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  1. Hi all, I have a new video up on youtube, you may find it useful if you decide to go down the route of fitting a Mishimoto Sound Generator Delete Kit which are only £13 or you can get ideas for creating your own DIY version. I have to say Im not a big fan of the kit due to the fit on the metal plug, however it does work and it does what its supposed to do. I will be installing a Grimmspeed intake so I have no need for it, but I had one on the shelf so thought I would make a quick video.
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    tweedbean's RS Green BRZ Build

    Thanks yeah I thought the same RE the rivets. Its on the road Well I'm glad to say the BRZ flew through the MOT, with one advisory for a nail in the rear tyre, meh I have new wheels going on soon. So glad to get it to where it is, but this is just stage 1. Stage 2 involves modding it, plenty to come. Therefore its now taxed and insured. Heres a picture as it sits now: Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
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    tweedbean's RS Green BRZ Build

    No problem, hopefully between this and the how to videos I've done, if anyone finds it useful then I'm happy 😁 If anyone needs part numbers etc, they are listed throughout the thrad too. Thanks, its actually been a really easy car to work on, other than the welding, I've managed to get everything done myself by working it out or watching a couple of youtube videos. I also came across things that people dont tend to document, like how to remove the fuel cap, most people wont need to do it unless they are having the whole car painted, most wrap places dont fully wrap inside their so people dont remove them. The hinge is held to the car with two rivets, these have to be drilled out to remove hinge and cap from the car. Then to refit, I tried my own pop rivet gun but it wouldnt quite fit due to the tight angles. So I ended up using a riv nut gun to provide a thread section to then bolt the hinge to the car. I did take off some material off the back of the hinge where it touches the car to thin it out and ensure the additional depth(a couple of mm at most) of the riv nut leading edge didnt stop the petrol cap sitting flush. A blast over with some paint on the back of the hinge ensured that part was sealed and then I bolted it on with normal bolts and washers. Now sits perfectly, this was literally the last bit of body work back on before the MOT. Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
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    tweedbean's RS Green BRZ Build

    Nearly Back On The Road So I set out to give a true reflection of what it would take to get the car back on the road. I have done all the work myself minus the frame shop straightening the front end/welding on the new slam panel and the respray itself. If you take out of the consideration any mods I've purchased that weren't needed such as rear lights/headunit/STI parts etc and just look at what it would take to get a similar 86/BRZ back on the road with similar damage I have spent as follows. Exactly as I've done it with facelift front end and new bumper/wings plus full colour change: Total on the road cost: £8930.46 That includes: Crash Damaged BRZ £4200 Used Bonnet £150 Used Crash Bream £50 Used Rad £20 Used A/C rad £20 Used Fans £20 Used Airbox and washer bottle £100 Odd used and new clips, brackets, fog lights, wiring, rear bumper etc £200 New Slam Panel Subaru £306 New Front wings and brackets, top plastic grill trim, 4x rubber bushings for rad assembly Toyota £309 New Vland Headlights £380 New Facelift front bumper with all the brackets, grills etc £617.92 New Headlight rubber seals(BRZ Only) Subaru £58.14 New Headlight washer jet covers Subaru £70 New Various bolts Subaru £29.24 Labour for frame shop to straighten the car £380 Respray in Porsche RS Green £2000 (Note for those that ask why so cheap I did all the labour in terms of stripping the car minus the bonnet/doors/boot lid For that above cost I have a 2013 BRZ with around 40k on the clock, spotless interior, heated seats, spotless exterior which is unique and you wont see another one in that colour, black headlights etc. Yes I could have bought a working 86 for that sort of price (Only seen very rough BRZ's sub £10k) but it would possibly have higher mileage, not as in good condition and certainly not unique. It would also have the pre-facelift front end which im not a massive fan of. So for me I am more than happy with it as it stands and gives me a solid base to start modifying. Getting it on the road even cheaper: Now I could have got it on the road for much cheaper if I had waited around for used parts that matched the body colour and didn't insist on retro fitting a facelift front end. This would have avoided £2000 in bodyshop costs straight away, plus the used body parts would have been a lot cheaper than the new bits I went for like the front bumper and wings. Total on the road cost: £6383.54 That includes: Crash Damaged BRZ £4200 Used Bonnet £150 Used Crash Bream £50 Used Rad £20 Used A/C rad £20 Used Fans £20 Used Airbox and washer bottle £100 Odd used and new clips, brackets, fog lights, wiring, rear bumper etc £200 New Slam Panel Subaru £306 Used Front wings and brackets, top plastic grill trim, 4x rubber bushings for rad assembly £300 New Vland Headlights £380 Used Front Bumper £150 New Headlight rubber seals(BRZ Only) Subaru £58.14 New Various bolts Subaru £29.24 Labour for frame shop to straighten the car £380 Yes I was lucky with some of the used parts coming up super cheap, but if I can find bargains, others can. Sam Nadeem from SJ Autosports is a great source of well priced used parts for 86's/BRZ's in the UK. I did all the work with a Halfords tool kit and a Ryobi impact gun. I've never rebuilt a crashed car before so have learn't a lot along the way. Now its time for its MOT tomorrow, then tax and insurance. Once thats done its off the bodyshop for its final polish now its all back together then modifications begin. Very happy its gone from this: Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr To This: Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
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    tweedbean's RS Green BRZ Build

