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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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! Don’t forget to check out my full Tanabe Concept G exhaust review!
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!
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.