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Welcome to DSMtuners...Now go create a DSM Profile

Posted by GST with PSI, Dec 26, 2015

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  1. GST with PSI

    GST with PSI DSM Wiseman

    Joined Jul 27, 2005
    San Diego, California
    Welcome to DSMtuners!

    Now, you've probably found your way to the DSMtuners forums for one of a few reasons. Most likely, it's because you're probably the new owner of DSM. Whether your DSM is a hacked up 20+ year old tired mess—or a low mileage, mint condition, well oiled machine—your future is bound to have you under the hood at some point. When that time comes, you may seek out the help of others here on the forums. Whether you're a novice, or a seasoned veteran DSM owner, you need to ensure you get the most out of your time here.

    Filling out a DSM profile is one way to ensure you get the most out of your time here. A DSM profile can be many things. At the most basic level, it provides other forum users some basic information about your car. This information is critical when asking for/receiving help on the forums.

    At a minimum, please fill out the basic information about your car, and a COMPLETE and COMPREHENSIVE list of modifications. LIST EVERY MODIFICATION that's been done to your car. If you expect others to take time to help you, you need to take the time to help others by filling out your profile. I see countless wasted posts in threads where members are asking details about an individual's car, when those questions could have easily already been answered had the individual taken two minutes to fill out their profile. Not to mention, some of the more senior members will not even provide assistance to users with incomplete/missing profiles. Bottom line, help others help you by filling out a basic profile. Click here to start your DSM profile: http://www.dsmtuners.com/dsm-profiles/add . For a good example of how to document a complete and comprehensive mod list in your profile, see Gofer's profile, or you can take a peek at mine as well.

    Aside from providing basic information about your car, a DSM profile can be used for so much more. You can document your build history, showcase your work, share accomplishments, and post pictures and videos. A DSM profile is a great way to share your work, and let others know what you're working on. Your DSM profile will even notify others when you make edits/changes to it.

    Lastly, a DSM profile is a great way to get feedback from others. Other members can provide comments and feedback under the discussion tab. Alternatively, members can also use the 5 star rating system under the "Specs & Mods" tab to rank the profile.

    Here are some great examples of members who are utilizing their DSM profiles to their full potential:

    Notice how Gofer has indexed his profile with URL links to posts so users can quickly and easily navigate to parts of his build without scrolling through all 20 pages: http://www.dsmtuners.com/threads/97-eclipse-awd-gs-t-2006-to-present.419855/

    Greengoblin has done something similar with his DSM profile: http://www.dsmtuners.com/threads/greengoblins-awd-project.418623/

    Similarly, Boostedbeaver's profile follows suit: http://www.dsmtuners.com/threads/1990-eagle-talon-sleeper.427853/

    Once your DSM profile is complete, that's it! No more questions about what size injectors you're running, or if your BOV is recirculated. As long as you maintain your profile and keep it up to date, the hard work is done. If you need assistance updating any part of your profile, or need suggestions or tips on how to make it more robust, feel free to shoot myself, a moderator, or any of the guys linked above a PM.
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  2. steve

    steve DSM Wiseman

    Joined Feb 3, 2002
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    Even after you have a great profile set up, you should continue to post the relevant details in any tech question for best responses. It's a sad fact that many will jump to offer advice without considering what year car or engine you might have.

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    Ludachris Founder & Zookeeper

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    One more thing to add - if you've done a boost leak test, checked your plugs, and done all the usual checks and maintenance, let people know that. Most of the problems people have is usually due to them not performing maintenance. Or you might have recently worked on the car and screwed something up. If you've installed something recently or tried fixing something, let that be known too. It might be related.

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