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Grams Throttle Body Review

After a long, eventful, and fun week at SEMA, the 86Speed Dyno Day had finally arrived. The top story–Grams Performance Drive-By Wire Throttle Body! A lot of you have been anxious and patiently waiting for us to answer your questions…We are pleased to announce the proven results and our personal opinions

 

Alvin's FRS on the Dyno

Alvin’s FRS on the Dyno

  • Did it really make more power?
  • What are the benefits of adding a larger throttle body to a boosted kit?
  • What about the Naturally Aspirated (N/A)?
  • Is it worth the cost?

All questions will be answered, let your hair down and enjoy the read—

This is Part 1 of the 86SPEED Dyno Day Results

dyno-chartsBefore we start lets get things straight…we tested on a Mustang Dyno or what some may know as “The Heartbreak Dyno.” According to our tuner this was one of the lowest reading Dyno’s he has ever tuned on. Its a good and a bad thing. Good because you’re more than likely making more and bad because that number probably wasn’t something you wanted to hear. Keep this in mind when reading.

 Alvin’s 2013 Automatic Scion FR-S

Getting ready to test & tune

Getting ready to test & tune

 

Mods: Kraftwerks c30 Supercharger Kit, High Boost Pulley, 750cc injectors, Stock Fuel Pump, MXP Unequal Length Header, MXP over pipe, Motiv Concepts High Flow Cat (HFC) front pipe, MXP-SP catback exhaust, EcuTek Tune by Mike @moto-east w/Flex Fuel Kit.Tested on E72 –

*Special Note*
We did 3 pulls. One without the Grams throttle body, One with the Grams throttle body, and one tuned with the Grams throttle body

1st & 2nd Pull Results (with and without Grams Throttle Body)

Throttle Body installed no tune

Throttle Body installed no tune

(click picture)As you can see, the car came out to be at 303HP WFC. Pushing about 238ft-lbs of torque at 6400 RPM’s. Impressive for the smaller c30 blower that Kraftwerks offers. After installing the Grams throttle body, the car gained 4 HP at 6500 RPMs and an impressive 8 more ft-lb’s of torque at around 6400 RPM’s.

3rd Pull Results (TUNED w/ Grams Throttle Body)

After Tune

After Tune

(click above picture) Now lets see what happens when we tune it!. As a result, the car made 314-315 HP at 6700 RPMs and 248ft-lb’s of torque (WFC). This is an impressive 11-12 HP gain  and 10ft-lb torque gain compared to the stock throttle body

 

Shortly after it came off the dyno, I took it for a joy ride!

 

My thoughts:

AccelerationRight away, peeling out of that lot, I knew and felt like something was different. 10lbs or torque is 10lbs of torque and its something you will definitely feel.

Responsiveness– Granted I do drive an automatic transmission, I shift in sport mode almost exclusively. Down shifting or up shifting, the car just responded better overall and didn’t want to pause to take a breath in between shifts!

Power– Yep its there and I can feel it. Down low I feel the Tq and it pulls harder up top.

Final thoughts:

screenshot_171At $398 for the Grams 72mm Drive By Wire Throttle Body, the dollar amount per gain in HP and Torque is definitely worth the cost! Some people pay more for less power, actually. With the extra kick and extra speed, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth! We have confirmed with Grams/Skunk2 that you do NOT need a tune to run this throttle body, however, it is recommended to get the most out of the throttle body and bring out its full potential. We’re talking 48% more airflow that your car might not know what to do with!

We also feel that this will also yield better results when pairing this with the 2017 aluminum manifold.

10/10 will recommend this to a friend!
Special Thanks to Everyone involved

Keep an eye on our blog for a review of the Grams Throttle Body Naturally aspirated install & results!

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Dyno Clinic Day – FRS/BRZ – Turbo & Supercharged & Flex Fuel Tuning

 

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screenshot_152SEMA is around the corner and we’re excited to share new info, new products, new cars, and media with you all. Another thing we are excited for, however, is our Dyno Clinic!
Whats a Dyno Clinic? Think of one of those Gatorade commercials where screenshot_155they take an athlete (our 86) put him on a treadmill, attache a bunch of wires to him and monitor his vitals. Only here we will have a variety of different boosted twins. Ranging from superchargers, turbos, the naturally aspirated (N/A), and even manual and automatic transmissions. screenshot_154

 

Where is it being held? Las Vegas, Nevada! Where dreams come true and shatter in a matter of seconds. Also home to a number of various boosted twins. Most of which we’ve installed and tuned.

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When is it being held? Friday, November 4th at 4:00pm. Catch us live on Facebook and follow us on Instagram as we power through the numbers of each individuals cars.

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This will be a good opportunity to find out how your boosted kit compares to others and what boost kit you should go with (if you don’t already have one)…or you can marvel at the music that the turbo and superchargers make *swoooooooshhhh* *pssshhhhh*

 

Below is our line up

Lets get these tunes dialed in on the dyno and see the HP Numbers

Greddy Turbo Kits

screenshot_162Deshawn – Greddy t620z turbo kit. Making EVO’s and other like minded tuners wonder where there money was really put into. This guy had a C30 and switched from Supercharger to boost – You might have seen the ride along video when he was Supercharged – He was fast before and he is faster now and loves the choice to go turbo.

 

screenshot_163Adolfo – Greddy t518z turbo.  Some times less means more! This kit is the prime example of that. It spools up faster than you can say, “want to ra…..c..e”

 

Kraftwerks C38 Kits
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Mario & Alex

Kraftwerks C38 Supercharger.  “More power!” The two that didn’t want to settle for anything less in a supercharger kit. Destroying ponies…I mean Mustang’s, on the daily! Special Note: Automatic vs Manual Transmission – What kit puts more power down?

C30 Kits

screenshot_166screenshot_167Alvin & Leonardo – Kraftwerks C30 Supercharger Kit. One of the most reliable kits we have sold. Both 10-15k miles strong with no issues. Strong, and quick! Lets see if all that carbon fiber actually helps out Alvin haha
Special Note: Automatic vs Manual Transmission – We will see how much drivetrain loss the auto really is since these are close to the same set up.

Last but not least we have a Vortech and an Non boosted FR-S with heavy mods to come get dialed in to better the tune they already have.

Anthony – Vortech Supercharger Kit. Though the Vortech14875276_1297782670272761_565750454_n kit is one of the more popular kits, Anthony is the lone wolf i with the only Vortech kit in Las Vegas. Make them proud! – He loves this kit –
screenshot_169John -Someone give this man a beer for showing up with all the boosted Twins! The only Tuned Naturally Aspirated (N/A) participating in this show down (so far). Its like bringing a knife to a gun fight. Lets see how he compares – He does have our popular flex fuel kit and it makes most customers that are looking for just that little bit extra power with out going boost, plus its a great stepping stone before you go boost anyway.

All the Twins listed above are E Tuned with Ecutek through our tuning relationship with Moto-East. We are hosting this Event to fine tune these cars and Crank up the boost. 

We will be open to any and all questions about the tunes, kits, and supporting mods for the line ups (and many more). Please be sure to check our site at  www.86speed.com  for the lowest prices and don’t hesitate to contact us for any deals!

If you are in town for SEMA, stop by and say Hi! screenshot_170 & if you want more info on this event – Please send us an email or PM us on FaceBook

 

We will also post results here and on our YouTube and other Social Media

Thx

86 Speed Team

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