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Old 10-11-2012, 01:35 PM   #76
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Rick exists IRL! I saw him do a live episode of Whats in the Box at Subiefest!

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Old 10-11-2012, 02:21 PM   #77
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Those tips fill out the rear valence very well. Looks great.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:11 PM   #78
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BRZ under the knife

Should have some product reviews shortly

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I've read that BRZ's are having issues with hesistation and actually shutting off, have you experienced any issues?
We have not run into any issues of this nature with our car.

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Old 10-29-2012, 11:52 PM   #79
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Rick exists IRL! I saw him do a live episode of Whats in the Box at Subiefest!

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Just noticed you posted this, it was great to finally meet you! Thanks again for everything, I had a blast at Subiefest!!!

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Old 11-12-2012, 08:29 PM   #80
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Sorry for the delay, just got our new Albino Rhino Video Blog Update done!


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Old 11-29-2012, 12:30 PM   #81
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Cool vid for info of what you did - but what would have been cool is to show the parts you were talking about with maybe a time elapsed video of the install of each part so we can see how easy they are to install. Not a "how to" per se - just to get an idea of the install and get a visual of the parts you're talking about.

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Old 11-30-2012, 01:38 AM   #82
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Cool vid for info of what you did - but what would have been cool is to show the parts you were talking about with maybe a time elapsed video of the install of each part so we can see how easy they are to install. Not a "how to" per se - just to get an idea of the install and get a visual of the parts you're talking about.

Thanks for the Cyber Monday sale btw
I really like this idea. I will talk with my video guy and see what he thinks. I worry he might kill me with an idea like that, but worth a shot!


And glad you liked the sale too!!

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Old 12-24-2012, 05:39 AM   #83
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looks so good!

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Old 12-27-2012, 11:31 PM   #84
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Big thanks to JPM Coachworks, check out what I just installed!




Looks pretty good for my first time!

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Old 01-02-2013, 11:54 PM   #85
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And another picture of the cute lil Albino Rhino




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Old 01-03-2013, 02:10 AM   #86
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Man those new Work caps are so much nicer than the old ones.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:57 AM   #87
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Man those new Work caps are so much nicer than the old ones.
You dont even know. We have seen some caps in the past, that make you want to cry.

The mid height Advan caps for instance are stamped thin wall aluminum, and make me hurt inside.

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Old 01-10-2013, 10:24 PM   #88
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Took a quick pic of the Albino Rhino Today, Rick should be doing some work on it this weekend so stay tuned for that



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looks good with the banner sticker
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:27 AM   #90
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:27 AM   #91
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Just got these.. Hot off the press from the in-house RSD media department!


First up we have the beautiful Carbign Craft Alternator Cover



This was a super easy install, took about all of 5 minutes and using normal hand tools using the OEM hardware. Plus, just look how gorgeous that looks in the engine bay. Rick recommended for sure!!



Next on the list are the APR Carbon Fiber Brake Ducts





Now these were a bit more involved to install, you remove the 2 under panels located below the stock "ducts", remove the 2 10mm nuts that go to the DRL's, pop out the factory units, pop these bad boys in, bolt it all back up and you are good to go! Please note, we did add some washers on the backside of the DRL studs to help give a more secure mount.
I really like these as it just gives the front of the car so much more character, granted we do not have any hoses going to our brakes, but that could be done easily in the future if need be. These are more than just for good looks!

You may also notice those beautiful Lamin-X headlight covers, now I did not install these so I cannot comment to much on the install. But just make sure to do it when it is warm out, or have a heat gun ready, also plenty of patience is key with any protective film. Don't they look amazing though? A bit of GT300 BRZ style right there!



Oh what shall we do next? I know! How about some APR Carbon Fiber rocker panel extensions.





Now this is what I am talking about, finally adding some aggression to the timid lil' Albino Rhino. In regards to the install, I do get nervous any time I hear the word "drill", I won't lie. Drill... On a brand new car?! Yep, but with APR's crystal clear instructions and the fact that these fit like an OEM piece, even I could not mess this up haha. Have a buddy help you with these, but if you have that, these are a breeze to install. Very satisfying as well once you are all done and you can sit back and see the way these have transformed the side of your car. So much better!!!!



Leaving my favorite for last, I present to you the APR Carbon Fiber rear bumper skirts.






Of course my favorite part was also the most timely for me to install. Now don't get me wrong, you will look at it and think, "pfft this will be easy, I mean you use the OEM holes and it just bolts right up!" All of that is true, but Subayota has blessed this area on the car with virtually no working space. Get your 1/4 10mm sockets and extension, and think small as you have to squeeze your hands in very tight spaces to gain access to the bolts. Even if you are blessed (cursed?) with small hands like me, it is still a tight squeeze. Even after all of the cursing...err I mean "nice words", I was absolutely blown away to see how amazing these made the rear of the car look, even the picture above does not do it justice! Also, a keen eye will notice something else new in this picture, and we will touch on that at a later date.


Thanks so much guys and please, let us know what you think! We always love to hear feedback! Also a big thanks to APR for making these beautiful carbon fiber products!


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Some more pictures due to popular demand!












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I just don't like tail lights that stick out way past the actual body panels. Otherwise it looks nice Rick!
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Just got done with our 4th video blog update!


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Get low, get low, get low....To the windows...wait a sec!

