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Dec 04 2012

Fab Forums: Your Unofficial Top 10 Automotive Forums of 2012

The Internet. Where memes live.

 

What is the best automotive forum on the Web?

It’s not really a fair question. It’s like asking: What’s the best car? Or, what’s the best pizza? Or, what’s the best uniform in professional sports?

You get a thousand different answers. But we asked it anyway. And with help from fans of Summit Racing’s Facebook page, we did indeed get lots of answers—and opinions.

There is still a place in this world for popular opinion. Ordering the most-popular item on the menu is almost never a bad idea, unless you’re allergic to awesome—or the actual ingredients in the dish.

Online forums are communities. And if you’re fortunate to be a part of one, you know exactly what we’re talking about. You have posters whose opinions you value and whose opinions you’d be wise to avoid. You have the hilarious posters, and the ones who aren’t so funny. You have the newbies and the trolls and the pyromaniac flame throwers and the emoticons and the lurkers and the moderators and the guys who know everything and the guys who just think they know everything.

You know, like a real-life community.

A variety of publications annually list the best places to live. This is exactly like that, except instead of geographic places, we’re talking about cars and trucks, and instead of doing work and measuring data, we just asked for the opinions of actual forum users.

So, what is the best automotive forum on the Web? You say:

 

1. Yellow Bullet

Tagline: Where the weak are killed and eaten.

So, they make you feel welcome right away. Yellow Bullet is an automotive forum, but there is no shortage of conversations about pretty much everything. Nor is there a shortage of photos you shouldn’t be looking at during work. Which is probably why it’s popular, receiving the most votes in our non-scientific poll, despite having just a little more than 67,000 members. Word to the wise: If you’re going to engage with the establishment at Yellow Bullet, just make sure you’re packing brains and an appetite.

 

2. LS1TECH

This forum boasts more than 220,000 members and is perhaps the largest concentration of LS and LT engine enthusiasts and experts on the Web. Owners of performance Chevy Camaros, Corvettes, Cadillacs, S-10s, Pontiac Firebirds, as well as any mad scientists swapping LS engines into Mustangs or foreign cars should be paying this place a visit. Every day.

 

3. The H.A.M.B.

The H.A.M.B. is the automotive forum at The Jalopy Journal. An acronym for Hokey Ass Message Board, The H.A.M.B. is dedicated to hot rods and customs, and obviously doesn’t take itself too seriously even though it has every reason in the world to. Nearly 200,000 members make up this community and there is no shortage of good tech information or people eager to share advice and stories.

 

4. Pirate4X4

This forum is primarily composed of people who consider roads, commuter vehicles, and traffic signals to be minor inconveniences on their way to all the stuff they are going to run over in their off-road machine. Pirate4X4 has more than 230,000 members—members who discuss everything under the sun, but spend most of their time living and breathing the off-road lifestyle. It’s a place for discussing everything that prefers rock and dirt to paved roads—Jeep, SUVs, trucks, rally vehicles, side by sides, and much more.

 

5. NastyZ28

This is the first forum in your top 10 to be exclusionary. NastyZ28 is for second-generation Camaro folks only. We’re not sure what happens if you have a nasty third-generation Z28 Camaro and try to be one of the cool kids, but the base assumption is that they’ll call you names and make fun of your car. We’re not sure how much crossover exists between posters at LS1TECH and NastyZ28—there’s presumably some—but this is obviously another great forum for tech expertise and performance mods on Chevy Camaros.

 

6. ThirdGen.org

And here it is! An oasis for owners of third-gen Z28s shunned by the gang at NastyZ28! In all seriousness, ThirdGen.org is the place for owners of third-gen Camaros and the Pontiacs that shared the platform. If you own anything in this wheelhouse between 1982 and 1992, you might want to pay this crew a visit.

 

7. The Corral

Bam. The Ford Mustang enthusiasts finally show up at #7. We have a sneaking suspicion The Corral would shoot up the chart a little bit using more-scientific polling methods. But the votes were the votes. This forum is for late model ponies and is to Mustang owners what LS1TECH is to the performance GM crowd. The Corral has 150,000 members and is a must-visit for any Mustang owner or fan.

 

8. Corvette Forum

Corvette fans needn’t look further for a community of like-minded folks on the Web. With more than 313,000 members, we believe this is actually the largest forum in your top 10. If you own a Corvette, or just want to, there may be no better resource for Corvette-oriented tech information and entertainment. One thing we’re sure of: The established posters at that forum are absolutely DYING for all of you Car & Driver subscribers to show off those new C7 photos!*

*This is not true.

 

9. Chevy Talk

The bowtie is well represented in the top 10, but Chevy Talk is the only forum on this list that opens its digital arms to all Chevrolet makes and models. If you’re a Chevy fan looking for tech advice, parts, car and truck photos, or just some friendly conversation, this may be the place for you.

 

10. Impala SS Forum

No secrets here. There is an enormous amount of tech advice available and a close-knit community of Impala owners. If you own a late model Impala, you should probably be spending every second you’re not sleeping or eating here.

 

Other forums just missing the cut include: First Generation Monte Carlo Club, 67-72chevytrucks.com, Lateral-G, Team Chevelle, Grassroots Motorsports, Pro-Touring.com, Steve’s Nova Site, and Moparts.

We know there are dozens of other great auto-oriented forums on the Web. And if you’re passionate about yours, we hope you’ll persuade us and our readers to visit. Let us know!

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