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Old 03-28-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Chano won't get off me about making a thread. So this is my thread. I may occasionally post pictures and thoughts in here.

I have not logged everything from Day 1 nor do I care to look at what I already have so perhaps this will be a journal from this day onward and not so much what I did before.

Here's a dyno chart from Mach V's dynjojet that I got approximately a month into ownership; the only mod at the time was the original production version of the Nameless offset axleback. This features 5" diameter by 6" length mufflers on a twin circuit design that has smaller secondaries than the current 5"x8" offering. In addition, I've included a video of me free-revving the exhaust not very many miles after install (~100).



The interior of the BRZ is miles beyond what I lived with in my 2002 WRX. That car was spartan in comparison! While great looking, I thought the center stack looked a bit bland with all that grey. Solution? STI start button, straight from Japan! It was a slightly pointless, purely cosmetic, expensive for what it is modification...but goddamn I think it looks snazzy as hell. The matching amber STI light up is a very nice OEM touch that brings a little smirk to my face every time I start the car. Better cranking too! not!


The flash makes it look obnoxiously red.


Here it is lit up with the center stack.


And here it is on door open.

Several months later, probably 2, after much looking at shift knobs I decided I would once again go with the OEM STI offering. The dimpled/perforated leather sort of matches the steering wheel, it looks classy as **** with a leather top, Cherry Blossom Red engraved shifter pattern, and brushed/satin aluminum bottom half. It was also a bonus that it weighs approximately 60g-90g heavier than the stock knob. While this doesn't bring weight up THAT much, it brings it up appreciably enough to make a slight difference in shift feel. Overall, the shifter seems less notchy (feel was lost/numbed) while losing some of that hesitation at the shift gate that made me question whether or not I was shifting correctly. Here's a ****ty picture!

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Old 03-28-2013, 10:43 PM   #2
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You should come to a NJ meet one day, and btw I think I may have just ordered that same spoiler lol. It looks great on the car.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:48 PM   #3
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You should come to a NJ meet one day, and btw I think I may have just ordered that same spoiler lol. It looks great on the car.
I'll be at 86 AC on April 6th. The spoiler does look sexy!
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:09 AM   #4
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I'll be at 86 AC on April 6th. The spoiler does look sexy!
I would go, but I am working the ny auto show. If they have import alliance in md again though I will be there.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:02 PM   #5
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Picked up some new tires! Michelin Pilot Super Sports in 225/45/17. Pricey god damn tires. I had originally wanted these when the car was delivered, but at the time this size was $200/tire so I decided to pass and perhaps ride on my old (2 summers) BFG KDW2 that I had left over from the WRX. The KDW2 is a great tire...excellent dry grip with great wet grip. It was the perfect tire for me because I wanted summer performance without completely compromising wet traction which can and does happen often enough in the summer. My only problem with the KDW2 is how ****ing loud they howled. Seriously the loudest tire I've ever heard or rode on. Despite my love for their grip, I didn't want to deal with the noise on a car with as little sound deadening/already annoying noises as the BRZ. In the end I was able to sell them locally and the buyer got a good deal.

I don't have the KDW2 around to compare to, but the PSS is a fair bit taller and wider than the 215/45 Primacy HP that came equipped with the car. Here are some ****ty, ****ty pictures I took with my phone to illustrate this.


Primacy on the right.


Primacy on top.


Blurry ass closeup. Forgive my messy ass garage, dad's a bit of a pack-rat and neither of us has any organizational skills.

These will be mounted tomorrow on my wheels; no pics of those since I'm picking them up from the powdercoater tomorrow.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:34 AM   #6
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Nice your going to be really happy the pss's are excellent tires.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:41 AM   #7
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Have the PSS on my wrx in the same size, they are fantastic. Will definitely transform the car!
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Old 03-30-2013, 03:54 AM   #8
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Oh hell yes OE! We have ourselves a deal! You just needed a little incentive. ;-)
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:28 PM   #9
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I heart the PSS, btw. The lightest tire around once you go up to... 19".
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:23 PM   #10
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Chano...you're silly.


Since I've posted it in a few places you all have more than likely seen it, but I bought a TRD Japan duckbill spoiler then had it paint matched and installed by IAG. The wing itself came packaged really well and did not take the advertised 35-45 days, only about two weeks from order to arrival. Japanparts.com is always a pleasure to do business with AND their price shipped for the unpainted spoiler was far lower than anyone else I got quotes from (ranging from $400-$600). The Limited wing has always bothered me because the fins at the ends only kind of look like they're supposed to be there. Yeah, you can trace the imaginary line of the double bubble roof to the fins...but the wing looked out of place to me. Especially since the wing doesn't follow that body line on the trunk lid. The TRD duckbill solves all of these problems AND covers the holes from the Limited wing. In addition, the spoiler includes everything you need to install: templates, gaskets (grey and black), 3M prep wipe, various vinyl seals for the holes from the Limited wing, and plastic nuts to secure the wing in addition to the pre-applied adhesive on the wing. Anyway, pictures:








I think it looks much more...natural.
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:40 PM   #11
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My relationship with wheels are like my relationship with this car; I ordered them and ****ing waited and ****ing waited and ****ing waited. Originally I placed my order for Weds TC105N 17"x8" +42 in August with a 1-1.5 month waiting time. When they didn't show up and I inquired I'd get a new date; so and so forth through November until I got fed up and cancelled my order. Then in December when they were finally in stock I bought them. Not sure why I even cancelled then bought the same wheels, but whatever. Originally I wanted SSR Type F wheels, but after inquiring about them with every dealer anywhere I was eventually informed that they were discontinued. **** you SSR. When I saw these Weds and their weight, I was more or less instantly sold. I didn't weigh these, but allegedly they're in the neighborhood of high 14 to low 15 lbs; I could easily lift them with 1 hand.

