How not to piss off your local auto shop/tuner --do's and don'ts
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    How not to piss off your local auto shop/tuner --do's and don'ts

    Clearly i'm new at this. And don't know the ropes. So I've made a ton of mistakes. So, for fear of already irritating the piss out of the guys at my local shop and they that work on my car, what are some best practices, things to avoid doing or things to insure you do, when dealing with your local shop/mechanics/tuners? Is there some sort of performance car etiquette guide?

    I guess it would be nice to know how to not piss off your fellow WRX owners as well, particularly those who have been down since the WRX was the RS.

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    group or one-on-one??

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    God gave u two hands, and other parts^.

    But check on your local tuners website and it will have a list of things to do

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    or u should call and talk to them, they can give u a checklist of things to do..like run the octane gas u plan on using, make sure theres not other additives in your gas tank like fuel system cleaner, things like that, fresh oil, plugs.

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    Will definitely check sites. But sounds like you're saying DIY projects are helpful.

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    yes the tuner will tell you some things that need to be done to be tuned safely. if u go about doing them yourself or taking to a dealer for service is your choice but just call and as the tuner, thats why theyre there.

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    It might be helpful if you explain what happened that makes you think the shop is pissed at you, or what you think you did to piss them off. We'd have a better idea what kind of advice you're looking for.
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    i think he means hes going in for a tune and wants to make sure his car is setup right so he doesnt piss off the tuner...wants to know what prep he should do or not do. correct me if im wrong.

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    Ahh gotcha, I think I was reading it like he thought he already pissed them off with "tons of mistakes."
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    haha all good

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    Makes sense. First of all. Didn't do my appropriate services, 60k and 90k. Long story. Not car abuse or neglect, I promise. But major no no.

    Then a small issue turned into a huge work-up so I was stressed and paranoid. Came in for service and a CEL, then it turned into a failing engine. The rebuild took longer, cost more, etc. So I questioned the integrity of their work. Said I wanted to bring in my own guy, check if they did everything they said they did. Whatever, just talking. All the while I don't know what I'm talking about. Hadn't done my research. Dropped a lot of money on things I didn't fully understand and perhaps weren't ready to move into.

    Anyways...thought they were pissed cuz all of the sudden CEL comes back on, a coolant hose pops lose for no reason, brand new O2 sensor all of the sudden goes bad, AC compressor goes out, and start seeing unknown charges on my bill.

    Couple thousand miles later, all kinks have been worked out and perhaps everything was a huge misunderstanding. I think we are cool now. Will definitely get all my work done by these guys for the life of the vehicle and then some. But, I feel like if I knew a little bit more ahead of time, I could have avoided a lot of trouble.

    Hope that helps

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    So for instance, I ride sportsbikes, but I can't stand seeing guys who can't ride but run 100+ mph in a straight line, can't turn, don't know how to lean. Or that guy who is popping wheelies everywhere just to show off, disrupting traffic, reckless.
    Or the guy with the white T-shirt and shorts, raggin in the wind with no jacket on., looking ridiculous like they don't know what the hell they doing,
    and the worst...those dudes who rev their engine at stop lights or when they are coming to a stop. Why the f*** are you hitting the throttle? Is it going to stall otherwise?

    So, I imagine there are some similar pet-peeves in the WRX world.

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    haha i hear ya with that^^

    although when i had my bike i did some squid things, like racing friends on straights just for fun, rode in shorts once. but now i always wear my jacket and have jeans with kevlar inside them, better than nothing but still not going to wear full leathers even though safer. i know i know lol. but hate going fast on straights on a bike no skill. although i do love wheelies i try to keep it to parking lots and will probably get a 600cc stunt bike. but riding twisties on a bike and wrx still give me an erection...lol

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    some pet peeves in the wrx world are mods without tuning like intakes, exhausts, bov's, especially the hks ssqv lol. alot of members, including me, arent a fan of stanced cars. mines lowered but on lowering springs and different struts. rather have a nice stance with proper suspension geometry than something that looks cool to others but can take a turn.

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