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    Post your GT86 / BRZ pic of day!

    Been to Wales twice and the Lakes once in the last month, desperately needed a wash, in and out. Still scrubs up ok.
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    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.
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    Bringing an 86 back from the dead

    RB is not really my style, but the work, effort and love that you've poured into making this happen is real a credit to you. Love the colour!
  4. I have used the same superb mechanics at Grinspeed in Leyland for years but find myself working in Sheffield for the foreseeable. I’ll be going back there for big mods, but I need a local for other things. Does anyone have any recommendations in the area for either a decent indie or specialist for my BRZ? Happy to drive a bit for one. Thanks for your help.
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    Garage Recommendation, Sheffield

    Thanks and yes. Got them from @Adrian@TORQEN cracking service.
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    Garage Recommendation, Sheffield

    Well I don't like to pic whore, but if you insist 😄
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    Bringing an 86 back from the dead

    Why the ceramic coat on top of the wrap?
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    Covid lockdown battery issues

    Replaced the defective OEM one 3 years and 3 months ago with a Bosch S4025 (60Ah/540A CCA), that gave up on Friday (bad cell). It has been on the way for some time, cranking was taking that fraction longer prior to Covid, apparently driving once a week for 10 miles has broken its spirit. I've decide to raise the game this time and go AGM, LF069 Lucas (75Ah/720A CCA). 260W x 172D x 220H does fit with a good few MMs to spare.
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    Stubaru BRZ

    I spent a small fortune modding my 350Z and, as expected, saw none of it back when I came to sell. So this time I'm not modding the BRZ and it's staying OEM, so really there's very little point in this thread as I'm leaving it alone. Definitely. No mods. This is how she looked after collection and a wash - stunning - if I do say so myself. Despite the modification ban, I am allowed to do maintenance and preventative maintenance. Like all addictions, it starts with a gateway item - in this case a simple cabin filter. Original was absolutely minging. Then the (I think original) wipers were looking quite smeary, so in with the Bosch. I did dabble in PIAA last time but I didn't rate their water clearing as much as the Aeros. After seeing all the posts about battery capacity leaving people stranded, I plumped for another preemptive strike - more Bosch. With a complete absence of Bluetooth it made the BRZ impractical as a work/commuter vehicle, so I decided to deal with that problem and fit a Sony headunit. I've since improved the surround finisher trim. Naturally it made good sense to fit a reverse camera at the same time, another preventive job this one. Preventing bodywork repair. Now there is not much point in being able to see out the back and not see what's up front, so I popped in a Mobius dashcam - unbeatable piece of kit at the pricepoint. The screw covers in the registration plates were unsightly and the plates were frankly awful (overlapping text, dealer advert etc) so they were recycled and new ones fitted with double sided. I also moved the rear one down a touch, as I wasn't happy with the use of negative space in the rear plate recess and it stopped it touching the reverse camera. Subaru "forgot" to include an armrest to cover the expanse of hard plastic in the centre console, so I sorted out another bit of maintenance there. Had to strap on the Captain Brave pants before drilling INSIDE the car, but manage to retain my dignity in the most part. You might have also noticed I popped in a lightning adapter for the headunit. I did initially retain the OEM USB/AUX port but I would have had to mount my phone on the dash or have unsightly cables knocking about. Another bit of forgetfulness from Subaru saw me add a Beat Sonic shark fin, as this is stock on a MY2017, it's technically more maintenance. This one was very nearly just a mod, but some of the OEM exhaust had some light surface rust, so yet more maintenance. Thanks to bildingo for the Ark GRiP - it sounds brilliant at idle and at cruise, with a nice beefiness when you get on the loud peddle. On top of that it looks superb. Slash tips are JDM yo, but I think I prefer rolled. I genuinely won't be playing around with HFCs, de-cats or the rest of the exhaust as I can't be doing with the MOT hassle and CELs I've had to deal with in the past. For reasons unknown Subaru don't have a cargo net offering for the boot, which given the way the car is meant to be driven, is a huge oversight. More maintenance required here. Picked up these self tapping fixings from fleabay. And recycled the cargo net from my 350z I have four spare fixings left over (enough for one more 4-point cargo net). If anyone wants them, please get in touch. Yours for free. Last but not least, I allowed myself one genuine mod. A club sticker. Local seagulls felt this relenting on my zero mods policy should be met with a dirty protest. I had a go at the plastic scuttle under the windscreen, which is already looking tired even with our 4 weeks of sun a year. Got a sample pot of this from a Waxybox a while back, decide to splash out on a full bottle. Very easy to apply and buff, but I won't know if it's really any good until it's lasted 6 months or so. Definitely looks the part for now. Now the bit of bad news. The dealer promised a service before I collected the car and after a week or so of nagging I got a copy of the invoice for work done (mainly for my service history). Disappointingly, the wrong grade of oil had been used and cheapo filters all round. So I splashed out on some Millers Nanodrive (I even got the right viscosity), a K&N oil filter and a Cosworth panel filter. She's now breathing better. Worryingly, the best part of 10 litres of the olive oil the previous servicer used came out. I believe the correct capacity with an oil filter is 5.4L? I had checked the dipstick at collection but it was only showing a splash over full! Needless to say I'm glad the wrong grade was used, as that convinced me to drop it out, so it was only over full for a short while. Slack work though from "professionals", the sump plug and oil filter were only touch tight as well - GRRRRR. That's me for now, only maintenance and preventative maintenance from here on in. With that in mind, I've got a paint correction booked with a local detailer in a couple of weeks. I need to know what glaze the dealer valet used because it did an incredible job of hiding a truck load of swirls and random deep scratches. Soon to be perfect though
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    Stubaru BRZ

