Upgrading your wheels can provide a number of benefits. You can improve the look and stance of your car by simply changing out your wheels. In addition, you can increase wheel size and reduce weight as well. I have been wanting a second set of wheels so I could try out a different set of tires. Low cost and low weight were important factors in my decision making. I checked out a number of different wheel manufacturers before settling on the Rota Titan wheels. These wheels are 17×9’s with a 42mm off-set. They weigh in at roughly 18.5lbs per wheel, which is on the lighter side for this size of wheel. Couple those benefits with a low cost and you cannot go wrong!
Installing a Tanabe Concept G exhaust system on my 2017 BRZ.
Exhaust systems are one of the first things people upgrade when it comes to modifying their cars. Most exhaust systems are simple to remove as well as install. More often than not, they also have the biggest effect on the sound of the car. As a result, there are many choices out there for aftermarket exhaust systems. I recently swapped out my custom exhaust system for a shiny new Tanabe Concept G system. This is a cat-back style exhaust system that comes in 2 pieces. The build quality is high and installation was simple. For the price, this is a fantastic upgrade for anyone looking to improve the exhaust note and save weight!
Installing a Perrin crank pulley saves weight and improves throttle response.
Lightweight pulleys are a common upgrade for most performance cars and are also suitable for street cars. By reducing the engine rotating mass, you are saving weight and in addition, improving throttle response. A Perrin crank pulley can be easily installed on any BRZ, FRS, or Toyota 86 with positive improvements. The installation process requires only basic tools and knowledge of car repairs or modifications. Because the cost of the pulley is relatively inexpensive, this is a good bang for your buck kind of upgrade. Lightweight pulley’s are typically an upgrade that I do along with other engine bolt-on modifications.
Putting my car on a diet in this BRZ Sparco seat install video.
One of the most cost effective ways to save weight in any performance car, is to replace the stock seats with lighter weight options. For my BRZ, I have chosen Sparco EVO race seats. These seats save roughly 15lbs over the stock seat, for a total savings of 30lbs when replacing both seats. The BRZ Sparco seat install process is pretty straight forward. However, you have to be careful with the various airbag and seat plugs. Not only do you save a good amount of weight, the race seats also hold you in place much better than the stock seats. This is invaluable in high performance racing like autocross!
Now that my engine mods are installed, it is time for the modified BRZ exhaust sound.
Not too long ago I installed a bunch of engine upgrades in my 2017 Subaru BRZ. These modifications include a complete set of engine parts from intake and header, to exhaust and tuning. Naturally, I wanted to see what the modified BRZ exhaust sound would be like after the changes. For this video, we get sound and footage from the inside of the car as well as the outside of the car. Can you hear the boxer rumble and the difference between this and the stock exhaust note?
It’s time to install the rest of my BRZ modifications!
My 2017 BRZ is getting closer to being fully setup for the STX autocross class. In order to produce maximum power, we are going to install a number of upgrades. To begin, I started off with the common bolt-on BRZ modifications. This includes a Grimmspeed intake as well as a RevWorks exhaust header. In addition, I added a Perrin overpipe attached to a Berk front-pipe. The Berk front-pipe also includes a high-flow catalytic converter. Lastly, a custom cat-back exhaust system with Magnaflow muffler completes the system. ECUtek is the engine management platform, which we use to get maximum power out of the complimenting upgrades.
From the moment the BRZ & FRS was released, car enthusiasts scolded Subaru & Scion for releasing it with such low power figures. The 200hp and 150lb.ft of torque was just too little for a sports car. It was too slow and the power delivery is not linear. The manufacturers took note, sort of, and released the 2017 cars with 5 more horsepower and torque. Did it make a difference? In the big picture, probably not. However, that did not stop me from attempting a BRZ burnout to see if this new generation car could lay some smoke. After a number of burnout attempts, the verdict was in.
Providing solutions to the 5 things I dislike about my 2017 BRZ.
Not too long ago I published a video that covered some of my complaints about my 2017 BRZ. Just like any car, the BRZ does have some faults and is not perfect. However, in the case of the BRZ faults, there are plenty of ways you can fix those issues. In this video, we go over some of the more common ways to overcome the 5 things I dislike about my BRZ. In addition, we find out if those stock exhaust tips are adjustable!
The Subaru BRZ came out in 2013 with much fanfare. There was much anticipation around the BRZ, a coveted “driver’s car” that was light weight and rear wheel driven. As great as it sounded, it was not perfect. Low power and somewhat cheap quality were some of the common complaints about the cars. Despite these imperfections, the BRZ is still a crazy fun car to drive and brings smiles to just about anyone who drives them. I have owned both a 2013 FRS as well as my 2017 BRZ. I have a lot of driving experience in both cars, so I thought it would be a good time to share the 5 things I dislike about my own 2017 BRZ.
Improving my BMW’s on track performance with an e36 brake upgrade.
Brake upgrades are often overlooked when it comes to modifying a car. However, they are also one of the most important upgrades you can do. Especially, if the car has already been modified for more power and faster speeds! This becomes even more important if the car is a track day car or race car. In that case, upgraded brakes is a must. Not only for safety, because a weak brake system will not stop the car after a few hot laps. But, also for performance and reliability. For this phase of my e36 brake upgrade process, I have picked up a new set of high performance rotors and brake pads. I went with Stoptech slotted rotors front and rear, as well as Hawk DTC-60 brake pads. This combo should provide the stopping power I need while also being consistent lap after lap.