Our featured car for September belongs to another 86DRIVE member who’s become a familiar sight at our summertime drives. We’re proud to present a closer look at Bob’s sleek silver 2013 Subaru BRZ.
We first met Bob (FT86CLUB user name SLEEPER WRX) when he appeared without notice at one of our early morning Saturday drives. That ended up being a hint of things to come, as he rarely posts on the NorCal FT86Club forums. He prefers to remain quiet and simply comes out to our meets and drives whenever he can. That actually seems to happen quite a lot with our drives, we’ll get 10 people who say they’ll join us and then 18 people show up that day. But it’s all good, we are very happy that our drives are so popular and successful.
The first thing you notice about Bob’s Sterling Silver Metallic BRZ is how low to the ground it is. The low stance thanks to the KW V3 coilovers immediately gives the car a more aggressive appearance. The black 17″ OZ Racing Alleggerita wheels however, are subtle and understated. They’re wrapped with some sticky and nicely treaded Toyo Proxes R1R tires. Bob favors function over form and performance over flash. No spoilers, no body kits, just a few simple visual modifications like clear side markers and a shorter Perrin antenna. An elegantly crafted Milltek header-back exhaust system pokes out over the OEM rear diffuser in back.
But under an unassuming shell lies the makings of a serious enthusiast’s canyon carver. You really have to chat Bob up, and get him to pop his hood, or crawl under his car, before you can understand the amount of work that has gone into his car. Bob is no stranger to Subarus, having owned a 2002 Subaru WRX for the past 7 years. So when he got his new BRZ he already knew who he would trust to upgrade his latest toy — LIC Motorsports up in Novato, CA. LIC is well known and respected in the Subaru circles as a quality tuner and repair shop specializing in these little Japanese wonders. Even though Bob lives in the South Bay, he knew it was worth the trek up to the North Bay to have LIC perform the work on his silver beauty. “There’s a lot of Subaru knowledge there. Adam and Noah at LIC are able to think outside the box, fabricate, and innovate – very professional work.”
In addition to the KW coilovers Bob’s BRZ has had a thorough suspension makeover. Whiteline sway bars and end links, as well as various bushings were installed. Cusco strut tower bars grace the front and rear. LIC even went the extra mile and created a convenient quick-release system for the rear strut bars so that Bob could continue to use his OEM all-weather trunk liner. JDM underbody panels close off the underside of the BRZ to ensure clean aerodynamics, and even deliver a quieter cabin according to Bob.
Anyone who has looked into the FA20 engine platform even a little bit has noted that the factory setup seems to run uncomfortably hot, even from ordinary driving. First on anyone’s list who is concerned about engine longevity and reliability is managing the heat issue. Bob’s got it covered in spades with a Koyo radiator, and both an engine oil cooler and transmission oil cooler from Mishimoto.
When I asked him what modifications a new BRZ owner should consider first, his answer was very well reasoned. “Tires/suspension. The car absolutely benefits from more tire as it is already a well handling car, but more tire really takes it to another level. Suspension mods really give you the most bang for the buck.”
Keep an eye out for Bob’s “sleeper” BRZ on the back roads. But you won’t get much warning or advance notice.
– OZ Racing Alleggerita 17×8 wheels
– Muteki lug nuts
– Toyo Proxes R1R / 235 40 17
– KW V3 Coilovers
– Whiteline F&R Swaybar + endlink kit
– Whiteline Rear Positive traction kit + Diff bushings
– Cusco F&R strut tower bars
– Milltek exhaust complete from header back
– Cosworth air filter
– engine sound tube delete
– Koyo radiator
– Venair silicone radiator hoses
– Mishimoto engine oil cooler
– Mishimoto trans oil cooler
– JDM underbody panels
– clear side markers
– Perrin shorty antenna
– Grimmspeed license plate relocation kit
– Subaru trunk liner
– Subaru trunk cargo holder
– Center console armrest
Photos: MyRx & PMok for 86DRIVE.com
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