TEIN Coilovers installed! But as you can tell by the ice on the front bumper its freezing cold! Once it warms up a little bit outside/no snow/no ice(black ice)/temps go over freezing we will take the car out for a test drive and do a full review



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I just don't like tail lights that stick out way past the actual body panels. Otherwise it looks nice Rick!
Yeah at certain angles it does look a bit odd for sure, but at other angles I my jaw hits the floor with how stunning it looks. I do see what you are saying though, in the pictures above the rear lights look a bit goofy.

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Old 01-23-2013, 09:26 PM   #97
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Just got done with our 4th video blog update!

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9-GEogHt10&list=UUHNPxTbGXNDDxsNjjSSwg5A&index=1

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Awesome really like how it's turning out!
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Awesome!
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Thanks Guys!!

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Okay, first I must say I feel bad for being so late to get this review and feedback out on the Tein Street Flex Coilover kit. I know there were a few people requesting it, so I tried to get this written up as soon as possible, and with that said, let’s move on to the review shall we? At this time I did not have a chance to really push this suspension in the way I wanted to due to the cold weather and crazy snow we have been getting here recently, however on my first drive I did note some initial impressions of the suspension in general.

First let’s start with the boring details of the install. From start to finish, we were able to get this done in about 3 hours, and that was with me taking my sweet time and enjoying the peanut gallery’s commentary while I did the install. Fitment was spot on with all of the ABS and Brake line brackets, they were right where they needed to be, which made for an OEM fitment, a huge +1 in my opinion. With the car being so new, all of the bolts came off with no fuss, and the new suspension went on like butter on warm toast. All of the adjustments are easy to get to, including the spring pre-load, height adjustment, front camber adjustment and damping adjustment, I could not be more pleased with this. Now, we did lower the car a bit more than what Tein had set for us right out of the box, but with some careful measuring, this was a breeze, even with the wheels still on the car. I always expect a bit of fuss with just about anything I do with a car, but to have these go on so easily, I almost feared that the car gods would strike me down when I went for a test drive.

Now comes the moment of truth. I double checked all of the bolts and nuts for proper torque, torqued the lug nuts, lowered the car from the jack, put on my big boy pants(which are actually just my clean pants in this case), kissed my Tein Dampachi doll for good luck, and rolled out of the shop. Listening for any odd sounds or clunks as I went lock-to-lock with the steering wheel, and there was nothing but the sound of my tires picking up some small pebbles from the road(more likely tiny chunks of salt and ice) and bouncing them off the fender liners. This is the time when you can finally ease down from being a paranoid, hypersensitive freak, to just sitting back and enjoying the ride, and I am planning on it.

First stop, Nurburgring! Well.. not quite, it was actually the local chevron to fill up the bone dry fuel tank, but close enough right? After some much needed liquid hydrocarbons, I was off for a real road test. I swung onto the freeway to see how the dampers did in a higher speed situation with some pretty decent sized bumps, and I was really surprised to feel just how comfortable these coilovers actually are. Now I am never going to say they ride like stock, as that would be a lie, but if you ever find yourself wanting a more out of the stock suspension, I really think you would be happy with the comfort level on these new Street Flex coilovers. The damping felt like a perfect match for the springs, they absorb small sharp bumps just as well as they absorb the larger smooth bumps, and they were doing everything quietly as well. I made a quick exit off the freeway just so I could jump back on utilizing a long sweeper turn which put me right back on the freeway in the opposite direction. Not trying to push these “summer only” tires too hard in the bitter cold temps, I was being pretty careful around the turn, but still managed to go fast enough to put a smile on my face. I could instantly tell the response from the suspension and feedback from the car was greatly improved, allowing me to feel what the front and the rear end of the car were doing at all times, and this made me a happy boy!

Knowing the direction I was now going on the freeway was taking me directly to some very nasty roads, I thought that this would be a great time to really test the comfort of these coilovers as there was no way I could really give a solid impression of their performance this time of year. The suspension had no problem dealing with pot holes, cracks in the roads, smoother washboard sections, or medium sized bumps. I was very impressed that they were able to handle themselves on these horrible roads, but I knew I was quickly approaching the big one, the mother of all bumps, the one that makes me cringe even in a bone stock car, and I hit it hard. I could feel the suspension struggling to absorb such an impact so quickly, which happily transferred that shock into the chassis of the car, and then directly to my spine. I winced for a split second, perhaps knowing in advance what I was about to put the car and myself through, and then it was over. Ha! That was it? I expected so much worse! Not that I would want to turn around and do it again, but that is about the worst, most worthless, car destroying patch of road I could find for miles around, and the car did fine! I quietly apologized to the little Albino Rhino, and petting its dash panel for what I had just intentionally put it through. I made a promise that I would never put it through that much abuse again unless it was strictly for fun.

The rest of the ride home was quiet and enjoyable as I was able to just sit back and relax and reflect on how far we have come with this car. One thing that has never changed is the looks that this car gets. I counted no less than 7 “thumbs ups” on my short test drive, and countless necks turning into rubber, with my favorite being the small boys who stare in amazement at this tiny little car with blue wheels bopping down the road. If for nothing more than my own amusement, this car would still be an amazing ride just so other people can enjoy it. Needless to say I am still enjoying this car very much and really look forward to where we are taking the Albino Rhino in 2013, I truly think you guys will love it!


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