WHAT IS A “TUNER?”

Pasmag (Canada) - - Issue Preview - MICKY SLINGER PASMAG ED­I­TOR

“Tuner” is a word that’s used quite a bit in the scene and in­dus­try. It’s used to de­scribe a small batch of en­thu­si­asts, namely the ones in the Ja­panese sport com­pact niche. The word “tuner” brings back mem­o­ries of The Fast and the Fu­ri­ous and bad ex­hausts and gaudy body kits. We at PASMAG feel that to­day, the term is mis­used.

“Tuner” shouldn’t just apply to one small part of this au­to­mo­tive life­style; we feel it should be akin to any­one fid­dling with their ve­hi­cles. Why seg­ment our­selves? We all like the same stuff, it just hap­pens to be on a dif­fer­ent chas­sis or un­der a dif­fer­ent badge. “Tuner” should be broad, so we’re re­claim­ing the term.

We’re call­ing this is­sue the “Tuner Hand­book” be­cause it’s filled with some base knowl­edge that will be use­ful to to­day’s mod­ern tuner, wher­ever your in­ter­ests may lie. Whether you just want to keep up on the cur­rent trends, get into car au­dio com­pe­ti­tion, get spon­sored or start your own business, it’s all in here – tips from peo­ple who have been there, done that and been suc­cess­ful.

Even our fea­tures have a grass­roots el­e­ment to them. Alex Ching’s Odyvia (the beauty on the cover) was built al­most ex­clu­sively in his back­yard. Even 2015 Tuner Bat­tle­grounds run­ner-up Brian McCann’s in­sane 350Z was built by him in his garage with some hand­made parts he fab­ri­cated.

Whether you’re high or low; truck or car; per­for­mance-, tech­nol­ogy- or style-in­clined, we’re all tuners. We day­dream about our builds, show up to the events, turn our own wrenches, have our fa­vorite spots to meet and ab­so­lutely love ev­ery minute of it. The only thing that sep­a­rates us is what we drive, and when you re­ally think about it, that’s not that big of a dif­fer­ence all things con­sid­ered.

Stay busy. Stay pas­sion­ate. Stay tun­ing.

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