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  1. 10 points
    A new GT86 Club Series has been launched and this time it's called the 'Blue Edition', with it's own colour of electric blue. You may remember the other Club Series edition in Solar Orange. That model was solely cosmetic, but whilst you could say the same of the Blue Edition it has an optional extra called the 'Performance Pack'. The interesting thing about the performance pack is what you get for the extra £1460. Richard from RRG Macclesfield invited me down on a sunny day to drive it. How about this for value? In the pack there are 4 piston Brembo calipers up front and two piston Brembo calipers a the rear. The Sachs dampers are revalved to increase their stiffness and gain more focus on handling. There is also some strengthening to the lower arms on the rear suspension and you get a set of different wheels. These are presumably to be able to clear the new bigger brake calipers and bigger discs. When you add up the cost of these extra and very nice parts, it seems like an absolute bargain for the money. The performance pack is only available on the Blue Edition, so could this be the best GT86 you can buy right now? Let's start with the colour, which if you want the performance pack you will have to like. Thankfully it's a lovely colour reminiscent of Porsche Maritime Blue which really is no bad thing at all. I rather like it. There is something just so appealing about a nice set of Brembo calipers on a car. Whilst the standard GT86 brakes are certainly adequate I have found their limits at times on Alpine descents and also on the race track. A big brake kit with greater stopping capacity is hugely confidence inspiring when you are pushing on and let's face it, you'd have it wouldn't you? Here's the fronts and rears respectively: This car supplied by RRG Macclesfield also has the addition of an HKS drop in air filter and a resonated Cobra exhaust. I totally agree with Richard here in that the first thing you should change on this car is the exhaust, the stock one is just way too quiet. When I review a GT86 for RRG Macclesfield I always follow my usual test route, the 'Lauren Triangle'. This takes the A523 out of Macclefield to Boseley, then the A54 up to the top with the downhill route being on the infamous A537 Cat and Fiddle road. Fifteen years ago I used to live in Macc' and this was my test route and practice route when I was racing back then. It's a spectacular drive with a real good variety of corners, compressions and perhaps more importantly a route I know intimately. So what do the changes mean? Well, setting off on the relative cruise in traffic out of Macc' and towards Boseley, the car maintains it's decent ride quality as the standard kouki car. It's a comfortable and more refined place to be than the earlier zenki car which I have. Richard told me that when he got out of a stock 2018 car and into this one that he felt that the car cornered more flattly and was better controlled. When I look for these comparisons it's really tricky as my benchmark is of course my car which I've driven for past 122,000 miles and my car has coilovers, poly bushings and pretty much everything done on the suspension, so a stock car always feels like more of a cooking version in comparison. But, compare I shall. There are no changes to the interior in the Blue Edition, so no orange stitching that you got in the Original Club Series car. After a sedate drive we turn left onto the A54 to Boseley and this is my chance to open the car up, so off we go. As I approach the first tricky set of S- bends I can see that the road is glistening somewhat. Perhaps not ideal when I remind myself I'm on the Primacy HP tyre, I've got the car set to track mode as well to allow me a little more slip, well some is better than none at all! The car inspires confidence and we navigate the first few tricky bends easily, not pushing too hard. This is my first time on the brakes and there is a lovely amount of feel to them. I note that they require a higher pedal pressure than my car running AP 4 piston calipers up front. That's not a bad thing as it allows you to modulate the brake pressure well. Then as we start to climb we inevitably happen upon a seemingly well driven Fiat Panda, though I'm barely trying to be honest. From here we end up behind a tractor for some time and end up in a line of traffic. Sometimes it goes your way, other times it doesn't. Never mind we pull over further up in a lay by to take some pictures and let the traffic go The traffic has gone and I know we are about to give this car a real test. The next section of road is very up and down with some hard compressions with sweeping bends and a good opportunity to push the car a bit harder. As we hit the first series of bends, the car loads up well maintaining it's composure and as the road dips and rises the damping is certainly keeping up with things, I feel confident to push the car harder and it's standard