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The owner of reserves the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason..

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PM'*. Private Messages
Please do not send other members/staff PM'* with technical questions. This defeats the purpose of an open forum.


Signatures sizes are based on forum membership. For detailed information on size in pixels and KB. Please see the details here.

No signature is to contain explicit images or advertising for any company / business. Failure to comply will result in your signature being modified and demerit points being added to your account.

All other forum rules also apply to the 'sigs' area. Promoting car clubs or other car forums is not permitted and will be dealt with on a user by user bases. Clubs or forums who charge membership fees or have forums with commercial advertisers are considered commercial on this forum .

You will receive commercial warnings for your signatures and or be banned.

Point System

This site point system is automated. If you are found to be violating a rule you will be warned at a touch of a button. The system is fully automated after that. You may reply to the warning and it will be sent to queue for an administrator to review. Do not repost your item until you have heard from the admin. Failure to abide by this rule may result in a banning situation.

Point system may be bypassed at anytime for any reason.

Personal Attacks

Personal attacks will not be tolerated and are subject to editing, or deletion at the discretion of the moderation team. Offenders will be warned and may even be banned.

Personal attacks stemming or taking place on other forums towards our staff will be treated as if they are posted here.


Trolling, which is known as making posts with the sole intention of creating discontent or problems on the forum is prohibited.
This includes registering an alternate id for the sole purpose of creating problems on the forums. Troll Ids will be locked immediately and permanently and can be locked without notification to the offender.
A second ID by the same person on this site is considered trolling unless you have permission from the site owner to be using a 2nd ID.
Generating, or creating posts on other forums to cause a disturbance on our forum is also considered trolling. We reserve the right to cancel and or delete your account without notice.

Bumping Old Threads

If a thread/post is more than say 6 months old, we would prefer that you not reply to that thread, but instead make an new thread with a link pointing to the old one. Most of the time, the OP'* haven't been on in years and more than likely they won't respond.
This is also called Necro bumping.

Illegal Activities

We highly discourage illegal and unsafe activities such as street racing. Please do not post "kill stories" or accounts of events that could land you in trouble with your local law enforcement agency. Remember, this is a public forum and your posts can be read by anyone.


Threatening other board members will not be tolerated. This includes threats of physical violence, threats of property damage & death threats.
All such acts are documented and archived.

Sponsor Bashing

Our paying sponsors deserve respect and restraint. Attacking a sponsor on the board is inappropriate. If you have a complaint with a sponsor, you may post the information in the appropriate forum and show the facts pertinent to the problem at hand. If you do post on the board about a specific problem involving a sponsor, please remain calm and state the facts. Do not let emotion cloud the issue at hand. We really hope situations can be resolved off-line but we will not prohibit a statement of fact but we will control the thread so as to stop the hate or me too replies these threads often generate.


Please do not spam our forums. Spammers will be given violation points and possibly banned immediately.

Spamming is defined as trying to lead people away from the current site. Ie: please join site xxxxx

Users found posting links with the sole intention of taking members away from our forum will be warned and or banned. If the situation continues the link will be banned.

Anyone who joins for the sole purpose of sales (spam) will be banned immediately.

The spamming rules apply to private message areas as well.


Threads or replies promoting or expressing intolerant views towards any group (race, religion) are not appropriate, and will not be allowed.!

Censor Eluding
When a word is censored, it means it'* not to be used here. If a member finds himself working around it, he will be warned. If he continues to do so, he will be banned



Controversial Topics

Controversial topics, such as religion, political debates, etc are allowed here. However, it is expected that you conduct these discussions in a calm, civil manner without resorting to personal attacks or flaming. If you are unable to do so in these discussions, you may find your posts removed from the thread.

Staff will declare topics controversial or not at their discretion.

Commercial Posts / Vendors

Please message Mike directly, or send me an e-mail at webmaster [at] GMForum [dot] com.
All non-sponsoring commercial posts will be removed and warnings given out. Your advertisement may be deemed commercial at the staffs’ discretion. You may question the warning and points given for the violation, but 9/10 it will stand. Some reasons your post may be deemed commercial is because you’re selling multiple new items in a post, multiple new items among posts, selling items with an business email (smith @ carparts . Biz) etc etc

Selling items through private message will be looked upon in the same manner. Warning points will be issued.

All advertisers are subject to local tax! We reserve the right to cancel advertising at anytime for any reason. It is our practice to refund any monies owing. Advertiser accounts terminated for breaching our TOS will NOT be refunded.

If your advertising expires, this does not give you the right to continue or solicit business. All vendors are asked to finish up current dealings and if approached, tell the potential client you’re not a vendor of the forum and you cannot service them. Soliciting via private message or taking business off the board is considered commercial


This section was created for people to sell their automotive related items.

1- Be sure to include a price (mandatory) and pictures if you have them.
2- Selling multiple items? Post them under one topic and update your post when you have sold items, failure to do so may fetch you spam points.
3- Include contact information: e-mail address. It is good business to conduct most elements of your transaction in the private message. This way you do not post up personal information, and also there is less clutter for other readers.
4- If you feel like you have a comment (valid or not) about the product being sold by the individual please pm him and tell him in private.
5- Do not post your comments about his product in the thread, they will be deleted and points will be awarded to your account for spamming. After certain amount of points, you will be banned.
6- If you are not interested in the item being sold, do not post in the thread at all.
7- No posting items for friends, posts will be deleted and points awarded for spam.
8- Post your item more than once will result in points given for spam.
9- Posts "gauging interest" are forbidden. Either the item is for sale or it isn't, if its not, please don't post it.

Any abuse of this section will result in you being banned. Contact the staff if you have any questions before you post.

Here is a simple etiquette guide that'* been around for years.

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Resale Or Disclosure Of Information To Third Parties does not sell, rent, loan, trade, or lease any personal information collected at our site, including membership forms or email lists.

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Privacy Of Our Email Lists maintains several email lists to keep members informed about breaking events. Individuals must affirmatively ask To join our mailing lists by contacting staff directly at webmaster [at] GMForum [dot] com . We do not sell, rent, loan, trade, or lease the addresses on our list to anyone. In addition, we configure our list server software to refuse to divulge the email addresses of our list subscribers to anyone but authorized staff, including other list subscribers.

Disabling accounts:
We can easily delete accounts that have no posts (and sometime just a few posts). If the account has many posts completely deleting the account can significantly disrupt thread continuity. In that event, we can disable your account. When we disable you account we do the following:

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4.) Donations do NOT make you immune from consequences. You can be banned just like everyone else. There are NO REFUNDS

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Bump to add Necro Bumping.
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Do not PM other members, Gearheads, Moderators or Admins technical questions. PM'* are what they are...for PRIVATE use only.
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