    I sent the plastics with the steering wheel to ensure they still work. I think they shave the bottom of the wheel and add to the bit above to give that appearance, but I could be totally making that up althought I can confirm the plastics still fit. That was my thought too
  6. Ha agreed its the spare remote, the car was a gross inside when I purchased it back in March, the previous owner looked after the exterior but clearly didn't look after the interior/fobs etc. The car interior got a full detail yesterday alongside the fob. Great minds, I'm trying to record as many jobs as I can while rebuilding my BRZ, hopefully someone finds them useful. When remotes stop working some people assume they are broken, and google it, adding that helps it pop up in the search results and may help people find what could be an easy and cheap fix.
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    tweedbean's RS Green BRZ Build

    MOT Prep So yesterday afternoon I managed to blitz the car in preparation for its MOT which is booked in for next Tuesday. As its a Cat S it needs a fresh MOT before it gets back on the road and can have its new plates applied to it. I wanted to get the MOT done before I started modding the car, as it will be easier having it taxed/insured and on the road. For example it needs to go to the bodyshop for a final polish now its rebuilt, that will be so much easier and cheaper if I can drive it there myself instead of paying £50 a time to the transport company, plus once thats done I can get the side skirts etc fitted as I didn't want them to have to faff with taping up the new parts to avoid getting polish on them. So dont worry plenty of aftermarket parts coming soon for interior, exterior, suspension and engine bay. I fitted the wheel arch liners so I could secure all the wiring for the new HID kit I fitted previously. I also cleaned up the overspray which ended up on the door glass when the door skins were painted, I used fine wire wool which removed it super easy. I fitted the Geraldjustproject controller for the 2017+ cluster so I can control the LCD screen and at the same time I switch out the grey switches for black JDM ones, I also fitted all my black door handles, gaiter surrounds etc. Fitting video for the controller here: I also sorted the TPMS light which would have impacted the MOT. As my car doesnt have TPMS sensor the car flashes the light thinking they are damaged/faulty, I opened up the cluster, only a couple of clips, lifted the dial face forward and places a piece of foam backed tape across the opening for that single LED so no light can get through. I'm sure this light could be mapped out but this was a quick a free option with the same result, no flashing warning light. Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr I picked up my painted dash and wing mirror caps from the bodyshop, they did a great job so I got those fitted alongside wiring up the new shark fin aerial. I like the contrast of black mirror caps: Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr I hate sending a car for MOT with an untidy interior so it finally got a good clean to remove all the dust and grime from the previous owner: Before: Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr After, notice the dash is in without the hole for the subaru alarm flashy light which I had smoothed over: Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr I also fitted these gates rubber mats, super cheap, £10 from ebay and adds a little splash of colour and a grippy rubber surface. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gate-Slot-Mats-Fits-2012-2019-Subaru-BRZ-Toyata-86-Cup-Holder-Non-slip-Pads/202795731616?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=502949125979&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr I addressed the remaining white in the engine bay, as the engine didnt come out the body sprayed as much as they could green. For the rest like the fire wall, I masked bits off, degreased and painted it matt black. In degreased most of the engine bay and cleaned up the battery while it was out. Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr I also wanted to finish off the head unit install: - So I threw in the new USB retention cable which worked a treat, only cost £13: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OE-Car-Stereo-Factory-USB-Retention-Interface-Cable-for-Toyota-RAV4-2012/184019557670?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 - Wired the reverse camera up, connected to the pink wire in the passenger footwell, 5th wire down on the left in this block to get a reverse signal to the head unit: - I ran the camera cable down the passenger side of the car, under the back seat, through the boot, up into the wire rubbers between the boot and the boot lid, using a coat hanger to pull it through so no wires exposed for the OEM look. I then used a dremel tool to cut a square out next to the boot handle opening button and used the mount that came with the camera to fix it to the inside of the boot handle, I hate reverse cameras you can see from the back of the car, so its tucked away for the stealth look and can only be seen when the boot is fully open. Installed Pioneer Nd-bc8 reverse camera Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr Also the steering wheel retrim arrived back, Grigul Design did an amazing job: Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr I also had to change the battery in the spare remote as it didn't work, so I decided to record a how to video, super easy, it turns out the previous owner had installed the incorrect battery, no wonder it didn't work: https://youtu.be/8HiF4r4Ae7Q Finally I fitted the front removable plate holder and rear plate. Then I took it for a quick drive around the neighbouring car park to check brakes etc work as it was the first time I had driven it more than a couple of meters, all was good and now back in my garage until the drive to the MOT station next Tuesday: Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
  8. Short and sweet video today, a simple how to change the battery on your key fob. No tools needed except the key fob itself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HiF4r4Ae7Q
  9. Hi all, finally I have got around to making part 2 of the video, fitting the Gerald Just Projects controller to allow me to control the LCD screen, super easy to do: https://youtu.be/pB8sRHmY-Xc
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    tweedbean's RS Green BRZ Build

