used BoostAddict.com to further his narrative:


      It is no wonder Fabspeed was upset with us. Even though we did publish both sides of the story the damage was done as Sal Pane intended and it goes to show the power of forums but that even in good conscience one can be spun into unwittingly furthering a narrative.

      This is not where the story ends. As you can see Fabspeed is a big target and it did not only have outside enemies but those within. It was shocking to see Mike Spock flip from Fabspeed being top notch to suddenly terrible and low quality.

      Why the flip? Because he went to go work with Soul Performance. A company founded no less by a man who was in the wedding party of Fabspeed's founder. Something about being stabbed in the back may be appropriate to write here.

      Mike Spock asked about becoming a vendor once with Soul and started offering me parts. Not for free but at a discount to review which I did:

      Sorry it took so long Mike: http://www.boostaddict.com/content.p...s-dyno-testing

      The shipping mixup extended things a bit but ultimately I think you will be pleased with the testing data.

      Let me know what you think,

      - Joseph Wilk - Admin - BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network
      Quote Originally Posted by Mike Spock
      That dig at Fabspeed cuts pretty deep.

      Thanks Joseph.

      If you refer to me directly can you phrase it as “Mike Spock, Marketing Manager” so people understand my relation to the company.

      Dammit – Mustang dyno – can’t get the files sent to us to make pretty dyno charts. Are you able to have screen shots sent to us so we can display it on our website?

      How about that photoshoot? Still need some juicy shots of those tips….are you putting one set up for sale on the forums like we discussed? Can we get some traction there? It’s the slow season and we gotta jump start media.

      Overall, thank you for the article, the team is pretty happy with it.
      I was now being used to get the Soul name out there and get traction for the company. I would put together articles and so forth as they were brand new and not many people knew of the company.

      I would test parts, suggest parts, do dyno runs, sound clips, pictures, videos, etc. Well, until Soul got enough traction and I was no longer needed. BoostAddict.com and PorscheBoost.com were cast aside for another forum where the products I helped develop and test were sold with my testing data. I soon learned what kind of people I was dealing with. Soul cancelled their vendor account once they squeezed all they could from me without even bothering to say thank you or good bye.

      It was not all that different from how Soul employees handled Fabspeed. I was out a vendor. Fabspeed on the other hand was out untold numbers of parts that were stolen and likely copied. Yes, Fabspeed took the perpetrators to court:

      I was going through some email and I found this PDF on the criminal case against Mike Ham, previous Fabspeed sales rep that stole tens of thousands of dollars. Now works for Fabspeed. It also contains a picture of Gary Yeager standing in Joe Fabiani’s wedding party. Finally it includes the criminal record of Fabspeed’s former manufacturing Forman Max Delucia who we have evidence of him stealing HJS cats, flanges and designs to start Soul. He is still at Soul and it is no confidence that many of soul and our products have almost an identical design.



      As far as the relationship between Gary Yeager who owns Soul Performance and Joe Fabiani who owns Fabspeed they were close friends. You can see Gary at Joe's wedding here:


      Unfortunately, after being employed for quite some time at Fabspeed Gary Yeager allegedly used his contacts to start Soul and also allegedly attempted to get funding for Soul from mutual acquaintances. You can say this is a bit personal but you can also see Gary Yeager does not seem to care much about whom he employees as long as it gets at Fabspeed.

      Why the bad blood after being employed by Fabspeed and being good friends? Who knows. Jealousy? Rage? Spite? At least now you know what potentially fueled Soul to go after Fabspeed and where they came from.

      Does it end there? Well, almost, as yes Soul poached more former Fabspeed employees who then stole from Fabspeed (and this one is a felon):




      The aftermarket automotive business can be incredibly dirty but this is the kind of stuff you expect to read in a Game of Thrones book, not about exhaust manufacturers.

      However you might look at it Soul employs former Fabspeed employees who stole parts, CAD designs, catalytic converters, inventory, customer data, and intellectual property.

      Some will say this is the nature of capitalism. Others will say there are laws and rules in place for a reason. Either way there is a right way and a wrong way to conduct business. Clearly ethics do not mean the same thing to everyone.


      This article was originally published in forum thread: Fabspeed proves you can survive and thrive in the automotive aftermarket without selling your Soul started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 14 Comments
      1. LavaGTS's Avatar
        LavaGTS -
        Wow! It seems as if in all aspects of the car world, people are dirty. From Honda, to Nissan, to Mazda, and up into the exotic realm the same kind of shiesty people exist. Feel bad for Joe. I had no idea this is the story behind Soul.

        Kind of funny because Soul is having fitment issues on their 991.2 bypass pipes. Now I know to never give them a penny of my money.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LavaGTS Click here to enlarge
        Wow! It seems as if in all aspects of the car world, people are dirty. From Honda, to Nissan, to Mazda, and up into the exotic realm the same kind of shiesty people exist. Feel bad for Joe. I had no idea this is the story behind Soul.

        Kind of funny because Soul is having fitment issues on their 991.2 bypass pipes. Now I know to never give them a penny of my money.
        Same here.

        Fitment issues you say? Interesting.
      1. ///M3THOD's Avatar
        ///M3THOD -
        Damn dude, if the automotive enthusiast forum and performance car thing doesn't work out, you could always become a detective!

        Respect for clearing the air and publicly offering insight and updates on any previous perspectives and threads topics.

        I really hope all enthusiasts care about the business ethics practices of the businesses in the community. Its very upsetting to hear stuff like this.

