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Old 06-23-2012, 06:57 PM   #26
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On our car we are currently on the stock set up. Our customer who came by had 17x8.5 +44, not sure on tire specs.
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:21 PM   #27
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Those rhino stickers on the front fender are awesome. Are you guys gonna sell those?
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:08 PM   #28
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Those rhino stickers on the front fender are awesome. Are you guys gonna sell those?
We had not planned on selling those, but that may not be a bad idea. Let me ask around and see if that is something we may be able to do in the future. I will shoot you a PM if they do become avialable for sale.

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Old 06-25-2012, 11:59 PM   #29
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I know this will seem kind of random, but I wanted to mention that this thread caused me to check out the RallySport Direct website when I was shopping for some transmission fluid and a flywheel. You guys shipped my order 2 hours after I placed it online! Amazing!

I also wanted to thank you for the continued updates on your BRZ and I look forward to seeing what you do next!
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:31 PM   #30
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I know this will seem kind of random, but I wanted to mention that this thread caused me to check out the RallySport Direct website when I was shopping for some transmission fluid and a flywheel. You guys shipped my order 2 hours after I placed it online! Amazing!

I also wanted to thank you for the continued updates on your BRZ and I look forward to seeing what you do next!
Hey Thanks! We do our bet to get orders out the same day they shipped, and glad you were happy with the transaction! Please let us know if you need anything else or have any questions, we are always happy to help.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:27 PM   #31
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In this Video we made, I will give you guys a rundown on our Albino Rhino now that it is broken in. We plan on doing a video blog update about once a month and we would love to answer some questions in the next one. So if you have a question you would like answered, please let us know and we will see what we can do.





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Old 07-17-2012, 01:20 AM   #32
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Heck yeah! Informative videos on a specific subject with subject in background ROCK!

You should do a montage of: "What Can You Fit in a BRZ?"

It would be awesome to have a time lapse of putting things in and taking things out of the BRZ.

Examples: Travel bags, groceries, golf bags, extra set of wheels, racing helmet, a bike, 1 person, 2 people, 3 people more, etc. haha It would be way "easy" to do and just fun to watch if you have everything sitting around, ready to go with a lot of space around the car.

Maybe a surprise item at the end like a snowboard or skis or something.

I only bring this up because people ask about bikes fitting in and such. Also, I should emphasize that the question isn't, "What Can You COMFORTABLY Fit in a BRZ?"

Thanks for considering, and thanks for the video!
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:40 AM   #33
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What chanomatik is trying to say is, "How many cheerleaders can you fit in a BRZ?"

Edit: great video, very well done narration.

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Old 07-17-2012, 12:04 PM   #34
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Damn you, CJ, don't give away the surprise!

Agreed: confident and thoughtful narration.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:10 PM   #35
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Then get it real dirty and take it to a sorority car wash.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:54 PM   #36
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Well we got the wheels and tires! I love the aggressiveness of the wheels and tires, but does need to be lowered for sure.









Wheel specs:
Work CR KAI Ultimates - F-Zero Blue
18x9.5 +38 Rear
18x8.5 +47 Front
5x100 of course

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Old 07-24-2012, 09:39 AM   #37
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Cool. Dislike the F-Zero blue though :P
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:46 AM   #38
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Cool. Dislike the F-Zero blue though :P
Same, doesn't seem to tie into any of the accent colors on the car well enough to work for me.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:15 AM   #39
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get some RCE yellow springs on there!
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:50 AM   #40
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Heck yeah! Informative videos on a specific subject with subject in background ROCK!

You should do a montage of: "What Can You Fit in a BRZ?"

It would be awesome to have a time lapse of putting things in and taking things out of the BRZ.

Examples: Travel bags, groceries, golf bags, extra set of wheels, racing helmet, a bike, 1 person, 2 people, 3 people more, etc. haha It would be way "easy" to do and just fun to watch if you have everything sitting around, ready to go with a lot of space around the car.

Maybe a surprise item at the end like a snowboard or skis or something.

I only bring this up because people ask about bikes fitting in and such. Also, I should emphasize that the question isn't, "What Can You COMFORTABLY Fit in a BRZ?"

Thanks for considering, and thanks for the video!
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What chanomatik is trying to say is, "How many cheerleaders can you fit in a BRZ?"

Edit: great video, very well done narration.


HAHA was this a Chris Farley reference from Dirty Work? That is what I was thinking of when I read the post. Okay maybe a bit out of line there, but I do like that idea, however we are limited to "things" at the shop here, so it will be, "How many Tein coilovers can we fit into the BRZ" or "Look at all the downpipes shoved in the back of this thing!" uhh..that did not sound right either

Just saw the ninja color edit I will still leave my interpretation up for all to enjoy!

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Old 07-25-2012, 12:52 AM   #41
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Cool. Dislike the F-Zero blue though :P
Yeah when deciding on colors, it was not at the top of my list, but after seeing them in person, and on the car, I am really starting to like them. Maybe we can do some different graphics in the future to help tie into the color of the wheels. Oh now I have all sorts of ideas haha..

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Old 07-25-2012, 12:56 AM   #42
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We will be getting some springs on shortly, and will keep you updated.

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Old 07-25-2012, 01:12 PM   #43
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Hey Rick do you have any close up pics of the front hub setup (and what they are using for bearings), that you could share with us?
Great write up and photos by the way
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Hey Rick do you have any close up pics of the front hub setup (and what they are using for bearings), that you could share with us?
Great write up and photos by the way
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I don't have any at the moment, but I would be happy to snap a few pictures for you. I should be able to get some here in the next few days.
Was there anything specific I should highlight? Or just looking for good pictures of the front hubs/bearings in general?

