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Joe-Z    0

Nope. I rarely post much anymore, in fact this is the first one in years. Been a member for years (2001). Still have my Z, but It is in stasis currently due to me being unable to work so it just sits in the garage waiting for the day I'm able to bring it back to life. But it least it has a nice big garage to sit in. Engine is still good, I start it every week or so, but everything else need overhauled. I think I have put 50 miles on it in the last 10 years, maybe 100. It's sad, but it will be reborn again and stronger than ever.

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RebekahsZ    106

I haven't seen much traffic about wheel fitmemt in a while. Perhaps the tuner/low rider crowd has moved on to somewhere else. We are starting to get some faster S30 owners again. Looks like the V8 S30 FB page has slowed down a little too. Maybe this stuff goes in cycles. Rebekah hasn't update her FB page in months, but then again she is 23 now and has a job...she went and grew up on me.

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rturbo 930    27

Rebekah hasn't update her FB page in months, but then again she is 23 now and has a job...she went and grew up on me.

I'm a couple years older, and I've noticed the same. A lot less FB activity among my age group. I have a browser add on that allows me to filter FB, otherwise I would have quit it ages ago. It's unusable without it.

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1969honda    1

I agree with Keith, most forums I've been apart of over the years involving cars and motorcycles go in cycles. It seems to coincide with holidays, tax returns and summer break. Forums seem to be busy in the fall and early spring with people having more time in the garage because of weather (warmer but still rainy/windy and overcast), a little extra cash from being couped up inside and the rush to play for summer. I know locally from about mid June thru October is weekend car club events and vacation time so people are out and about instead of in the garage. Then around Thanksgiving/Christmas they are all working on projects in the garage due to gifts and trying to avoid social events and cabin fever.

 

It'll pick up again, it always does.

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Derek    46

I'm here:)

 

HybridZ has always frowned on asking before searching. That is a double edged sword though since it can have a tendency stifle new discussions or approaches. Plus it drives new people away.  I see stuff on reddit that can easily be answered by a quick search here. And the answers that are thrown around are sooooo wrong half the time. But if you use the correct reddit speak your totally incorrect answer gets voted to the top and my completely boring but correct answer gets voted into oblivion. I don't facebook so I don't know what goes on there. 

 

Times they are a changing:)

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rturbo 930    27
I don't facebook so I don't know what goes on there.

I've browsed the reddit Datsun group a few times, I'd say it's about as good as the FB group, only on a better platform. Too much trendiness, bad advice, and misinformation.

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1969honda    1
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I guess it's a good thing this is the only group I regularly frequent for Datsun info then! I just figured when I first got my car this was the place all the Google searches seemed to link back to, so I signed up and haven't really browsed elsewhere. There's only so much time in the day. I like searching, finding and reading the experience and advise of others that are competent, more than just good pictures and fun chit chat. I like pictures and BS, but I'd rather learn or get some ideas on how to move forward rather than just BS most of the time.

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trackzpeed    5

If not for HybridZ..... I would have never attempted my LS swap. At 50 years of age, it seems to me the younger instant gratification society of facebook et.al is popular with lookers but not participators of these types of communities. Kinda like watching sports instead of doing them.

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Zetsaz    4

I guess it's a good thing this is the only group I regularly frequent for Datsun info then! I just figured when I first got my car this was the place all the Google searches seemed to link back to, so I signed up and haven't really browsed elsewhere. There's only so much time in the day. I like searching, finding and reading the experience and advise of others that are competent, more than just good pictures and fun chit chat. I like pictures and BS, but I'd rather learn or get some ideas on how to move forward rather than just BS most of the time.

 

This is pretty much exactly how I ended up here. Most of my commenting on the DPAN page has honestly been linking people back here. The only time I post there is when I'm having issues identifying small unusual parts (even with the FSM) as I'm working and need a quick answer, but that's probably only happened two or three times.

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JMortensen    235

If not for HybridZ..... I would have never attempted my LS swap. At 50 years of age, it seems to me the younger instant gratification society of facebook et.al is popular with lookers but not participators of these types of communities. Kinda like watching sports instead of doing them.

I almost agree completely. There is a contingent of turbo LS guys who apparently got shat on here (probably rightfully so - failure to search, etc) who then took a "Screw Hybrid Z" stance and ignored this forum completely. A few of them are here, but there are a number who just won't bother. They are doers, and they have some crazy powerful (1000+ hp) swaps and it seems that the insistence on using the forum as a reference work, keeping threads on topic, not making 73,000 threads on the same subject, etc is just too much hassle. Not sure that's a problem that needs solving though. Hybrid Z is not for everybody, never has been.

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RebekahsZ    106

The moderators here do a good job. I'm glad this forum has limited smut factor too. FB, YouTube, etc seems to get littered with pictures of people's girlfriends or girls folks wish were their girlfriends. And it's so easy to find yourself following those rabbit holes until you find yourself looking at things that don't smell like grease, oil or gasoline. I'm thankful to the moderators for policing content so well to keep us "on topic."

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1969honda    1

Keith I agree with you 100%, it's nice have a car forum that stays "on topic", it's one of the main reasons I paid for a forum membership. I have 3 young boys (all under 12) at home that regularly come sit at the desk or on the couch next to me when I'm researching and surfing for ideas on my build. It's nice not even worry about what site I'm on and what images, and the resulting questions will pop up.

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jacky4566    1

I just joined DPAN. No. Not better. Lol. There is no search function, and the content reflects that.

 

Search is on the left hand side bud :P

 

Each has thier place. Facebook is good for quick noob answer, What size is this bolt.. How do i blank...what is X...

While HybridZ is better for in depth discussion. Tutorials and engineering discussions. 

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Tony D    143

FB is ZC.Com X1000 in terms of asshats out there with absolutely no technical acumen preaching to people.
The sad thing is the really knowledgeable people you meet from that place tend to withdraw when they see the gaggle and hoarde...
It's Social Justice Warrior time, have to tiptoe around even the most basic things as children of all ages take offense at the slightest hint of a slight.

Oh, and then there's the haters from the forums that just come on to blast someone when they've been drinking. That's always a hoot.

It's fun for what it is, but most people are referencing these  forum sites for searching and archives of knowledge, and that was exactly what the originators  envisioned. Not a popular site with banter and crap...but a place where GOOD knowledge was exchanged, and deposited so others who wanted the knowledge without the background noise would have a place to go!

And in that, it functions as designed. The references you see on  FB are "HybridZ" this, "Classic Z" that... 

If they could move the useless banter all to Zukerbergs anal probe marketing site, and keep knowledge pure and factual here...oh let me sing like Willy Wonka! 

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RebekahsZ    106
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I saw that at lunch and had a good chuckle. Brandon has the situation well in hand. I'm just glad that 15x3.5" rims fit with a 1-3/8" backspacing so I can fit 24x4.5 frontrunners inside the front fenders! Plenty clearance for future turbo piping. Good to see ya TonyD!

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1969honda    1
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Figured I'd share this here in case anyone had missed it.  It looks like the site administrators are struggling with this issue of site traffic and keeping the server current and funded.

http://forums.hybridz.org/topic/127731-hybridz-may-be-shutting-down/page-2?do=findComment&comment=1193898

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ZR8ED    18

Nope not dead.  I still pop in and read from time to time, and I've been around here a longgg time.  I got into Porsche's for a while, but am happy to announce I am back in a Datsun.  This time a 280zxt.  Power steering and A/C and a turbo.  I still get to drive a classic Z car, yet have a few more creature comforts.

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