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  2. MartinT

    Any1 used Aliexpress?

    On the other hand, AliExpress is the only place to buy Chinese enthusiast designs like this master crystal oscillator, the second one I have on order (the first one arrived within 10 days): https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000151765428.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.748a4c4dLAAJBi
  3. Adamd

    Any1 used Aliexpress?

    Oh, and fakes. Many, many, many fakes. Not all are total shite though - but be aware!
  4. Adamd

    Any1 used Aliexpress?

    Ali Express is a little like eBay (maybe with some elements of Amazon) - so there's a million different companies on there. Some great, some scammers. Import taxes will sometimes apply (and you are responsible for dealing with them) but many sellers will under value the items to avoid you getting any. If something's too good to be true - it is. Look for feedback, contact the seller before buying if it's a high-value item to make sure they seem genuine if you have doubts, and try to use the ali express buyer protections - I can't remember if they apply to *all* listings or not.
  5. Rich83

    Shrader rear seat delete kit

    Hi is this still available ? thanks Rich
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  7. spikyone

    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    Nice video - the first one rather than the BMW! Your car looks great in those photos, just enough attitude, and you can't go wrong with gold wheels and WR blue.
  8. knightryder

    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    The TPS sensor is as 80%. That's WOT on this throttle body.
  9. knightryder

    Any1 used Aliexpress?

    Depends on what you want to buy. Small parts will likely be fine but anything larger I'd have reservations about quality and shipping.
  10. 86iain

    Any1 used Aliexpress?

    Yes, a few times.
  11. MartinT

    Any1 used Aliexpress?

    Yes, I use them a lot for electronics and components. They are reliable and deliver relatively fast (usually within two weeks). Tax and handling charges are pot luck.
  12. will300

    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    No, absolutely not on a trackday. Thank you I'll add Mike the GT86 Aero driver is actually a MSV Marshall at Cadwell, so he knows Dave @ Open Track. I believe the BMW did apologise to him in the pits. Maybe your right, normally I'm not that consistent. Ah thanks for confirming, it was my first time using a data logger on the video overlay. Yes it's just the angle / light, if you look very closely you can see it's on.
  13. nikndel

    Any1 used Aliexpress?

    Used them a couple of times everything turned up as described and time wise pretty good with tracking info as for taxes depends on how much you spend
  14. Mike

    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    That's normal afaik, the throttle is only open 80% at WOT. Unrelated, is your gauge working or is it just the angle / camera that doesn't pick it up?
  15. Hey guys Finding a lot of parts here, more so than many other places online. Seems a bit too good to be true. Has anyone used this site before? Good service? Smooth transaction? Is important tax included in shipping costs? Seems to have a great deal of mods at good prices.
  16. Kaltorak

    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    No, usually that kind of thing will get you a talking too or potentially kicked off the day. Opentrack are a bit lax with it though. @will300 the consistency may also be down to driver experience.... But it couldn't be that, must be the mods 😛
  17. BRZ-123

    Avoid Inchcape Toyota Sandhurst

    +2 for Bulldog Twyford. Only catch is cost , Subaru dealers are not fixed price or as cost efficient as Toyota dealers. Their service is top notch and very personalised, so worth it in the end. Sent from my SM-G970F using Tapatalk
  18. gazza82

    Avoid Inchcape Toyota Sandhurst

    +1 for Bulldog .. got my BRZ from them in 2017 and they have looked after it since. No quibble when the battery started to fail either. Begin a Subaru dealer they at least know how that engine goes together! I think by Feb 2020 they had changed the valve springs on over 40 engines and had a long list of others still to do.
  19. Stutopia

    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    Is there any need for that kind of dick move on a track day? Loved the rest of it though Will.
  20. will300