ride height, means I can push the car hard through compressions that would cause my car to be kissing the tarmac. We become briefly airborne over one of the rises, just leaving the tarmac, but the car deals with it no problem. I'm impressed and enjoying myself here. The difference in damping between this car and a standard one, feels for me fairly subtle, but perhaps coming from a car with bespoke dampers and active suspension it was always going to be far less of a difference when comparing to mine. What is important here is that there is some perceived to help to turn in and the damping has no problem dealing with mid corner bumps holding it's line and staying composed. As we rise towards the top of the A54 I notice they've laid new tarmac, time to update my records and I think that I haven't given the brakes much of a test yet, but there is the downhill on the Cat'n'Fiddle to come. We cross the plateau and pass the Cat and Fiddle pub which is still not open. Terrible pub in an iconic location. And so we begin our descent and through the first corner, 'Moisties', named so because it is always damp due to water running across it and then onto the 'Balcony' giving a great view over the Peak District. All the corners on the Cat'n'Fiddle have names. The best thing about this road is how far you can sight ahead and soon we easily pass the traffic in front of us. This car has only done 700 odd miles, so the engine feels a little tight and I'm being a bit easy on it. As we approach the first tight left hander at speed, I'm able to really get on the brakes. The car stops well, no doubt about that, pedal feel is more than my car but it is not difficult to modulate it well. I did find it a little hard to move the rear around under braking on the turn-in but I know that it's easier on my car with more front bias, but the car grips well and I can still neutralise any understeer, leading to the stability control just intervening on the exit with a smidge of opposite lock. This car just eggs you on and really a GT86 is simply made for roads like these. Even better the road is nice and dry for the most part, so I can work the suspension and the balance feels good. I'm aware with stock geommetry settings that more negative camber helps get rid of any understeer, but I think this car is doing a bit better with it's uprated dampers over the standard car. I can feel myself getting into the zone, relishing every heel and toe downchange, loading the car up ready for the next corner, nailing the exit and getting a little bit of oversteer in places. We pull over for a quick breather and more pictures and some five minutes later all the traffic we passed at the top, comes by! A quick glance and oil temperature is around 120C, which shows that you can get it to a fair old temperature if you are working it hard, but it never really seems to go above this at least on the road. The rest of the drive down is spoilt somewhat by traffic, but never mind, we've had a good few clear sections to test the car. This is really a test of the performance pack and it's no surprise that it is absolutely worth having. You'd have to be crazy to order a Blue Edition without ticking the Performance Pack it is just an absolute no brainer. The cost of individually buying the Brembo calipers all round would easily be more than the cost of the performance pack and you get wheels and uprated dampers as well. This car really is the ideal base model if you want to go modifying. My only observation with the brakes and this may relate to comparing them to mine is that I wondered if the pads didn't quite bite as well as mine. I've been mulling this over, but I think it is that mine require less pedal pressure to get them to bite and this could simply be more that I need to acclimatise to this set up. This car also has the improved JBL setup and Richard gave me a demonstration. It is way, way better than the original JBL setup, though seeming to use the same components there has been some retuning. The bass is more prominent and the clarity of sound is much clearer. Again, I have a £3000 pro-install in my car, but the new JBL system starts to look worth the money as the standard sound system is just so poor. I think they should offer the JBL set up as standard really! The spare wheel has gone and you have a sub instead, much like the old setup. I'm not sure whether a spare would fit underneath it, that's something to look into. The gear stick surround now has a leather gaiter which is much nicer than the cheap looking synthetic in earlier cars. My car next to the Blue Edition: In summary, the Performance Pack is a total no brainer. It would be absolutely brilliant if Toyota offered this as an option on all new GT86's but at the moment you'll have to order a Blue Edition to get it. I would!
  2. 7 points
