does this qualify as a problem?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Darth Suzette, Jul 31, 2003.

  1. Recently I had to get a new car - the old one was falling apart in slow
    motion but at least there was plenty of time to shop. Eventually I settled
    on a Subaru WRX - my first new car ever but also first AWD turbo ? and
    have been very happy with it. No modifications needed.

    Even though the car has no spoiler, no decorations of any kind, is that
    generic silver color, and has nothing to change the stock look of it, I'm
    having a problem with the local idiot teenage ricers. They all seem to
    think that the mere act of driving a WRX to work, to the store to get
    groceries, to the gym after work (what ever) is an invitation to race
    them. LOL nothing could be further from the truth.

    I'm starting to cringe every time I see a Neon plastered with stickers and
    the usual surfboard-sized wing nailed to the trunk .. the Folgers can
    exhaust system .. complete with the pimply driver who's not old enough to
    start shaving and who thinks that somehow the stickers make the car
    faster.
     
    Darth Suzette, Jul 31, 2003
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  2. So trade the WRX badge to one of those pimply kids for the badge
    on his father's TS or RS and he'll inherit the attention.
     
    Dave Null Sr., Jul 31, 2003
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    David Betts Guest

    This doesn't qualify as a problem atall. Either leave them for dead or
    ignore them, according to personal preference. One of the nice things
    about driving a genuinely fast car is that you have nothing to prove.

    David Betts
     
    David Betts, Jul 31, 2003
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    Brian Guest

    Ignoring them definitely works. However I have read some of the message
    boards these guys use and the funny thing is if they think that they are
    racing you, then they are, whether you are actually participating or not.
    All so they can put a WRX on their "kill" list. A co-worker of mine has the
    same problem when he drives his 427 cobra replica. (He has lots of practice
    giving the "ya... right" look).
    Yep. You'll also notice when they talk about mods to their car the first and
    most expensive thing listed in the stereo system. :)

    Personally, I find these kids are pretty amusing and I take great pride in
    mocking their efforts to intimidate others without actually doing anything
    to make their car faster. If you are like-minded, go here and have a look at
    the "hall of shame":

    http://www.riceboypage.com/

    Brian
     
    Brian, Jul 31, 2003
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  5. Yeah it's true. I get 100HP more with my 12 inch wide sticker. Brighter
    stickers make car faster.
     
    Philippe Javaux, Jul 31, 2003
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    Anthony Guest

    you'll get even more power if the sticker says "Type R." ;o)

    Tony
     
    Anthony, Jul 31, 2003
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  7. Thanks for the link .. what a hoot that page is!

    Still not sure if the WRX qualifies as a "really fast" car .. but then,
    it's totally stock and hasn't gone over 80mph yet - just haven't seen the
    point in getting speeding tickets.

    So far I am avoiding the ricer kids like the plague. The only really
    obnoxious one was in front of me on a country lane where everyone speeds
    and where the road is too unsafe for passing anywhere. He would keep
    slowing down until he was quite close, then stomp on the brakes to get
    even closer, and then speed up again and repeat the pattern. What a dork!
    Anyway I took the next turn elsewhere and got rid of the loser.

    Oh yeah, and his cart was a beat-up Neon with what looked like a 6-foot
    homemade aluminum wing pop-riveted to the trunk lid. Spe-shul,

    S
     
    Darth Suzette, Aug 1, 2003
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    Brian Guest

    you'll get even more power if the sticker says "Type R." ;o)
    Then there is the extra boost from putting a Japanese sticker on your car.
    Its particularly rebellious if you put in on upside-down because you don't
    know how to read Japanese.
     
    Brian, Aug 1, 2003
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    WRXtreme Guest

    Well, according to your site I am a "rice boy" since I do have stickers from
    TurboXS, Perrin, Tein, K&N, Autometer, Apex-i, NOS, STi, Blitz, VIS, Rota,
    Falken and PDE on my car (and also a "Type-R Motorsports" sticker but that
    is the name of the shop that assists me with my mods.) However I don't
    quite fit the normal category of "Ricer", my car does compete in autocross
    events as well as drag and sanctioned road race events (AARRF). I actually
    have the mods that I list on my car:

    TurboXS UTEC
    Perrin Up-Pipe, swaybars, intercooler hoses,
    brakes
    Tein Suspension
    K&N Filter
    Apex-i Exhaust (yes the 4" tipped N1 exhaust,
    have you seen how congested the stock muffler is...looks like a Bose
    bandbass subwoofer enclosure)
    Autometer Gauges and Gauge Pods
    STi Injectors/Headlamps
    NOS Nitrous Oxide System
    PDE Downpipe
    Blitz SBC-ID Boost Controller and Blow
    off valve
    VIS Carbon Fibre Hood
    Rota Wheels (17" Tarmacs)
    Falken Azenis Tires

    Actually, with these stickers on I very seldom get challenged at the
    lights....funny how that works isn't it?

    Hope I changed some peoples minds about stickered cars, we aren't all after
    just the image, some of us do race and are proud of the parts we have
    acquired to make our cars faster and more enjoyable to drive.
     
    WRXtreme, Aug 6, 2003
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    paul Guest

    <snip>

    Did you read what a real "rice-boy" is? In my understanding, it's someone who
    has modified their car to make it *look* faster, without actually modifying
    what's under the hood.

    eg: some of the idiots around my town have put grills and body-kits on their
    stock Hyundai Excels and lowered them. so much so that they "bottom out" on
    the speedbumps at McDonalds :p like I said, idiots

    Cheers,
    Paul.
     
    paul, Aug 6, 2003
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