        I will not be buying from Soul anytime soon. I think you and I have even discussed their subpar design vs. the other industry offerings for the 991.2 exhaust applications. They've been called out recently for have their sport cats & bypass pipes not fitting properly. They use a smaller cat matrix in diameter then the rest of the crew, as well as having a t connection for the secondary pipes, which decrease the overall output volume of the cat..
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ///M3THOD Click here to enlarge
        I think you and I have even discussed their subpar design vs. the other industry offerings for the 991.2 exhaust applications.
        We did, just not publicly.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ///M3THOD Click here to enlarge
        Damn dude, if the automotive enthusiast and performance car thing doesn't work out, you could always become a detective!
        You wouldn't believe some of the stuff I've seen, read, or been sent. It's a crazy world out there.
      1. John_997.2R's Avatar
        John_997.2R -
        Yikes! This is crazy. I have seen some of this negative stuff about Fabspeed, but obviously all been BS. Never understood it, always thought they were the best for the high end cars. I feel bad for the Fabspeed owners, but obviously Soul is getting what they deserve. I also feel bad for anyone who bought an exhaust from Soul, douped by criminals and degenerates.
      1. F16HTON's Avatar
        F16HTON -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Same here.

        Fitment issues you say? Interesting.
        To be fair, all manufacturers bypass pipes for al platforms are going to have a slight variance and fitment issues. It comes with the territory of the aftermarket industry, even OEM replacement exhaust parts may have fitment issues.

        Where the story amplifies lies often with the more affordable products, which DIY enthusiasts often favor.

        Installing exhaust components takes time, patience and the correct tools. Often having a skilled tech who understands the car and how things works helps.

        I'll chime in with a personal example of mine. I was at a shop of a friend of mines where somebody wanted to swap in a set of bypass pipes to a 911 Turbo S. The pipes are just like the rest of the products that we see, a flange to the turbo, a mandrel bent exhaust tubing and a slight step down to mate up with the factory exhaust.

        Imagine the average DIY customer downloading a set of instructions on the net, perhaps from a forum where another DIY enthusiast has taken photos of every single exact step as they go.

        The DIY customer reads this fifteen to twenty times while they are waiting for their bypass pipes to be built, because the more affordable shops 1.) either make them to order, or 2.) they buy them in bulk from a co-manufacturer and their next production run is six weeks out. or 3.) whatever other excuse comes up.

        The DIY customer is trucking right along and gets to a particular step, say slipping the reduced end into the center section muffler. Dammit, the bypass pipe is too big for the muffler and will not fit in. He curses, he sticks a pipe in it, he pounds on it, he gets out his phone and starts live streaming how it does not fit, he starts calling the seller of the bypass pipe on his "personal cell phone", because it was given to him to ease the tension of waiting six weeks for the part that was going to arrive the next day because the website says "all orders over $99 ship for free".

        Now picture this scenario taking place at a high end shop. You schedule the appt. The shop states drop off the car at 8AM, we will have it ready at 5PM. No, you cannot wait for it to be completed, even though the internet said the jobs takes 2 hours.

        The shop starts the work, the technician takes his time, he protects the car from damage, he removes your OEM parts with great care, he places each of the fasteners in a secure safe place for reinstall. Once he takes the pipes out of the box and installs, the exact same thing happens, will not slip into the center exhaust. The professional tech then walks over to his tool chest, removes the pneumatic exhaust spreader and sets the exact clearance he needs for the bypass. The pipes are installed and everything is good to go. Reassembles the car and waits for you to come at 5PM.

        You come to pick up the car and it is perfect. You ask how the fitment was, because your best friends sisters cousin heard that they do not fit right. The shop smiles, and says, "they fit perfect".

        What a difference experience and tools makes.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by F16HTON Click here to enlarge
        To be fair, all manufacturers bypass pipes for al platforms are going to have a slight variance and fitment issues. It comes with the territory of the aftermarket industry, even OEM replacement exhaust parts may have fitment issues.
        Definitely a fair point and this goes to body kits as well.

        Often people buy parts and they don't fit but it is because the body shop doesn't take the time to properly sand, paint, fit, etc.

        Quality shops make a huge difference.

        That said, Soul fitment issues are only a small part of this story.
      1. LavaGTS's Avatar
        LavaGTS -
        Except that's not what's happening with Soul's product...
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        That wedding photo, just seems like you should blur out faces of others in the photo. I know the photo is old, but seems like the right thing to do.
      1. Torgus's Avatar
        Torgus -
        What a great thread/post.

        What a scumbag.

        Seems like this happens all to often in the aftermarket tuner industry.
      1. quattr0's Avatar
        quattr0 -
        I do agree w F16HTON on fitment issue. Happens all the time even for the vendor that is in business for more than 30 years!

        Great piece Sticky!!!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
        That wedding photo, just seems like you should blur out faces of others in the photo. I know the photo is old, but seems like the right thing to do.
        Hmm yeah it's old and that is how it was sent to me but you may be right.
      1. Fuhrmann's Avatar
        Fuhrmann -
        Reminds me a bit the story of two turbo builder in Germany. Human are to bad sometimes....
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
        That wedding photo, just seems like you should blur out faces of others in the photo. I know the photo is old, but seems like the right thing to do.
        I thought about this and decided you were right.

        Doubt there would be objections after so many years and that it was sent to me uncensored I blurred out those who have nothing to do with it.