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Monogram Series FR-S is official!

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January 09, 2014 TORRANCE, Calif., (Jan. 9, 2014) – Exceptional features will now come at even more exceptional prices. The 2014 Scion FR-S and tC gain premium features with the competitively priced, limited edition Monogram Series™ models on display for the first time at the North American International Auto

Introducing the 2017 Subaru BRZ!

INTRODUCING THE ALL NEW 2017 SUBARU BRZ We have been following the change of the BRZ/FRS for a while now. Seeing whats going to be the next big update. Now its officially out but are the updates enough to make you want to get this

Struggling Sales Could Kill the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

Remember when Toyota announced the GT 86 platform and enthusiasts everywhere went nuts? After all, the GT 86 — Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ here in the States — was the rear-wheel drive, manual answer to everyone’s wishes. Well, it looks likes wishes don’t necessarily equate to

Product Supersession for ACT’s 600185 Flywheel

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ACT is pleased to announce that a design improvement was made with the newly revised 600705 flywheel for the BRZ/FR-S/GT86 applications. This change also allows ACT to consolidate forgings for both the 600705 and 600185, so applications that had used the 600185 are now covered

Dezod FRS/BRZ/GT86 Catback exhaust

DEZOD FRS Exhaust Tips

Hello, I’ve been meaning to write up this blog for some time, I’ve been testing, running the Dezod cat back for awhile now and can leave an honest opinion on it. I’ve ran this exhaust in both N/A and F/I. I’ve ran it just as

Introducing the 2017 Subaru BRZ!

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INTRODUCING THE ALL NEW

2017 SUBARU BRZ

We have been following the change of the BRZ/FRS

for a while now. Seeing whats going to be the next

big update. Now its officially out but are the updates

enough to make you want to get this new BRZ? We

all knew turbo STI Version of the BRZ would be a long

shot but we think these minor changes really puts the

BRZ ahead of its competitors. The first thing we see are

those big beautiful red Brembo brakes. Seems a bit

much for a car with only 205hp but as we have seen

in previous years, most people get aftermarket power

adders which will make it nice to have these brakes

from the get go.

Now the Front end change are subtle but we believe

looks more aggressive. Maybe a bit too aggressive

from the rest of the car but none the less We like it a lot!

Enjoy the info below provided by Subaru’s website.

Coming in September 2016!

Performance Features

New Styling and Leading Edge Technology

StopTech Big Brake front and rear kit on 2015 FRS

Stoptech Big Brake kit for Scion FRS/Subaru BRZ

Front 355mm Rotors
Rear 345mm Rotors

StopTech Front and Rear Big Brake Kit

StopTech Front and Rear Big Brake Kit

We recently got a chance to install the Stoptech big brake kit on a Kraftwerks C30 supercharged 2015 Monogram FRS. The best part of this FRS is how fast and fun this car is. The acceleration makes a stock car feel slow as a snail. This car makes around 330hp on E85. Definitely not your ordinary “slow FRS” but with all this increased power, stopping takes a toll on the factory brakes. The factory brakes feel great but now takes longer to come to a stop and would not hold up as good on a track or emergency situation. When you make more power you definitely want to look into beefing up the rest of the car to handle it. When you upgrade your brakes you want to go with the best out there and know that you’ll be able to handle any situation you put your car through. So we decided to go with Stoptech. One of the biggest out there, with many years of experience in brakes and a company who does a lot of R&D in all their products, we believe their brake system will add the stopping power we need to make this powerful FRS a well rounded build.

 

Before purchasing a big brake kit you want to make sure that they fit your wheels.
The 328mm and 332mm rotor will clear most 17” wheels but for the 355mm rotor a 18” wheel minimum to the brakes. Depending on the face of your wheel it might or might not fit properly. So Stoptech includes a template you can print out before purchasing to assure that it will fit your wheel.
Go here to print out your template and instructions.
(http://www.stoptech.com/technical-support/bbk-wheel-fitment-templates)

First look upon unpacking the brakes I thought man these rotors are massive. They look great, quality looks top-notch. Then I opened up the calipers and they look just as massive as the rotors. 4 piston front caliper and 2 piston rear caliper. This will definitely be enough stopping power for any power level we decide to throw to this car.

StopTech Rear shot

The installation process is very straight forward. Stoptech includes step by step instruction with the big brake kit. Very easy as long as you have basic mechanical skills. (Do not attempt to install if you don’t even know where to jack up the car or know basic safety knowledge) Just saying. Let the professionals install the kit if you don’t know what your doing.

We started by taking off all the factory parts on the car. Most of which is very easy and quick. The hardest part was the metal nut that connects the brake hard line to the rubber line. It tends to want to strip even with the flare wrench. One trick I have done in the past is use vice grips and lightly grip it around the edges of the nuts and locks it enough to get it loose. Other than that this process was easy. Stoptech includes a list of tools which will be needed for this installation which makes it easy.

Before you install the rotors they need to be washed with water and soap no other chemicals to be washed with. A light, green sponge or Scothbrite can be used to take off all rust inhibitors. StopTech coasts non-plated AeroRotors with a water-soluble, environmentally friendly rust inhibitor and MUST be cleaned off before use. Do not use Brake Cleaner to wash rotors. Skipping this step might affect braking.

