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    tweedbean's Subaru BRZ

    Day 86 - The wheels are back from the refurbisher As mentioned above, I picked up some super cheaper Rota Grids that looked like they had seen better days to get me off stock wheels until I can get some TE37's. I sent them off to City Wheel Refurbishment https://www.citywheelrefurbishment.co.uk/ in Birmingham who have done many sets of wheels for me and other mates in the past. I decided to go with a matt bronze finish, I have had the gloss version from them before but fancied something a little different, this colour should work well with the new body colour once done. It took a couple of weeks for them to turn them around due to whats going on at the moment but they did a great job especially for the price. £205 including tyre remove/fitting/balancing, it could have been even cheaper at around £30 a wheel if I had gone for a more standard colour such as black/silver and they didn't have to remove/fit/balance tyres. Great service if anyone is looking for somewhere to get theirs wheels done. Ignore the budget tyres, they came pretty much free with the wheels and are literally brand new so threw them on to keep the car rolling while I continue to build it. Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
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    Bringing an 86 back from the dead

    I've always been interested in the price difference between wraps and resprays. I've never had a quote for a wrap on my cars so I've never had a reference point for comparison, however your price gives me that. Price wise for your wrap, does that include the labour for them to remove the glass, aerial, door handles door seals, trim, bumpers lights etc? Is there any major bodywork for them to do other than removing any minor car park dings etc? Reason I ask is my full respray with a colour change(Going for a gloss, non metallic colour) including door/boot shuts and as much of the engine bay as they can without removing the engine is costing less than that but I have removed all those bits I have just listed above excluding the windscreen/rear 1/4 windows and rear windscreen as they have a glass guy doing that as part of the price. I'm paying £2000, its the same company that have painted two other cars for me in the past so I know their quality is spot on.
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    tweedbean's Subaru BRZ

    Pulled together a quick update based on video taken when I got the car back from being straightened and my prep for the bodyshop: https://youtu.be/6sH089Vl6tY
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    tweedbean's Subaru BRZ

    Day 78 - I finally legally own the BRZ After 78 days of waiting the V5 finally turned up today which means its actually SORN'd and legally mine. More parts arrived. Firstly suspension components, I went for Tein Flex Z as I wanted to stick with a Japanese made component where possible and I got a bargain on a brand new set that the owner never got chance to fit. He also had Whiteline droplinks which I also snapped up as no doubt the stock ones will need cutting off, which is a known issue. Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr I also removed all my silver interior trim before the car went off to paint so I could paint them myself matt black. Not a big fan of matching these to body colour so went for something simple. I sanded, primed, painted matt black then used matt lacquer for protection. I'm intersted to see how long they last, if the finish doesn't hold up, I will invest in some carbon parts but for now this was a simple and cheap fix. Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr Also an interesting package arrived from Japan, a flexible STI strut brace: Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr Unlike a conventional rigid brace, the flexible one is split and joined with pillow ball joints in the centre to be longitudinally mobile while helping laterally stiffen the body of the car. Here is some blurb from Subaru: "Different from a rigid bar which is designed just to increase rigidity of the body of a car, the concept behind this bar is to constantly enhance traction of the wheels by strongly holding in a transverse direction at the same time as moderately handling the impact from the ground, in order to realize a ‘flexible yet elegant driving feel’. As a result, responsiveness at the time of steering improves without compromising comfort, which allows the driver to actually feel that the car can turn as intended, and when they want to go straight, it provides a stable drive without too much impact from uneven road surfaces. As described, this product will further deepen your pleasure of driving." https://www.sti.jp/en/parts/feature/flexibletowerbar.html I will let you know how I get on with it, it came as a bundle with the other STi bits so I haven't lost anything by trying it.
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    tweedbean's Subaru BRZ

    Yes I have no concerns with this, they are nowhere near each other and the car itself will be gloss.
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    tweedbean's Subaru BRZ

    Day 77 More parts from Japan, this time a full STI kit including front lip, sideskirts and rear bumper trims. All finished in a satin/matt black finish and will be fitted as they are. Glad I went for the genuine bits over rep parts as they should fit no issue, even if they hit my wallet hard: Side Skirts STI BRZ Parts by James Baker, on Flickr Front Lip STI BRZ Parts by James Baker, on Flickr Rear Bumper Trim STI BRZ Parts by James Baker, on Flickr I also have black controls so I can remove the silver ones to work better with my theme: STI BRZ Parts by James Baker, on Flickr
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    tweedbean's Subaru BRZ

