Autocross is fun! Here are some tips to help you get started.
Have you ever thought about taking your car out to an autocross race? Most people may not know, but just about any car on the street can be raced at an autocross event. For first time racers, knowing what to bring and how to get ready for that first event can be a bit intimidating. After years of racing myself, I came up with a little system of things I do and bring when going out to an event. The great thing about autocross is that it is very accessible. You do not need much of anything besides your car to race! In addition, it is inexpensive and just about the most fun you can have in your car. In my video below, I will get you familiar with some of the basic things to bring to your first autocross event.
For years, engine oil changes have been the single most common maintenance item for your car. A regularly scheduled BRZ oil change ensures that your engine is running at its best while also promoting longevity. There are all kinds of synthetic oils on the market, but we will not cover that in this article. The Subaru BRZ uses a 0w-20 weight oil, per the owners manual. For my first oil change, I chose Royal Purple synthetic motor oil. I have had success with this oil in my previous Scion FRS, but may try something different for the next oil change. Now, a BRZ oil change is pretty simple. You just need basic tools, oil of course, and an OEM Subaru BRZ oil filter. Follow my detailed video below and you will have no problems changing the oil on your own Subaru BRZ!
Comparing 4 different exhausts in this BRZ exhaust shootout!
We all love to hear the sounds of different exhaust systems on our cars. Over the past year, I have created a number of exhaust sound videos. Today, I am taking all of my exhaust sound videos and compiling them into one single BRZ exhaust shootout video! We are going to listen to the stock exhaust, my custom Magnaflow exhaust, the Tanabe Concept G exhaust review, and lastly the Blitz Nur-SPEC VSR exhaust. Listen and watch, then choose which exhaust system you like the most! Don’t forget to leave your comments on the YouTube video page!
How to install the lightweight AP Racing Sprint kit on your BRZ.
The AP Racing Sprint kit is a top notch product. In this video, I will be going through the whole install process. The Sprint BBK is very lightweight while also improving braking capability and efficiency. For those that like to do track days, HPDE, or Time Trials, this brake kit is highly recommended for consistent and reliable braking. The installation process is pretty straightforward and requires common tools. You will also want to use a good brake fluid, such as ATE Type 200, when doing any type of high performance driving. In addition, with the AP Racing Sprint brake kit, pad changes are a breeze. Consider checking out my other video that covers how to bleed brakes!
The brakes on your car are obviously a critical safety system. They are even more important for cars that are used for racing. Regular maintenance of your brake pads and brake fluid in your car will ensure that they are working properly when you need them. Knowing how to bleed brakes is an important skill for people tracking and autocross’ing their cars. Most cars these days have similar brake bleeding processes, just like on my 2017 Subaru BRZ. If you have basic understanding of brakes and how they work, plus basic mechanical skills, bleeding your brakes is a simple task. In this video I go over the tools and products I use to bleed my brakes on my BRZ. I had just finished a track with the car and usually that is a good time to bleed the brakes. Don’t forgot to check out a related video on how to change brake pads and rotors!
The Blitz Nur-SPEC VSR exhaust system is a top notch product for your BRZ, FRS, or 86.
So, I cannot seem to make up my mind on what exhaust system I want to run 🙂 I recently bought the new Blitz Nur-SPEC VSR exhaust system, which is a dual exit type exhaust. I even upgraded to the fancy blue titanium exhaust tips! The exhaust has proven to be pretty good so far, while not being overly loud. In fact, this Blitz dual exit exhaust is fairly quiet, especially compared to my previous Tanabe Concept G exhaust. The installation process is simple, just like with any exhaust for the BRZ. In this video I cover the unboxing, installation, and finally the exhaust sound of this Blitz Nur-SPEC VSR exhaust system.
Looking for a cheap and effective upgrade? A BRZ air filter fits this requirement perfectly.
BRZ air filter upgrades are cheap, common, and easy to install. This not only applies to the Subaru BRZ, but also the Scion FRS and Toyota 86. The low quality panel filters that come with most cars are usually not very efficient. Installing a K&N drop-in air filter is a simple solution to a common problem. The K&N filter will fit just about all BRZ, FRS, and 86 model cars. The one exception is the 2017 manual transmission cars. In this case, you want to install the Blitz drop-in air filter. These filters improve air flow in the engine intake system and last much longer than a traditional panel filter. The installation process is the same, very straightforward with minimal tools and experience required.
Not satisfied with my first burnout attempts, I head out for BRZ burnout challenge part 2!
So doing burnouts in my BRZ is not only fun, I actually put a legitimate safety feature to the test 🙂 Word on the street is that the 2017 BRZ had some sort of brake override feature. This feature would cut fuel or throttle to the car, if you pressed the brake at the same time. This has been seen on numerous vehicles in recent years as a safety precaution. In my BRZ burnout challenge part 2, I tested doing “brake stands”. Or, simple flooring the throttle while lightly pressing the brake, to keep the car from moving. Not only does this provide data for this test, but it also provides glorious burnout smoke signals.
Upgrading your wheels can provide a number of benefits. You can improve the look and stance of your car by simply changing out your wheels. In addition, you can increase wheel size and reduce weight as well. I have been wanting a second set of wheels so I could try out a different set of tires. Low cost and low weight were important factors in my decision making. I checked out a number of different wheel manufacturers before settling on the Rota Titan wheels. These wheels are 17×9’s with a 42mm off-set. They weigh in at roughly 18.5lbs per wheel, which is on the lighter side for this size of wheel. Couple those benefits with a low cost and you cannot go wrong!
Installing a Tanabe Concept G exhaust system on my 2017 BRZ.
Exhaust systems are one of the first things people upgrade when it comes to modifying their cars. Most exhaust systems are simple to remove as well as install. More often than not, they also have the biggest effect on the sound of the car. As a result, there are many choices out there for aftermarket exhaust systems. I recently swapped out my custom exhaust system for a shiny new Tanabe Concept G system. This is a cat-back style exhaust system that comes in 2 pieces. The build quality is high and installation was simple. For the price, this is a fantastic upgrade for anyone looking to improve the exhaust note and save weight! Don’t forget to check out my full Tanabe Concept G exhaust review!