"So a couple of weeks back you posted up about not doing a typical quench and temper, which I probably don't do correctly. I am as amateur as it gets, I just dunk stuff so I can touch it sooner... what do you do?"
Dunking it in water is essentially quench and tempering. If you were to go through the whole manufacturing process of quench and tempering you would heat the part in a furnace then "quench" it in some medium like water or oil then temper it by raising the temperature again and re-quenching it.
We are going to Normalize it. So instead of putting the parts in water, we will just let them air cool. Doing this the manufacturing way would also be heating up the entire part to the desired temperature then letting it air cool. This will allow us to achieve the desired microstructure we want in the buggy.