 

Front 355mm Stoptech BBK

Front 355mm Stoptech BBK

Now for the fun part, Installation of the big brake kit is very simple especially with StopTech’s step by step instructions. They give you all the torque specs and what goes where. I’d say for an average car guy who knows what they’re doing each corner of the car take about an hour or so for removal and installation. Not to bad.

Bleeding the brakes is just like doing any other car, but now you have two bleeder screws on each caliper. Don’t Worry! Its just an extra step in the process. We bled the brakes starting on the rear passenger side, then going driver rear, then passenger front and last driver front. On each caliper you bleed the outboard bleed screw first and then the inboard bleed screw. We went around and bled each bleeder screw three times before moving to the next corner or until we didn’t see any air bubbles. We went around the car twice so once all four corners we bled we went and bled it one more time to assure there was no air bubbles in the brake lines. As far as brake fluid we recommend Motul RBF600.

Now that everything is on and installed, here is the most important step!!! The Bed-In process. This procedure if not done properly can impact the performance of your new brake system and can make the brakes feel as if the rotor was warped. Basically this step consists of a series of braking from 60mph to 5-10mph and repeating ten times consecutively. This must be done in an open and safe road where there probably is not traffic. Attempt at your own risk. You do not want to come to a complete stop immediately after heating up your brakes. When you are engaging the brakes you want to use moderate force. Not heavy enough to activate abs or lock up your wheels but enough to get a good braking force. You will get a smell coming from the brakes which is normal and see a change in color on the rotors, Which looks really cool in my opinion. The bed-in process will probably need to be repeated a second or third before the brakes really start to “come in”.

Now for my opinion on this kit! The brakes felt amazing. Felt smoother than stock, stopped noticeably sooner and looks amazing with the wheels. Definitely looks as great as it feels. Overall well worth the investment especially since it is a safety part, We believe never cheating out on safety.

Hope you enjoyed our blog post and video. Contact us for any of your FRS/BRZ needs. We will get you taken care of!!

 

Leo's Supercharged FRS Monogram

Leo’s Supercharged FRS Monogram

Toyota to 86 the FR-S Name

Toyota to 86 the FR-S Name

New Toyota 86 and Charismatic C-HR Concept on Display at New York Auto Show
March 17, 2016
TORRANCE, Calif., March 17, 2016 – With its new home comes a new name and more. The former Scion FR-S will debut as the 2017 Toyota 86 at the New York International Auto Show with interior and exterior changes, as well as suspension and powertrain upgrades. The new Toyota 86 will go on sale at all Toyota dealerships this fall.

“When we announced the transition of the Scion models to Toyota we hadn’t planned on changing the names of our cars, but by popular demand, for our sports car, we decided to adopt the global name of 86,” said Toyota Division Group Vice President, Bill Fay. “Enthusiasts have a strong association with the front-engine, rear-drive heritage of the ‘hachi-roku’ and the dynamic performance it offers.”

In addition to the Toyota 86 name change, two other Scion vehicles will have new designations for 2017. The Toyota Corolla iM and Toyota Yaris iA will join Toyota’s small car line-up.

For its move to Toyota, the 86 sports car adopts more aggressive styling with a larger center intake emphasizing the low, wide stance of the car. The front of the car has a new design with re-configured LED front headlamps and turn signals, and revised bumper. The rear now sports LED tail lamps and a new bumper design. The alloy wheels feature a twisted spoke design and 86 logos have been incorporated into a badge on the front fender, as well as inside the front headlamps.
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The interior also features the 86 logo on the new “Grandlux” material used on the instrument panel surround. The same material adds a new, soft feel to the door trim. Drivers also will enjoy new seating material with silver stitching and a sporty steering wheel with integrated audio controls and an 86 logo on the center hub.
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Enhanced control and agile performance are achieved through revised shock tuning and a spring rate change. On the manual version of the car, additional performance comes from a gear ratio change and a torque increase to 156 lb.-ft, as well as a five-horsepower increase to 205 hp. Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) helps prevent the car from rolling back on steep hills.

The new Toyota 86 also will be featured in Formula Drift with racers Ken Gushi and Ryan Tuerck.  The drivers, along with Series Champion Frederic Aasbo, will be defending the SR by Toyota race team’s 2015 Manufacturers’ Championship.

Joining the Toyota 86 on the show floor will be the Toyota C-HR Concept. The U.S. production version of the C-HR will be shown later this year and the vehicle will go on sale in spring 2017 as a 2018 model.

“We’re very excited to be showing the C-HR Concept as a Toyota and adding it to our line-up next year,” said Fay. “The style and substance of the production C-HR will make it a winner in the hottest segment in the industry.”

The C-HR Concept is named for its Compact size and High Ride height. With four doors and a hatch for supreme functionality, it’s the perfect vehicle for “yuccies,” the young urban creatives who inspired the design.

Underneath the captivating design of the C-HR is a platform featuring Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA). TNGA is an innovative and integrated approach to developing new platforms and powertrains for Toyota. It creates a lower center of gravity, increased body rigidity, more responsive handling and improved ride comfort.

“Even though the C-HR has a high ride height, our focus was on creating a fantastic urban driving car,” said C-HR Chief Engineer Hiro Koba. “My favorite place to be on a weekend is at a race track and I wanted to build a car that I would have just as much fun driving in the city during the week with refined driving comfort and responsive, precise steering.”

More information about the technical specifications for the C-HR will be available when the production version debuts later this year.