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  1. I'm amazed to hear the ages of some of you. I think it's fantastic (I appreciate I sound condescending). I'm 30 years old and it makes me smile knowing that some of you guys still in 60s are out there enjoying cars. Gives me hope for the future! The sad story of my car was a 65 year old retiree bought his dream car for retirement, and died from undiagnosed cancer 3 weeks later. That's how I came to get my car. It's a 69 plate that I picked up this July with 200 miles on the clock... the family only sold it to me because they knew it was my dream car. I couldn't pay anywhere near it's true value. I felt bad at the time for buying someone else's dream, particularly at the price they sold to me. They seemed happy to sell it to an enthusiast though. It makes me happy and I think as a car lover who is way too attached to his car. If I ever had to get rid of my car, giving it to someone who would appreciate it would make me happy. Anyway, it was a sad story and I truly felt sorry for the original owner (also, called James and he had the same birth date as me... another reason the family sold it to me! interesting coincidences!) Anyway I'm way off topic. But it just made me think. Congratulations and welcome to the world of the twins (GT86/BRZ). Enjoy it, they're fantastic cars and I hope you'll be able to enjoy this one for 15 years. Quite reliable, decent servicing costs. Fun... has backseats (that can be used in a pinch!)... fold the seats down and it becomes very practicable. I've had hatchbacks (208gti) that had less space for luggage etc! Anyway take care and enjoy your new car. If you have any questions. The two UK forums are more than enough to help you. Neither, as active as they both use to be, but still enough. Here's a picture of mine: (You need to upload one of yours! @tomlee80
  2. Hi, These badges were made by Pete Thompson - https://www.instagram.com/pete39sp/?hl=en Cost around £120 including postage. There is slight damage to the paint, could do with some red metal paint on the TRD logo on the rear one. Quick 5 minute job really. Otherwise perfect, will require some 3M double sided tape to apply them to your car. Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire. Price: £75 - Price Includes Next Day Delivery (Royal Mail Special Delivery) Paypal F&F / Bank Transfer.
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    225/45/17 tyres?

    My primacies were brand new really... I'd done ~2k miles on them. But they're just not good tyres overall, they're pretty okay in the dry. But since having the PS4 it really highlights how poor they were. I went 225 purely because of cost, was about £40 cheaper a tyre... I got them for around £60 a tyre. Including ATS euro discount + cashback from halifax + cashback from top cash back. But they only had 225, but zero regrets. Plus the tyres look/feel better than my 215s ever did.
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    225/45/17 tyres?

    @BRZ-123 A general update... Absolutely loving my tyres. 225 is fantastic, PS4 also fantastic. I worried it would kill the fun of the car, but no. Just given supreme confidence and made the car a blast, as you can really really hold the speed now through the corners. Truly the best purchase I've made thus far. To anyone on the fence, 225 is fine. PS4's are excellent. Have a look for cashback offers... I got mine for a very cheap price all in all.
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    225/45/17 tyres?

    I'm finding my 225 tyres absolutely fine. No difference in steering tbh. Just feels grippier which is what I wanted anyway. I'm very happy, would I be happier on 215? Who knows. But 225 I've run for ~500 miles now and they're fantastic.
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    225/45/17 tyres?

    So I had 225/45/17 fitted today... PS4's for around £65 a corner, which was insane value. ATS still have the offer, combined with top cash-back and halifax banking. They are so much stickier... wow. Big big big difference. Not all positive, if anything the car feels a bit too stuck to the road. haha I know that doesn't sound like a bad thing but funnily enough it feels too safe now. But perhaps that's just as the tyres are brand brand new. As a whole I'm very happy, the car seems more responsive, faster and honestly going around corners is a blast... because really I didn't have to use my brakes much on the way home at all. Just absolute glued to the tarmac. I think if you don't push your car very hard (I do) you will find these tyres too sticky/too boring. But pushing my car on Lincolnshire backroads just wow... Also, wheels are confirmed to be 7.5" on performance pack @Lauren I looked at the rims and they also measured them. Interesting comment from ATS Euro was the 215's although recommended were too stretched on my 7.5" rim and funny enough they recommended the 225, as it would happen I ordered 225 anyway... When he put the 225s on he commented how the sidewalls were straight like they were supposed to be. Whereas on the 215s they were too stretched. Furthermore, the wheel arches are improved. This is on stock springs, and the wheel gap on the front and back is notably different! Very happy overall, just a small negative that the car is "too sticky" haha. But very happy. I'll give it another very spirited drive tomorrow and give you an update for those that are interested in 225s
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    225/45/17 tyres?

