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harrda
Mar 3, 2005


Hey,

I used to work for ConsumerReports which has pretty good stuff. I now work for US News on their car ranking site, which has the advantage over CR of being free to view.

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/

We're pulling lots of information from different sources and summarizing. I think it's useful. No forums (yet), but I'd appreciate input from car enthusiasts if there's anything you love or hate.

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Mat_Drinks
Nov 18, 2002

mmm this nitromethane gets my supercharger runnin'


Here's one.

http://www.spyderchat.com - For the MR2 Spyder (00-05)... Has a few ricers, but for the most part has a lot of quality posting regarding swaps, suspension specifics, and autocrossing. Probably the best car specific forum I've run across, though, that may change as the car gets more accessible.

rainmanjam
Dec 30, 2006

Well.. that was interesting. Would you mind doing that again?


Hey, seeing as you have a whopping two posts to your name (this one and a gassed thread), maybe you ought to try contributing to our loving forum before you use it to drum up traffic for your ad-supported site, eh? It doesn't help that you've tried TWICE to get me to sticky a goddamned thread JUST to promote it, either.

Somebody fucked around with this message at 07:26 on Feb 5, 2008

CornHolio
May 20, 2001



Toilet Rascal

http://www.mvreader.com/multiview/d...terchange=1&l=n

Belt routings for a bunch of different cars and engines.

wormil
Sep 12, 2002

Hulk will smoke you!

These guys are the poo poo for Chrysler Sebrings, lots of technical knowledge and helpfulness in diagnosing and fixing problems.
http://www.sebringclub.net/board/

koollook124
Jan 15, 2008


Great community on this site and tons of articles for references on all Integra generations and the RSX.
https://www.teamintegra.com

DAT RAM
Dec 28, 2003

Laissez les bons temps rouler

Here's another forum for Subaru:

http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/

Subaru Forester owner's forum. A good, knowledgeable community with a minimal amount of trolls. I haven't had any bad experiences there.

nm
Jan 28, 2008

"I saw Minos the Space Judge holding a golden sceptre and passing sentence upon the Martians. There he presided, and around him the noble Space Prosecutors sought the firm justice of space law."

Grimey Drawer

I would add one thing to the ticket post (which is one of the better I've seen on the internet, though I would note that this stuff varies pretty widely by state):
Read (and understand) the statute you're accused of violating. Not doing this is the most common mistake I've seen in traffic court. If you bring up "reasonable and prudent" in a state with a strict liability speed limit, you're going to fail. And if you do it in negotiation, it is over. The prosecutor now knows they'll win, easily.

Oh and if you have time to kill, go watch traffic court. You'll find out which judges are easy, which are nice. How to make judges like you and all that stuff. In my county, there's one Judge who is extremely skeptical of traffic tickets with even very minor flaws. If you know this, you can press for a drat good deal with the knowledge that if you fail, your odds of winning are still pretty high.

tkNukem
Feb 12, 2005



nm posted:

I would add one thing to the ticket post (which is one of the better I've seen on the internet, though I would note that this stuff varies pretty widely by state):
Read (and understand) the statute you're accused of violating. Not doing this is the most common mistake I've seen in traffic court. If you bring up "reasonable and prudent" in a state with a strict liability speed limit, you're going to fail. And if you do it in negotiation, it is over. The prosecutor now knows they'll win, easily.

...
After googling around, I found these two useful resources:
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/inj...teSpeedLaws.pdf (~5 MB)
http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/s...#motor_vehicles
Be wary of dead links on the Cornell site...the URL to Maryland's statutes is 404, for instance.

nm
Jan 28, 2008

"I saw Minos the Space Judge holding a golden sceptre and passing sentence upon the Martians. There he presided, and around him the noble Space Prosecutors sought the firm justice of space law."

Grimey Drawer

tkNukem posted:

After googling around, I found these two useful resources:
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/inj...teSpeedLaws.pdf (~5 MB)
http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/s...#motor_vehicles
Be wary of dead links on the Cornell site...the URL to Maryland's statutes is 404, for instance.
The best resource is a local law library and finding annotated code. Annotated code helps you know what the law means and how courts have seen it.
Oh and reading the first link they have missed an important bit of Minnesota speed law.
In an urban area, the speed limit is a hard barrier. You cannot argue that 60 was safe in a 55 (though in a blizzard 55 can be unsafe and get you a ticket) and get out of a ticket. However, in rural areas that avenue is still open.

hippynerd
Nov 5, 2004

by Ozma


The Starion/Conquest site has change since last year, and the link doesnt work right.
this link works to the new site.
http://www.starquestclub.com/forum/
I havnt logged in since the change over, and I have no idea whats going on with the site other than its weird now.

