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Old 10-05-2012, 09:31 PM   #1
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Default 6 Months Later... chanomatik's 2013 BRZ Limited in Crystal Black Silica



Will post more later. Just glad to finally be able to join you guys and be done with the turbo game for a bit.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:17 PM   #2
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Alaska looks friendlier than I imagined...
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:52 PM   #3
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That is because they are in road repair season still. Wait a few weeks and that car will be under a small mountain of white stuff

Looks good though.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:10 AM   #4
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Nice! About time, too. That's a long damn wait.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:52 AM   #5
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Yeah, snow should drop in a couple of weeks. I bought snow tires last Saturday: 205/55R16 Hankook iPikes on steelies.

Alaska is usually very leafy. We've had a couple of windstorms recently that knocked down a BUNCH of trees and it's been super wet from all the rain, causing floods and ruined footwear.

I've been gradually getting a hang of the BRZ. Bought it last night with 6 miles, now have about 138 miles on it and just hit half a tank of gas. Loving it! Got it tail-happy a couple of times, reminds me of what I miss about RWD.

We did a small meet of BRZs. A Satin White Pearl Limited, a Lightning Red Limited, my Crystal Black Silica Limited and a Sterling Silver Premium. We looked GOOD cruising around. We don't think we'll ever find the old guy that bought the Galaxy Blue Limited to do a photo session (or even the owner of World Rally Blue Limited), but otherwise we have every other color covered since GrinderAK bought the Dark Gray Metallic.

I also discovered that I have the dreaded chirp. Actually, I think all of us do. However, I'm not concerned with it at the moment. I can't hear that well and I usually have my music blasting anyways.

The timing took a while, but had it arrived any sooner or later I wouldn't have been able to purchase it. I just so happened to get my WRX sold on Friday, same day I bought this, and my pre-approval was expiring, too, so I would've received a much worse APR and had to put more money down than I already did. My credit score went down with all this WRX drama I've had to deal with. I can't praise the BRZ enough for how well it fits my current lifestyle. I feel like I'm being rewarded for making the choice to have as few responsibilities as possible.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:59 AM   #6
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Hmmm... Isn't there a warranty fix already for the chirp? Not taking it in?
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:38 AM   #7
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He's got all winter to let them work on it.. I think he wants to enjoy it for now.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:31 PM   #8
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Subscribed.

Did you have enough of the '11 WRX? (I think that's what you had)
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:00 PM   #9
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Old and "busted"



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Yeah, apparently all four of our BRZs have the chirp. CJ's right, I just want to enjoy the car. I can hardly tell it's there and apparently they keep your BRZ for at least a week before they get it all "fixed" up. I can wait for them to get more experience under their belt.

As you can see in the pics, snow is absent still and we're all still rocking our stock wheels. The white BRZ belongs to Mavrik and he runs 04 STI BBS wheels during the summer. Looks pretty good.

To 96accord: There were a lot of cons against the WRX for my lifestyle. That's how I justify switching up cars as often as I do. I look at it and say, "How WELL does this fit my current lifestyle? Is it supporting it or dragging me down?"

The main factors in getting the BRZ were:

- Maintenance
- Gas mileage
- Price
- Lack of negative stigma
- Engineering
- Design

The WRX was my first and last WRX. I was very surprised at how much negativity surrounded that car. Anytime I came on the boards or went to the dealership with issues, I felt like I was treated like some teenager with his first car. Everyone seems to HATE the WRX because they just wish you had got the STI or something. My WRX genuinely had issues, but it was always like, "What did you do to it?" I never got that with the STI or Forester Sports XT.

With the BRZ it's so fresh and exciting that Subaru and the dealership actually WANT to take care of it. People on the boards actually WANT to share helpful information about it. It's weird, but nice. I think I'm just done with turbocharged vehicles for a bit, unless I get a separate engine specifically to drop into this BRZ. I plan on tracking it and experimenting with it.

