OS Giken Differential Install

OS Giken differential install process for your Subaru BRZ, Scion FRS, or Toyota 86.

The OS Giken Super Lock limited slip differential is a high end product that will improve your cars cornering grip. This is the latest in my Subaru BRZ upgrades for competing in SCCA STX autocross. The OS Giken differential install process is fairly straightforward. However, it does take time and some familiarity with how the rear differential comes out of your car. With the OS Giken unit installed, you can expect improved grip during mid-corner and corner exit phases. Going fast requires putting the power down and the OS Giken differential definitely helps with that.

Low Cost Headlight Restoration

Restoring headlights was never this easy! Our low cost headlight restoration video shows you how!

If you have an older car, chances are you have yellowed and faded headlights. Skip the videos where people use toothpaste, of all things, to clean their headlights. I have used a number of products for restoring headlights with good results. Most recently, I have found a low cost headlight restoration kit that comes from Mothers, a well known detailing product company. The kit I like to use is the Mothers NuLens headlight restoration kit. This is a simple to use kit that has great results. You can restore your headlights in your own garage, with basic tools. There is even a no tool kit available called the Mothers PowerBall headlight restoration kit. Follow my straightforward video and you will be on your way to clear, clean, and protected headlights.

BMW M3 Reveal!

My new and improved BMW M3 is here!

Ok ok, so it is really not a true BMW M3. BUT, my trusty old 1994 BMW 325is has gotten the M3 treatment. We did a lot of upgrades to this car during the off-season. The various upgrades were aimed at improving reliability, as well as improving driving feel and stability. The are a lot of new M3 front brake parts, including calipers, rotors, pads, and more. In addition, I installed a fancy new e36 M3 bumper to improve the looks! The new bumper also makes it possible to run the Hard Motorsports brake duct kit. Lastly, I added a new Sparco steering wheel and topped it off with a Z3 steering rack. No more slow and sloppy steering like in my stock 325is!

Suspension Basics

Compression and rebound are two things I cover in this suspension basics video.

Suspension and shocks can be very confusing. Even for those like myself, who have worked on and raced cars for a long time! To help others understand some suspension basics, I created this video which explains the actions of compression and rebound. Understanding these two basic functions will help make more sense of car suspension and how shocks work. In future garage talk videos, we will go over in more detail the effects of higher or lower compression and rebound. If you are curious as to what suspension I use, you can check out my MCS suspension install video.

Boxer Rumble

What makes the boxer rumble sound?

Everyone loves the boxer rumble that comes from WRX’s, and even our BRZ, FRS, and 86’s. But, what makes that sound? Why does a stock BRZ/FRS/86 not have the boxer rumble? In this video I compare the exhaust sound differences between an unequal length style header to that of an equal length style header. Which exhaust note do you like best? If you would like to know more about my BRZ exhaust system setup, take a look at my ACE A-350 header installation video.

Loudest BRZ exhaust ever!

I think I found the loudest BRZ exhaust ever!

In my quest to find the lightest BRZ exhaust I could find, I think I also found out the loudest BRZ exhaust combination in the process. Nameless Performance has crafted exhaust components for the BRZ, FRS, and 86 for some time now. I wanted to try out their new 2017 BRZ track pipe, which weighs in at a scanty 5lbs. I also used a small track pipe of my own that I already had, in the comparison. Both track pipes are of course super light weight. However, both of them are also very loud! If I had a stock header with a catalytic converter in it, I think the results would be different. But, with a catless header, both of these track pipes are just loud loud loud!

Best BRZ Wheels?

The WedsSport TC105N wheels are probably the best BRZ wheels you can buy!

Wheels are one of the most important modifications for your performance car. I have used a few different sets of wheels for my 2017 BRZ to date. I am always searching for the best BRZ wheels I can buy. However, I think I finally came across a near perfect setup for my car! I recently purchased a set of WedsSport TC105N wheels in the 17×9 size with a +35 offset. The TC105N is a super light weight wheel while remaining very strong. The Weds TC105N is a proven track performer and in addition, looks fantastic! The combination of great looks, light weight, and strength has convinced me that the TC105N are among the best BRZ wheels you can buy.

ACE Header Dyno Results

Did the ACE Header dyno results exceed expectations?

The ACE A-350 header is not cheap. But, like a lot of things, you get what you pay for. The ACE A-350 header is a top notch product that provides top notch gains as well. In the past, I have used the trusty RevWorks UEL header on my Scion FRS and my Subaru BRZ. This header provided decent power improvements, while also saving weight. After reading all of the hype on the ACE A-350 header, I finally gave in and bought one to test out. As part of the test, I first took a number of dyno pulls with my Subaru BRZ and the RevWorks UEL header. With those power numbers recorded, I could then install the ACE header and get the car re-tuned. Once that was done, I went back to the dyno to get the ACE header dyno results. The improvement in power was pretty shocking, actually. My latest video goes over all of the details and clearly shows where the ACE A-350 made more power over the previous RevWorks UEL setup.

ACE Header BRZ Install

Swapping out UEL for EL in this ACE header BRZ install video!

After 2 years running my RevWorks un-equal length header, it is time for a change. My equal length ACE A-350 header from CounterSpaceGarage.com is ready to go in! The ACE header BRZ install process is just like any other header you can get for your BRZ, FRS, or 86. The design of the ACE A-350 header is slightly different which contributes to its unique performance. After installing the header, I also go over the basic tuning process for the ECUtek tuning platform. It won’t be long now and we will have the dyno numbers to compare this to previous BRZ dyno sessions!

MCS First Impressions

MCS first impressions after street driving as well as autocross.

It has been a handful of weeks or so on the new Motion Control Suspension coilover system that I recently installed. In that time, we have done quite a bit of street driving, as well as 2 autocross events. The autocross events consisted mostly of testing out various suspension settings. However, it still gave me a really good idea of the suspension performance. On the street, the suspension is smooth and absorbs bumps like no other! My MCS first impressions are definitely positive with more details included in the video.