We have a local (Pacific Northwest) site at:
http://www.nwstarquest.com/
(no, my car(s) are not in that photo.)

These are also related sites/documentation:

http://www.g54b.com/
http://www.tristarion.com/
http://www.austarion.com/

http://www.austarion.com/tech/index.php (this one has links to PDF manuals!)
http://starquest.i-x.net/ (this site has some nice photo-essay style step-by-step repair processes.)

hippynerd fucked around with this message at 19:32 on Apr 10, 2008

sirnollem
Apr 11, 2008


A good resourse I use every day is https://www.obdii.com It allows you to check obdII codes by manufacturer and has a list of common acronyms and jargon. If you dont want emails from them just put jibberish in the name and email boxes and it'll still work

Dave Inc.
Nov 26, 2007
Let's have a drink!

For anyone who owns a Porsche 944 or 924S:

http://www.clarks-garage.com/

This is your life's blood. It has step by step instructions for a number of repairs in the "Garage Shop Manual" section, and is really, really helpful. Much more so than the Haynes manual for a number of things.

Big K of Justice
Nov 27, 2005

Anyone seen my ball joints?


H1/Hmmwv for the 2 goons who uses them:

http://www.humvee.net
http://www.flashoffroad.com

HMMWV/Duece and other military vehicles:

http://www.steelsoldiers.com

maxallen
Nov 22, 2006



Top Cop

LexLS.com - Great site with a large number of DIY tutorials for 1st Gen Lexus LS400s

Schuepbach
Feb 12, 2004



I'm actually looking for a resource but couldnt seem to find it in the thread. It was a new car buyers guide, writtten by someone from an automotive forum(maybe one of the bmw ones). It basically outlined the steps one should take in order to get the best price on a new car through a dealership. If anyone has this or could post it up, it would help me out and be a great resource.

Xenoid
Dec 9, 2006


Schuepbach posted:

I'm actually looking for a resource but couldnt seem to find it in the thread. It was a new car buyers guide, writtten by someone from an automotive forum(maybe one of the bmw ones). It basically outlined the steps one should take in order to get the best price on a new car through a dealership. If anyone has this or could post it up, it would help me out and be a great resource.

http://www.e46fanatics.com/faq/rizzo.html

koollook124
Jan 15, 2008


For you old GS lovers! http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/index.php for all pre 1987 suzuki gs models.

Cole
Nov 24, 2004

DUNSON'D

Where is a good place to find listings for used sports bikes? Something like autotrader preferably.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Cole posted:

Where is a good place to find listings for used sports bikes? Something like autotrader preferably.

Craigslist is great for this.

Finger Prince
Jan 5, 2007

"I think he's watching us..."

"No, it's just the Mountain Peeks."
(Source)



a friend mine from work put together a kind of neat website:
https://www.carmechanic.ca (also https://www.mecanicienauto.ca for the frenchies)
basically it's a search engine for finding mechanics, dealers, parts shops, etc. locally or in a given city. Handy if you're stranded in some place (with internet access) and need to find the nearest mechanic or whatever.
Anyway, thought I'd share, maybe it'll be useful to someone. Only lists stuff in Canada though, so not much use to you guys south of the border.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


You can also go to google maps and find anything by typing [DESIRED THING] near [YOUR LOCATION]

Finger Prince
Jan 5, 2007

"I think he's watching us..."

"No, it's just the Mountain Peeks."
(Source)



RealKyleH posted:

You can also go to google maps and find anything by typing [DESIRED THING] near [YOUR LOCATION]

vv
this is can be a little more precise, but whatever. It's another way of doing it, in case google breaks or something.

unbeatable
Mar 13, 2006
I'm number one

Similar to carfiche, downloadable Factory Service Manuals, Owners manuals, and Technical Service Bulletins. Adding more every day.

http://www.carrepairguides.com

HundredxNails
Jun 15, 2007
Answering every pregnancy with a Coathanger!

3000GT/Stealth NA/Turbo 6G72 Love

3sx.com - One of the last places you can find stock 3kGT/stealth parts. They sell a 60k service package which includes water pump, belt tensioner pulley, and timing belt. They also make their own downpipes for both NA and Turbo charged applications. Prices are reasonable.