    Hi all, It’s that time of year again... Black Friday. For 2018 we’ve tried to put together our best line of offers yet and we hope people find it useful! Offers go live on Friday 23rd November and run until Monday 26th November. For mail order parts these are payable in full and will be dispatched immediately if in stock, or as soon as they arrive if they are not in stock when ordering. Workshop offers have a deposit payable before the close of play on the 26th, all works are to be then booked in and paid in full before Thursday 31st January 2019. All deposits are non-refundable in order for us to prepare parts and so forth. These offers cannot be used in conjunction with our finance offerings i’m afraid. To take up one of our offers or with any questions, either drop me a PM on this forum, send me an email to mike@tuningdevelopments.co.uk or give me a call on 01925 822 266. We’d like to thank all of our customers for another year of continued support and wish you all a great festive period. Workshop Offers : Offer 1 : Tuning Developments NA Tuning Package & Install - £1495.00 – Reduced to £1299.00 - £199.00 Deposit. Included in the package for those that are unaware: 'Before' Dyno Run Session Stainless Steel Exhaust Manifold - Equal Length OR Unequal Length Available Stainless Steel Overpipe Titanium Heatwrap FA20 Cylinder To Manifold Gaskets Exhaust Manifold Gaskets Overpipe Gaskets K&N Drop In Air Filter ECUTeK License Fee In-House Custom Remap Session On The Dyno Incorporating The Excellent RaceROM Suite 'After' Dyno Run Session Incorporated With Remap NOTE: MTEC Springs & Shifter Bush are added extras. Can be ran on an otherwise stock car to give the extra drive ability however with very little extra exhaust noise for those that don't want volume. Offer 2 : Tuning Developments Stage 1 Turbo Kit & Install - £4495.00 – Reduced to £3995.00 - £295.00 Deposit. Full details on the kit itself can be found online here: http://www.tuningdevelopments.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=502_625_852&products_id=2366 A quick rundown! Stainless Steel Exhaust Manifold - Equal Length OR Unequal Length Uppipe with external wastegate takeoff TiAL MVR 44m External Wastegate Precision CEA Billet Turbo 3" Downpipe Intercooler piping Intercooler core Oil feed line Modified sump pan for oil return Air Filter Turbo blanket Heat wrap ECUTeK License Fee In-House Custom Remap Session On The Dyno Incorporating The Excellent RaceROM Suite Fits with stock exhaust system, although we recommend aftermarket for power gains Fits with stock radiator and cooling fans Those wanting overpipe, second decat or CAT back systems at the same time will get free fitting and also discounted costs on the parts themselves as follows: Overpipe: £149.00 Second Decat: £159.00 Resonated CAT Back: £520.00 Super Res CAT Back: £550.00 Offer 3 : Tuning Developments Stage 1 Turbo Kit, Engine Oil Cooler & Install - £4951.00 – Reduced to £4450.00 - £295.00 Deposit. As per offer 2 with the addition of our engine oil cooler kit. Same additional discounts apply on exhaust parts for this offer. Offer 4 : Tuning Developments Stage 1 Turbo Kit Upgrade & Install From Our NA Tuning Package - £3850.00 – Reduced to £3495.00 - £295.00 Deposit. Anyone already on our NA Tuning Package can make the jump onto our stage 1 turbo kit for just £3495.00 Offer 5 : BC Racing BR Series Coilover Kit & Install & Alignment - £999.00 – Reduced to £899.00 - £99.00 Deposit. BC Coilovers as used on our GT86, package is on a supplied, fitted and aligned basis. Offer 6 : BC Racing BR Series Coilover Kit, SPC Rear LCA & Install & Alignment - £1249.00 – Reduced to £1120.00 - £99.00 Deposit. BC Coilovers as used on our GT86, package is on a supplied, fitted and aligned basis. Mail Order Offers : Tuning Developments Non-Res CAT Back Exhaust - £480.00 – Reduced to £440.00 Tuning Developments Resonated CAT Back Exhaust - £576.00 – Reduced to £520.00 Tuning Developments Super Resonated CAT Back Exhaust - £619.00 – Reduced to £550.00 Tuning Developments Silenced Second Decat Pipe - £239.99 – Reduced to £199.99 Tuning Developments Exhaust Manifold – EL - £699.00 – Reduced to £569.00 Tuning Developments Exhaust Manifold – UEL - £729.00 – Reduced to £599.00 Mail Order offers are subject to Postage & Packaging which for mainland UK will vary between £9.99 & £14.99. Worldwide shipping is available please enquire for pricing. Any questions, please drop me a message Thanks! Mike
  3. 5 points
    I didn't know about RRG when I brought my car from the Toyota dealer in Preston (wasn't aware or the two UK forums either until after being an owner), but thankfully by the time my first service came around I'd picked up on the good reviews and discussions on the forums and so have used them every year since. Funnily enough when my local dealer phoned me to book me in for that first service and I told them that I was going to use RRG instead the girl on the phone laughed and said something like 'oh no, not another one, I'll take you off the list as well' so I think even then other dealers were well aware of the RRG effect on their return business!
  4. 4 points
    TTR

