AP Racing 4-Piston Factory Big Brake Kit (Front)

By | May 6th, 2017|Categories: Maintenance/Modifications|Tags: , , , , , , |

Full Disclosure: Essex Parts Services offered me a friendly discount on this AP Racing Big Brake kit in exchange for the promise of a thorough review of my experience with the product. They wanted an unbiased review, and that's what this is. Big brakes. Everyone loves big brakes. Everyone wants big brakes. It seems even the OEMs are fascinated with big brakes these days. The horsepower wars have been raging for several years now, and cars [...]

5th Oil Change and Blackstone Labs Analysis

By | April 8th, 2017|Categories: Maintenance/Modifications|Tags: , , , |

It's that time again! Once again, for those who are unaware, I follow a modified service interval for my oil changes. Rather than Subaru's recommended 6,000 mile interval, I've been doing 10,000 mile intervals. This is made possible by the use of AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-20 oil, which is rated for 25,000 mile interval oil changes under "normal use," and 15,000 mile changes under "severe use." Considering my use case (autocross, ice racing, Chicago daily [...]

Clear, JDM Front Side Marker Lights

By | March 11th, 2017|Categories: Maintenance/Modifications|Tags: , , , |

If you've been wanting to do this modification, but just haven't gotten around to it yet, do yourself a favor and go order a set right now. I had been meaning to do this ever since I purchased the car, but I was lazy and had other priorities. Then after my most recent ice racing adventure, I grazed a snow bank, causing no damage to my car other than snapping one of the clips on [...]

Cadillac Horns: An Interim Solution?

By | March 9th, 2017|Categories: Maintenance/Modifications|Tags: , , |

I will start this post off by stating that I am not the sort of person who drives around honking my horn left-and-right at every person who does something stupid, or looks at me funny. I hate those kinds of people. I'm of the opinion that a horn is a last-resort device to avoid a collision, or alert another driver to an immediate danger. It is not to be used to voice your displeasure, or [...]

New Raceseng Shift Knob and Reverse Lockout Collar

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: Maintenance/Modifications|Tags: , , , |

A year ago I bought some Raceseng Camber Plates for my car to allow me to get some extra camber adjustability out of the front suspension. What I received were some functional parts that were machined to a level of such perfection and beauty, that I wasn't sure whether I should install them on the car, or mount them on my living room wall as "art." Needless to say, I was very happy with that purchase. [...]

The BRZ Receives a New Transmission Under Warranty

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: Maintenance/Modifications|Tags: , , , |

Keen-eyed readers will notice that the vehicle in the lead image above is not my BRZ. That's because it's the loaner Crosstrek I had the pleasure of driving around in for a few days as a result of my first major repair. It's a bit of an unusual one for the relatively low mileage that my car has: a brand new transmission. So what happened? Well, many months, and many thousands of miles ago, I [...]

Replacement LED Fog Lamps

By | December 25th, 2016|Categories: Maintenance/Modifications|Tags: , , , |

One of the first modifications I did when I purchased my BRZ was to do a full LED retrofit for all of the existing non-LED bulbs both inside and out. That is, all of them except the fog lights. All of the other bulbs I replaced are bulbs designed to be seen by others. This means beam pattern isn't quite as important, and swapping to an LED won't do any harm so long as it is bright [...]

Fujitsubo Authorize R Catback

By | November 13th, 2016|Categories: Maintenance/Modifications|Tags: , , , , , |

Well I've finally gotten around to it. I know, I know, it's long overdue. A new exhaust seems to be pretty much the first thing that everyone does these days, but autocross necessitated some other modifications first. Also, to be perfectly honest, I was a bit hesitant. I feel like the odd-one-out in the car scene, because unlike most folks, I don't want a super loud exhaust on my car. If it was a weekend/track [...]

Exterior Detailing

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Maintenance/Modifications|Tags: , , |

When I brought my car in to have the throw-out bearing replaced a few months ago, I completely forgot to inform them that I did not want the complimentary car wash that comes with all dealership service visits. As a result, my car was washed, and two years of careful avoidance of brushes was lost in an instant. I do not fault the dealership for this, as this is just an "industry standard" these days, and [...]

More Fluid Changes and Blackstone Labs Oil Analysis

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: Maintenance/Modifications|Tags: , , , |

I racked up just shy of 10,000 miles since my last oil change over 6 months ago, which meant it was time to do it all over again. The timing worked out perfectly to allow me to change all of my fluids before the weather got cold enough to make it an annoying task. For those who haven't been following along with my previous oil change posts, I use AMSOIL fluids in the engine, transmission, [...]