3SI.com - a tresure trove of information about the 3000GT and Dodge Stealth. I do not have a lot of experience with their forums but they do have a wiki.

3rd Gen Eclipse or "So it's like a DSM that got fat and slow"

Club3G.com - It has the service manual for the entire 3rd gen line up that can be downloaded for free. The forum has a part review/ vendor review subforum so you can see people risk their vehicle's on eBay parts so you don't have to. Most of the populace seems pretty well informed, but there seem to be a few ricer kids in the group.

Tearstone.com - a good selection of parts for the Eclipse and Dodge Stratus. Kind of pricey in comparison to other sites depending on what you are looking for. also has a selection of parts for the other generations of Eclipse.

For people who like print Project Car is a pretty slick magazine. They take fairly afforable cars (mostly japanese but they have been working on a few US, and german cars), shows in detail step by step the work they do with pictures. They tend to favor the 240sx a little too much.

tokki g
Aug 18, 2004


HundredxNails posted:

3000GT/Stealth NA/Turbo 6G72 Love

3sx.com - One of the last places you can find stock 3kGT/stealth parts. They sell a 60k service package which includes water pump, belt tensioner pulley, and timing belt. They also make their own downpipes for both NA and Turbo charged applications. Prices are reasonable.

3SI.com - a tresure trove of information about the 3000GT and Dodge Stealth. I do not have a lot of experience with their forums but they do have a wiki...

Yay! I drive a '94 SL. Don't forget the 6G74! (A few people have done the 6G74 engine swap to have 3.5L - up to 4.1L if you bore/stroke - of displacement /w a near drop-in replacement engine). 3SX is a great vendor, shipping and prices are a bit high but they do know the platform very very well and staff are helpful/friendly.
3si.org is great, their search function sucks but I spend a lot of my time on their forums. They have a classifieds section, vendors occasionally have group buys for parts at a lower price, etc. I bought a downpipe and precat eliminator from eK2 on 3si for over $100 less than 3SX's price, eK2 is just one guy though so his production schedule varies. You can find other vendors on the forums as well, 3sx isn't the only place around (Ultimate Performance, Cianci, GT Pro, Maximal, etc...)

https://www.stealth316.com - the ULTIMATE 3000GT/Stealth resource! Tons of stuff in the 'garage' section including pictures and How To's for installing both oem and aftermarket parts, oem specs, etc.

BITBY
May 6, 2007



Here's another nice and large factory repair manual resource, courtesy of the Ohio Public Library system:
http://www.oplin.org/databases/prox...y.php?qurl=http

Click link:
-> Library card number: enter almost any combo of nine numbers (the infamous 800873551 does work)
-> Select "Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County"
-> Find "Auto Repair Reference Center", and away you go.

edit: syntax

editedit: If, for some reason you are sent to a search page instead of a small list of topics, perform the first two steps above then copy and paste this link:

edit: this works...
oplin.org/auto

BITBY fucked around with this message at 00:32 on Oct 2, 2008

Finger Prince
Jan 5, 2007

"I think he's watching us..."

"No, it's just the Mountain Peeks."
(Source)



we've got a the bikes subforum now but I just re-found this link and it's really handy if you need to lock something up:
http://www.stichtingart.nl/sloten_resultaat.asp
It's in Dutch, but pretty easy to understand what you're doing. Basically it's the lock/chain/anchor independent testing company that rate how easy it is to break the various security devices on the market. And if anyone knows how to steal a bike, it's a dutch junkie.

Arok
Mar 17, 2007


I didn't see it listed but one of my favorite references is http://pda.edmunds.com/

It's good for quickly finding stock hp, weight and other specs. Too bad it only goes as far back as 1990.

Taaaaaaarb!
Nov 17, 2008

Electric Space Famicon

gtrcanada.com - For Nissan Skyline and GT-R owners in Canada, almost exclusively devoted to the R32 series, but has a growing body of info for R33's, R35's and very scant bits about the R34.

skylineowners.com - For European Skyline/GT-R owners. Specifically, mainland European, as to differentiate from...

gtr.co.uk - For residents of the UK that own a Skyline or GT-R.

skylineforums.com - A very limited forum for US/other-country Skyline/GT-R owners.

