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Old 08-01-2000, 09:27 PM   #1
Philip
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2002 WRX Sedan

Post Where did all of you learn about "moding" your car?

You can totally classify me as a "newbie", I have spent the last two weeks trying to get caught up in all the lingo that goes with cars and doubt I have a 1/3 of it figured out.

Anyone know of any websites or books that might help me?

I have read through SPD Tuning "technical information" and think I understand most of it, but would like to make sure with a cross refrence of some sort.

A touch off this topic, did anyone purchase (or even know if one is available) a Subaru 2.5RS Impreza Repair Manual?

I have one for my old Honda. It basically walks you through taking apart and testing everything in the car. Gives enough detail that you could take the car apart to the frame if you really wanted, and put it all back together. Its a bit much, but even so, it has been a great help when I try to do anything with my car, since it even tells the exact locations of screws and bolts, or what you should take off to access what I need.

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Philip
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Old 08-02-2000, 12:59 AM   #2
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Yeah, that's about right.

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Ok I know I am going to piss off a few people when I say that most folks on this board, myself included, are pretty clueless when it comes to cars and mods. We are consumers just like everybody else. As opposed to the people who've been in this biz a lot longer than us, like Shiv, Trey Cobb, Mike Shields, Paul Eklund, etc. (sorry if I forgot anybody) -- the folks who are actually making the stuff we buy and install, for instance.

To our credit (the 20somethings here who have never tuned a carbeurator or machined parts from scratch), we are very good about sharing information and using a lot of common sense. That's why (I think) we sound like a pretty informed group compared to the Honda/Eclipse crowd for instance. Which we are, I think.

The cool thing about you guys is that you are all generally the type to listen, learn, and think about things first. Sometimes I wonder what this group will be like 3-5 years from now; maybe we'll be driving different cars (just hopefully not like Brian's ) or have gone onto other things but if we keep this up we'll all be a lot wiser by then.

Off my soapbox for now

Anyway, to answer your question, maybe we shoud all take a mechanic's class at a community college?
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Old 08-02-2000, 08:27 AM   #3
Matt Monson
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Ok Necromancer, I'm going to take your bait.

I disagree regarding the general knowledge level around here. There are quite a few of us 20somethings(I will be that evil 30 in 6 months) who have been into cars for a long time. I especially think your remarks about Honda owners shows ignorance about how many enthusiasts are really out there. Prior to my Subbie purchase, my primary web-haunt was the Honda Hybrid site. This site is all about swapping engines and serious tuning of all generation Hondas with a few owners even driving cars 1st generation cars from the 70's. I don't know how many cross overs I have seen here;there are a lot of us who sold our Hybrids to buy our Subbie.

I would never put myself in the same as a tuner like Trey Cobb or Mike Shields, but I have swapped an engine and do some of my own work when I have the time. I think the majority of folks on this board are similar to myself who know a lot and are glad to help others learn as well. I learn something new almost everyday on this site. Especially what my options are for future mods to my car. Just my 2 cents. Hope I wasn't offensive.
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Old 08-02-2000, 09:33 AM   #4
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I'm with Joe. I do know a little and what I do know I learned second hand. I have done a little trial and error and I think a lot of guys have. You live and learn. Hey Joe, I'd take a class with you but I live too far away
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Old 08-02-2000, 10:21 AM   #5
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As for me...I had a 1972 MG Midget in high school. And if any of you have experience with British cars from the 70's you know you have to constantly fiddle with it.

I never took any classes or read any books (other than MG stuff) but I learned slowly off that car. So from that machine I gained operation knowledge. As far a modifying it goes...I just bought what sounded cool.

It wasn't until fairly recently that I learned more about what you can do to enhance performance...and I owe a LOT of that to this board. The Tech column is very informative, and questions asked there are (almost) always answered.

I ended every paragraph with a That is cheesy and will never happen again.

D. Neil ".5" Crawford

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Old 08-02-2000, 10:49 AM   #6
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i have only started doing things to my impreza in the past 4 months. i bought all the parts i wanted, and helped install them if not doing it on my own. i have no experience with cars as im only 18... but i cant tell you how much i learned listening, asking, and doing. as for mods ideas.... this site has some cool mods, but check out www.azscooby.freeservers.com for some cool mods. email mike sheilds with questions you have regarding his site, or call him. hes always taken the time to explain what i didnt understand. and come to one of our meets. such a surplus of information.
i have yet to meet an unfriendly RS owner. everyone has had something to offer.
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