CruisingRam, I know our search feature is junk. I hate it too. It puts a huge load on the server, takes forever, and provides results that are minimally useful at best. It is also too restrictive. It doesn't allow searching for words less than 4 characters, such as DoE, DoD, VP, etc. Lame.
Unfortunately, it is a function of our software, and would require massive modifications to improve.
I have some plans.
In the next few months, I'm going to be replacing the default search with an integrated Google search. You will get lightening fast results on all searches. The only drawback is that Google must have had spidered a page before it can appear in the search results. Luckily, GoogleBot appears to have signed long-term lease with our forum!
I will leave the built-in search feature fully intact, but will default to the Google search. I'll make a setting in the My Controls section so members can choose which search they prefer.
So, in the mean time, I recommend this.
1. Search using the testing version of the future default search. http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=01815228...7%3A7dlz_-chzdo
2. Search using Google's "site:" command. Click this link
and change the YOURKEYWORDS search term to your own search terms.
I hope that helps!