About Your Car

Myths, problems, fixes, and things you should know about your car.

Jun 122012
 
BRZ / FR-S... What is the difference?

We have been asked the question “What is the difference between the FR-S and BRZ?”, quite a bit lately. Until now we were mainly guessing from pictures we saw. Since we have both cars as shop cars for R&D and marketing, I put together a post showing the visual differences in the BRZ and FR-S. We know there is some suspension differences in spring rates and dampening, but other than that, the actual suspension, engine, drivetrain, intake and exhaust are [...Continue Reading...]

 Posted by on June 12, 2012 About Your Car, BRZ / FR-S Tagged with: , , ,
Jun 052012
 
BRZ Intake Design and Proving... Part 1

In our world, intakes are not all created equal. Intakes generally require an ECU retune to compensate for the change in airflow readings. This is because intake manufacturers can use a variety of different style MAF flanges, tubing sizes, and even bends before and after the MAF sensor can all create different readings for the ECU. These readings can affect how the car runs in all conditions, but most importantly under full throttle. An intake can cause a dangerously lean [...Continue Reading...]

May 282012
 
BRZ Dyno Testing

There were exactly 69 miles on the ODO of our BRZ, and it was only two days old, then it was bolted to the dyno. This may be extreme to some but this is what we always do. The last time a new Subaru came out, we had it on the dyno with-in hours of owning it. The dyno we use for all our testing is our Dynapack AWD dyno. This is a type that you remove the wheels from [...Continue Reading...]

 Posted by on May 28, 2012 About Your Car, BRZ / FR-S, Dyno Test & Tune Tagged with: , , , ,
May 242012
 
2013 BRZ Exposed

Every time a new car comes out, I spend time going over the entire car checking out all the new cool things about them. Normally its not that exciting as its not much different from the previous car. This time, its completely different! I thought I was done with the RWD world after my 135i (one tire fire). it was pretty fast (380WHP and 400 ft-lbs), but traction was the problem. Even after driving a couple of Vettes (ZO6 and [...Continue Reading...]

 Posted by on May 24, 2012 About Your Car, BRZ / FR-S, New Cars Exposed Tagged with: , ,
May 142012
 
BRZ Front License Plate Relocate

It seems as though most BRZ/FR-S owners same the same thing, DON’T DRILL MY BUMPER FOR THE FRONT PLATE!!! This is the first Subaru (probably not first Scion) where there is an option for NOT putting holes in the front bumper. Taking advantage of this, we quickly adapted our Impreza “Front License Plate Relocate Kit” to the BRZ. It uses the OEM tow hook hole and port to install the front plate. So NO DRILLING REQUIRED! Check out the pics [...Continue Reading...]

May 012012
 
Spring Rate 101 by H&R Springs

Spring Rate 101 by Roland Graef. Suspension customers shopping for aftermarket springs will sometimes resort to shopping for springs by spring rate. While the rate of the spring is a measure of spring performance, it is not the only influence of vehicle performance and handling, especially when the chassis is lowered.  There are many factors that come into play when it comes to suspension tuning. When does a higher rate spring feel softer than a lower rate spring and a lower [...Continue Reading...]

Apr 252012
 
Which PERRIN Endlinks Are For Me?

We have listened to our customers and dealers to bring you something that you have been asking for, that hits a particular price point as well as performance levels that until now, we have not offered! Our endlinks have gone through a major revamp over the last few months and we now have three different styles to choose from for each application. With virtually the same design bodies, we now have 3 different types of bushings you can get in your endlinks. [...Continue Reading...]

Apr 202012
 
Bumpstops are Not Bumpstops Anymore

Micro Cellular Jounce Bumper. by Roland Graef. Attention – calling all bumpstops.Well, we call them bumpstops because we always have. It is what we are used to calling them. But in the age of specialized tech-talk they are “bumpstops” no more; now they are micro-cellular progressive jounce bumpers. – What? … That was a double decafe Mocha, skinny, no whip! “The song, “Head out on the Highway, look’in for adventure” keeps ringing in my head. Where was I, oh yeah, trying [...Continue Reading...]

Apr 192012
 
Boost Control Systems Explained..... Part 3

Why Do I need the EBCS Pro? In Boost Control Systems Explained Part 2, we described the basics behind adding more boost using Manual boost controllers along with how OEM boost control systems work. In this article, we are going to explore using our EBCS Pro solenoid in place of the OEM part. You will see how this can benefit you and your car. The PERRIN EBCS Pro is a solenoid designed to replace the OEM part to create better [...Continue Reading...]

 Posted by on April 19, 2012 About Your Car, Dyno Test & Tune
Feb 092012
 
91 Octane Fuel for Your MINI is Bad!

Recently we have been getting more and more customers with poorly runing cars, or check engine codes for super knock.   A large source of these customers are in California or where 91oct fuel is the highest they can get at the pump. In any turbocharged or supercharged engine, octane is very important for performance and for keeping knock/detonation at bay.  This article isn’t about knock or what it is, or why its bad, you can find out about this [...Continue Reading...]

 Posted by on February 9, 2012 About Your Car, Dyno Test & Tune, MINI Only