So in between the three month of waiting for the Varis kit to actually get manufactured and shipped, i went and bought myself a NSX. It was a completely random purchase.
Without straying too far, the NSX put a different train of thought in my mind for a little while. I was so intoxicated with the way the NSX drove, it made my re-evaluate the BRZ. After driving the NSX for a little while, i realised that the BRZ was a new sports car made on a budget with emphasis on driving feel whilst the NSX was a sports car made with no budget in mind and aimed to be the best for it’s time.
With that in mind, i shifted my thinking a little for a while. I started thinking. Should i make the BRZ more sedate and just focus on the NSX instead? I started putting feelers out there for parting out everything except the coilovers/wheels and quickly had some takers on some of the parts. Parting out is annoyingly difficult though and when you are parting out high-tier parts such as a $3000 airbox’s, it becomes even more impossible. Ultimately the bodykit arrived and i had to make a decision. Was it go time or was it still part out time?
I decided on heading along my original path.
Simmering on my thoughts, i realised that i already have invested so much effort/time/$$ in what i did with the BRZ that i might as well just keep the setup the way it is. I will most likely keep the car for as long as possible and i know it is a future classic anyways so having quality parts installed isn’t much of an issue for me. The only way the car will come close to paying me back is if i get to enjoy the car as much as possible and as often as possible.
I took the car into Arise autobody as soon as the kit arrived and the BRZ went under the knife.
2 weeks later, it was ready. What a transformation. Honestly was super excited to see how the car turned out and it did not disappoint. A lot of mixed feelings when you do something like this and spend big bucks and ultimately there is the feeling that you can really fuck it all up but i think the BRZ is headed in the right direction.
The overall look of the BRZ is now gone. It is very much a 86. The keen eyed will be able to pickup the fender garnish/BRZ headlights and a subaru rear badge but short of looking into the interior, one would be hard pressed to note it is a BRZ. I miss this aspect of the car but i remind myself that it is only a front bumper swap away if i really really wanted to.
I would definitely say that it is an 86 on steroids. Definitely enough hint of the original 86 but just more aggressive at every angle. Which was what i originally aimed for. The TRD skirts matches nicely to both the Varis front bumper and rear bumper and the duckbill is nice and subtle as well. As expected, the bonnet adds an extra level of aggression and purpose which elevates it to a level beyond OEM bodied cars.
Immediately after i put the kit on though, i had to raise the car. It was impossible to drive around anywhere since the front bumper actually overhangs a fair bit more than the stock BRZ number. The front bumper definitely makes the car a little more troublesome to drive around everywhere but once you know a route, it is generally ok. I would have liked for the car to be a little more drivable everywhere but such is the compromise (i reckon the Cleib BRZ setup would be a lot more practical in this regard). I lifted the car around 2cm’s front and back and the rear is probably a little higher than i wanted. I did want to raise the car overall anyway’s as the setup didn’t feel quite so good at the last track day but height/camber and other suspension related things will be an ongoing evolution.
One of the aspects i would like to improve is the wheel track/camber of the setup. The wheel setup is about 70-80% there. It needs more camber, more track to look right. Especially with the new front bumper/lip which sticks out a fair bit at the front. Overall though i am quite happy with the way the car is ATM and look forward to “evolutionary” changes in the future. I have already purchased an always on DRL kit from Diode Dynamics so will have the ricey DRL’s back shortly.