Island Tuning  

   Passion. Performance. Progression. 

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Meet the Technicians 

Jake Western: Island Tuning's founder and Head Technician. Jake was a born gear head and loves anything with an engine and wheels. His first mechanics started with go-ped motor scooters at the age of 12 and making then the fastest in the county. He then moved on to cars once he was old enough to drive one. His first car being a Mark III Toyota Supra which is still one of his cars to this day. He quickly got into JDM engine swaps specifically the Toyota JZ series of engines. During high school he completed 2 years at East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa Arizona where he learned all the fundamentals of automotive service. After graduation he opened and operated a automotive repair shop in mesa AZ where he stayed for 3 years before the business was sold and he moved to Superior racing development in Tempe AZ where he continued to add to his skill set by learning advanced engine tuning and building as well as suspension tuning and overall race car preparation and builds. He left Superior Racing Development when he decided his heart was in Maui where he was born and decided to make the move back in early 2014. After moving to Maui in 2014 Jake was the lead used car technician at Island Honda for just under 2 years before deciding he will be happiest running his own company where he is able to uphold the very high standards he demands from his work. What sets Jake apart from the rest is his relentless pursuit for perfection in everything he does as well as his overall capability to work on almost any make and model and his fabrication/engineering mind that allows him to continually improve on everything he builds or does. 

List of Qualifications:

  • ASE Certified Master Technician 
  • Associates Degree in Automotive Science 
  • Operated own repair shop for over 3 years 
  • Race car tuning and preparation builds 
  • Honda Certified Technician 
  • JZ engine series expert
  • Over 10 years of hands on experience 
  • Qualified welder for fabrication and chassis preparation