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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.

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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

voodoo13

 

Shop our store for an extensive list of products for the 86/BRZ/FR-S Shop 86 Speed

 

 

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 the only exhaust modification, all the way to a full exhaust setup with UEL header, overpipe, and front pipe, all from MXP. To be 100% honest i ran a Greddy EVO3 for over a year, close to 2 years, the MXP, and of course stock. As far as looks the Greddy is one of my favorites, BUT the drone and how loud it is just ruins it for me. Quality it was a great exhaust, but as I’m older i got tired of the drone and how loud it was.

Dezod FRS Exhaust

FRS Exhaust

Next came the MXP and i loved it, except for the blue tips. I’m not a personal fan of the burnt Ti tips. But the sound and tone and loudness was exactly what i was looking for. So i rolled with it for awhile. Then this Dezod came in, looking at it, the welds look awesome, the exhaust cans were on the smaller side so i was expecting a loud exhaust. The tips look good nice and big the piping looked really good also. Malen wanted it on his car to test out and we threw it on. Upon start up i was expecting something a lot louder, we were surprised at what we heard, it was a very nice deep tone, no rasp at all, and no drone running down the highway. After about a month Malen wanted to swap the MXP with me, so we put the cars in the air and swapped exhausts. For about 2-3 weeks I rolled with the Dezod and i enjoyed to sounds coming for it. its nice and deep, slightly louder then the MXP but way better then the Greddy.

 

WELDS & Quality

FRS DEZOD Clearance

The ground clearance compared to the MXP is greatly improved also, the MXP and Greddy would slightly rub going in and out of my garage, and in some of the casino parking gargaes have a bad rub. So far with the Dezod I have not had a probem, a slight rub in the worst parking garages. Its made with 304 SS so i see it holding up. It does have a true “Y” pipe instead of the ones where its clear to see which side would get the better exhaust flow and which side a restriction would be. Power increased, the car picked up easier then stock for sure, i could pull away from a stock car, but my car also had a intake. The problem with these cars and performance modifications are you really can tell a difference with a tune. With out a tune its hard to pick up a 5-10hp gain in a 2700-3000lb car. I can feel a 10hp gain on my 380lb sportbike, not so much in a 1.5 ton car. BUT you could feel the car rev faster. With a proper tune the gains you get are more noticeable of course.

Dezod Exhaust

 

Performance FRS Cat Back System

Then came my MXP UEL header, overpipe, and front pipe. i swapped the MXP catback also to make it a full MXP setup. once started it was LOUD, very loud…. Too loud, and to top it off, it was too raspy for me, one trip down the road and the carwas back in the air to have the MXP pulled off and see how the Dezod setup was.. It too was loud, its a straight pipe to 2 small mufflers, but the tone was way way better. No rasp at all. Inside the car it sounded very deep and mean. But was just a bit to loud for me, so off came the MXP front pipe and on went the OEM front pipe. Perfect. Its exactly what i was looking for. Deep, drone free sound. Don’t get me wrong its still loud, and when I’m in the car i can always tell i have an exhaust, but there isn’t any raised voices to have a conversation like with the Greddy.

Then the fun came, A Kraftewerks C38 supercharger. The exhaust note now is a bit louder during a W.O.T. pull or run, but its still not too bad. Overall i loved the time i have had with the Dezod, and still at this time its on my car. I don’t think i am going to get rid of it anytime soon. Quite a few people have commented on the sound, Shawn Church commented that its one of the best sounds he has heard from the twins. Quality has been top notch. not issues have arisen in the 4-5 months we have had the exhaust running on the cars. The piping has held up to the extra heat of the supercharger, trackdays, and a Autox, no corrosion or rust anywhere, no cracking on the welds or pipe, so for quality as of now its been great. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) we don’t get to test in harsh winter climates. But from what I’ve seen from Dezod, and it being 304 SS, I don’t think that will be a problem either.

FRS Exhaust Tips

 

To sum things up this has passed our testing and we really like The way it holds up , sounds and Performs. We put it up there with the best of the best Cat backs for the FRS – You can not go wrong with this system.

-Thomas

Click here to visit the Dezod FRS Exhaust for your FRS

 

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