The BRZ fits my current lifestyle because I'm 28, single, no kids, most of my friends moved away or got married within the last 2 years, and my nieces and nephews moved away, too, so back seats are less necessary. I found myself cruising solo more frequently. I have a good job and have no "bad" habits to spend money on (like smoking, drinking, partying, eating out, porn, wife/girlfriend, etc. ). Plus with gas prices consistently around $4.20 for 90 octane, paying $65 every 3-5 days on the WRX just got to be expensive for me. With the BRZ I have lower car payments, lower insurance rates and much better gas mileage (about 33% improvement by my crude calculations).

Overall just a better purchase, but you have to be okay with not having AWD. We now have 3 RWD vehicles at the house, and I owned one before that I kept longer than any of the Subarus. If you plan your routes and have the right snow tires, you'll be fine.

Location: I guess I should mention that I live in Alaska, which might explain why it doesn't look quite like what you'd expect Alaska to look like. It's the most modern of the cities in most ways, and it's a port town, so our weather isn't quite as severe as other places. Usually more icy than anything, although we did get a record-setting snowfall this year.

Conclusion: I plan on doing a lot to this car and I'll be coming to you guys for ideas. I might even do some polling like I used to do with the WRX, so it should be fun. Most of you know that I'm a fairly active member, so you'll see me around the boards. I also plan on trying to make Wicked Big Meet next year, so for any of you guys on the East Coast hopefully I'll get to hang with you at some point in the future!

Future mods list (some sooner than others):
- JDM under panel

- JDM clear marker lens

- Automotive LED lighting (just ordered last night)

- Snow wheels (sitting in the backyard cuz snow ain't got nothin' on ME!)

- Clear bra clear armor (hopefully by end of the month)

- Autostart (prepaid, just gotta take it in)<=== waiting for program to be released for push button start Subies

- Window tint (maybe 20% rear and 30% front? Was thinking doing 50% on the front windshield, too, but my car is black, so...)

- Tail light tint (was thinking of redding it out first, then doing a medium smoke)

- Gloss black vinyl interior dash (silver be ugliez)

- Vinyl overlay rear diffuser, front bumper guard and side mirrors plastics

- 18x8 Sparco RTT524 +48 from Tirerack (on clearance right now and I want simple wheels just for fun to paint or whatever) <=== Missed this sale

- ASGA STI-replica wheels, silver or black, 18x8 +40

- 18x7.5 Prodrive GT1 +48 (from Fastwrx.com)

- 19x8 OZ Ultraleggera HLT +38 Black (light, 19", poser wheels)

- Lowering springs (maybe Mach V? They all seem fair at the moment. I'm hoping one will come out on top by the time Spring rolls around. Otherwise seriously considering STI pink springs)

- Pretty much any STI parts I can get my hands on. I want the rear spats when I get the side skirts and front lip (and trunk spoiler, maybe).

- Swap trunks with a Raven Scion FR-S locally

- Hood dampers (don't care 'bout no hook, son! Going for Grimmspeed's GB on FT86Club.com)

- Shave off antenna (I'm in Alaska, don't need no GPS, son!)

- Kartboy delrin shift knob, black, of course (went with STI Duracon shift knob)

- Reverse ring hopefully WC Lathe Werks from JDM STI short shifter kit

I'll add to this list periodically to keep tabs of what I'm really wanting to do. Since this is a community, I appreciate any and all feedback, negative or positive. If you see something on my list that I'm considering, feel free to reply with, "Have you considered..." or even "Those are goo, sir." I just want to have fun with this car and want you guys to have fun watching me build it.

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Old 10-07-2012, 04:06 PM   #10
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Thanks for the LONG LONG explanation
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:18 PM   #11
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You asked, mofo.

You got questions? I've got answers! haha
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:29 PM   #12
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CHANO!!!!!!!!

i'm picking mine up monday. SO MANY EXCITEDS but why you gotta live in ****ing alaska

anywho if you got enough of the clear fender things i'll grab them from you if you dont mind! i can't wait to get mine, i've got some **** up my sleeve for it startign week one, you'll see
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:47 PM   #13
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CHANO!!!!!!!!

i'm picking mine up monday. SO MANY EXCITEDS but why you gotta live in ****ing alaska

anywho if you got enough of the clear fender things i'll grab them from you if you dont mind! i can't wait to get mine, i've got some **** up my sleeve for it startign week one, you'll see
I thought you were getting one! That's why I asked RIP in the '11/'12 thread.

