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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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 122012
 
BRZ Is Here!

Dealer called me last week saying our BRZ was going to be delivered on the 15th. Thursday May 10th, a BRZ was delivered in Seattle and I just had this feeling… Friday May 11th, Kalei at Wentworth Subaru called me up and told me the best news I had heard all week!  YOUR BRZ IS HERE Below are some of the pics I took while at the dealer on Friday. Before we get to the pics, I took a rather […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on May 12, 2012 BRZ / FR-S, New Cars Exposed
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…]