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    Thread: What's the difference between "tuners" and "ricers"

    1. 06-22-2008 09:51 PM #1
      ?

    2. 06-22-2008 09:52 PM #2
      the tuner owns a 400hp car that looks like its stock, and the R*cer owns a stock car that looks like it has 400hp

    3. 06-22-2008 09:53 PM #3
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      06-22-2008 09:54 PM #4
      I don't like the term "tuner". People use it in place of "sport compact" when they shouldn't. A car that is from a tuning company, like Brabus or Ruf is a tuner.

      A "r1cer"....Well I'll just leave that one to the rest of TCL....

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      06-22-2008 09:54 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by CarLuvrSD »
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      06-22-2008 09:54 PM #6
      I saw a "tuned" audi 90 yesterday.
      It was completely stock looking from the outside and did the course (Amery Airport Speed Run for those from MN/WI) faster than a 998 turbo, Ford GT, and race-prepped vettes (140mph)

      "Riced" audis are too low to be functional, have wagon wheels, massive stretch, and are still slower than a 330i.

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      06-22-2008 09:55 PM #7
      Tuners = fully functional

      Ricers = mostly non-functional.


    8. 06-22-2008 09:58 PM #8
      'Tuner' is my pet peeve descriptor for people modifying cars. Unless your screwing with fuel and timing maps, you're not a tuner.

      Installed bolt-ons =/= tuner.

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      06-22-2008 10:00 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by Golfmk3_18 »
      the tuner owns a 400hp car that looks like its stock, and the R*cer owns a stock car that looks like it has 400hp

      I'd say that's pretty accurate.


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    11. 06-22-2008 10:03 PM #11
      Tuners make cars that are (usually) ugly and fast. Ricers just make ugly ones.
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      06-22-2008 10:04 PM #12
      ricers are posers, tuners are tinkerers with various degrees of success
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      06-22-2008 10:09 PM #14
      The question of what "Tuner" actually meant came up in that worst tuner thread.

      Most "Tuners" tend to focus on slathering custom crap on the exterior and interior a vehicles in the name of style. That is not "Tuning" imo. To me that's the same as what the term ricer means, where ricer is probably synonymous with "Poser".

      A good "Tuner" is a company that works to intelligently expand the performance envelope of a stock vehicle. And many also do cosmetic work since anybody dropping $10k for a "Tuning" is probably willing to drop another few grand to make it look special.

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    15. 06-22-2008 10:58 PM #15
      I think "Tuner" and "*****" is only differentiated by observed taste. It's really in the eye of the beholder, and neither are truly better than the other.

      So what if the "*****" gets his ish from J. C. Whitney or Pep Boys? Is it truly better that the "Tuner" gets his carbon fiber crap from another source? A little, but not enough to get all WTFBBQJEZUZKRIZCOPTER over it.

      If you're a "tuner", that's cool with me.
      If you're a "*****", thats ok too. It's YOUR car.
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    16. 06-22-2008 11:06 PM #16
      Come on where are the pics! You all know pics are worth a thousand words...

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      06-22-2008 11:26 PM #17
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      06-22-2008 11:41 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by someguy123 »
      Tuners = fully functional

      Ricers = mostly non-functional.

      +1


    19. 06-22-2008 11:45 PM #19
      Tuners have big wings and RWD
      Ricers have big wings and FWD


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      06-22-2008 11:59 PM #20
      Tuner(IMO)= Clean OE styling with most concentration on performance.

      *****(IMO)= Untasteful modding, gawdy body kits and parts. Generally have very minimal performance parts, cut springs, stickers etc.


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      06-23-2008 01:00 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by BRealistic »

      And BTW-
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      ricer ricer ricer ricer ricer


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      06-23-2008 04:00 AM #22
      Quote, originally posted by Harv »

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    25. 06-23-2008 08:24 AM #25
      Good Tuner:


      Rice:


      That is the differrence.

      Many professional "tuners" produce Rice as well.




      Modified by Spectral at 6:26 AM 6-23-2008


    26. 06-23-2008 08:46 AM #26
      I think everyone knows the answer to this question. Rice is useless junk on a car and tuners are more serious about the car's functions.

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      06-23-2008 09:06 AM #27
      Some people are either blind or Horsepower defines pretty/ugly.

      Most tuner cars are uglier then rice cars....just me though


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      06-23-2008 09:12 AM #28
      I don't like the term "tuner" when applied to a guy who modifies his car. Just doesn't sit right with me for some reason.

      Quote, originally posted by krautcar »
      Tuners have big wings and RWD
      Ricers have big wings and FWD

      So I do get the joke and all, but you know that big wings can be functional on FWDs, right? Granted, more often than not, they are not functional, but you know.


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      06-23-2008 09:15 AM #29
      Quote, originally posted by medicracer »
      I think "Tuner" and "*****" is only differentiated by observed taste. It's really in the eye of the beholder, and neither are truly better than the other.

      So what if the "*****" gets his ish from J. C. Whitney or Pep Boys? Is it truly better that the "Tuner" gets his carbon fiber crap from another source? A little, but not enough to get all WTFBBQJEZUZKRIZCOPTER over it.

      I was sort of going with you for a little bit ("fashion" vs. function is a battle that is as old as time). But then you went somewhere else... not all tuners get their parts from another, more expensive (implied) source, and not all ricers get their crap from JC Whitney. The line is drawn in that tuners do stuff to make the car more powerful, quicker, etc (engine, suspension, etc wise). Ricers change the look or sound of their car mostly (some superficial performance mods as trends allow), for the sake of fashion.

      It's not a bad thing per se, It is what you like. It's just that the ricer crowd usually take their cues from the tuner crowd, so they are usually viewed as the "lesser" beings.

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      06-23-2008 09:25 AM #30
      Matters of taste are purely subjective. To quote Thomas Jefferson, "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."
      my **** straight be snatchin off the line like "crunch" when i brake boost.

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      06-23-2008 09:33 AM #31
      TUNER:

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      06-23-2008 10:09 AM #32
      *****- mk4 gti 1.8t with painted rubstrips oem+ wheels and a chip

      tuner- k20 turbo swap into a mk2 civic hatch with 340 whp.

      buttt they'res good colors on either side of the board i guess?


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      06-23-2008 10:51 AM #33
      Not that it matters here, but the term tuner is derived from the act of tuning a musical instrument, i.e. taking a piano and tuning it until it can reproduce every note to the very best of its abilities.

      Tuning a car follows the same principle and while some folks believe bolting on parts isn't real tuning, according to the original definition of the term, so long as said bolt-ons improve the dynamic qualities of a vehicle, IMO it has been tuned.


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      06-23-2008 12:55 PM #34
      Quote, originally posted by crannky »
      Tuners make cars that are (usually) ugly and fast. Ricers just make ugly ones.

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      06-23-2008 12:56 PM #35
      Quote, originally posted by nm+ »
      "Riced" audis are too low to be functional, have wagon wheels, massive stretch, and are still slower than a 330i.

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