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Old 10-08-2012, 10:36 PM   #5
ToddMcF2002
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Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Plymouth, MA
Vehicle:
2014 STi Hatch
Crystal Black Silica

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I had the mechanics dream but its not my career. Best advice has to be go back to school *but* if you can swing it find something to wrench on that is not your daily driver. Learn by doing. Almost doesn't matter what you pick up. If you like subis find one (without too much rust). Pull the suspension apart down to the knuckles. Replace bushings, ball joints, end links, rebuild calipers... pick up the skills and tools as you go. The most satisfying moment I've had so far is having the leaking steering rack fall on my chest when I was struggling to remove it. What started out as an inner tie rod job turned into a full suspension and steering overhaul. I've learned so much in the process its amazing. Plus... this is the "common" and necessary skill stuff you'll end up doing as a mechanic, replacing consumables on car. Brakes, suspension bits (ball joints / end links) exhaust etc. Its also fertile ground for mod components (bushings, ALK, RCA, struts, lowering springs, tophats, camber plates, full coilovers, lateral links, trailing arms, strut bars, sway bars, end links, up pipes, down pipes, cat backs, turbo backs, turbo upgrades etc. etc. etc).

I'm babbling but.... get the idea? You need to understand the OEM components to understand the upgrades. Then, if you still like it, maybe it is your calling? who knows...

I don't know ***** about tuning though. I'll leave that stuff to the smart dudes with the dynos
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