    Day 76 More Parcels Finally my parts from JapanParts are here. First of three parcels to arrive were the alcantara with red stitch door toppers and instrument cluster cover from the JDM TS version: Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr I love alcantara, I cant wait to get these in alongside some other bits once the car is back from paint. Next up with have my SARD style wing. I collected it from my local bodyshop and oh my they have done an amazing job. Its like glass, theres so much depth to the clear coat now with no sign of the previous damage, I would go as far as to say the clearcoat is better than when it was new for sure: Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr I'm expecting more parts tomorrow.
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    tweedbean's Subaru BRZ

    Day 71 Well the BRZ is away at the moment so I have very little to progress until its return. SARD Style Wing Refresh Part 2 In regards to the SARD style wing, the brackets etc I refreshed and look like new, so focus turned to the wing, this had suffered a pigeon strike when fitted to the previous owners car. Luckily the carbon wasnt damaged, just the clear coat. Therefore I dropped it off at a local bodyshop that I have used in the past to repair similar carbon items. They flicked off the damaged clear coat and then worked their magic. As per the pic below you can see a before, during and after repair. The final picture is the clear coat being applied, once that has dried for a couple of days they will be giving it a full polish: Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr Really impressed with their work, its a bodyshop that used to do all the bodywork/paint jobs for lots of the Max Power cars of the past so they know their stuff. I love buying a used item like this a bringing it back to life for a hell of a lot cheaper than buying new. Obviously there are certain components I tend not to buy used like coilovers items as you dont always know the history/true mileage/amount of cars they have been fitted to, but visual items like this especially have little risk if you know the right people you get big rewards. BRZ Fog Lights As mentioned above, some areas of a car you have to go new, such as the front bumper as I couldnt get any used parts but with the fog lights I refused to pay the ridiculous amount Subaru wanted for a brand new fog lights. So I went for some generic ones on ebay for £20 a pair. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pair-Fog-Lights-Left-Right-Side-Light-indicator-Lamp-for-Ford-Renault-Opel/352745427580?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Ive then bought some H8 female wiring connectors to attach to the cars wiring as my connectors were ripped off anyway and these will plug straight into the new foglights: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2PCS-H11-H8-Wiring-Harness-female-Socket-Wire-Connector-Plug-Extension-Pigtai-NP/324154382154?hash=item4b791b574a%3Ag%3AsjMAAOSwUwlbCkBA&fbclid=IwAR3JWNPEi5c26MlW4jY_ctc_crZkJU11Rn3HtYP8unuPZrwfgWWeipz4f4U All the electrical components have arrived for me to wire up my fog lights. On a BRZ the wiring goes into the bumper mounted DRL then back out of that into the fog light. Therefore I had to use a multimeter to identify the fog light wiring amongst that. Once the car is back I will get some photos of this.
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    Wanted GT86 2017+ Cluster

    Theres also this one if you havent already spoken to them: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TOYOTA-GT86-D-4S-PRO-2-0-25-AMP-FUSE-2015-2016-2017-BREAKING-SPARES/283689461629?hash=item420d35a77d:g:238AAOSwqOdd3WOY
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    Wanted GT86 2017+ Cluster

    Dewsbury Auto Salvage did have an 86 one in when I bought mine, not sure if you have tried there.
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    The Suspension Mod Thread

    Any recommendation on which front droplinks to go for when lowering a BRZ/GT86? Fitting coilovers in the coming weeks and with the issues removing stock ones, I want to get some adjustable ones ready for when I have to chop off the old ones.
  12. Hi all I purchased these from another member however my plans have changed so up for sale. In great condition as per pictures. Collection from CV7, happy to do contactless collection. Prices wise I am looking at around £80 collected Note its only the side skirt bits for sale, rear bumper lips have sold.
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    Deacons '86

    Either way I'm very excited as I was expecting over a month with everything going on, where as its looking like just under 2 weeks. Even if I dont have a BRZ to attach them too as its now at the bodyshop.