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    ATS Performance Tips & Tricks

    I wanted to start this post to see what others have discovered about our ATS's that might not be told at the dealership...

    I'll start! WARNING: DON'T DO THIS UNLESS YOU'RE COMFORTABLE WITH RWD CARS WITHOUT TRACTION ASSISTANCE. When you push the traction control button, that's only the first level of traction off. If you hold the button down for about 5 seconds, you'll notice a second light turn on! This is the most natural (un-assisted) drive you'll get from the ATS. You're welcome!

    Once again, you shouldn't try this unless you're comfortable driving without any traction assistance.


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    Re: ATS Performance Tips & Tricks

    This is in the owners manual

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    Re: ATS Performance Tips & Tricks

    Sorry, I don't have time to review the entire owner's manual... Any other tips you want to point out then?

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    Re: ATS Performance Tips & Tricks

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeATS View Post
    Sorry, I don't have time to review the entire owner's manual... Any other tips you want to point out then?
    what's not in the manual is the short silver section on both front door handles slide forward to reveal the physical locks, the manual has you popping the whole cover off with the key, potentially damaging paint

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    Quote Originally Posted by pissedoffwookiee
    what's not in the manual is the short silver section on both front door handles slide forward to reveal the physical locks, the manual has you popping the whole cover off with the key, potentially damaging paint

    How does that work? I can't seem to get the silver section to budge. Does it slide toward the front of the car?

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    Re: ATS Performance Tips & Tricks

    Yeah I can't get mine to budge either. Almost broke the damn thing. Ha ha

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    Re: ATS Performance Tips & Tricks

    pull the handle for room then slide the silver part forward, it should separate from the painted part

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    Re: ATS Performance Tips & Tricks

    Quote Originally Posted by pissedoffwookiee View Post
    pull the handle for room then slide the silver part forward, it should separate from the painted part
    Why would you need to use a key when all you have to do is press the button to unlock the car?

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    Re: ATS Performance Tips & Tricks

    On delivery my sales lady showed me how to unlock the car if the fob died.

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    Re: ATS Performance Tips & Tricks

    interesting! and yeah I didn't have time to read the manual, I'm a full time student and I work, I like these need tricks

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    Re: ATS Performance Tips & Tricks

    Quote Originally Posted by JSATS View Post
    Why would you need to use a key when all you have to do is press the button to unlock the car?
    two reasons:

    1) if the key dies (battery or someone threw you in a pool with key in your pocket)

    2) if the car battery dies

    in either case your remote wont work and if you need to get in it you need the physical key hidden in the fob. You will also likely need to put the fob in its reader slot in the front left part of the ATS center console so the car can read the codes in the affected remote and authorize you to start the car.

    San Diego is one of, if not THE largest Navy/Marine Corp town and occasionally the Navy will operate some equipment that jams remotes in parts of the city. the last time this happened, a couple years ago, a lot of residents in the pacific beach, mission beach, point loma and coronado ares had difficulty with car remotes and garage door openers. these folks needed to learn the backup/emergency procedures for getting in their cars and starting them.

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    Here's a performance tip:

    Far too many people use a stupid leaned way too back seating position, or sit so close their elbows can touch the wheel.

    we drive a performance oriented car, stop taking your ability to perform away from yourself

    the proper performancey/racey/safety way to set up you seat is to start with your feet and adjust the fore/aft position and height of the seat bottom so that you can operate the full range of your pedals AND be able to push firmly on the dead pedal in order to shove you in the seat to allow the seat bolsters to hold you. then adjust your steering wheel and seat back so that with your arms locked your wrist can rest on the top of the steering wheel without your shoulders losing contact with the seat, this will give you the proper bend to your arms when at the 3 and 9 position. avoid driving at anything higher than 10 and 2 or your going to punch yourself in the face if your airbag is deployed (10 and 2 might still be a little too high for this reason, and the too close sitters will be seriously injured by the airbag). Lastly, adjust your mirrors (adjusting mirrors to unhide blindspots coming in a future tip)
    Last edited by pissedoffwookiee; 09-19-13 at 02:42 PM.

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    Re: ATS Performance Tips & Tricks

    Some very good advice. Thanks POW.

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    Re: ATS Performance Tips & Tricks

    hehe...I just left San Diego, retired Navy. I was a radar technician/operator. :P

    I wonder if someone accidentally radiated my radar in-port incorrectly....that'll definitely mess some shizz up.

    Who knows, maybe when that event happened it was ME? buwahahaha

    4-6 MegaWatts of energy will do that....

    HAHA!! ^.^;;

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    Re: ATS Performance Tips & Tricks

    Quote Originally Posted by YoshiFD3S View Post
    hehe...I just left San Diego, retired Navy. I was a radar technician/operator. :P

    I wonder if someone accidentally radiated my radar in-port incorrectly....that'll definitely mess some shizz up.

    Who knows, maybe when that event happened it was ME? buwahahaha

    4-6 MegaWatts of energy will do that....

    HAHA!! ^.^;;
    you saying that makes think it was you too, that event lasted for a couple weeks

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    Re: ATS Performance Tips & Tricks

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeATS View Post
    I'll start! WARNING: DON'T DO THIS UNLESS YOU'RE COMFORTABLE WITH RWD CARS WITHOUT TRACTION ASSISTANCE. When you push the traction control button, that's only the first level of traction off. If you hold the button down for about 5 seconds, you'll notice a second light turn on! This is the most natural (un-assisted) drive you'll get from the ATS. You're welcome!
    Alright, I'll admit, I didn't read all of the owner's manual. Thanks for sharing. This is pretty cool.

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