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Explaining mods to your significant other...

So I installed my Cobb SRI on my Speed 3 this weekend. Took the fiance for a ride. She says, "ok so what does this do for your car?" I reply, "well it helps the engine breathe better which gives you a little more power and it sounds better" And she says, "why is this worth 175 bucks? The car is fast enough"

I'm stumped! This isnt the last mod I am doing to the car so what in the hell am I supposed to say when I drop near $1K on a TBE in the future? Something besides "screw you its my car", which I already used. What do you guys say to your ladies?

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i feel your pain. im trying to get my gf to get into cars

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Re: Explaining mods to your significant other...

I spent way too much time trying to explain the MS3 rear sway bar I installed on Saturday.

Because I had to delve into how a sway bar works and why a thicker one is better...and then about understeer and oversteer.

I think she lost interest because I had a blank look right back at me.

We went to Target after and took her Volvo. Go figure.


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Re: Explaining mods to your significant other...

Seriously, both of my hobbies (gaming and cars) seem to register in the "huge waste of money" column for my girlfriend. It hasn't been too bad overall, but lately I've been looking at a really nice 32" HDTV for my 360 that's going to run me $700 (it's pretty cheap, I know!), and it's been causing a bit more trouble than it's worth. Though, I don't think she realizes that forcing me to save more money than I normally would just means a bigger, more expensive, TV in my future...

As far as the intake, you should have let her drive the car before you put it on. My girlfriend kind of understands the allure of car mods after feeling what the intake did first hand, but she still thinks they're a useless waste of money.

...I think you may just have to live with it. =T
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Re: Explaining mods to your significant other...

[quote author=Big_Mike_4488 link=topic=107325.msg2195653#msg2195653 date=1206982163]
So I installed my Cobb SRI on my Speed 3 this weekend. Took the fiance for a ride. She says, "ok so what does this do for your car?" I reply, "well it helps the engine breathe better which gives you a little more power and it sounds better" And she says, "why is this worth 175 bucks? The car is fast enough"

I'm stumped! This isnt the last mod I am doing to the car so what in the hell am I supposed to say when I drop near $1K on a TBE in the future? Something besides "screw you its my car", which I already used. What do you guys say to your ladies?
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Tread carefully, but it really is a guy thing to do hands on work like that, and get a little more powerful. I do not know in your case, but women spend hundres of dollars on useless outfits and shoes. If a guy is going to install their own mods into the car, then that defines that it is some sort of a hobby.
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[quote author=Rhawb link=topic=107325.msg2195736#msg2195736 date=1206983998]
Seriously, both of my hobbies (gaming and cars) seem to register in the "huge waste of money" column for my girlfriend. It hasn't been too bad overall, but lately I've been looking at a really nice 32" HDTV for my 360 that's going to run me $700 (it's pretty cheap, I know!), and it's been causing a bit more trouble than it's worth. Though, I don't think she realizes that forcing me to save more money than I normally would just means a bigger, more expensive, TV in my future...

As far as the intake, you should have let her drive the car before you put it on. My girlfriend kind of understands the allure of car mods after feeling what the intake did first hand, but she still thinks they're a useless waste of money.

...I think you may just have to live with it. =T
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I'm right there with you. My g/f got frustrated with me on my car, because I spent so much cash in a short amount of time. The deal is for the most part men and women are different. She spends $75 on a purse, which I think is ridiculous. I spend $10 on a wallet and it has suited me well for 1.5 years. I spend $160 on an intake and she's like wow what a waste. We are just different from women and they don't understand our fascination with cars, tv's, car audio, video games, etc. Luckily my g/f agreed with us buying a HDTV for her game room for a Xmas present to us. I supplied the ps3 and the games and she has bought me a game or two so far as well. I've never bought her a purse, but I have bought her some jewelry in the past (don't understand their fascinations with rings and necklaces). I don't like jewelry and I only prefer to wear a watch.

Just sit and talk with her about it, and maybe discuss a budget of what you can spend money on. A purse is cheaper than TBE or CBE, so if you could show her a 10 month budget of you saving money, and still having money available for the exhaust.

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Re: Explaining mods to your significant other...

Try telling them it's useless to buy shoes or outfits. My dad gave up on that one about 25 years ago.

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my husband fights me for every penny i put into my car. i honestly dont know what to tell you. but when you figure it out, let me know.


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[quote author=TEXNTHREE link=topic=107325.msg2195774#msg2195774 date=1206984677]
Try telling them it's useless to buy shoes or outfits. My dad gave up on that one about 25 years ago.
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lol i know, thats why i said tread carefully. That remark was more or less for peace of mind on the OP's part. I think the hobby angle and guy thing is a decent way to go. But like weezer said, guys and girls just like many different things.
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Re: Explaining mods to your significant other...

I have been one of the lucky few I guess. My wife doesnt understand cars, but understands I love this hobby. Probably cuz I tell her spending $500 dollars on a purse is a waste but I let her do it on occassion because she wants it. What I did was explain to her that at the begining of each month we are each given an allowance after all our bills and saving money is accounted for. This money is spent for going out to anything that is out of the realm of a necessasity. We are able to save our allowance to get what we want. If she wants an expensive purse or outfit, that is ok because it is her allowance. Same with me or car parts or paintball. Plus it helps when you explain what your endstate and goal is with your car. I just told her my endstate will to put my car in a couple of shows when I am satified and complete.

I dont know how it will go for you all but it has gone well with me.

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