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.

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!

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.

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 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!

Best BRZ header on the market

Choosing the best BRZ header can be a daunting task.

There are so many variations of headers on the market. Because of this, it is sometimes difficult to find the right one for your application. There are equal length headers, un-equal length headers, and differences in design. All of these things can be very confusing, causing the purchase process to be a difficult one. After using a UEL (un-equal length) header for 2 years on my BRZ and FRS, I was looking for something new. I reached out to the team at CounterSpace Garage to get their feedback and support. CSG has done extensive testing on many different types of headers. In addition, they also race what they test! So, with their help, we concluded that the best BRZ header for my use case would be the ACE Type-A 350 equal length header. Check out my video “The best header for your BRZ, FRS, or 86” to get the whole scoop!

 

Best BRZ rear sway-bar?

Here’s the best BRZ rear sway-bar you can buy.

Changing out sway-bars, or anti-roll bars, is a common upgrade for just about any sports car. This is no different for your Subaru BRZ, Scion FRS, or Toyota 86. Sway-bars can drastically change the behavior of your and are a critical tuning component for racers. I have tried a handful of different sway-bars on my Subaru BRZ and Scion FRS. Here is what I think is the best BRZ rear sway-bar out there.

Here’s why I love my 2017 BRZ

It is no question that the 2017 BRZ is a fantastic sports car.

After owning my 2017 Subaru BRZ for a year, I thought it was a good time to go over the 5 things I love about my BRZ. In addition to being an affordable, rear wheel drive sports cars, the 2017 BRZ offers a lot of other tangibles. Lightweight and great handling being only the beginning. Going into its 5th year of production, the ft86 platform continues to grow and impress.