Jeremy360
Jul 24, 2007



Cobaltss.net covers all of the Cobalt and sister cars, not just the SS models.

Props on a great list and an informative post. You've got me parts shopping again.

SaviourX
Sep 29, 2003

The only true Catwoman is Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, or Eartha Kitt.



sigtrap posted:

General Tips:
- Keep your tires properly inflated
- Do not race to stop lights
- Keep a steady pace and at least go the speed limit
- Shift a bit earlier than you're used to; 2500 instead of 3000rpm
- On the freeway, you can attempt to drive behind a bigger vehicle; however, DO NOT DO ANY OF THAT HYPERMILING poo poo, THOSE GUYS ARE COCKS


Most of your info is fairly detailed, if glib, but this is downright unhelpful. Even the tire pressure stuff, while full of AI-rage, was more use than this.
Expand on these points when you can, because most people that aren't into cars will have no idea why these are good tips.

Also, your section on fighting tickets is good at finding ways out of a ticket, but doesn't do anything to help people that have a chronic ticketing issues. I realize Texas might be the speed trap capital, but a lot of places aren't, and cops rarely bust folks for minor infractions outside peak blitz times.

biglads
Feb 21, 2007

I could've gone to Blatherwycke




Fun Shoe

http://www.volvoforums.org.uk/index.php

UK/Europe oriented Volvo forum. Quite a lot of traffic. Sub-forums for the various models - lots of useful technical advice.
The site is part of http://www.volvoclub.org.uk/ which itself has a lot of useful information about bricks.

oxbrain
Aug 18, 2005

Put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip and come on up to the mothership.


This is an interesting page that lists nearly every production car built for the last 60 or so years, with a picture or two of each.

WARNING this page is loving massive and will probably crash your browser.

http://www.productioncars.com/car-show.php

Korwen
Feb 26, 2003

don't mind me, I'm just out hunting.



Could we add https://www.rennlist.com to the make specific resources, as we currently do not have any Porsche ones? This site is good for a lot of makes, but especially 928's, a lot of kickass info up there, any Porsche owner should know about it, doubly so if you have a unique model.

markdown
Jan 14, 2008
2 baristas, one drink.

Add http://volvospeed.com to the list of volvo forums?

Pooperscooper
Jul 22, 2007


HI I AM A OBLIVIOUS MORON FOR WHOM READING AND COMPREHENSION IS STILL A TRICKY SUBJECT.

Somebody fucked around with this message at 17:27 on Feb 23, 2009

Sir Tonk
Apr 18, 2006




Young Orc

SaviourX posted:

Most of your info is fairly detailed, if glib, but this is downright unhelpful. Even the tire pressure stuff, while full of AI-rage, was more use than this.
Expand on these points when you can, because most people that aren't into cars will have no idea why these are good tips.

Also, your section on fighting tickets is good at finding ways out of a ticket, but doesn't do anything to help people that have a chronic ticketing issues. I realize Texas might be the speed trap capital, but a lot of places aren't, and cops rarely bust folks for minor infractions outside peak blitz times.
That's what search engines are for. I hadn't heard of hypermiling and looked it up to find out that those people are cocks.

And the tickets section is awesome. If you've got a problem with chronic ticketing, then there is probably an issue with either your vehicle or your driving style.

sigtrap
Apr 14, 2002

MOIST


SaviourX posted:

Most of your info is fairly detailed, if glib, but this is downright unhelpful. Even the tire pressure stuff, while full of AI-rage, was more use than this.
Expand on these points when you can, because most people that aren't into cars will have no idea why these are good tips.

Also, your section on fighting tickets is good at finding ways out of a ticket, but doesn't do anything to help people that have a chronic ticketing issues. I realize Texas might be the speed trap capital, but a lot of places aren't, and cops rarely bust folks for minor infractions outside peak blitz times.

I wrote none of that. Send PMs to the people to whom those sections are attributed.

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meatpimp
May 15, 2004

Psst -- Wanna buy

EVERYWHERE
some high-quality thread's DESTROYED!



sigtrap posted:

I wrote none of that. Send PMs to the people to whom those sections are attributed.

I said help me with my CHRONIC TICKETING ISSUES

Edit: You can add http://www.impalassforum.com and http://www.buickforums.com to the GM list.

Also, what about automotive-focused blogs? I know I watch http://www.autoblog.com and http://www.jalopnik.com

meatpimp fucked around with this message at 12:15 on Feb 25, 2009

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