    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    Update 04/07/2020 - Bedford Autodrome Trackday Video #2 - BMW Incident As with most trackdays there was a little incident involing another selfish driver, in this case a BMW M3 driver. Myself and a Mike were doing a few laps at Bedford autodrome GT circuit, lead and follow. I lead for a couple of laps and then decided to let Mike overtake so I could follow. On the lap that we swapped positions a Civic Type R (1st car) and BMW M3 (2nd car) came up on myself fairly quickly around turn 9, before the big hairpin of turn 10 which leads on to the main straight. I'm aware both cars are significantly faster than my N/A BRZ, so I keep far to right on the main straight to let them past on the left. I was expecting the Civic to pass me first and then pull in front of me on the right and the BMW to overtake us both. My logic was Civic has 320hp and BMW around 400+hp so the Civic should clear me quickly and the BMW should clear us both in the similar amount of time, and then slot in behind Mike for the chicane. Instead the CIvic goes to overtake me, at the same time the BMW decides to overtake us both, so we end up 3 abreast down the main straight. I thought that was abit close and abit silly of the BMW, end of. Oh no, not the end of it at all. The BMW then decides I'm fast enough to overtake Mike in the BRAKING ZONE (not allowed on UK track days) of the chicane. At this point the Mike is prepared to turn in for the chicane and doesn't expect the BMW to dive bomb him. He see the BMW in his mirrors lucky and stamps on the brakes performing a full emergency stop and stops just before running out of tarmac. This is all going on just as I'm hitting the braking zone, the BMW and Civic make the corner but Mike has now stopped in the track and I'm not sure if he's seen me, so I also do a full emergency stop as I don't want to take the corner if he decides to pull in front of me. Thankfully the new PFC brake pads pull my car to a stop the car nice and quickly. We then both went back to the pits for a change of underwear.... No BRZ's or GT86's were harmed in the making of this video.
  21. will300

    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    Update 04/07/2020 - Bedford Autodrome Trackday Video #1 Here's my fastest lap from the day with data overlay. For some reason full throttle only shows as 80%, treat this a flat out:
  22. will300

    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    Update 04/07/2020 - Bedford Autodrome Trackday As I'm sure most of your are aware and have been in a similar situation with the Coronavirus situation and lockdown, I found that I've hardly used the car except for a run once every two weeks to keep the battery topped up. That work for the first two months until I needed to go into work one day and the battery was flat, typical. I then jump started it at the weekend and it's been fine since. I might look at getting a jump start battery, if anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Anyway due to the lack of use the car has had and the announcement that trackdays will be allowed in June, I decide to get one booked. I didn't want to book on one too early in June due to the main restrictions still being in place. Unfortunately most people didn't care about this and it meant most trackdays got booked up pretty quickly and I missed out. However I noticed the OpenTrack added an extra date for Saturday 4th July at Bedford Autodrome. So I and @willclarke promptely booked the day. Now to the trackday, upon arrival I was greated by a member of OpenTrack sat in his car at the entrance, he instructed me to park in the regular car park and sign on, in the usual place. The regular forms you need to take with you and briefing have both been replaced with online versions. To be honest this is much better as it saves alot of hassle in trying to remember to take the forms with you. It also helps remove some of the urgency to get to the track before 8:30 for the briefing. The sign on, consisted of standing behind the person in front at a 2m distance, the sign on area had perspex screens up in place and the sign on team only need to know your name and see your drivers license. The sign on area was one way so you had to go out a different way to the way in. I then drove round to the garages to unpack/get ready. I was then meet by anyother GT86 owner Mike who was attending and we had a good chat. Social distancing stayed inplace for most of the day. On to the track time, the first session I was aware I needed to bed in the new brake pads, this didn't go as well as intended due to Bedford having so many long straights which allow the brakes to cool, and the fact I had the VSC on Sport mode. This meant the rear brakes got hotter than the front, which caused a moment on the main straight when the rear locked up before the front calipers. I did a few laps and it started to settle in, I then came back in to the pits to let the car cool. The 2nd session I turned traction control off fully which help as the rear brakes weren't heating up so much. I didn't have any issues from this point on. The stopping power provided by the new pads is excellent and I'm happy with the purchase. This helped to give me more confidence in the car. I'll report back on the pads after the next trackday. If you've been following the build you note there have been a number of changes since the last trackday in Feburary, these are the new Seat, new wider wheels and tyres, TRD fins and new brake pads. Overall these changes helped make a massive difference to the car. I can now carry more speed through the corners and I'm not rolling around in the seat so much, this has helped give me a better feeling and controlability. In some cases I found that I was over slowing the car for some corners and this meant I lost the balance and it washed out. Looking back at my footage I can see that I've improved by 6 seconds from my previous fastest lap with the new setup and there is still plenty of time of the table. I'll link my fastest lap video below, as you can see I have a small oversteal issue towards the end at corner 18 (2:55 on the video) where I lose grip for a second and this killed my momentum, plus I definitely think I can go faster through that corner. A sub 3 minute lap should be possible. The new setup also seems more consistant as my laptimes throughout the day are now much closer together, when I got a relatively clean lap. Here's some pictures from the day:
  23. Tweedbean