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Old 07-26-2012, 03:31 PM   #45
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Rick,I mainly want to get a good around view of how they setup up the non cv axle front hub/spindles and if from that get an idea from what parts bin those were sourced... I am toying around with an old turbo legacy that will be rwd.
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:03 PM   #46
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Rick,I mainly want to get a good around view of how they setup up the non cv axle front hub/spindles and if from that get an idea from what parts bin those were sourced... I am toying around with an old turbo legacy that will be rwd.
Thanks for the quick reply!
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Untitled by tom@kartboy, on Flickr

I had one on my computer. Not sure if it would work for a normal subaru swap since its a rear steer VS front steer for other subarus.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:57 AM   #47
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Thats a good photo..still curious about that knuckle. I can't imagine Subaru or Toyota casting a new part when the possibility of existing components working in a new configuration. That does look a lot like an impreza hub but it also looks a lot like the rear knuckle used on a fwd legacy from the 90's. Not familiar with all the different toyotas to know if there is anything similar. I suppose there are bearing part numbers on those that would give clues as to which direction the builders went! Probably casting numbers on the knuckles also....
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Thanks Tom you are awesome!! And Sorry I did not get these pics to you sooner, it has been a bit hectic for me recently. but here are some of the ones I shot:





Hope that helps
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The front hub does bolt to the knuckle?
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:46 PM   #50
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Okay, now the fun truly begins. I have been wanting to start doing some real mods to our Albino Rhino, so I stole the car one day and quickly ran to my garage to install some goodies. Here are the results.




I recently installed the Eibach Lowering Springs, Whiteline Comp ‘C’ Camber/Caster mounts, Work Emotion CR Ultimate 18x9.5 rear and 18x8.5 front with Bridgestone RE-11 tires wrapped around them. Now with being busy at work and in my personal life I did not really have a chance to take the car out to see what it could do, and I have been itching to go for a blast. Well my itch got too strong, so I “borrowed” Justin from work and we took the car out for some mid-day hooning. We found a secret spot, set up some cones and just went for it. At first I was still getting used to the new setup, but instantly could tell the car was much more crisp and precise, even minimal steering input was immediately followed by a response from the car. I always thought the car was darty in stock form, but man, this is just on another level.

After some hot laps, I started to feel more comfortable and confident with the car and the setup, the tires were coming up to temp nicely as well. I was able to focus on the differences between when it was stock and with the mods now, and I must be honest, the overall feel of the car, the “characteristics” of the car did not change much, it still felt very well balanced and planted to the road, just like stock. The main difference was just more grip, much, much more grip. I would have to say the biggest difference came from the Bridgestone RE-11 tires and the Whiteline Comp ‘C’ Camber/Caster mounts, when I had installed them I set it up for max camber and caster, and while the added negative camber helped those big sticky tires remain flat in the corner, the added caster gave us a much better steering feel and also gave us some additional negative camber through a corner as well. The smaller sidewall on the Bridgestones compared to stock really helped keep everything planted and gave me much more confidence in the corners as well. Now, don’t think I am leaving the springs out of the equation, but I was really expecting a harsher and stiffer ride from these springs, but to be honest, it almost felt like stock. You can tell there is a bit more spring rate under the car, but it is so minimal that once you drive the car for more than a few minutes, you forget that they are there. I think these springs are going to be perfect for those who want to retain stock like comfort, while still lowering the car for better looks and handling.

Overall I was very impressed with the setup, it still allows you to get the rear end out with the traction control off, which I did not think was going to be possible with that much soft rubber under the car, but again, the characteristics felt like the stock car. It does not feel quite as eager to accelerate with the larger diameter wheels and tires, but I feel like the car was never the fastest thing on the planet, and the added grip more than makes up for the minimal loss of acceleration, and I do emphasize the word minimal. I was really impressed towards the end of our session as the tires reached full temp, they made the car feel like a razor cutting through the pavement, you just had to point the steering wheel where you wanted to go, keep the gas steady and the car just zipped there like a quantum wave collapse and *poof*, you’re there. It was astonishing, there was so much more the car could have given, and now the biggest limitation is the dummy behind the wheel. Now I’ve known that has always been the truth, but at least before I had an excuse with the stock tires, now I must come out and admit “ I Rick, am a horrible driver”, ah that feels much better to get off my chest. Now that the internet knows about my driving skills, or lack thereof, one might ask, “so if the car was already out of your driving abilities, why are you throwing parts on it”? That is a great question, and the real answer to that is… For fun!!! Now don’t get me wrong, the car was a blast to drive in stock form, we all know that, but go ahead and throw on some sticky tires, take that corner as fast as you can, and just giggle like an idiot as the car tries to separate your skin from your body. I have never had a headache after driving a car before, but I got one this time, I felt like a newborn whose neck muscles are not quite strong enough, as my head bounced from shoulder to shoulder, tank-slapping through those cones. I remember thinking “Now this is a car!!!” as I was grabbing at my neck wretched in pain.

We know some people modify their cars to make it look better, some do it to stand out and be different, well I do it because like RickyBobby, I just wanna go fast!! I love feeling the G-forces as I throw a car recklessly into corners, I love feeling like at any moment, if something goes wrong, I might die. There is a special connection you can develop with your car, this not only comes from driving it and getting to know it, which you do, but I feel like a big part of that is modifying it to suite it to your own preference, to make the car yours, and for it to drive like you want it to drive. This is why I mod cars, this is what I have been waiting for with this BRZ, and from here on out, it is just going to get better and better.

We will keep you up to date with the next modifications, but don’t think we have given up on the suspension just yet. Take a look at the arms and the bushings on the rear of the car through the corners in our most recent suspension video, this should give you an idea of what we are thinking to attack next.

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