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Old 02-23-2021, 12:51 AM   #1
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Tatsu333's 2020 BRZ Sport Tech RS



Our new 2020 BRZ Sport Tech RS in Pure Red on the showroom floor. We take delivery this week!

I've been shopping these cars since they first came out back in 2013, but just couldn't pull the trigger for one reason or another. Got as close as putting a deposit down on a 2017 Inazuma Edition (Series.Yellow in the US), but backed out.

I'm not a fan of the look of the 2nd gen, even though I'm sure that dynamically it will be a superior vehicle, and this was going to be the last opportunity to buy a 1st gen BRZ new, so the time finally came to "fish or cut bait"...LOL.

I have some mods planned, but they may take a while...will update here with each mod I do.
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Good choice, and the best colour as well.
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Picked up our new BRZ today!






...and just a few hours later, the first mod goes on - Grimmspeed Hood Lift Kit!

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...AND...as I posted the picture, I realized I have the brackets on the wrong sides. The bolt side is supposed to be the inner side...LOL. I'll fix it tomorrow.
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OK - let's try this again...Grimmspeed Hood Struts, installed the right way around:




Mod #2: Swapped out the stock 215/45-17 Michelin Primacy HP's for 225/45-17 Pirelli P-Zero All Season Plus (from my Tiburon):




Mod #3: Grimmspeed Master Cylinder Brace. Had a minor panic when I dropped one of the bolts and it fell down between the aluminum under-panel and the cross-member. Ended up popping the clips on the plastic shroud and was able to get to it, but what should have been a 10-minute job ended up taking 45 to an hour, and a lot of swearing...LOL! Here's the pic:




Finally, here's a shot with my new BRZ in the foreground, and my 2006 Hyundai Tiburon Tuscani (which I've owned since new, and it now only has 106,000 kms / 66,000 miles on it) in the background:



Having driven them back to back on the exact same set of tires, I can say that my Tiburon is definitely faster and corners harder than my BRZ stock, but the Tiburon has 14+ years of tweaking and tuning behind it to get it there. It was definitely a fun project, but the BRZ has a LOT more potential, and I no longer have to deal with 14-year-old car problems.
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Next couple of mods - car just came back from getting the Xpel paint protection film put on the front bumper, full hood, front quarter fenders and mirrors.

Now that's done, I can finally mount my front license plate with the Grimmspeed License Plate Relocation Kit:




...and my Weathertech floor liners (for the front row only) also arrived today:

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suhweet!
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A couple more mods done today. This will probably be it for a little while, though I do have a couple more things waiting to be installed (STI Short Shift Kit, OEM autodimming rear view mirror w/compass). I want to just spend some time DRIVING the car and getting used to it!


Scion FR-S OEM Splash Guards (front and rear):






OEM / STI Front Underspoiler:









All installed with help from justinco's YouTube videos:



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loved watching justins vids back when he had a brz! really helpful stuff especially his wheels and exhaust videos!
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loved watching justins vids back when he had a brz! really helpful stuff especially his wheels and exhaust videos!
Definitely helpful, and it seems he and I have very similar taste in mods.

One note RE: installing the front lip - rather than stepping up in drill bit sizes, I used a 3/8" brad point drill bit (a woodworking bit, that has a sharp point in the centre to keep it from wandering and sharp outer edges to score a clean hole edge) and just drilled each hole once. When I use those type of bits, I always start the hole with drill running in reverse to score the surface/hole edges first, then run it forwards to finish the hole. Worked great on the nice, soft bumper material, but those bits are no good for metal, just an FYI...

Also, when installing the rear splash guards, my car didn't have the holes in the bumper edge pre-drilled, but they were very clearly marked, so easily done.
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