Jul 042012
 
BRZ/FR-S ECU Tuning Has Begun

A few of us lucky tuners were able to get our hands on the Beta ECUTEK ProECU software to tune the new BRZ and FR-S. ECUTEK is a UK company that has been reverse engineering ECU’s(Engine Control Units) in Subaru’s for 10 years now. This is as long as we have been building parts for Subaru’s so by no means are they new to the tuning world. Since June 27th at about 11am, we have been testing and tuning working […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on July 4, 2012 BRZ / FR-S, Dyno Test & Tune, ECU Tuning Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jun 202012
 
MINI R56 DTC's List

This is probably the most boring Blog post ever. Below is a quick list of all the weird CEL’s/DTC’s we see with the Mini Cooper Turbo models. This can be helpful as many code readers do not catch these.   MINI R56 CHECK ENGINE CODES P2710 Tank Lid Max P2711 Tank Lid Min P2718 DMTL Heating Max P2719 DMTL Heating Min P271B DMTL Heating Signal P271C Fuel Supply System Max P2727 DMTL Tank Leakage Max P2728 DMTL Tank Leakage Min […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on June 20, 2012 About Your Car, MINI Only Tagged with: , , ,
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…]

Jun 042012
 
BRZ Overpipe Design and Proving

For those that have been following us on our posts about the exhaust pieces we have been making, this diagram is for sure a repeat. For the new guys seeing this for the first time, its good to understand where this part falls in line with the BRZ/FR-S exhaust. Why is this part called the overpipe? Easy, it goes OVER the subframe, and its a pipe. WRX owners can think of this like its an uppipe, because it goes after […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on June 4, 2012 BRZ / FR-S, Dyno Test & Tune Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jun 032012
 
BRZ Front Pipe Design and Proving

Sticking with the theme of free flowing and 2.5″ tubing, the next restriction in the exhaust system after the catback exhaust is the Front Pipe for the BRZ. For all you STI and WRX fans, think of this as the downpipe for the BRZ.  Looking at the diagram below, you can see the Front Pipe is after the header and over pipe, but before the catback system. The Front Pipe consists of two flanges, a catalytic converter, and a strange rectangle  resonator. […Continue Reading…]

May 312012
 
BRZ Catback Design and Proving

We have only had the car for a couple weeks now, but we have been looking at the BRZ/FR-S world for months trying to figure out what customers are going to want. From what we see, one of the most talked about parts is a catback exhaust system. People want an aftermarket exhaust to free up some HP and add some cool sounds to the car. With both these things in mind, we set out to build an exhaust system […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 172012
 
Customize your BRZ NAV System

I spent a bunch of time reading about the NAV system and how it works. In doing so, i discovered something pretty cool! Just another cool way to personalize your BRZ/FR-S. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki2JA-_Opn4  So how did we do this? Simple, make a graphic, make it high quality, put on an SD card, plug it in and load it up! The image can be an 16:9 image, and 1980px wide seems to be good, as well as 1280px wide. But other than […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on May 17, 2012 BRZ / FR-S, Misc. B.S. Tagged with: , , ,