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

EDIT 2023.10.25: Updated this first post to include the current mods list and the most current photo to compare with the beginning of the journey. Original first post included below...

EDIT 2023-03-03: I guess I should kind of say what the idea behind this car is for me, so here goes.

It's my daily driver year-round, including some frequent runs down some fun back roads with less-than-ideal pavement, and will see the track a few times per year. So the goal for me is to make this car as capable and comfortable on twisty back roads as possible in all but the worst road conditions, and have it still be enjoyable (or at least "better than tolerable") in daily driving as well. So - no rock-hard track suspension or lots of rigid bracing, loud exhaust or peaky power. I'm looking more for a supple, stable and grippy chassis with a (relatively) flexible powerband, and enough power to have fun but not easily overwhelm the grip / traction.


Current Mods List:

Suspension/Brakes:
  • MCA Traction Mod
  • RCE SS1 coilovers
  • Grimmspeed Master Cylinder Brace
  • PowerStop Z23 brake pads (front and rear)

Wheels/Tires:
  • Fast Wheels FC04 17x8" ET35 Wheels w/Pirelli P-Zero All Season 225/45R17 Tires
  • Stock Sport Tech RS / Performance Pack 17x7.5 ET48 Wheels w/Michelin X-Ice 225/45R17 snow tires
  • McGard Spline Drive wheel nuts and locks (black)

Powertrain:
  • STI Short Shift Kit
  • AEM 28-50060 DryFlow air filter
  • Billet Power Blocks (knockoffs)
  • ECUTEK ProEcu Tuning Kit with RaceROM Add-On (for self-tuning)

Exterior:
  • Xpel Paint Protection Film (full front end)
  • STI Front Underspoiler
  • Grimmspeed License Plate Relocation Kit
  • Grimmspeed Hood Lift Kit
  • Scion/Toyota OEM Splash Guards (front and rear)
  • Philips Ultinon LED bulb replacements (license plate lights and reverse lights)
  • KillerB Motorsports exhaust tip extenders for OEM tips
  • OLM Heated Wide Angle Mirrors (blue)

Interior:
  • Philips Ultinon LED bulb replacements (throughout, including trunk)
  • OEM Autodimming Rear View Mirror w/Compass
  • Weathertech Floor Liners (front only)
  • AA Wireless Android Auto adapter


Planned Future Mods List:

Suspension/Brakes:
  • 2018 tS front subframe and flexible draw stiffener (PURCHASED - INSTALL SOON!!!)
  • OEM/STI flexible v-bars

Wheels/Tires:
  • Existing Fast Wheels FC04 17x8" ET35 wheels with Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 Plus tires (for street)
    OR Fast Wheels FC04 18x9" ET40 or Superspeed RF03RR 18x8.5" ET35 wheels with Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus 255/35R18 tires (for street)
  • Fast Wheels FC04 17x8" ET35 wheels with Hankook Ventus RS4 225/45R17 tires (for track)

Powertrain:
  • Fumoto quick drain engine oil valve
  • STI motor mounts
  • STI rear transmission mount
  • Fluidampr performance damper
  • ACE A350 4-2-1 header (ALREADY PURCHASED - INSTALL EARLY 2024)
  • STI Performance axle-back muffler (MAYBE - $$$)
  • Moroso oil pan baffle plate
  • Killer-B oil pickup
  • Forester XT oil cooler
  • FA24 swap or HKS V3 Supercharger (Dreaming a bit now, but who knows???)

Exterior:
  • Lamin-X headlight protection film (clear)
  • JDM clear side markers with amber LED bulbs
  • Verus ducktail spoiler (painted to match; MAYBE!!!) OR SARD LSR Style FRP wing with custom brackets mounted to stock wing pillars (painted to match; MAYBE!!!) OR Seibon C-Style carbon fibre trunk (painted to match; MAYBE!!!)

Interior:
  • Console / armrest from Amazon
  • JBL Bass Hub or Rockville RockGhost spare tire powered subwoofer
  • Sound deadening throughout (to reduce road noise for long road trips)


Removed / Retired Mods List:[LIST][*]Pedders Caster/Camber Top Mounts (upgraded to RCE SS1's)[*]H&R Sport springs on stock Performance Pack dampers (upgraded to RCE SS1's)


CURRENT PHOTOS (after springs and top mounts installed and settled):








...and another recent shot showing the rear with the exhaust tip extenders installed:





ORIGINAL POST:



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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Old 02-23-2021, 01:21 AM   #2
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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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Old 02-27-2021, 01:46 AM   #4
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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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No pics for this one, but latest mod is replacing all the incandescent bulbs in the interior, license plate lights and reverse lights with Philips Ultinon LED's.

No idea why Subaru would not put LED's in there in the first place, what with the headlights and taillights being full LED on the 2017+ models...

Haven't bothered swapping the side marker bulbs yet - I'll wait until I get the JDM clear side markers sometime next year and put amber LED bulbs in them.
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No pics for this one, but latest mod is replacing all the incandescent bulbs in the interior, license plate lights and reverse lights with Philips Ultinon LED's.

No idea why Subaru would not put LED's in there in the first place, what with the headlights and taillights being full LED on the 2017+ models...

Haven't bothered swapping the side marker bulbs yet - I'll wait until I get the JDM clear side markers sometime next year and put amber LED bulbs in them.
exactly wheat i've done! just need to replace the reverse lights for me.

dont forget the trunk!
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exactly wheat i've done! just need to replace the reverse lights for me.

dont forget the trunk!
Trunk is already done.
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Oh man, props to you for getting weather mats installed pronto. My carpet is irreversibly damaged and has the dreaded salt hump.

Best car, best color... great work! I'd say your patience was rewarded
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