    Due to the start of what is now 'the crisis' and a spare day a few weeks back, I was lucky enough to get access to a friend's garage space and set my mind to paint correction. I'd seen some minor defects (and one major one) when I was recently getting some strange goop off the passenger door and have been itching to spend some quality time with my new toy - a Rupes LHR 75E Mini. For detailing perverts like myself, the Rupes is the little Bigfoot offering for smaller areas and confined spaces. I used one for a few days a couple of years ago and fell in love, I finally convinced Santa to sort me out last winter. It's too small for most cars and people, as your only polisher, but despite that, I went for it because it's so light and low vibration that the drawbacks of larger areas taking longer, did not outweigh all the upsides in the trickier bits of our small and intricate panels. I will regret this decision if I ever own a Range Rover, but, lets face it, I will probably just use that as an excuse to buy a big Bigfoot anyway Back to the task at hand, exploiting an indoor workspace to go after this sort of thing. Nothing really offensive, just the stuff you notice in petrol station, filling up at night under the lights. The bonnet is a bit of a head scratcher as I have no idea where this has picked up so many defects from. I can only assume it's from washing, but I do try and observe a very gentle wash process. You can see on the spot, the swirls radiating out, accidentally the overhead strip shows what effects this has on larger reflections - they just look dull and dirty. This was only meant to be a single stage job (I only had 10 hours of time) so it was a small test patch to see what got a reasonable improvement and then blanket job all over. The yellow pad and polish combo from Rupes was fine, expect for one stubborn area on the rear bumper where I have gotten too close to the brambles in the work car park - SHAMEFACE - I know, it's unforgivable. Really hard to photograph this but there were three distinct scrapes all on the crease. The only 50/50 I took - not so easy to see the difference in the photo, but it is night and day in the video below. And this is the bonnet... ...which is miles away from the horror show I started with. Having access to an indoor workspace is an amazing treat for me (especially as it rained most of the day) but having a ramp as well? HEAVEN. My back was her so grateful for this. As a Johnny Pencilpusher in my day job, a day of physical effort is no minor undertaking After all the polishing, I laid down a coat of AMMO Reflex, which I am increasingly impressed with. It's so quick and easy to work with and has literally none of the pitfalls of the super strength ceramic stuff that I am yet to be impressed with - sorry I know I'm a dinosaur. Naturally after all that effort I could not resist a very quick glamour shot or two. If you've stayed with me this far, you may as well lose 90 more seconds on the movie too.
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    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    Mica blue paint, gold wheels and red callipers - that's an absolutely perfect combination. You have exceptional good taste
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    Post your GT86 / BRZ pic of day!