Here's a closeup of them from when I received them in December:

Unfortunately the lighting at my house is on the yellow side, so you're not getting an accurate representation of the color. In any case, it's a weird silver color with this bronze...tint/haze to it in the light. Not a bad color, but not what I was shooting for. So I opted to have them custom powdercoated by a place in Manassas, VA that's supposed to be good. Since I have the wheels back in my possession, I'd say that for the price the job is average; I expected better given what I paid. They don't look bad, I'm just a perfectionist. In any case on the car they look pretty damn good.


In the sun!






Rear view.


Front view. Check out that uneven panel gap!


Flushness view from the top of the front. Tire nubs, what!

I've always liked light wheels because you can genuinely feel the difference in acceleration and in this case, I think it's rather significant even at ~4lbs per corner (new wheel/tire combo 21/20lb, new wheel/tire combo 15/22lb). The grippy tires also help and goodgoddamn can you do stupid things like take a highway on-ramp at 70mph without blinking an eye. I have a feeling that reaching the limits of these tires will cause a sudden break in traction that's not nearly as progressive as the stock tires. I think I should have kept the stock tires for longer, but I wanted winter tires on the stock wheels so who gives a damn.

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Old 04-02-2013, 12:00 PM   #12
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So I received an insurance adjustment in the mail.




























It's $112 lower per year!



Anyway, here are some pictures from when Detailer's Domain came down to Manassas, VA and did an exterior correction + opti-coat application on mine and several other vehicles. They did a great job and corrected the poor job that other detailer did on my car.







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Old 04-02-2013, 12:44 PM   #13
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:53 PM   #14
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Thanks! Unfortunately, that WRBlue swirls like ****.
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Crystal Black Silica ain't much betta, but, yes, my WRB STI was on par with Swirl City. It got drunk and frequented that place's Pubs. Lil' Hussy.
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You needa copy paste this on FT86club!
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:21 AM   #17
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:09 PM   #18
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Great. Now you're dead to him.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:33 PM   #19
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Nice car bro.
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I have a feeling that reaching the limits of these tires will cause a sudden break in traction that's not nearly as progressive as the stock tires. I think I should have kept the stock tires for longer, but I wanted winter tires on the stock wheels so who gives a damn.
Having ridden in a stock BRZ wearing Star Specs and being d0rift0'd around a track last year.. I can assure you that the car will still be very predictable at the limits... I could even feel it all from the passenger seat.
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Having ridden in a stock BRZ wearing Star Specs and being d0rift0'd around a track last year.. I can assure you that the car will still be very predictable at the limits... I could even feel it all from the passenger seat.
Must just be the cold weather then. They grip, they grip, they grip, then all of a sudden I'm sliding. It's just hilarious that I can yank the wheel and not lose traction. It's disconcerting in that one day I'll yank too hard and lose it.
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Since I've posted it in a few places you all have more than likely seen it, but I bought a TRD Japan duckbill spoiler then had it paint matched and installed by IAG. The wing itself came packaged really well and did not take the advertised 35-45 days, only about two weeks from order to arrival. Japanparts.com is always a pleasure to do business with AND their price shipped for the unpainted spoiler was far lower than anyone else I got quotes from (ranging from $400-$600). The Limited wing has always bothered me because the fins at the ends only kind of look like they're supposed to be there. Yeah, you can trace the imaginary line of the double bubble roof to the fins...but the wing looked out of place to me. Especially since the wing doesn't follow that body line on the trunk lid. The TRD duckbill solves all of these problems AND covers the holes from the Limited wing. In addition, the spoiler includes everything you need to install: templates, gaskets (grey and black), 3M prep wipe, various vinyl seals for the holes from the Limited wing, and plastic nuts to secure the wing in addition to the pre-applied adhesive on the wing.

I think it looks much more...natural.
Nice job, I really like that! I tried to delete the spoiler from my Limited when I ordered it but was told they couldn't do it. I'm not sure if it's from TRD but there's a guy in SoCal who put a similar duckbill on his that looks good too.
Question, did AIG do the the painting as well as the installation?
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They did the painting and the install, correct. It's pretty much a spot on match except that it has less orange peel than my other panels.
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"Hey, when you paint that, could you leave a little orange peel, please? Thanks!"
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Must just be the cold weather then. They grip, they grip, they grip, then all of a sudden I'm sliding. It's just hilarious that I can yank the wheel and not lose traction. It's disconcerting in that one day I'll yank too hard and lose it.
It certainly could be cold weather.. cold tires even catch professional race car drivers off guard.

Low pressure + tire dressing will do the same thing in any weather.
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