Scratching The Itch

After driving the car for a while and passing break in period, I jumped pretty quickly into the usual modifications. This car was a sports car, I wanted it to stand out, and I wanted to tinker with it. I had a good amount of help from my friend Roy who helped me install an Invidia N1 exhaust and helped me replace the rear coilovers of my car. The fronts were very easy but the rears, not so much.

I picked up a new set of Fortune Auto 500 V4 coilovers with the default spring rates. I didn’t choose the Swift springs, roller bearing upgrade or the extended damper adjusters. I liked that Fortune Auto can rebuild coilovers (with pretty specific tasks) as well as having nice adjustable camber plates in the front. It features 24 step damper adjustment which comes at 1 (being full soft) from factory.

I opted to keep the swaybar end-link intact to the LCA because honestly, I was just too lazy to remove it. I tried not to undo everything as much as possible. Doing so, caused the pre-load from the swaybar to keep the stock strut in the stock LCA, making it difficult (duh!) to remove unless you have a friend pushing down on the hub/brake assembly. Eventually, I removed both end-links and the install was done. I added anti-seize to the threads and torqued everything down to spec. One thing I forgot to do properly was setting up the pre-load on the coilovers themselves. I made the mistake of assuming they were good to go out of the box, so I drove around for a while till I had to time again to jack up the car and redo the install with correct pre-load. To do this with these Fortune Auto coilovers, you measure off 1/4″ of compression with the spring at rest. So if your spring uncompressed is 7″ long, then the new height will be 6.75″ when compressed as per Fortune Auto’s instructions.

I used some tape and the compass app on my phone with large level/ruler. I wanted an eyeball alignment but because I had to wait a week to get it done at Euro Touch Tuning, I wanted to minimize tire wear from a lack of alignment as much as I could. The eyeball alignment went surprisingly really well, the car didn’t deviate at all driving in a straight line, I could have probably gone longer without a proper alignment.

It was around this time I had also picked up some Work Kiwami wheels in a staggered setup as well. The front was 18×8.5 +38 and the rears were 18x+9.5 +38 and came with some Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, used fairly good but still had some life left. I came across this set for pretty cheap from a local BRZ owner who was parting out his car. They were plastidipped in a vintage gold color and was pretty well done I suppose. I wasn’t too crazy about the idea of what was underneath the plastidip, but I made the impulse decision to buy them.

I always had intentions of trying various motorsports but at the time, I was really keen on building a street car that I didn’t mind kicking the end out every now and then (or trying to at least) and enjoying just learning how to drive a manual car, how to heel-toe, etc. I’m not really about crazy camber, but can certainly appreciate the work that people put into properly styling their car to their own taste. How a car is cared for and built really reflects a lot on the owner.

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