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Old 03-02-2013, 04:35 PM   #1
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Picked up a BRZ last week, this thing is amazing. My last daily was an 08 STI and I can say I dont miss the extra HP at all. The way this thing handles even out of the box is beyond addicting.

This car will be my daily so I'll be conservative with the mods. I have a M3 for track duties, so thats got the coil overs and 265 meats.



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Old 03-02-2013, 06:45 PM   #2
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Congrats! What's your definition of conservative?
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:03 PM   #3
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all interior stays in place, no turbos, and Im not sure if I want to pay for coilovers just to get exposed to the lovely new england winters.

Also Im planning on not going huge and super sticky with new tires, keep things interesting.

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Old 03-03-2013, 11:41 AM   #4
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Congrats man your going to be happy. I picked up a brz to be my daily too. I almost no longer even care for a track car, of course that's because the track isn't open lol. You will love the brz though.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:08 PM   #5
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I already love this thing. All the reviews I read people are hating the prius tires and no power. Well I knew going into it that it had 200hp so I cool with it. The basic tires do need a bit of an improvement but only a better compound. The "lower" limits make it much more fun and lively on the street at much more responsible speeds.

At one point I had 265 nt05's on my sti, yeah you could get them to slide on the street but you really had to be cruising. The limits are when things get fun and challenging so why set the bar so high with a massive set of stickies.

I'm willing to bet that a lot of people who run big sticky tires and rock hard coilovers on the street never even get those re11's or advan's up to temp. I'm not claiming to be some race car driver not by any means and I'm not saying anyone is a bad driver. Just saying a lot of people over do it on there street suspension/tire setups. I've been guilty of this myself in the past, so this time around I want to be more reasonable with my selections.

Sorry if thats a bit of a rant, just my .02

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Old 03-03-2013, 12:21 PM   #6
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That's the truth lol, I ran nt05's on my car lol. Track car or over built cars can be cool, but they are nowhere near fun on the street unless your getting into trouble, and I have outgrown that phase. That is why the brz is so great, just driving to the grocery store I can enough it.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:56 PM   #7
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Im looking for pictures of BRZ's on 16's
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:35 PM   #8
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:20 AM   #9
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^^^ thats sick. So in other parts of the world the car was available with a 16x6.5
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:21 AM   #10
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I own a fabrication company specializing in automotive parts so I can help myself but make some prototypes for this thing,

Muffler delete, 3" tip



Working on a full replacement intake,




First impressions are the muffler delete is a great way to drop 20lbs, the sound is louder but not very exciting. The intake makes louds of induction noise but certainly needs a retune for best performance.

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Old 03-09-2013, 12:22 PM   #11
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Waiting till after its first oil change at the dealer then these will go in. Offset strut tops and drop in filter.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:57 PM   #12
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Congrats on the ride. Hit me up about the parts off the STi. I might be interested.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:29 PM   #13
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Havent up dated much, still love this car.

Made a 304 stainless 2.5" cat delete front section. This really wakes up the sound of the car, more burbles.




Also having the factory michelins mounted on a set of team dynamic 1.2 rims tomorrow. And I managed to fit 4 rims and 4 tires in the car. There is a pet cover over the back seats also.

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Old 03-28-2013, 09:07 PM   #14
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Waiting till after its first oil change at the dealer then these will go in. Offset strut tops and drop in filter.
Forgive my ignorance what is the point of the strut tops? I saw it adjusted camber which could help but caster?
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:25 PM   #15
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Forgive my ignorance what is the point of the strut tops? I saw it adjusted camber which could help but caster?
Adds static camber and caster. +0.5 and +0.75 respectively IIRC.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:32 AM   #16
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Hhmmm what would that do for you?
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:16 AM   #17
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In basic terms, these use camber to increase front end grip. Caster proivides more camber when the wheels are turned and help the wheels return to center on there own. These are also made with a harder rubber for a stiffer mount.

http://www.racecompengineering.com/i...t-tophats.html

I installed them yesterday, so Ill get to see how they feel once the summer tires are back on and all the extra weight is out of the car. I was going to wait untill I had some spring/shock combination to go in as well but i found some free time so i just put them in.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:47 AM   #18
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Also I made a plug to remove the sound tube, much better. Car sounds more mature in the cabin and there is still induction noise from the stock box with a KN panel.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:32 AM   #19
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Installed a perrin MC brace along with some EBC Yellow Stuff pads, very enjoyable.





Made a 2.5" over pipe, working towards a full header back.



Also installed Whiteline rear subframe bushings, these are an awesome upgrade and pretty straight forward to install.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:46 AM   #20
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Sweet Jesus those are some nice welds
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:39 PM   #21
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Sweet Jesus those are some nice welds
Thanks, back purging makes things pretty.

Cell phone pics,

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Old 10-21-2013, 09:18 PM   #22
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:51 PM   #23
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Dem welds is faptastic.
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Old 10-26-2013, 09:14 AM   #24
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Made a 304 stainless 2.5" cat delete front section. This really wakes up the sound of the car, more burbles.
Want to do this, I weld. What else is required to prevent a CEL?
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