    Post your GT86 / BRZ pic of day!

    I've never had any issues with AD08R's or Cup 2's in the dry, wet or damp. 86 or M2. You sure it was't the meat in the seat that was the issue?
  5. 4 points
    RRG Macclesfield are based in Macclesfield funnily enough Bit of a trek form Peterborough for the OP, but it is a good place to get to know for any 86/BRZ owner as Rich and Gary really care about our cars, have no issue with mods (and will supply and fit many of them) and in my (and plenty of others) experience are the best main dealer you'll find and I'm always happy to travel down to them from where I live.
  6. 3 points
    Lauren

    New Committee Members

    A bit of an update here, following some discussion which took all the way to a long night following the club Xmas meal kindly organised by Jeff, Jeff has considered his position and decided to step down. We had a good chat with Kev who has taken on the position of Chairman. We are very pleased to have Kev on board and he has been fantastic in promoting the Toyota Sprint Series and has been a great ambassador for this. I am sure Kev will do a great job for the club pushing it forwards and there has been a lot of discussion for events for next year. So welcome aboad Kev! We are already getting busy with planning Japfest Silverstone and Donny, deciding what to do about JAE and also a lot of the other regional shows. @VAD17 has done a great job sorting all the track day stuff out and we hope he'll be joining the committee soon, we are just trying to juggle our day jobs and make time to sort club stuff out. I apologise if this has taken a while, my day job is hell currently!
  7. 3 points
    TommyC

    Another Happy Customer 🙂

    I bought a second hand TD EL manifold, overpipe, and resonated cat-back system from another forum member a few weeks ago. I got them all fitted (using new gaskets/cone seal etc) on my driveway the other day as I wanted the satisfaction of fitting it myself. Today it was mapped by TD and I'm impressed with the results! The car feels far livelier, with better throttle response and a much improved urgency about it! I spent the whole time asking questions and chatting with Mike about other mods I'd like to do. He was great, very patient and explained everything I asked. I'll definitely be going back to TD for any future mods! He also took me for a drive in his Turbo GT86, which is very impressive! My savings account has now been re-named 'TURBO KIT FUND' 😆 Thanks again for today Mike, fantastic service 🙂
  8. 3 points
    will300

    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    Update 02/12/18 - STi Rear Brembo brakes As I'm sure many of you know a couple of years ago I had the AP Racing front BBK fitted, that is one of my favorite modification to the car. I've always wanted to get a set of rear calipers to go with the fronts, I was aware that the 08+ STi Rear brembo bolted straight on. After searching for a couple of months I came across a set of used Impreza STi Rear Brembo calipers for a good price on ebay, they also looked in reasonable condition. A couple of days later these turned up: As you can see the lacquer had started peeling on both calipers, this wasn't an issue for me as I was going to get them refurbished anyway. I decided to send them to the UK's top brake caliper refurbishing company, BCS Automotive in Nottingham. Let's just say I won't be using them again any time soon. Once I got them back they looked good as new. I also made sure to seal the calipers with G-Techniq C5 wheel armour, this helps stop any brake dust from sticking to the caliper. I then needed to source a set of disc's, I was aware that @smudge had already done the conversion and had several issues with getting the right brake disc's. A couple of other members use M-Tec discs, however these are know to have some quality issues. I decided to do some more digging, eventually I found a dual drilled DBA plain rotor that would bolt straight on. The next purchase was a set of brake pads, I could have ordered a set of Ferrodo DS2500's to match the AP's up front. However I've never been happy with the cold bite on the DS2500's, so I decided to look for another option. I did some research and found the Endless MX72 brake pads. These are a Street Circuit hybrid pad with low dust and high initial bite, however they are expensive at over £600 for a full set, if bought in the UK. I had a quick look around and found them on Nengun, for half the of the UK price. A full set was swiftly ordered, the front pads had to be made to order as they don't keep the AP caliper fitment in stock. I had to buy a couple of other little bits and pieces before performing the swap, i.e. calipers bolts etc. The whole kit was then fitted by @Mike@TD.co.uk and the team at Tuning Developments. The pads haven't been properly bedded in yet, I need to be remove the existing pad transfer from the front rotors, which will be done with normal driving. I'll bed them in properly after winter. However I can already tell the new setup has much better bite and stopping power than before. Here's is a spreadsheet with everything I ordered and part numbers for those interested in doing the swap: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1r5nZLExBY8Y0L_9ulzvEfjsce92i8hhI/view?usp=sharing
  9. 3 points
    smudge

