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Just as the title says, I'm probably a bit older than most of the members here, but I've been working on and modding cars since I was about 7(1983). I grew up around a uncle who has raced late model dirt cars for 40+ years, so as a child I was in the garage every day after school learning and helping, and at the track on the weekends. As an adult, I've owned a few dozen cars over the years, including multiple turbo Civics and Integras(the highest was at 462whp), a 520whp Ford Lightning(started as a tow vehicle for the Supra), Vette zo6, a couple turbo Mustangs, a few 1g and 2g AWD DSM's(Quickest one went 10.80 with full leather), and most notable of all of them was a 819whp single turbo 94 Supra, and a 2006 Mercedes E55 AMG that put down 570whp. I spent the first part of my life doing engineering work for 2 different plastics companies and in 2005 decided to hang that up and started turning wrenches at a Dodge dealership. 6 months after that, I realized the real money was in selling the cars, not working on them, so I transferred to sales and sold in Florida until 2009 and after my Wife's career brought us back to my family in Pa, I started to sell Dodges again and in 2011, we decided to have our 2nd child, and halfway through the year, I realized that with both of us working 12+ hours a day, 6 days a week, was not a good environment to raise kids, so I walked away and started my own business. The last dealer I worked at, also had a Kia store so I was able to get a real good hookup as a company employee before I left. We had to wait about 4 months for the Sportage SX's to hit the ground, as all that was available was EX's (late 2010-early 2011). I wanted the power of the SX, and both of us wanted the color. I was told I was the 2nd person in Pa to take possession of a Techno Orange SX and have only ever seen in person one other SX in that color. After that, I took a break from modding cars(I couldn't find anything for the Sportage anyways) and concentrated on getting my business going and spending lots of time with the kiddos. A few weeks ago, we were at the Dealership getting inspections done and absolutely fell in love with a loaded Abyss Blue Forte Koup SX. So after a phone call to the owner, and a peek at the invoice, we signed a few papers and took her home. So far, we love the car and only have put about 160 miles on it. Since then, I searched the net and a few days ago found this site, which seems to be great. I've been busy reading a lot of posts and finally decided to introduce myself, so hi, my name is Bill, and I might now be a Kiaholic :D
 

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Welcome from an even older old fart.
 

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I have had 3 kias so far and never a massive issue with them. Had a Rio then a soul and now my F5. For the price I paid for fully loaded for my F5 I am super happy with it
 

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the warm welcomes. One thing I have noticed, and really like about this site, is that it doesn't have thousands of members along with thousands of posts to sift through. Plus, I have read a lot of threads to the end already, and haven't seen one with the the usual garbage posts as if a 10 year old stole daddies laptop.

Welcome Bill! The aftermarket you are used to growing up isn't quite there yet for this car, but we are working on it :)
Very true, but to be honest, I've been down this road before. Back in say 1992, if you were to call a aftermarket performance shop, and ask them if they had a bolt on turbo kit or an upgraded clutch for a Civic ex, they would laugh you right off the phone. It was tough back then for anyone trying to make their import faster, and a lot of stuff was hand fabricated for each project. The import aftermarket in general has came a long way in the last 20 years. Same thing with Kia. five or six years ago, if you asked me if I would ever own a Kia, the answer would have been a laughing HELL NO, but they have really came a long way over the years. So far, I have been really impressed, and even though I've only got around 30k on the Sportage, I haven't had one issue with it. I still love driving it as if I just picked it up from the dealership this morning. Plus the styling hasn't seemed to have aged a year, compared to other brands.
 

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Welcome to the wild west.. of small displacement D.I. Turbo charged after market tuning.. its less chasing vacuum lines and bad distributors.. and unbalanced drive shafts.. and more Key strokes of code on our ecu and finding optimum exhaust and intake combinations. And waiting for a good suspension set up.. we are more Cosworth Vega than Dodge Omni glh.. but we do have a small group of companies that make great products and specialize only in our drive train.. so we don't get lost in the Brz, FRS Ford ST craze..
 

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Welcome Bill from a slightly older fart than you (I was 8 in 1983 :)). Glad to hear you're liking the car, recommendation to get the 6th Element SRI and Intercooler Resonator delete ASAP. You won't believe the difference.
 

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Welcome Bill from a slightly older fart than you (I was 8 in 1983 :)). Glad to hear you're liking the car, recommendation to get the 6th Element SRI and Intercooler Resonator delete ASAP. You won't believe the difference.


Thanks for the heads up. I'm still waiting for the wifey to leave it home one day so I can look it over above and under. The Sportage had a few Resonators on it's way to the intake as well that I took care of, one of which was just in front of the radiator support...it seems that one was the perfect size where a normal prescription pill bottle could be forced in and left a nice flush fit. Not sure if it made a big difference on response or hp, but I can definitely hear the turbo now. Can't wait to dive into the Forte...
 
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