    tweedbean's Subaru BRZ

    I've just had some new pictures just sent through. Bodyshop are taking their time, I told them there was no rush to get it done so its not their main focus which reflects in the price. Car is completely painted and has been flatted ready for a polish and the windscreen etc has been reistalled. This morning they polished the roof and as you can see its super shiny: Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr They are aiming to complete it this Friday, I cant wait to see it and arrange for it to be dropped back to me.
  24. will300

    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    Update 27/06/2020 - New Brake Pads At the start of the year I was looking forward to attending a trackday with Javelin at Spa Francorchamps around March / April time. Because this was scheduled to be a two day event I thought it best to look at getting some new brake pads. My existing front pads were becoming fairly low and I didn't want to run out of brakes at the end of the Kemmel straight for example. Currently I was using the original Ferrodo DS2500's my AP kit came with, I did swap them out for Endless MX72 pads for 6 months at one stage, however I found the Endless pads lacked the thermal capacity needed after several hot laps on track. So I swapped the Ferrodo's back in. I've kept the MX72's as my spare/emergency set. This now left me with a choice, do I buy Ferrodo's again or get something different. I like the Ferrodo's as basic track pad but I felt they lacked some feel / bite, as it turns out this is a common complaint from other reviews of them. So I started to look at other options, there is quite a good selection of pads available in the correct fitment for the AP calipers. I narrowed it down to the following selection: Pagid - RSL29 Winmax - W5 PFC - 08 Carbone Lorraine - RC6E Three of the pad choices are an edurance race compound, so should have excellent durability. In the end I decide to go for the PCF 08 pads, for a couple of reasons: 1. @Deacon had swapped to them last year and he's using them in the stardard caliper without issue or any overheating. Which I think is amazing considering he's still running the OEM calipers. 2. The Nurburgring GT86 Cup cars run these pads in the VLN races. 3. Cost and Availability, at the time they were the cheapest option for a complete set (Front & Rear). 4. I could source them from @James@Amber, all the other pads would mean ordering from a new supplier and I'd rather not have to deal with an unknown company if they sent the wrong size out with the short amount of time before the trackday. (For reference: Partbox also stock the PFC pads) 5. Being an endurance pad they "should" work from cold. Unfortunately however the Coronavirus situation happened and that meant the Spa trackday got cancelled, so I never got round to fitting them until now. I'll report back on the pads once I've had time to try them out. Here's a couple of photos during the install: Front PFC 08 Compound on the left & Ferrodo DS2500 on the right. Fitted: Rear PFC 08 Compound on the left & Endless MX72 on the right. Fitted - Just missing the pins which hold the pads in place.
  25. knightryder

    2021 GT86 and BRZ

    Like what? I see no assumptions, only statements (except the fact that having only just bought your new car, that I doubt you've driven it hard on very wet surfaces - given it's July, that's probably a fair assumption?)
  26. Adamd

    2021 GT86 and BRZ

    Yep, a sequential.
  27. Tubbytommy

    2021 GT86 and BRZ

    Is it a manual?
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