    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    Fuel system installed, lines run, pressure regulator mounted and connected into the fuel rails. The new FPR has to be mounted near the battery so we bought a slightly smaller unit. Unfortunately didn't realise the terminals were opposite to the OEM setup so another slight delay until next week. Just a few tiny bits left now like checking all the pulleys, belts, wiring loom to be connected again and mount all the oil pressure, oil temp and intake air temp sensors. Base map is being created this weekend. Should be able to start testing everything soon!
  10. 3 points
    Well that's the 1st I've heard of that happening, I call BS. It'd also be rather hard to happen. Far more likely to blow a head off or the rod will break and blow a hole in the block; but you're not going to separate the block and definitely not on something with low boost. Plus you can build boost protection in with EcuTek to prevent those kind of events from happening. Just an FYI but this is a stock FA20 block,notice the "crack"
  11. 3 points
    Rich196

    Post your GT86 / BRZ pic of day!

    Great day saying Farewell to Rockingham on Saturday! XSP_0849 by Richard Beale, on Flickr XSP_0713 by Richard Beale, on Flickr XSP_0315 by Richard Beale, on Flickr
  12. 3 points
    Nice write up Lauren but as said above it’s getting very expensive at £31k lots of other cars at this price point. I was speaking to Richard a while back and we both think Toyota should be listing these as an option on the standard GT86 as well as other bolts on parts that would retain a warranty much like Mountune. Sales are slow and used cars seem to take ages to sell, Toyota selling parts along the lines of Toyota Gazoo Racing would increase sales as Toyota have won the WRC manufactures award giving lots of exposure in the media.
  13. 3 points
    smudge

    What supercharger? (Maybe turbo)

    @Mike@TD.co.uk is your man! They're turbo kit has been very well received
  14. 3 points
    smudge

    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    Turns out that the FBM fuel return kit was a piece of crap. No instructions for install and the only possible way to install the return line into the OEM fuel basket was to cut holes... After asking FBM for instructions and some assistance, I got nothing. So promptly returned the item along with a shitty email about their poor product and even poorer customer service. We still needed a fuel return system for the 1UZ and I came across a beautiful piece of kit from Radium Engineering. A little pricey, but it fully replaces the OEM fuel hanger and basket meaning that it simplifies the whole install process. Unboxing it today, I was amazed at the quality of all the pieces. It's almost too pretty to stick back into the fuel tank where it'll never be seen again Also chose to upgrade the fuel pump to a 450lph unit as the 255 I originally has would be on it's limit for the 1UZ.
  15. 3 points
    will300

    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    Update 13/11/18 - Bedford Trackday On the 5th of November I joined several other members of the club at Bedford Autodrome. My plan for the day was to shakedown/test the new exhaust, oil cooler & Verus aero components. And myself as I hadn't done a track day in over a year, due to one reason or another. First challenge of the day, the dreaded noise test. I knew the new exhaust was quieter than the last setup but I wasn't sure by how much, the static test hit 89db's. However I passed the static test last time, but failed the drive by, by about 2db's. Considering I had also removed the factory 2nd cat and replaced it with a 200 race cat with resonator, I was still alittle unsure about the drive by. The good news is this time I didn't have any issues with the exhaust passing Bedfords rather strict drive by limit , obvious they don't tell you how much noise it actually makes unless you fail. The Hel oil cooler managed to keep on top of the oil temps, the highest I hit was 115°c this was after several warm laps. (I wasn't pushing during the day) Here's some footage from the day, audio is recorded by an external microphone by the exhaust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6_6CSVrhXc Here's a couple of photo's courtesy of Robert Baxtor & @VAD17: https://www.rbpsphotography.com/
  16. 3 points
    Deacon