Clean & Simple Jive.. Remember that!
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:44 PM   #14
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haha If an opportunity arises for me to have affordable housing with a decent paying job and I can keep the BRZ, I'd be more than happy to escape Alaska, Ivan.

Get that Breeze, son! So many things! I probably won't order the clear markers until the end of the month. Gotta get clear bra ASAP.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:00 PM   #15
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I thought you were getting one! That's why I asked RIP in the '11/'12 thread.

Clean & Simple Jive.. Remember that!
This will be differant than my sti. Dont you worry no rice here.

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haha If an opportunity arises for me to have affordable housing with a decent paying job and I can keep the BRZ, I'd be more than happy to escape Alaska, Ivan.

Get that Breeze, son! So many things! I probably won't order the clear markers until the end of the month. Gotta get clear bra ASAP.
I need tint and bra asap. No rush on those.markers i just dont know where to order from.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:08 PM   #16
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:59 PM   #17
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FYI - the TSB for the chriping was released last week. My new fuel pump assy. is already on order.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:40 AM   #18
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Yeah, I read that at FT86Club, I believe, plus kayetealynn works for Subaru and has a BRZ, so she lets me know any and everything that Subaru has to say about these cars. Thanks for the emphasis, though, 2point0. I HONESTLY could not hear any of it today, but I was probably too busy discovering the VSC Sport button.

Speaking of which, kayetealynn helped me customize my BRZ today by getting into the BIU. Fun stuff!



Go away, door and seatbelt chimes! Make that domelight turn on upon approach. Passenger, would you like to enter the car as well? Well good, because now you can at the same time I open MY door! Wooo!!!

It's the little things that add up, ya know?

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Old 10-08-2012, 04:17 AM   #19
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As you can see in the pics, snow is absent still and we're all still rocking our stock wheels. The white BRZ belongs to Mavrik and he runs 04 STI BBS wheels during the summer. Looks pretty good.
I would love to see pictures of this if you have any! Debating doing the same thing.

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Go away, door and seatbelt chimes! Make that domelight turn on upon approach. Passenger, would you like to enter the car as well? Well good, because now you can at the same time I open MY door! Wooo!!!

It's the little things that add up, ya know?
Wait what? How are you editing these things? :O

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Sorry, no full-on side shots. Here's one from behind at an autox so you can see how it sits... in motion.



And the BIU is accessed by a Subaru laptop that hooks into the OBDII. Get friendly with your local dealer.

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Old 10-08-2012, 11:09 AM   #21
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chano, I completely forgot to say what I mean to say when I posted in this thread before:

Congrats on the car and reducing your responsibilities. Envy on both parts from me.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:40 PM   #22
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^^^^^ Late bloomer right here.

haha I kid! Thanks, CJ! I do everything I can to help my non-single, parental friends live vicariously through me.
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Yeah, I read that at FT86Club, I believe, plus kayetealynn works for Subaru and has a BRZ, so she lets me know any and everything that Subaru has to say about these cars. Thanks for the emphasis, though, 2point0. I HONESTLY could not hear any of it today, but I was probably too busy discovering the VSC Sport button.

Speaking of which, kayetealynn helped me customize my BRZ today by getting into the BUI. Fun stuff!



Go away, door and seatbelt chimes! Make that domelight turn on upon approach. Passenger, would you like to enter the car as well? Well good, because now you can at the same time I open MY door! Wooo!!!

It's the little things that add up, ya know?
I WANT AL THOSE THINGS. how do i do it.
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Gah, I'm so excited to see this BRZ develop.
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And the BUI is accessed by a Subaru laptop that hooks into the OBDII. Get friendly with your local dealer.
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