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post #1 of 80 Old 05-16-2009, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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Ways to improve the perception of the diesel community

After the events that occured in Bowling Green, KY and at other diesel events, it has gotten to the point that if we do not do something to change the way our community behaves then we will lose the ability to have these events. I have begun contacting staff members from diesel sites regarding setting up a summit meeting on how we can help control this type of behavior. This is not limited to a specific make of truck, it goes across the board. Every staff member that I have contacted has been very receptive and supportive of the idea of getting together and trying to find a solution to this problem. As we found out this past weekend, it only took a few people to ruin things for everyone and cause major problems! We as a whole have got to band together and take a long hard look at ourselves and how we conduct ourselves at these events. We all like to go and have a good time. We all drive big trucks that smoke and go fast. There is a time and place for such things, not from stop light to stop light and in every parking lot. I know there are a lot of adult beverages consumed and I have no issue with that. The thing we must do is act like the responsible people that we are or we should be! I am looking forward to being able to get together with the staff members from all of the other diesel sites, because at the end of the day, we are all truck owners. We all like the same things, our diesel trucks, no matter what the brand.

This will not turn into a rant thread. If you have ideas on what we can do to help improve this situation, please share your ideas. I want this to stay constructive not destructive please.

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I wasn't there, but I have read and heard about some of the problems. I guess this will be a lot like the perception folks had (have) of motorcycle riders. I remember many years ago how strange it seemed to me that they were not all "hell's angels" and actually raised money for the needy and collected toys for kids. It may be quite a while before we will be able to change the public's opinion even if we started behaving" immediately. We have our work cut out for us.

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I don't know of the incidnets granny talks about but....

i think granny hit the nail on the head with "there's a time and place for such things". I've seen many threads with folks asking "how can i make my truck smoke?" or "where do i get a smoke tune?".
We have to remember that no everybody likes/appreciates/understands what the smoke is all about. And they truly don't understand the power that these things can make. They just don't understand the hobbyist/enthusiast part of our trucks. To them it's blowing dirt. -and they aren't completely wrong.

If hopped up gassers blew visible smoke/pollutants, they'd be all over them too but, unfortunately, diesels blow the visible dirt and we're easy to single out.

I've been in similar situations before whether it be dirt bikes or jet skis where residents just don't like them and fight like hell to rid them from existance.

You have to keep a low profile, understand what the complainers are complaining about and try no to generate complaints.

sure it's a (somewhat) free conuntry and all that but, it's a free country for them to ***** about anything they want.

limit the *****able situations and things quiet down.

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Well said Granny, I would sure hate to see my diesel addiction crumble because a few can play nice and cause problems.

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Well, To be honest, and I may get burned here, but maybe a talk and agreement among the custom tuners to not offer a smoke tune. These things smoke good enough in any of the tunes, a smoke tune really isn't that necessary IMHO. Hell, my buddy with an edge smokes enough in their setting, I'm sure expecting to get plenty of smoke out of the street/race files on a custom chip.

Plus, all the smoke tune is is a whole lotta wasted money in fuel, and a position on a 6 position switch that you can't put something more useful on there. (thinking like a 7.3 owner)


Of course, this wont fix the problem any, but maybe just one aspect to curb it. Of course this will only curb us ford guys, the rest will still be able to do it easily.

Then again, some of the trucks need all that fuel to make all that power, so it may just be a shot in the dark.

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I just think that the people that are acting the fool need to be cracked down more on. No mercy. Ban them from events. Call the man on them! I am sure that no one from the TS event can say they would have minded seeing the dumb kids tearing up the fields and such being hauled off by Johnny Law.

I guess I am saying maybe we could get more support from the local law enforcement.

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I just think that the people that are acting the fool need to be cracked down more on. No mercy. Ban them from events. Call the man on them! I am sure that no one from the TS event can say they would have minded seeing the dumb kids tearing up the fields and such being hauled off by Johnny Law.

I guess I am saying maybe we could get more support from the local law enforcement.
I agree with this. There are always goona be a few bad apples in a bunch this large...just gotta prune em out.

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Has anyone talked to the owners of TS and start a donation for the damages done at the event?

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Has anyone talked to the owners of TS and start a donation for the damages done at the event?
This has already been brought up and I believe they didn't want to do it. They just ask that folks continue to support Dennis and Shelia Perry they way that folks have supported them in the past. I saw a post on CompD about this the other day.

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I just think that the people that are acting the fool need to be cracked down more on. No mercy. Ban them from events. Call the man on them! I am sure that no one from the TS event can say they would have minded seeing the dumb kids tearing up the fields and such being hauled off by Johnny Law.

I guess I am saying maybe we could get more support from the local law enforcement.
i would have to say that i also agre with this
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