    Deacons '86

    While the car was at Rogue Motorsport they also made me a manifold/overpipe combo to try along with a new sports cat pipe with an extra resonator added. It's a work of art and seems a massive shame for it to be hidden away under the car! And a picture on the car showing the sports cat and resonator section too
  17. 2 points
    KevinA

    New Committee Members

    Thanks everyone it's a nice warm welcome, lot's of enthusiastic people around us that I'm sure will have great ideas and support for a club that can go from strength to strength. I will continue to campaign in the Sprint Series but am more than happy to be involved in whatever needs doing, so any ideas/suggestions just drop me or any of the admin a line.
  18. 2 points
    Samwise

    Bringing an 86 back from the dead

    Another small update from this weekend Finally got some replacement front side repeaters to fit. They're used smoked ones which I think look quite a bit better so i'm pleased with them but the question is how long until they decide to fly off again! I fitted them this weekend and also sprayed the front bumper indicators to match. neither of the indicators are in use anyway as now have them in the light clusters and wing trims so they're just there to fill the gaps Wanted to smarten the car up before the final meet of the year at the Pistonheads BMW HQ meet next sunday. Also these are the first pictures of the car taken on my new phone so that's pretty exciting too, they look great if i do say so myself
  19. 2 points
    smudge

    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    Progress continues on the V8, just the few final pieces of the puzzle until we can load the base map into the Motec ECU. Things like making a custom bracket for an idler pulley where the hydraulic power steering used to be, reinstalling the 1UZ air conditioning pump, checking the belt run etc. Hopefully the next few days will finally get us there. In the meantime, a few more goodies turned up today. 2Forge ZF1 wheels courtesy of @Tarmac. Lovely forged units so nice and light, but at an affordable price compared to most forged wheels! AEM water/meth injection kit courtesy of @Mark@Abbey M/S. Went for the upgraded 5gallon tank as I think my charger will eat through the meth, especially on track. Also had my rear 5x114.3 hubs arrive so I can change all 4 over the weekend.
  20. 2 points
    alloywheel38

    New Subaru arrived today!!!!

    The new Subaru arrived today has as much space inside as the real one!!!!
  21. 2 points
    Ah my thread has been brought back to life. Fyi I got the TD na pack and am happy with the decision. After a few track days with it fitted I am happy with the power for now as it has made enough of a difference to stock to make it more fun and drivable.
  22. 2 points
    smudge

    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    You have no idea! Why would I do that when there's a perfectly good spot in the engine bay for it? Not to mention creating extra work by relocating it Try this one should give a pretty good idea of what mine will be like
  23. 2 points
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  24. 2 points
    Hi everyone! My name's Lloyd. I'm 39 from Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland. I'm very recently become the proud and happy owner of this 1 owner, June 2013 GT86 with only 28,000 miles on the clock. Car is totally immaculate and totally stock, which I hope to keep it that way apart from the winter wheels due to go on this weekend. The car is a total hoot to drive and it makes me smile every time I get into it! I've always loved Toyota's and grew up in an area that that a big following of the AE86. I've previously owned a Supercharged Lexus IS200 and it was always an ambition of mine that I'd own a GT86 so it was just a matter of waiting for the price to drop and the right one to come along...
  25. 2 points
    What would you like to know? It has a much larger center silencer and this in turn reduces the note when cruising very well. It does have a very subtle tone therefore at say 70mph. When pressing on, it still gives off a nice bark and in our opinion is a nice balance between the two. There are some videos on our Youtube channel Thanks Mike
  26. 2 points
    nikndel

    Post your GT86 / BRZ pic of day!

