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Tired of Stripped or Broken wheel studs?

ARP extended wheel studs

Are you tired of broken, or stripped wheel studs? That moment you realize you only have four and half holding your new wheel on. That gut wrenching feeling that more will be breaking at any time. Aftermarket wheel studs are one of the most over looked modifications. Over time your current wheel studs will be subjected to repeated torque cycles, laterally forces from cornering, thousands of heat cycles, and the possibility of improper torque. Most aftermarket studs will exceed the tensile strength of the factory 10 fold. Experts in the aftermarket fastener industry are ARP. They produce a 8740 chromoly steel, cadmium plated, tensile strength of 200,000 psi replacement, to ensure your safety during harsh laterally driving situations. Also ARP wheel studs have a “bullet” end to ensure you do not cross thread your lug nuts. Found here This is experienced in hard cornering, and launches. Also it is advised with wider wheel widths, to replace your factory wheel studs due to the increased stress they will cause. Keep in mind factory wheel studs are designed with the intention or using factory wheel sizes, tire sizes, and offsets. Like most performance modifications, supporting modifications are recommended to ensure safety. That way you can drive with confidence ripping through the canyons on those weekend cruises, or just whipping around some corners on your daily drive. For those more track focused, there is now a 1.5 thread option instead of the standard 1.25. So what does that mean.. well it means the threads are further apart and not as fine. Giving you more bite for when you torque down you lugs. Learn more 

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Shop Extended 1.25 ARP Studs (Normal FR-S/BRZ/86 Thread Pitch)

Shop 1.5 Thread Pitch (Not Standard , Will require new 1.5 Lugs)

Shop Lug Nuts

 

ARP extended wheel studs

ARP extended wheel stud

Individual throttle bodies, and more boost for 2018.

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Sema 2017 recently rolled through our home town of Las Vegas. Bringing together the industries leading manufactures displaying innovating new products. Our Team got a first hand look at what is in store for the 86 platform. Leading the charge is Greddy Peformance.

Greddy has conducted extensive R & D to find new ways to improve the performance of the FA 20. One example are these individual throttle bodies.

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The individual throttle bodies have shown dyno proven gains on both N/A, and boosted applications. The individual throttle bodies are synchronized to one another to ensure optimal air flow. Ken Gushi has been conducting real world testing with his daily driven, Greddy turbo charged 86 for the duration of the R & D process. Release is slated for 2018, we will have these available for purchase as soon as Greddy launches them.

Check out more images here on the ITB

For those seeking a new turbo option that can accommodate stock internals, greddy has the  answer in their Tuner turbo kit GTX 2871R. At first look, we noticed the manifold piping has changed from its predecessor, also the turbo size. This is a top mount turbo set up, suitable for fully built motors, and stock internal motors. Currently this kit is Installed on Noel Barnum’s Varis FRS, which was displayed in the spyder auto booth at SEMA 2017. Release date is slated for 2018, this kit will be available on our website at launch.

Greddy V3 Kit info

new greddy turbo kit full

 

Greddy has also fired back at the increasing number of titanium cat back options with their new RS Ti. No extensive information yet, but these cat back exhaust are slated to be released in 2018 as well.

Learn more….

RS TI 2

For those of you looking for a steering wheel replacement with style. Greddy has released an auto graphed series signed by Formula D driver Kenshiro (Ken) Gushi. These steering wheels are as stylish as they are functional. Currently live on our site, and ready to ship to your door.

click here for more info …

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Another company that caught our eye is Voodoo13. The parent Company (Autoline) is an Arizona based company Specializing in aftermarket performance suspension solutions for multiple platforms (K-Sport). All Voodoo13 products are made in the USA to MIL-SPEC standards to ensure the highest quality.

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1 example are these LCA for the 86 twins, they also offer trailing arms, end links, and a few other suspension components to ensure you have the best handling possible. These are also available in 3 color options

Mil Spec grip click here

voodoo13 arm

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Skunk2 Alpha Header Review – Real 86 Talk

Skunk2

Real 86 Talk Submitted by Fz6r

I’ve been looking for headers for my car for a short while now. My only issue, is that I didn’t like the sound of any headers outside of the nameless performance header. This was a big issue, as I didn’t really want to spend $1,100.

After some internet searching, I came across the Skunk2 alpha header. The price on it was on the cheaper side of things, with a name that has been doing pretty well thus far on the Frs/Brz platform. I noticed they were on preorder, and decided I would take the risk and see how these sound.

Initial impressions…. On the finish, it could have been a bit better. Looking inside the header, there was a bit of metal that could have been cleaned up in the weld spots. It wasn’t horrible, but it’s definitely not something you would look at and think as aesthetically appealing. Running my finger along the inside rim of the openings of the header, I noticed some inconsistency. Again, nothing horrible, but it definitely could have been better. Outside of those 2 things, the header looks great. (the borla header is about the same inside)

After doing a quick observation of the looks of the header, I wanted to hear the sound of it. I set up an appointment to get it installed with Thomas the night after they got the first ones in stock at fteightysix.

Skunk2 FRS Header

Skunk2 Stepped Header

Currently, my set up is now the Skunk 2 Alpha header mated with the Perrin 3 inch cat back resonated exhaust. Once the header was hooked up, we cranked the car up, and gave it a listen. Idle sounds about the same. No big difference there, but definitely a deeper grumble on cold start. Where you really feel the header, is when you start moving. This thing is LOUD….. Not really drone loud, more of a punchy, power loud. I’m still in between on how I feel about it.



Where the car shines now, is on low end power. Stepping on the gas, the car feels more linear in power down low. The dip seems to have gone away, and the car really feels alive around 3k rpm. It feels faster on the butt dyno, but you can definitely hear it as well. The motor screams now. An added bonus…. No check engine light. Not yet atleast. *knocks on wood*

BEFORE

 

AFTER


Overall, I would probably rate this header 7.5/10. Finish could have been A LOT better, but in performance, it makes up its shortcomings at a very fair price. The perrin 3 inch resonated is pretty quiet on its own, but definitely is a lot louder after the header was added. It might be a bit annoying to those who already have louder set ups. If you’re looking for a cost friendly header that adds more power to the butt dyno, I would give it a shot as long as you’re ok with a louder, more punchy sound.

Submitted by Fz6r

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