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Old 05-20-2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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Where and how did you learn?

I'm astonished by the amount of work I see people doing to their own vehicles. I like to pick up a wrench every now and then but I stick to what I know, which is not much. I did not go to school to be an automotive tech but I'm sure neither did half of you who work on your own vehicles. Whenever I see someone doing their own cam swap, or installing their own turbos, superchargers, changing springs (suspension/engine), I just sit back and think, "damn, I wish I could do half of that." So i just wanted to know what got you started and where did you learn how to do what you do?
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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A lot of kits now a days come with detailed instructions. I'd say 90% of DIYs are mentally convincing yourself that you can do it.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:58 PM   #3
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I'm astonished by the amount of work I see people doing to their own vehicles. I like to pick up a wrench every now and then but I stick to what I know, which is not much. I did not go to school to be an automotive tech but I'm sure neither did half of you who work on your own vehicles. Whenever I see someone doing their own cam swap, or installing their own turbos, superchargers, changing springs (suspension/engine), I just sit back and think, "damn, I wish I could do half of that." So i just wanted to know what got you started and where did you learn how to do what you do?
Well when your young and poor and something breaks and all you can afford is the parts to fix it you get need to get dirty.

I used to buy one tool every payday(it had to be on sale) when I was younger and now I have just about every tool I will ever need.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:00 PM   #4
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A lot of kits now a days come with detailed instructions. I'd say 90% of DIYs are mentally convincing yourself that you can do it.
Thats at least 90% of it.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:03 PM   #5
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Grab your balls and just do it... I always do my own work! It gives me that peace of mind, knowing its done right and I did it myself... Much more appreciative of a job well done when you can say " you did it "
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Well when your young and poor and something breaks and all you can afford is the parts to fix it you get need to get dirty.

I used to buy one tool every payday(it had to be on sale) when I was younger and now I have just about every tool I will ever need.
+1

Totally forgot to mention that most of the time I'm just too cheap to pay someone else to do it.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:52 PM   #7
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Grab your balls and just do it... I always do my own work! It gives me that peace of mind, knowing its done right and I did it myself... Much more appreciative of a job well done when you can say " you did it "

I guess this is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. How do you know it's a "job well done" if you've never done it before. Sure I can grab my balls and go for it, but even if I research the problem ahead of time, I wouldn't exactly know if I did a job well done. Just saying.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:03 PM   #8
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Started tinkering with cars and motorcycles in high school. Learned how to put a ring and pinion in at 13. Nothing is too difficult to accomplish provided you have the tools to pull it off. I've had my track bike completely down to the frame multiple times. Seems to run ok!
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:02 PM   #9
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I use to hang out in the garage with my dad when I was young, ( my kids do that now). My uncles use to race cars so I worked on there race cars then my own. If I haven't done something before I hit the ol Google button. Lol. I live on google. Do lots of research on something and do it. Have a buddy come over to help ya. Or laugh at ya.
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:51 PM   #10
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One doesn't need "balls" to grab in order to do something mechanical! I installed a cam in my '79 Camaro as well as heads a few years later. The car actually ran afterwards! A friend helped me put the headers on in 1984 because they were so big and bulky. I learned a lot while I was single and in the Army. They have self help garages on base with tools and experienced folks to help out and point you right. Now I'm older and single again, so I do pretty much for myself.

I haven't done anything major to my 2013 yet, but I hope to do most of the work myself. I just installed factory gauges which was pretty simple and straightforward. I'll install my CAI later on. I might go for headers later on in my warranty period...

Good luck with the mods!

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I use to hang out in the garage with my dad when I was young, ( my kids do that now). My uncles use to race cars so I worked on there race cars then my own. If I haven't done something before I hit the ol Google button. Lol. I live on google. Do lots of research on something and do it. Have a buddy come over to help ya. Or laugh at ya.

I wish my dad was a car junkie when I was little. Don't get me wrong we did small stuff like change brakes and spark plugs. Like I said though, something like headers or changing cams, there is no way I would feel comfortable doing that.


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One doesn't need "balls" to grab in order to do something mechanical! I installed a cam in my '79 Camaro as well as heads a few years later. The car actually ran afterwards! A friend helped me put the headers on in 1984 because they were so big and bulky. I learned a lot while I was single and in the Army. They have self help garages on base with tools and experienced folks to help out and point you right. Now I'm older and single again, so I do pretty much for myself.

I haven't done anything major to my 2013 yet, but I hope to do most of the work myself. I just installed factory gauges which was pretty simple and straightforward. I'll install my CAI later on. I might go for headers later on in my warranty period...

Good luck with the mods!

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I agree your don't need "balls." Balls are not going to pay for the 3000 in damages i do if I mess something up. lol. Good luck with your mods and make sure to keep a journal for yourself and the rest of us to see your progress.
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:16 PM   #12
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My dad taught me some basic stuff. When I do an oil change my 3 yr old has been curious so I have been showing him the filters and drain plugs. TO many people nowadays cant do anything for themselves.

Nowadays the internet is also great. I installed an RX Catch can. Put the pdf instructions on my tablet and used that as an installation aid
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:49 PM   #13
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You can do anything with the help of google and youtube these days. Follow the instructions and if something does not seem right, get clarification.

I've been wrenching my whole life, just love cars and love love working on them. I bought a house 3 years ago and reno'd it. Had no idea what to do, but searching the internet gave me all the help I needed.

Example: I was grouting the tiles and was having a bitch of a time, mixed the grout as per the instructions on the bag. Found a youtube video and it showed the guy squeezing the grout through his fingers and i realized I need mine much wetter than I had it. Added some water and it was easy after that.

TLDR; DOOOOOO EEEEEEEET!
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:51 PM   #14
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