GR86 Low Oil Pressure Testing

It is well known at this point that the second generation Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ suffer from low oil pressure during right hand turns, while driving on the track. Several members of the 86 community have been testing and hunting for a solution, or mitigation, for several months now. This past weekend, I took to Chuckwalla Valley Raceway to perform some testing of my own and see just how bad the oil pressure drops were on my own 2022 Toyota GR86. In addition to getting baseline oil pressure data, I was able to perform a couple of different tests. The first test was seeing how oil temperature affects the oil pressure and the results were surprising! The second test was seeing how an additional 1/2 quart of oil added to the engine affected oil pressure. In the end, we did still observe low oil pressure, but were able to improve things a little bit by keeping oil temperature down and slightly over filling the oil. Check out the full details in our video below!

GR86 Low Oil Pressure Testing
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Ford 7.3 Thermostat Replacement

It is time for some general maintenance on my 2002 Ford F250 and the 7.3 Powerstroke diesel engine. The 7.3 has developed a coolant leak at the thermostat housing, which is not uncommon for these trucks. We install a new billet thermostat housing, Ford OEM thermostat, as well as an upgraded upper radiator hose for the 7.3 diesel engine. With these maintenance upgrades and changes, we should have a leak free system that lasts a long time. Our video details all the steps necessary to complete this maintenance hassle free.

I Bought A 2022 Toyota GR86!

Several years ago I bought my first Scion FRS, a 2013 model that started my love for the 86 platform. A couple years after that, I traded that 2013 FRS for a brand new 2017 Subaru BRZ. A time came in my life where selling the BRZ made the most sense, despite my love for these cars. Well, a new era in the 86 platform is upon us, and I am not going to miss it! I recently reserved a 2022 Toyota GR86 and cannot wait for the car to arrive! Check out my video below where I cover all the details, including the $50k BRZ that I found 😀

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Upgrade Your Tail Lights

Recently, we decided to upgrade our OEM tail lights on the 2002 Ford F250 to a more modern looking piece. The smoke colored tail lights give the truck a more modern look while adding some style as well. The installation process is very simple, requiring just basic hand tools, and the lights are relatively inexpensive. For details on how to install the lights, check out the video below. Compatible with the Ford trucks listed below.

Direct OEM Vehicle Fitment: (Fits Styleside Models Only / DO NOT Fit Flareside Models)

  • 1997-2003 F-150
  • 2004-2004 F-150 Heritage
  • 1997-1999 F-250 Light Duty
  • 1999-2007 F-250 Super Duty
  • 1999-2007 F-350 Super Duty
  • 1999-2007 F-450 Super Duty
  • 1999-2007 F-550 Super Duty
Boslla LED

Boslla 9007 LED Headlight Install

Are you looking to get rid of the old yellow colored, dingy headlight beam on your car or truck? Well, LED headlights may be the answer you are looking for! LED lights are the modern solution to lighting in virtually every application, and that now includes cars, trucks, and other vehicles. My video below shows you the effectiveness of the Boslla 9007 LED headlight bulb and how it improves night time visibility. The installation is simple and I cover the process on my own 2002 Ford F250 Superduty pickup truck.

How To Replace A Glow Plug Relay

Ford 7.3 glow plug relay replacement process.

The glow plug relay is a common failure point on the 7.3 Powerstroke diesel engine. My 2002 Ford F250 has suffered a GPR failure and in this video, I will show you how to test it AND replace it! The glow plug relay is critical to starting a diesel engine during cold weather, as it sends power to your glow plugs in order to heat up the engine cylinders. Fortunately, the glow plug relay replacement is pretty straightforward and can be completed with basic hand tools. The parts I use when replacing my Ford 7.3 GPR are found below.

Motorcraft DY861 Glow Plug Relay
Digital Voltmeter
Test light

Selling My BRZ

3 reasons I’m selling my BRZ.

This is a sad day! I have owned my 2017 Subaru BRZ for over 2.5 years now. So much time, work, and money has been put into this car over the years. I have been very successful with the car in autocross and put in plenty of track days as well. However, after months of deliberation, I decided that I will be selling my BRZ. Since I started taking public transportation to work last year, my BRZ very rarely gets driven. As a result, I feel like this is the best decision. Check out the video below where I go over all the details!

e36 Compression Test

Performing an e36 compression test is a simple way to find out how strong the engine is.

My 1994 BMW 325is (or e36 generation) has over 200,000 miles on it and is going strong. However, in order to find out just how strong the engine is, I will be performing an e36 compression test. The compression test results will show us if there is any significant wear or tear in each cylinder. For example, if a single cylinder is down on compression, we know there is probably an issue with the piston rings or cylinder itself. Consequently, the engine will make less power and may even start showing more severe symptoms.

7.3 Oil Change

Performing a regular Ford 7.3 oil change is vital to keeping your diesel engine running in top notch condition.

Diesel engines rely very heavily on good oil in order to run efficiently. The 7.3 Powerstroke diesel engine from Ford is no different. Changing the engine oil at regular intervals will keep the engine running smooth and efficient. However, if oil changes are neglected, the engine could suffer from a number of issues. These include hard starting, sluggish performance, and decreased fuel economy. Our video covers all of the products and procedures you need in order to change your 7.3 Powerstroke oil successfully.

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