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Old 08-08-2017, 04:37 PM   #1
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Reliability mods?

FRS noob looking at a few mods, but my main concern is reliability.
Porsche has their IMS bearing issue, where the factory made a crappy part that tends to grenade without warning. The aftermarket solved the issue with a bearing that can go 100k+ miles, for not a lot of cash. Anything like that here?
I'm poking at the NED oil cooler, but looks like it's mainly needed for FI. I've ordered TRD springs, and I'm going to have the dealership eventually put in the rest of the TRD stuff (I actually like my dealer service dept, and want to show there's demand for FRS/BRZ/86 parts), but after that, no plans. It's a weekend/fun road car. 2,000 miles on it.
Anything I should upgrade/replace/add now for reliability? Keep "crickets" away, prevent oil leaks, etc.
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Stick with maintenance schedule and use high quality premium gas
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Definitely. It gets ethanol-free 93 only.


And to clarify, FRS noob, not car noob. Previous weekend car ended up a track nightmare with over $10k dumped into it. I just kinda threw the catalog at it, and the parts from 397 different companies didn't play well together, making it an unreliable POS that I never got sorted. Looked awesome, made a hell of a lot of noise, and went like stink when working, but apparently it thought it was a '60s Jaguar and needed many days off. Lesson learned, don't over-mod.
But, while I'll do the maintenance on time, I'm just looking to see if there's an FRS IMS bearing-type issue I don't know about yet.
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FRS noob looking at a few mods, but my main concern is reliability.
Porsche has their IMS bearing issue, where the factory made a crappy part that tends to grenade without warning. The aftermarket solved the issue with a bearing that can go 100k+ miles, for not a lot of cash. Anything like that here?
I'm poking at the NED oil cooler, but looks like it's mainly needed for FI. I've ordered TRD springs, and I'm going to have the dealership eventually put in the rest of the TRD stuff (I actually like my dealer service dept, and want to show there's demand for FRS/BRZ/86 parts), but after that, no plans. It's a weekend/fun road car. 2,000 miles on it.
Anything I should upgrade/replace/add now for reliability? Keep "crickets" away, prevent oil leaks, etc.
Well, not to be talken down to ya, but it's like @Teseo says up above.

Other than that ...... for what you're using it for ...... if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

If you do want to spend some money ...... you might consider different tires.

Have fun with your new machine .....


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My car is heavily modded, all done with top grade proven aftermarket products by a shop that only does subarus for years. The car is just as reliable as stock and drives just as easy.

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Shrader Performance Rear Seat Delete kit
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Jackson Racing Supercharger
Jackson Racing Oil Cooler
Jackson Racing Aluminum Neck Filler/Radiator Cap
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Torco SR-5R 5w30 Engine oil
Torco SGO 75w90 Transmission and Differential Gear Oil
Torco RT700 Brake Fluid

Edit: this list doesn't include all the bushings and suspension stuff. I need to update my mod list.
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:32 PM   #7
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What is unreliable about this car?

If it's a street car, I really don't think there's any single thing you can modify to "prevent" the known issues that crop up from time to time.
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:36 PM   #8
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My car is heavily modded, all done with top grade proven aftermarket products by a shop that only does subarus for years. The car is just as reliable as stock and drives just as easy.

Here is my mod list:

Interior
Shrader Performance Rear Seat Delete kit
Subaru Trunk Lid Trim Panel Liner
TRD Sport Guages

Exterior
Perrin Plate Relocate kit
Rebadged Toyota GT86
TRD Fog Lights


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TRD lowering springs
TRD sway bars
Yoshihara D5C 18x8 +40 rims w/Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires

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Jackson Racing Supercharger
Jackson Racing Oil Cooler
Jackson Racing Aluminum Neck Filler/Radiator Cap
DW 700CC injectors
DW 300c Fuel Pump
Delicious Tuning Flex Fuel MK1+ Kit
Custom Tune by William Knose of Delicious Tuning
TRD exhaust
ACT Xtreme Clutch Kit with Flywheel
TRD Japan short shifter
DSS Carbon Fiber Driveshaft

Brakes
DBA 4000 drilled and slotted rotors
DS2500 Ferodo brake pads
Perrin master cylinder brace
Mann Engineering Stainless Steel Brake Lines

Fluids
Torco SR-5R 5w30 Engine oil
Torco SGO 75w90 Transmission and Differential Gear Oil
Torco RT700 Brake Fluid

Edit: this list doesn't include all the bushings and suspension stuff. I need to update my mod list.
Your supercharged engine will not last as long as a stock one under the same conditions. You gotta pay to play.

Reliable is a subjective.
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:52 PM   #9
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Your supercharged engine will not last as long as a stock one under the same conditions. You gotta pay to play.

Reliable is a subjective.
I bet I'll only get 100k miles out of it. At 13.5k miles in 2.5 years it will be a while. Then I will build a new motor.
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Fluidampr harmonic dampener.

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FRS noob looking at a few mods, but my main concern is reliability.
Porsche has their IMS bearing issue, where the factory made a crappy part that tends to grenade without warning. The aftermarket solved the issue with a bearing that can go 100k+ miles, for not a lot of cash. Anything like that here?
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Anything I should upgrade/replace/add now for reliability? Keep "crickets" away, prevent oil leaks, etc.
Take advantage of the recent TSB that came out addressing the faulty throw out bearings in these cars. My clutch has the issue, but I am out of warranty now so when my TOB grenades prematurely I will need to spend hundreds of dollars replacing it.
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My car is heavily modded, The car is just as reliable as stock and drives just as easy.

Here is my mod list:...................

* Rebadged Toyota GT86

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NOW ....... THAT makes it NOT so .......





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Definitely. It gets ethanol-free 93 only

Why ethanol free? Ethanol is an excellent fuel and keeps the engine cleaner. It increases octane rating and is an excellent solvent to keep the fuel system and injectors clean. The thinking that ethanol is somehow inferior is stone age thinking going back to when cars weren't designed for it and the fuel system would be damaged by it. The 86 is designed to run on E15 reliably.

As for a reliability mods-

Unless you are going FI, don't install an oil cooler. The oil has to regularly run well over 212F to burn off water in the crankcase from normal condensation. An engine that does not run hot enough is going to have reliability issues.

Install an oil catch can. It's good for the long term health of the engine by preventing deposits from building up on the valves.
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Water has to be above boiling temp in order to evaporate? Why is my oil cooler thermostat fully open at 180*F?

Guess it's time to fire off a strongly worded letter to Mocal.
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