    Lagging behind as usual🐌🐌
  27. 2 points
    PistonBroke

    CAE shifter

    Hi there, Selling on behalf of a friend a brand new, still in box CAE shifter. Comes with all the hardware ETC. He's asking for £700 ono, any interest message me and I'll put you in contact with him. Located in Littleborough. Cheers G
  28. 2 points
    Bles

    What supercharger? (Maybe turbo)

    Have had my Harrow for over two years now and can,t rate it highly enough. Give the car really good linear power and makes it great to drive on the road. Mine was mapped at 252 bhp at the rear wheels. All done by Mark at Abbey.
  29. 2 points
    Varelco

    Noise after changing springs

    Changing to stiffer anti roll bars has an infamous effect of making the ride harsh on these cars as you have discovered on both set of springs. You would have been better off leaving the lowering springs on and replacing the ARB back to stock, you would get the aesthetics and comfortable ride back with minimal loss of body roll (lets face it these cars are very planted stock and even better just on a set of lowering springs). Sorry it doesn't help your knock problem, but I also have a very similar knock from the front, its only evident at speeds less than 20mph and small bumps in the road. Anything faster or more aggressive and its silent. I've checked everything for play and tightness and all is good, the only thing I intend to do now is loosen the ARB and top mount nuts, lower the car so the full weight is on the suspension then retorque it back up.
  30. 2 points
    It finally happened, the other day I left my key fob in a pair of jeans that went in the wash. Only found out when they came out following 2 1/2 hours on a 40 degree with fast spin and feared the worse. Amazingly when I took it apart there was not a drop of water/moisture/condensation inside it as nothing had penetrated the internal seals, and after a quick dry of the outer case it worked perfectly. I'll try not to do it again, and my leather key fob will never be right again (even after lots of leather conditioner applied to it) but top marks to Toyota for the design!
  31. 2 points
    Lauren

    Noise after changing springs

    The drop links pretty much always round off when you try to take them off. They are fit once items unfortunately.
  32. 2 points
    TommyC

    The Wheels Thread

    They're finally here! Trial fit tomorrow to make sure all is good before getting my tyres swapped over 🙂
  33. 2 points
    Normally if a part has a supplier change or change due to material it is given a new part number.
  34. 2 points
    Can I just comment on how useful your original post was. I went to buy a BRZ on Thursday and used your guide to order all cables (and Halfords for a Pioneer SPH-D230DAB as they had it at a good price) and managed to get it all installed over the weekend. Also did the DAB under the speaker grill as suggested above and its working but haven;t tried it in many places yet.
  35. 2 points
    Lowe

    Lowe's Team Grey

    So the car went in to RRG for the big 60k service last Thursday. It was just before this the whole valve spring recall thing happened, and mine is one of the effected cars. Given that the work procedure is still unknown I asked if it was possible to do everything on the major service apart from the spark plugs, since I didn't see the point in having the engine lifted for the plugs only to have the same thing done again a month or so later for the springs. Every cloud and all that... Whilst it was there I had a couple of other bits done. I'd picked up a Cosworth baffle plate a few months back, purely as a peace of mind thing. I don't do track work, but do hammer around the country lanes on the odd occasion and knowing how prone to oil issues the FA20 is I figured for a couple of hundred quid it was probably worth it. I took the splitter up as well, and that got chucked on. A few pics I sprayed the rods black, but left the threads since for the moment I wasn't sure how far they'd need to be wound out. These will be touched in by hand when it's not chucking it down. Freshly fitted and ready for collection from RRG Macc Cleaned up a bit The tie rod silver bits are setting my OCD off and I think I'll probably remove the Maxton badge as well. More stealth. Need to get the front brick off and sort some fresh plates now I think.
  36. 2 points
    Deacon

    Deacons '86

    After I collected the car I took it up to Mike and TD for him and Nick to work their magic on the mapping. My car has always dyno'd pretty low but the gains the new manifold and intake set up have made are pretty significant even over the decent gains the JDL had made. The torque dip is now a peak. One slightly unexpected thing is that the new set up has lost a little bit to the JDL set up around the 5.5-6.5k rpm range but then picks up again after that. The difference low down is very noticeable though especially in normal driving where you can really feel the extra power and torque. First dyno picture is the new set up against the JDL catless manifold, second is the new set up against the first set up I had dyno'd at td (Cobra non res catback, intake pipe, HKS panel filter and EcuTek map)
  37. 2 points
    Norman

    Picking up mid week.....