    Fair enough.... so 225s will certainly be suitable on mine. I'll ask the tyre fitters on Tuesday to confirm the wheel size on my performance pack. Hopefully they are indeed 7.5". Thanks @Lauren
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    225/45/17 tyres?

    Interesting... I just looked this up in my manual. I have blue series with performance pack. This is from my manual lol... so it doesn't make it clear at all. It has 3 sizes listed... fun.
  9. Yeah it's true. Most people dont wan't to touch modded. Most garages refuse them on P/X, or offer you to restore it to standard. In my experience.
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    Definitive rattles and worrying noises thread?

    Tbh my 2019 blue edition rattles... there's quite a few. But I just turn my music up and ignore it. Works for me!
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    225/45/17 tyres?

    Going on a 2019 (December 2019) Blue Edition... not sure that matters, wheels are standard 7" just black and look a bit fancier 😛 But will update, they're going on Tuesday
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    225/45/17 tyres?

    Personally, I'm going Michelin PS4's at 225/45/17 to test. We'll see, maybe this is a mistake and I'll regret it for sidewall flex... but considering it's upgrading from the Primacies, it's probably unlikely I'll even notice the flex. Edit: Just ordered the tyres. I'll update once fitted and can compare vs the primacies
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    Post your GT86 / BRZ pic of day!

    Just 3M fixing tape, and yeah it was hard to get it on right. But it's mainly held on at the top of the plate down to the middle, the bottom isn't really connected to the car. But it doesn't matter and it hasn't moved since I installed it so obviously okay! (have been +100 mph) I gave the plate a little bend with my hands, not too much as it'll snap and eventually it will conform to the front panel anyway due to the tension and time.
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    Post your GT86 / BRZ pic of day!

    My car just back from the detailers. Had a full ceramic coating applied and 2 stage polish... car was brand new but swirls from dealers rip.
  15. Hi all... So I'm the owner of a 2019 GT86 Club Series Blue Edition with the added extra Performance Pack... Picture of my car below! It's awesome and truly very very happy with it. However, there's one thing I'm not too happy with and that's the wheel arch gaps... they're pretty silly sized. So I'd like to drop it by 25mm front and back... nothing crazy because lets face it roads in the UK are not the best.. Looking at buying the Eibach Pro Lowering Springs... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Eibach-Pr...53.m1438.l2649 However... I just had a thought before I pressed the order button. The performance pack already has suspension upgrades/changes. Will I have any issues fitting the above springs? I beleive the dampeners are Sachs on the performance pack, but will that prevent me using different springs? Thank you for any information and help, I'm a complete novice when it comes to these things and I will be bringing it to a garage to get them fitted and also tracked/realiagned. However before I do that, I'd like to know if what I am doing is okay? Perhaps due to the performance pack, I cannot do this? I rang up Toyota and spoke to their service team... but to chocolate fire guard comes to mind... (in fairness... this is a bit out of the ordinary for them) Thank you, James
  16. Brand new kit... just arrived today. I ordered them... and then forgot about them, took about 3-4 weeks delivery and since then I've changed my plans. Going to get a bigger wing installed of carbon fibre. This will add about 40mm height to your BRZ/GT86 (Facelift versions only, ie 2017+) and make it look a lot better. Cost me £120 with delivery. Yours for £100 + £5 delivery. Brand new condition, never used. Only opened box to take a few pictures... I'm in Lincoln, so happy to meet up to exchange cash for goods. Or can deliver if you're local, or I'll send it by courier (DPD probably). My account is pretty new to this forum, but I have another account on the other forum: Where you can see I've sold multiple items etc. I'm also happy to put it on ebay for your protection, however I will also have to add 3% to cover paypal fees. https://www.gt86ownersclub.co.uk/forum/62-sale-gt86-brz-parts-upgrades/18751-gt86-brz-perrin-spoiler-wing-riser-kit-brand-new.html#post226837
  17. Here's a before and after of the change.
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    Post your GT86 / BRZ pic of day!

