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Old 09-19-2004, 03:11 AM   #1
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Congraduations! You have just registered on the premier LS based technical site. Your probably eager and ready to jump into the fray, great, we encourage that and want to here from you. However there are a few things that should be done before hand that will make your stay here that much easier and allow us to further help you.


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Panel Template

Below is the Pannel to Navigate through the options you have as a User.


  • The ones of most use and importance are: User CP (user control panel), FAQ, and Search (well get to that later ).

FAQ: Often disregarded like the instructions to something simple you "already know how to do", the FAQ will answer all your questions on how to get started.




User CP


  • As you can see, User CP is your place to customize your options and information as a user

Often ignored like the FAQ as something inconsequential and unimportant is the User Location. Use location can be added/changed by clicking the Edit Profile link.

Why is entering a location helpful:

1.) It better helps us help you. If you are interested in modding, and we all are, our advice will be different to someone in CA then it will be for someone in KS. (i.e emissions concerns)

2.) If you have items to sell and you want "local' sale only it would help if we knew were "local" was. You'd be suprised how many posts with local sales only dont put where they are located. If you have that information filled out in your User CP it eliminates and issues with that.

3.) Though there are tens of thousands of members here, its really a "small world". Often times you'll see someone who lives in the same city as you but you didnt even know it. This aids in forming a local network of friends, help, and local specific information that you might not have known about. The Regional forums also faciliate the same thing.
  • The other important option is the Sig (signature). To add/edit your sig click the Edit Signature link.

Your sig can be anything it wants (within the specified rules; i.e no nudity, profanity, ect.). With that said you should at bare minimum include your Vehicles Year and Transmission. Again, that little and basic information will better help us give you advice and technical information.

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Stickies


You will find stickies abound throughout the various forums. A sticky contains important and helpful information pertaining too its particular forum.
  • Below is an example of "General Information" sticky.




  • Below is an example of a "Technical Information" sticky. Technical info stickies should be read prior to posting, they are stuck for a reason and contain information that might help you.


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Searching

Ok, you've followed the above regimen, you know all the rules, you've read the various stickies and now your ready to post up a storm. Right? Wrong. STOP. Remember that little SEARCH button on your Navigation Panel. Well now is the time to utilize it.

Search fills a variety of roles:
  • Answers on demand: Though this site is popuated by thousands of members sometimes questions go unanswered. Instead of waiting around in hopes someone answers your question you can take the initiative to scroll through the archieves of the many people who have more then likey had the same question as you
  • People gone but not forgotten: People come and go. There technical knowledge, know how, and advice doesnt. You'll find that alot of great information can be had from members past (i.e Raughhammer).
  • Data straight from the source: Being the Technical site this is you'll often find alot of industry insiders will post here. Magazine editors, product developers, ect. There contributions are greatly appreciated. They however dont have the time to sit here and answer questions all day. By searching you can often find there posts and take comfort knowing its straight from the source.
  • Data Gathering: Research and Data Gathering are two of the most important tools we have in this modding game. Proper research first and foremost will save you money because lets face it, we all dont have the money to try every product available and then decide whats bests for us. Researching will help narrow down your choices to help pick the right parts for your budget and application


How to PROPERLY search

Time and time again i see a post that starts off "i search but couldnt find any relavant info" and then they go on to ask a general question that is answered in a sticky or even sometimes in another persons thread still on the first page. Thats not searching.

Im going to walk you through a proper search. You've had your car for a while and you've been thinking about adding some headers for more power and sound.

You click Search and the drop box menu comes down.



You type in "headers" and the following comes up:



As you can see there are over 250 threads all over the place with the word "headers" in them. Lets see if we can narrow it down some.

Click the Search button again, but this time when the drop box comes down click on Advanced Search. That brings up the following:



In the advanced menu you will notice i entered the same keyword "headers", but this time i have specified i want to searc the "Power Development" section including all subforums. With that we get this:



Now we've further narrowed down our search but there is still alot of irrelavant info to what we our searching.

Lets go back up to the Advance Search and limit our search to the "External" forum:



With those perameters this is what we come up with:



Now you are at a point where you can search around and get some basic info. There are pages and pages of great information to be had.

Lastly, to narrow down the seach even more we will look for threads with the word "headers" in the topic and look in the "External" subforum only.



The results are as follows:



As you can see there is plenty of info to go through and gain some knowledge. While searching you'll no doubtedly come across many different views of the variety of headers available. If post after post recommends a certain brand you can be sure its for a good reason (i.e Kooks/Qtp's). Once you have narrowed down a choice or two you can use the button to find more information on these specifics. Just use the last option layed out above: example
  • Kooks, title only, external forum.


The same process can be applied to any other general question you might have; cams, springs, lids, intakes, TB's, ect. Just search in the appropriate forum; meaning if your looking for cam info check the Ls1/Ls6 Internal forum and the Dyno forum.



Good luck and Happy Searching,

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Tips on asking for information/advice
  • Garbage in = Garbage out

We are all here to help, but if you dont give us any info to go on what type of response are you looking for?

When asking for advice or looking for information be as specific as you can. Simply "whats the bests...", "i want 50 bazillion hp...", ect. isnt going to cut it.

Information we need to better serve you:

First and Foremost -
  • Whats the intended application: street/strip, daily driver, track only, ect. Be very realistic with yourself and realize everything has a trade off.
  • How much do you realistically have to spend: the old adage of "Speed cost money, how fast do you want to go?" rings true.
  • What, if any, emissions requirements you have: if we know your emissions concerns we can steer you in the right direction rather then giving you info on setups that have no chance of passing.
  • When asking for cam please give us what your looking for to the best ability: with the almost 100 cams available the more info we have the better we can recommend. Meaning if you dont want to spin your shortblock to increasingly high RPM's cams like the G5x3 and T-Rex arent the best recommendations. If we know that from the start we can eliminate those cams from the outset and offer advice on ones that better suit you.
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