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It's fun to tune the car right out of the box and it certainly feels much better than stock with more boost and a little more aggressive ECU mapping (for more about this, check out our Part 1 blog here). Our problem remains, though, that the stock components have such a low performance ceiling. The catalytic converters are extremely restrictive and the exhaust piping is small in diameter. This prevents the turbo from pushing further, as well as the cylinder from clearing and allowing you to advance timing and allow more air to move into the cylinder. The wheels are bulky and heavy and for being as small as they are, they certainly don't correspond with any weight advantage. After taking the car to the track with the completely stock suspension, brakes, and all season tires (which was really just to create a baseline, we knew we weren't going very fast without upgrading all this), it was clear that there was a huge amount of improvement to gain from a few basic upgrades.Read More
The following is what happens when 3 bad ass Subarus get together with 2 bad ass photographers and go out for a drive. If you've ever been to Colorado or have the pleasure of being from here like me, you know that Subarus fit here like a hand in a glove. The mountains are heavily accessible year round for those seeking adventure in the form of biking, skiing, camping, and more. Accessing them when they're the recipient of mother nature's mood swings means you need to be prepared. Subarus have a cult-like following here because they're so good at this. But what happens when mother nature isn't throwing the gaunlet at you and gives you a free pass? You take that big ol' air compressor attached to your 2.5 liter all wheel drive boxer and you go outside and play. That's what you do. Before the "hills" started to turn white this year, a few of us got out and enjoyed what only so many are lucky enough to have in their backyard. Want to know who and what? Keep reading.Read More
We’ll be honest, before we bought our 2013 Ford Focus ST, we were suspicious. We liked the looks, the performance numbers, and the heritage. But we had our doubts. After all, our last project, which we still have, is a 400whp+ Mazdaspeed 3 loaded to the gills with go fast. We weren’t prepared for it to impress that much compared to what we were used to in a FWD beast. When we made the plunge, it only took a few drives to understand that this car was more than what’s on the surface. Aside from the standard features, it performed very well. With meaty tires, a quick spooling turbo, and aggressive ergonomics, the fun factor is heavily apparent.Read More
When Revvolution came to us and asked us to be one of a select few partners that would help with their Subaru BRZ build, we didn’t let them finish asking the question before we said yes. We were in, no matter what. Revvolution is and has been a great partner of ours for the last couple years or so. Their online media presence is nothing short of amazing. They are hardcore enthusiasts that pretty much care about one thing, bringing truly great content and media to the automotive community through their own work, other people’s work, and account members on their site (which is free by the way). They cover awesome events, feature insane individual cars, and thoroughly educate the community about automotive high performance. They have a very good handle on the scene and the community, constantly seeing what’s new and fresh out on the street. With that said, we knew their own Subaru BRZ build was going to be insane.Read More