BRZ Oil Cooler

Installing a BRZ oil cooler can help keep oil temperatures under control during spirited driving.

When engine oil temperatures get too high, it can mean bad news for the longevity of your engine. A BRZ oil cooler is one way you can help keep the oil temperature down, so it does not damage your engine. There are a couple different types of oil coolers. One of them being a water cooled style oil cooler and the other being an air cooled style oil cooler. I recently installed a sandwich style oil cooler to test out, from NED autoparts. It is basically an OEM Subaru style oil cooler. It provides small benefits but is only suitable for street driving and should not be used on the race track. For those in cold climates, it can be helpful

S&B Cold Air Intake

The S&B cold air intake is the best intake you can buy for your Ford 7.3L Powerstroke diesel engine.

The Ford 7.3L Powerstroke diesel engine is pretty fantastic from the factory. But, like any turbo charged vehicle, improving the air flow on the intake and exhaust side always provides improvements. The OEM airbox on the my Ford F250 is a little bit restrictive. In order to improve airflow and efficiency, I upgraded to an S&B cold air intake that is made for the 7.3L diesel engine. The better flowing intake makes the engine much more efficient in moving air. This results in improved gas mileage and drive ability. The intake is simple to install and provides noticeable benefits over the stock unit. Combine the S&B cold air intake with the MBRP exhaust and you have a great combination to improve the power, MPG, and efficiency of your 7.3L diesel engine!

MBRP Exhaust for Ford SuperDuty

Upgrading our stock exhaust to a 4″ MBRP exhaust system for my 7.3L Powerstroke diesel.

The Ford F250 Superduty with the 7.3L Powerstroke diesel engine is great from the factory. However, the intake and exhaust system leave something to be desired when it comes to efficiency. The small exhaust system that comes with the truck is very restrictive and can be detrimental to turbo efficiency when towing or daily driving. When the turbo cannot push air through the exhaust effectively, the truck suffers. In comes the MBRP 4″ exhaust system. This exhaust system is nearly twice the diameter as the OEM exhaust system on the 7.3L Powerstroke diesel engine. The installation is not terribly difficult and the improvements are immediately noticeable. When towing, my truck feels like it can breath and push air very effectively through the turbo and exhaust system. This improves MPG and drive-ability and the truck does not have to downshift when climbing small hills. Check out the video that includes the entire installation process and first drive!

Sony XAV-AX100

Upgrading my 2002 Ford F250 with a Sony XAV-AX100 stereo.

The stock stereo system that is included with older Ford Superduty pickup trucks is nothing to write home about. They lack pretty much every modern convenience that can be found in newer stereo systems. Because of this, I wanted to upgrade to something had features similar to most modern cars on the road. I chose to go with a Sony XAV-AX100 multimedia head-unit that has a number of great features. Including, Bluetooth for phone and audio, Android Auto and Apple Carplay support, touchscreen support, and a number of other nice amenities. Also, the Sony XAV-AX100 is one of the best multimedia head units on the market for the price, as far as I am concerned. Check out the installation process which is pretty straightforward and simple!

Tow Mirror Upgrade

My 7.3L diesel Ford F250 is in need of a tow mirror upgrade!

One of the things I have noticed when towing race car trailers over the years, is that mirrors are very important! Most pickup trucks come with small, inadequate mirrors for towing trailers. Unless, you opt for a truck that has a towing package which often has upgraded mirrors. My 2002 Ford F250 with the 7.3L Powerstroke diesel engine came with telescoping mirrors with a small blindspot mirror. However, I found them to be inadequate as well, and went on the hunt for a tow mirror upgrade. After doing some searching, I found YITAMOTOR towing mirrors which have been a fantastic upgrade over the stock towing mirrors. The mirrors include features not found on my OEM truck mirrors, such as a turn signal and heat mirrors. In addition, they are telescoping and have a huge blindspot mirror which increases visibility in your blind areas. The installation is fairly straightforward and my video below covers all of the details, including the wiring of turn signals and heat!

7.3L Powerstroke Diesel

Upgrading my tow vehicle with the legendary Ford 7.3L Powerstroke Diesel powered F250!

So, my old 2010 Ford F150 was not quite up to the task of towing our new 22ft enclosed race car trailer. It managed only 4mpg and just did not have the power to pull the trailer at a reasonable speed. I got really lucky searching for a replacement and found a nice 2002 Ford F250. This truck is equipped with the legendary 7.3L Powerstroke Diesel engine. This turbocharged diesel engine pumps out 275 horsepower and 525lb.ft of torque! Plenty of power to safely and economically pull our new trailer. I am looking forward to the upcoming modifications for this truck!

JDL Ultra Quiet front-pipe

The JDL Ultra Quiet front-pipe replaces my old Berk front-pipe.

I have gone through quite a few different catback exhaust systems on my 2017 Subaru BRZ. However, I have always had the same front-pipe, which is the Berk high flow cat version. After a few years of use and abuse on the track and autocross course, it seems this pipe has finally started to fall apart. First, I noticed a hissing sound of sorts coming from my exhaust system. It got worse over time. Finally, I pulled the exhaust system from the car and found a hole in my Berk front-pipe! So, my broken BRZ exhaust needs to be repaired or replaced. I chose to replace the Berk front-pipe with a brand new JDL Ultra Quiet front-pipe instead of attempting to repair the hole in the Berk pipe.

Backup Camera Install

Check out my latest DIY backup camera install video for my Ford F150!

As a lot of my YouTube followers might know, I often tow my race cars to events. Attaching my trailer to the truck hitch can be a frustrating affair because the truck was not equipped with a backup camera from the factory. After many failed first hitch attempts, I decided a backup camera install was in order to aid in connecting the trailer. Now, there are all kinds of aftermarket and add-on backup cameras on the market. I wanted something that was inexpensive and easy to install. The Hopkins Backup Camera System fit my description coming in at under $100 dollars. Also, it was completely plug and play, assuming your vehicle already has trailer connections. In addition, it included a small display screen so you do not need to worry if your truck lacks an in dash screen. The installation process was also pretty simple and covered in my latest video below.

Roadmaster Active Suspension

Installing Roadmaster Active Suspension on my Ford F150.

It’s not very often that I am doing modifications to my Ford F150 pickup truck. But, this video is going to go over the process of installing Roadmaster Active Suspension kit for Ford F150 trucks. The “RAS” does a couple of things. First, it will smooth out the ride in the truck by soaking up bumps and road imperfections better. Second, it helps to increase load capacity enabling you to tow or haul more weight. I found that the Roadmaster Active Suspension did a good job of the former, but not necessarily the latter. Most driving conditions were improved and I saw less bounce and disruption in the rear of the truck, when going over bumps. However, I felt like it did not really increase my ability to tow more easily or haul heavier loads. Check out the video for all of the details on this howto video.

Best BRZ Exhaust

Is this the best BRZ exhaust yet?

It seems like I have spent years trying to find the best BRZ exhaust for my racing requirement! Some of my favorites have been my single exit Tanabe Concept G exhaust and the Blitz Nur-Spec VSR dual exit exhaust. However, both of those exhausts had their flaws. They were either too heavy (the Blitz), or too loud in the case of the Tanabe exhaust. Now, I have picked up yet another exhaust to review. This time, I ordered the Dezod Motorsports Dual Catback exhaust. Will this be the last exhaust I will ever need for my 2017 Subaru BRZ? I hope so!