Grimmspeed Hood Struts

How to install Grimmspeed hood struts on your BRZ, FRS, or 86.

Grimmspeed hood struts are intended to replace the stock hood prop. The hood prop holds your hood up in the air when it is open. However, the stock prop does not hold the hood in place very solid. The hood struts mount to each side of the hood and firmly keep the hood in place when open. If you are out at a car show, or a race, these hood struts are invaluable. The firm mounts consequently keep your hood safe from blowing over in the event of a wind gust. In addition, you no longer have the stock hood prop interfering when working inside the engine bay! As far as I am concerned, the Grimmspeed hood struts are one of the best bang for your buck upgrades. My hood strut installation video covers all areas of the installation. The install is simple and straightforward.

How to prepare for an autocross

Autocross is fun! Here are some tips to help you get started.

Have you ever thought about taking your car out to an autocross race? Most people may not know, but just about any car on the street can be raced at an autocross event. For first time racers, knowing what to bring and how to get ready for that first event can be a bit intimidating. After years of racing myself, I came up with a little system of things I do and bring when going out to an event. The great thing about autocross is that it is very accessible. You do not need much of anything besides your car to race! In addition, it is inexpensive and just about the most fun you can have in your car. In my video below, I will get you familiar with some of the basic things to bring to your first autocross event.

BRZ autocross

BRZ oil change with Royal Purple

My first Subaru BRZ oil change.

For years, engine oil changes have been the single most common maintenance item for your car. A regularly scheduled BRZ oil change ensures that your engine is running at its best while also promoting longevity. There are all kinds of synthetic oils on the market, but we will not cover that in this article. The Subaru BRZ uses a 0w-20 weight oil, per the owners manual. For my first oil change, I chose Royal Purple synthetic motor oil. I have had success with this oil in my previous Scion FRS, but may try something different for the next oil change. Now, a BRZ oil change is pretty simple. You just need basic tools, oil of course, and an OEM Subaru BRZ oil filter. Follow my detailed video below and you will have no problems changing the oil on your own Subaru BRZ!

BRZ Exhaust Shootout

Comparing 4 different exhausts in this BRZ exhaust shootout!

We all love to hear the sounds of different exhaust systems on our cars. Over the past year, I have created a number of exhaust sound videos. Today, I am taking all of my exhaust sound videos and compiling them into one single BRZ exhaust shootout video! We are going to listen to the stock exhaust, my custom Magnaflow exhaust, the Tanabe Concept G exhaust review, and lastly the Blitz Nur-SPEC VSR exhaust. Listen and watch, then choose which exhaust system you like the most! Don’t forget to leave your comments on the YouTube video page!

AP Racing Sprint kit installation

How to install the lightweight AP Racing Sprint kit on your BRZ.

The AP Racing Sprint kit is a top notch product. In this video, I will be going through the whole install process. The Sprint BBK is very lightweight while also improving braking capability and efficiency. For those that like to do track days, HPDE, or Time Trials, this brake kit is highly recommended for consistent and reliable braking. The installation process is pretty straightforward and requires common tools. You will also want to use a good brake fluid, such as ATE Type 200, when doing any type of high performance driving. In addition, with the AP Racing Sprint brake kit, pad changes are a breeze. Consider checking out my other video that covers how to bleed brakes!

How To Bleed Brakes

How to bleed brakes on your Subaru BRZ.

The brakes on your car are obviously a critical safety system. They are even more important for cars that are used for racing. Regular maintenance of your brake pads and brake fluid in your car will ensure that they are working properly when you need them. Knowing how to bleed brakes is an important skill for people tracking and autocross’ing their cars. Most cars these days have similar brake bleeding processes, just like on my 2017 Subaru BRZ. If you have basic understanding of brakes and how they work, plus basic mechanical skills, bleeding your brakes is a simple task. In this video I go over the tools and products I use to bleed my brakes on my BRZ. I had just finished a track with the car and usually that is a good time to bleed the brakes. Don’t forgot to check out a related video on how to change brake pads and rotors!

Blitz Nur-SPEC VSR dual exhaust

The Blitz Nur-SPEC VSR exhaust system is a top notch product for your BRZ, FRS, or 86.

So, I cannot seem to make up my mind on what exhaust system I want to run 🙂 I recently bought the new Blitz Nur-SPEC VSR exhaust system, which is a dual exit type exhaust. I even upgraded to the fancy blue titanium exhaust tips! The exhaust has proven to be pretty good so far, while not being overly loud. In fact, this Blitz dual exit exhaust is fairly quiet, especially compared to my previous Tanabe Concept G exhaust. The installation process is simple, just like with any exhaust for the BRZ. In this video I cover the unboxing, installation, and finally the exhaust sound of this Blitz Nur-SPEC VSR exhaust system.

Blitz Nur-SPEC VSR dual exhaust

How to change brake pads and rotors

How to change brake pads and rotors.

Brake pads & rotors are considered wear items and as such, need to be replaced regularly. For track cars or race cars, the brakes must be changed even more frequently than street cars. My most recent brake upgrade is for my 1994 BMW 325is track car. Not too long ago, I purchased a set of Hawk DTC60 track pads and Stoptech slotted rotors. The upgrades will not only improve braking, but also survive the abuse of track driving. Since track driving generates extra heat during heavy braking, having upgraded pads and rotors is a must. The e36 generation BMW is fairly old these days, so changing brake pads & rotors is not quite as straightforward as some newer cars. This video covers how to change brake pads and rotors on my BMW, but it will apply to most cars out there on the market today. Interested in the parts I got for my e36 BMW? Check out the image links below!

Hawk DTC60 front brake padsHawk DTC60 rear brake padsStoptech right rear rotorStoptech left rear rotorStoptech right front rotorStoptech left front rotor

Ford Focus RS review

Taking a spin in a 2016 Ford Focus RS.

I have always wanted to get my hands on a Ford Focus RS. I had the opportunity just recently to borrow a friend of mine’s Focus RS and take it out through the mountains for a spin. The Focus RS is Ford’s AWD hot hatch that does not disappoint. Armed with a 2.3L 4-cylinder engine, this turbocharged beast makes 350 horsepower and 350 foot pounds of torque. Putting all of that power to the ground is an advanced all wheel drive system with multiple drive modes, including a mode specifically for drifting! In addition, you have 4 doors and seats to bring along all your friends. What a ride, check out my video review for the whole scoop!

BRZ air filter installation

Looking for a cheap and effective upgrade? A BRZ air filter fits this requirement perfectly.

BRZ air filter upgrades are cheap, common, and easy to install. This not only applies to the Subaru BRZ, but also the Scion FRS and Toyota 86. The low quality panel filters that come with most cars are usually not very efficient. Installing a K&N drop-in air filter is a simple solution to a common problem. The K&N filter will fit just about all BRZ, FRS, and 86 model cars. The one exception is the 2017 manual transmission cars. In this case, you want to install the Blitz drop-in air filter. These filters improve air flow in the engine intake system and last much longer than a traditional panel filter. The installation process is the same, very straightforward with minimal tools and experience required.

K&N air filter for BRZ and FRS