    I'd love to do that kit (but in body colour for me)
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    Post your GT86 / BRZ pic of day!

    It's on my shopping list, but so is a Cayman S - so mods are on hold!
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    Post your GT86 / BRZ pic of day!

    Gave the paint some much needed TLC with the machine and a coat of AMMO Reflex - looks alright, if I do say so myself. Some behind the scenes action https://youtu.be/b_WOSZKKfhE
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    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    Your mods are always really impressively thought through, I'm so impatient! 👍
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    Bringing an 86 back from the dead

    Soooooooo jealous, been looking for similar for ages.
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    Will300's Subaru BRZ Build

    Nice! How come 86 drivers are all show and BRZ drivers are all go?!?
  18. Last couple of starts and also during a journey (after ~90 mins driving) today, I could hear a squeak from up front. This is not the HPFP/crickets sound and does not appear linked to engine/drivetrain/wheel speed. It’s a little intermittent, but when I parked up and had a listen under the bonnet, I could have sworn it was coming from the AC compressor. Toggled the AC on/off a few times and I think it did fluctuate, but not on/off with the AC switch. Battery voltages seems fine (OEM has been replaced with an upgraded unit). Aux belt was replaced a few thousand miles ago. Anyone had similar occur? (~70k) Is there anything else around there it might be, that I should look at? Is there a bearing and or clutch in the AC unit that might be replaceable? Any other ideas/suggestions welcome. Thanks, Stu.
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    Squeak in Engine Bay, THINK It’s The AC

    Got it looked at by my mechanic during a service. The AC pump is the source of the squeak, not only does the sound come right out of it, it temporarily went away with a little lube -sadly returned with a vengeance shortly after. Will try and source a replacement from a breaker.
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    Squeak in Engine Bay, THINK It’s The AC

    Cheers for the links, I will have a read after work. I checked my history, new belt went on in Feb 2019, probably done 10k. I think it was a Gates belt, which I’ve used before on my 350z with no issue, but I’ll replace as a matter of course. I’m due a service in 6 weeks so I’ve just brought that forward and will ask my mechanic to investigate both the suspicious compressor pulley and the tensioner tension then.
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    Squeak in Engine Bay, THINK It’s The AC

    Thanks Lauren, it’s a (relatively) inexpensive place to start, so will try that as a starter. I’m pretty sure it’s less than a year old, might have a look at the tensioner too.
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    Meguiar's Foam ruined my car

    Typically when I’ve let a product get too dry to work with, I’ve reapplied the same product, left it for a very short time to “reactivate” it and then buffed/rinsed it away. Obviously there are situations where that won’t apply, like ceramics. If it were me, I’d try a normal two bucket wash, ideally with a decon shampoo, or a regular one with a higher than usual product:water ratio. Failing that, I’d snow foam it with the same product but following the manufacturers recommendation this time (so you’ll need a favour from someone with a PW and a foam gun). I’d be surprised if you’ve got anything more than a stain (as opposed to actual damage), just a matter of finding the right chemical to shift it. As always, least aggressive method first, in small test areas. Obviously, your results may vary, this is what I would do on my car, what you should do is down to you. Call a professional detailer if you are unsure.
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    Meguiar's Foam ruined my car

    Was the foam still dripping off when you rinsed, or was it stationary and evaporating off?
  24. Got these spare from the Reyland kit, as I already had a Goodridge lines in place. Brand new, unopened. Looking for £45 including postage (within the uk).
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    Stubaru BRZ

    I don’t believe in spacers, but once I get some more track time under my belt, coilies could be a thing, perhaps boost...
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