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Old 01-25-2013, 09:59 PM   #126
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Been trying to find if u have mention what size wheels and tires are on the car. No luck,
All of the current mods are listed on the first post, but the wheels and tire specs are:

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Work CR KAI Ultimates - Custom Blue
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-18x8.5 +47 Front
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:13 AM   #127
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Thanks Rick, would like to see if that blue would look good on crystal black BRZ
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:34 PM   #128
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:56 AM   #129
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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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Old 02-02-2013, 01:08 AM   #130
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:37 PM   #131
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:41 PM   #132
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:22 PM   #134
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hahaha Love the review of the Teins! No clue how I missed it all this time. Thanks for that!
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:41 PM   #135
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I'm too poor for rear BBK...
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Talk about overkill.
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Talk about overkill.
We prefer the term: extra large margin of error.



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You'd never even get race pads up to temp with those monsters.

Looks awesome.
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Ugh! I want a write-up/video on your Brembo set up!
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Ugh! I want your Brembo set up!
Fixed.
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Are thise rears essentially usdm sti front calipers? Hmm...wonder if it would be possible to mount usdm fronts in the rear.

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Are thise rears essentially usdm sti front calipers? Hmm...wonder if it would be possible to mount usdm fronts in the rear.

im going loko arent I?
They are not the USDM fronts, not even close

These are specific to be rears, and not only that they are the GT kits not the OEM kits. So they are not cast aluminum like the STi brakes, but are billet Mono-Block aluminum. The front 6 pots fully loaded are noticeably lighter then the STi Brembo calipers.

Brembo has 5 brake systems. We get this question quite often as people think that all Brembo Brakes are the same. Ive had a chance to visit the Brembo USA office, and play around with all of these systems, and Ill be honest that the difference between each system is tremendous. All are built to very high tolorances, but its obvious why the GT-R Brembo System for race use is 15K compared to the GT vs OEM.

OEM: EVO's, STi's, 350Z, DC5, G37 ect. Street use. Cast calipers, designed to be mass produced and for OEM manufactures

GT: Aftermarket upgrades, but are also included OEM on cars such as the GT-R, Ferrari, Higher End 911's, ect. Track/Street. These are mono-block kits designed to have a stiffer caliper with reduced mass, and increase brake performance.

GT-R: The big boy stuff, this is what you see on road race GT cars. Titanium pistons, no dust seals, extra machining to remove weight. Track only, and are model specific kits

Race: This is what you see on ALMS Prototype Cars, NASCAR, WRC, ect. Made to order by Brembo for race teams.

RaceRace : This is where your F1 falls in. Price is no object.

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Wanted to do a quick review on the Cusco engine mounts and their rear diff mount as well. One thing I noticed while driving the car was the vagueness coming from the stock engine mounts and the rear end as well. I saw this as a opportunity to not only improve on those aspects of the car, but it also gives me the opportunity to give you guys my impression of the parts as well.

Let's start with the install first. The engine mounts are very straight forward, simply unbolt the 2 large nuts on the bottom of the front cross member, and then the 4 bolts holding the left and right mounts to the engine block. Lift the engine up a few inches to gain enough clearance to remove the old mounts. The new cusco mounts are a bit easier to get in than the stock ones are to remove, but really neither are that bad. The new cusco mounts will bolt up just like stock, and so you will just reverse the uninstall process, and they should bolt right in without too much fuss.

The rear diff mount was a bit more tricky, and not that I would ever call it a difficult install, but a bit more time consuming as you do have to access the inner portion of the rear cross member, which will require you to remove the lateral arms from the rear cross member. Once you have access, you will want to get your skinny fingered friend to hold the nut on the inside of the cross member as you thread the long bolt through the new mount and into the nut. Other than that very minor frustration of small access holes, the install was a breeze and bolted up just like it was supposed to without any problems.


Now the review! I must say, I was never expecting these to retain the factory comfort levels, as I have run products like this on my own cars. I did notice a bit more noise and vibration than I was used to, but once I had a chance to go drive the car, I knew exactly why I did these mods, and the extra noise and vibration was almost a welcomed feeling. The direct connection these parts bring to the car is a huge improvement over the stock bushings, no longer do you feel the slop from the rear end, or the somewhat delayed response from the engine. Everything is instant, everything feels solid, and it feels AMAZING! Finally the Albino Rhino is starting to become what I had envisioned in my head, and besides the extra noise and vibrations, I could not ask for anything more.

I would not recommend these parts for anyone who wants to keep their car as a comfortable daily driver, as you will most likely despise these mods. But for someone looking for something more aggressive and direct, and does not mind the harshness, than this would be perfect!

Check out the videos below for some before and after.



Cusco Engine Mount Set Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S
Cusco Rear Differential Support Brace Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S


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