    Ooooh lovely. I wish I’d bought orange!
  38. 2 points
    Varelco

    Fixing the centre box lid

    I will add that if you don't want this problem to manifest itself again glue the pin in, then you aren't just relying on a press fit. I had the same issue, for those who do this don't go mad with pushing the pin back in either, being tapered and made of metal it will split the plastic case of the arm rest! I just noticed mine had a crack in it before I went any further. Superglue works just fine.
  39. 1 point
    GT1986

    Ecutek map 4

    Yeah true scbrz, My set-up is maps 1-3 for V-power with different toys on each map and map 4 is pretty much for any old fuel if vpower isn't available etc, was just curious really if anyone had noticed characteristics similar to what I mentioned when trying their map for any fuel 95 etc, map 1 in your case, the reduction in noise on mine is what got me curious.
  40. 1 point
    TommyC

    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    Well thanks to you my 86 is a V8... IN MY MIND!! 😆😆😆
  41. 1 point
    Lowe

    Lowe's Team Grey

    Yeah these do too. Not wired them in for now, planning to hook them up to the dome light so that when you unlock the car they light up.
  42. 1 point
    TommyC

    Pioneer SPH-DA120 Install and Review

    Didn't bother with the handbrake wire. I'm pretty sure it's to stop videos being played whilst you're on the move... I've never played any video content on any headunit I've owned and don't intend to start! 🙂
  43. 1 point
    Lauren

    JDM indicator swap

    I've no idea in all honesty. I don't know anyone who has tried it.
  44. 1 point
    After seeing how it performs, I can't help myself. I'm in!
  45. 1 point
    Nice read thanks for sharing. New wheels look miles better too. Shame they didn't lower the offset a little. Would look so much better. Although I am sure there is a reason for this. Plus at standard ride height the high offset isn't as noticeable.
  46. 1 point
    Church

    What happens when you wash your key fob

    Imho if thieves really will decide on it, no increased safety measures will prevent it. Mine is insured, so i decided against adding/using extra safeguards like those of signal blocker bags for keyless fobs or hidden custom killswitches in car or gps trackers. If it will get stolen i'll get insurance money, but won't have to deal with extra hassles those extra safeguards may bring. It's just as with wheel lock nuts. They probably won't fend of thieves, yet will bring inconvenience.
  47. 1 point
    will300

    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    It's a custom made 2.5" ultra resonated cat back made by Rogue Motorsport.
  48. 1 point
    Deacon

    Deacons '86

    It's pretty much impossible to remove the torque dip without a long tube header (of either the TD type which goes up into the engine bay, or this type that uses the overpipe as part of the manifold runner) so while manifolds like the JDL, Tomei etc will help they won't remove it. The sound is now swapped from the UEL burble to the El noise (not sure how to describe that to be honest!) I still have the same catback (HKS HiPower Spec L) so apart from the burble the general sound is similar. No rasp or anything I've noticed and my set up is definitely on the quieter end of the spectrum so I don't have track day noise limit problems. Probably best described as sounding quite like stock but with a deeper, bassier note. I'll get some videos using the same external mic set up as the videos I've posted with the JDL which should give a pretty good comparison.
  49. 1 point
    UPDATE: These should be in stock at the end of the month or beginning of December
  50. 1 point
    Ade

    Ade's Road and Track Toy

    Thanks. I got them over here for about £1100 in the end all in. I picked them up directly from STS imports. These are cheap because they are a little known company, but these are semi forged flow formed which makes them light (8.4kg for a 18x9 wheel) but also strong with a load rating of 720kg which is more than many high quality, much more expensive branded wheels. Snetterton on the 27th April? I waited ages. Order them from Trackwerks in Canada, early December and they were delivered to Florida mid December. I missed the December shipment by 2 days so I had to wait till the 15th Feb for them to be shipped and they arrived at STS in Chelmsford on friday 18th March. Typically they ship a container every 6 weeks but the xmas period extended that by a week or so. If you are lucky and order an item and it arrive right before they pack the container, then you might only be waiting 4 weeks. Was quoted $750 to ship them to the UK so would have cost about £1550 all in.
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