Perrin crank pulley

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.

Perrin crank pulley

BRZ Sparco seat install

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!

Modified BRZ exhaust sound

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?

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.

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.