    Thanks they are Rays Engineering Volks Racing TE37 wheels
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    tweedbean's RS Green BRZ Build

    Life has got in the way a little over the last week, so not touched the BRZ, however one update I had was a picture from Grigul Design/LederManZ. I sent them a stock BRZ/86 wheel a couple of weeks ago now for them to retrim. Its looking much tastier now, I cant wait to get my hands on it. Due for delivery in the next 3 days: Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr Its looking a top job from what I can see so far with the alcantara/leather mix, red stitching/centre marker, flat bottom and a little bit of extra padding.
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    tweedbean's RS Green BRZ Build

    Thanks I've dropped you a dm on whatsapp to see where you cut it.
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    tweedbean's RS Green BRZ Build

    Thanks for the comments, I think the colour works really well. Cant wait to detail the inside and engine bay as those are two areas that are very messy right now but I have a stack of products to make the job easier. Once its ready I want to get an MOT booked in so I can get it back on the road. Also want to play with the facelift screen this week and get the new controller in for it.
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    tweedbean's RS Green BRZ Build

    A quick update on progress with the BRZ, had very little time to work on it however its gone pretty smoothly so far. The only major issue I have so far is the fact facelift washer jet covers for the front bumper do not fit pre-facelift headlight washer jets themselves, which is annoying as I had bought them separately as they were missing off the car. Solution is to do away with headlight washers and just stick the covers to the bumper, or a more sensible solution is to source facelift washers, very hard to come by and expensive from the dealer. Sundays job involved stripping the front end down: - Removing the wings as they werent bolted on properly, they were only on for ease of transport Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr - Refitting the wings - Fit headlights - Fit HID kit for headlights - Fit bonnet struts from Fensport - Wire in the new aftermarket yellow fog lights - Wire the drivers side repeater as that was destroyed - Sort panel gap Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr - Fit bumper under tray - Fit front bumper - Refit a load of plastic engine bay trim Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr I still have a pile of stock bits to fit like wheel arch liners, number plates etc then its ready for an MOT and back on the road. Then the modding can begin.
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    tweedbean's RS Green BRZ Build

    No protective film, its a car that will get driven so I expect the odd stone chip but its not my daily. The good thing to note is the paint is a lot more hardy/applied thicker than the stock subaru paint. I have the same paint on my Mini R53 thats been painted a number of years and still looks spot on. I will be applying plenty of layers of wax etc over it before it goes back on the road. Thanks, thats what I thought, break it up with some black, similar to the sideskirts etc which will be black.