    Gave my car a clean today and put on my private plate! Deleted the crappy number plate bracket at the front and just attached the plate (5 digit plate). To anyone after premium plates... can highly recommend https://www.fourdotdesignerplates.co.uk/ Well worth the premium to be honest... in the flesh the plates are the best I have ever seen. So clear. so vibrant. Perfect.
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    Supra Review

    In fairness though look at the secondary market for Supra prices... at £40k its going to be a bargain imo. You can get for £44-45k a "second hand" Supra with between 500-1000 miles on it, with the PRO package (HUD etc). As an example here: https://www.bentleysmotorgroup.co.uk/used-cars/11223724-toyota-supra-3.0-pro-3dr-auto/ It's too expensive at £50k+ but at 40... it becomes seriously tempting. My GT86 was pretty damn close to 30k... (club series blue + performance pack). And for the £10k extra... you're getting quite a lot of nice extras! Tempting... another year or so I'll probably get one. As then I'll be able to find them for around £35k with low mileage etc. Which really in my opinion is a great price. You'll still have just about 4 years left of warranty, cheaper servicing costs than the competition (jag f-type, Porsche box/cay etc). I think there's only a couple of mods you "need" to do to it anyway... tint the rear window... and delete the "TOYOTA" text above supra... I'm currently arranging a test drive at my local dealership... so hopefully I like it.
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    How much does a GT86 cost to maintain?

    I'm averaging around 30 mpg... around 20-25 with spirited driving and around 37 on a long distance trip. My car has done 1500 miles though, so perhaps it will become better once it's worn in! Who knows... Not too bothered really, buying a car like this and worrying about MPG is mental to me. Same as the people not using VPOWER etc. (or super unleaded at the very least)
  21. Hey @Church Thanks for your reply, I'm just after street and purely aesthetic really, but at the same time I'd rather not ruin my cars handling. Hence, why I went for such a modest drop of 25mm!
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    Oil Filter Help

    Hi there, I'm getting a service done tomorrow and I've got 2 oil filters and have no idea which to get fitted tbh. I ordered the OEM Subaru one and shortly after I thought about getting a performance HKS one... Now the weird thing is the OEM Subaru one is much bigger than the HKS one... almost twice the size. Subaru = 15208AA130 (this is the same filter that is currently on the car... so this obviously is the "right one". the HKS one though, is it better? Despite it being smaller in size? Is it suitable? HKS = TYPE 1 - 68H-65 M20 X P1.5 Here's some pictures... If it's any help its for a 69 plate Toyota GT86. Facelift Is the HKS okay to use? And is it actually any better if anyone has any use? Cheers, James
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    Oil Filter Help

    Out of interest do you know if you have to prime the oil filter? Ie fill it with a bit of oil before screwing it down, or just putting some oil on the o-ring enough?
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    Oil Filter Help

    Alright, I'll go the OEM option thank you.
  25. Hi guys, Appreciate, I'm new here but I am on the other GT86 forum with the exact same username "James-" @Lauren can confirm that we had a recent discussion about the new yaris and my advocacy for the Honda Civic (I know, blasphemy on a Toyota forum!) I have been members of the other GT86 forums for many years and sold multiple items... go look on the other forum at the sales section and you'll see this same post, and my history on said forum. (I didn't actually know this forum existed! sad times) Here's a link to me on the other forum.. (please delete the link if not allowed... but I thought that way at least people can see that I have history and not just a 1 post wonder) https://www.gt86ownersclub.co.uk/forum/62-sale-gt86-brz-parts-upgrades/18131-invidia-exhaust-valenti-lights-silicone-intake-rear-diffuser-trd-styling-parts.html ( Anyway without further a do. Item condition is New (other) I used this for a few days before replacing it with a different boot modification, which prevented the use of this unfortunately, as it looked awesome. Location: Lincoln, UK. I have a TRD Rear Aero Cover available... It cost £180... I'm looking for £120 + postage or collection. https://www.ft86speedfactory.com/trd-aero-stabilizing-trunk-cover-1915.html Here are actual pictures of said item, ignore the date that's when I uploaded them to the other forum .
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