BRZ modifications

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.

BRZ burnout

Is a BRZ burnout a myth, or not?

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.

SOLUTIONS to the 5 things I dislike about my BRZ

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!

5 things I dislike about my 2017 BRZ

The 5 things I dislike about my 2017 Subaru BRZ.

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.

e36 brake upgrade

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.

e36 exhaust sound

Glorious BMW e36 exhaust sound and revs.

It is winter time and I need to find out if my 1994 BMW 325is will start! The car has been sitting for about a month so I am not sure if I will have a successful start. If all goes well, I will record some of the glorious e36 exhaust sound and revs that come from this car. Since I have numerous engine upgrades, this is not an ordinary 325is. The upgrades on this car include an aFe intake and also a TMS computer chip. In addition, I have engine bolt-ons that consist of TMS headers and a Bimmerworld lightweight race exhaust. This makes for a pretty loud and angry sounding BMW!

BRZ mud flaps install

Protect your Subaru with this BRZ mud flaps install guide.

Nobody likes rock chips or blemishes in their cars paint. By following my Subaru BRZ mud flaps install guide, you can easily protect the lower sections of your car. I did this install on my 2017 Subaru BRZ just after I purchased the car. The new BRZ is a fantastic car and looks great in just about every color it comes in. However, I personally prefer the world rally blue pearl color and went with the BRZ mud flaps to keep the paint free from rock chips. The installation of the mud flaps, or sometimes called splash guards, is fairly straightforward. All you need is basic tools like a screwdriver and drill with drill bits. If you are technically inclined the job can be finished in under an hour.

The BRZ mud flaps have proved to be pretty good upgrade while being relatively inexpensive. If you want to know more, you can also check out my BRZ mud flaps review page.

BRZ exhaust sound

BRZ exhaust sound from my 2017 Subaru BRZ.

The Subaru BRZ has many improvements for model year 2017. Among some of the changes are engine upgrades and interior changes. The engine upgrades result in a slightly different BRZ exhaust sound compared to the previous model year cars. Since the engine has a bit more power and slightly re-worked exhaust system, this was to be expected. But, what does it really sound like? I have recorded the exhaust sound from my Scion FRS in the past and was curious how the new BRZ stacked up. Granted, my 2017 BRZ is bone stock car while my FRS had upgrades. The stock BRZ sounds pretty dang good!

BRZ STi front lip install

It’s time to install my new BRZ STi front lip on my 2017 BRZ! The instructions available for installing the BRZ STi lip are specific to pre-2017 cars, so it was a little bit tricky to figure out. I did have help from another BRZ enthusiast on the FT86club forums. Following these instructions, the BRZ STi front lip install process was fairly straightforward. I was able to successfully install the BRZ STi lip on my own 2017 BRZ. The BRZ STi lip adds an aggressive look to an already great looking car. In my case, I am also using it for a little bit of autocross cone protection for the front bumper 🙂 Be careful though, since the lip hangs down about 1.5″ from the normal bumper, it becomes a bit of a ground clearance hazard.

Subaru BRZ STi front lip un-boxing

A shiny new BRZ STi front lip for my 2017 BRZ!

It’s not often that I get cosmetic upgrades for my cars, but this BRZ STi front lip looks too good to pass up. The front under-spoiler is from the Subaru accessory catalog, so it is a genuine Subaru STi part. The front lip gives the car a lower, more aggressive look. In addition, it will help protect the real bumper from potential dings and impacts. This is especially important when you autocross the car like I do. Nothing like built in cone protection for your shiny new bumper 🙂 You can order your own lip directly from your local Subaru dealership. Check out the video as Shelby and I un-box the BRZ STi front lip! Check back soon for the installation video as well.