Wednesday, 22 February 2012

SUBARU BRZ, and TOYOTA GT 86 (Hachi-Roku)

Subaru BRZ 2L Turbo


The 2013 SUBARU BRZ PREMIUM at roughly $24,000 comes with
  • 2 litre flat 4 boxer engine
  • 200 hp and 151 lb ft of torque
  • Torsen limited-slip differential
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Tilt-telescope leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather shift knob and handbrake
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Aluminum pedal pads
  • Eight-speaker sound system
  • Standard Navigation
  • Curb weight of 2689 lbs, 1220kg

The $27,000 SUBARU BRZ Limited has in addition:
  • Leather Alcantara upholstery
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Front foglights
and more.

Read more via MotorTrend

SUBARU BRZ specifications

2013 Subaru BRZ - U.S. Model Features

Body Style 2-door Coupe
Drive Type Rear wheel drive
Grade Premium Limited
Engine 2.0L DOHC flat-4 with D-4S port/direct injection
Transmission 6MT 6AT 6MT 6AT
Exterior Head Lamp High intensity discharge
Front Fog Lamp n/a Standard
Door outer handle Body color
Door outer mirror Body color Body color w/ mirror heater
Rear garnish Body color
Rear spoiler n/a Standard
Windshield glass Green laminate with top shade
Wiper Designed blade
Tire size/type 215/45R17 Summer 215/45R17 Summer
Wheels 17-in. aluminum 17-in. aluminum
Interior Instrument Panel & upper dash surface Soft touch composite
IP center cluster Black Silver
Leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake lever Standard
Pedal pad Aluminum
Door inner handle Chrome
Seat material Fabric Alcantara + Leather
Air conditioner Manual Auto 2-zone control
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel Standard
Gauge cluster Analog speedo and tach, digital speedometer with red illumination on a black panel with silver rings
Audio/Nav 8 speaker audio system Standard
Navigation Standard
Roof Antenna FM/AM/XM
Safety VDC Standard
Brake (front/rear) 11.6-in Vented Disc/11.4-in Vented Disc 11.6-in Vented Disc/11.4-in Vented Disc
Side and curtain airbags Standard
Fun to Drive Paddle shift (sport shift) n/a std n/a std
LSD Standard
Front/rear stabilizer Standard
Other Front seat heater n/a std
Smart start/entry (keyless go) n/a std
Anti-theft sys Immobilizer Immobilizer w/alarm
Spare tire T135/80D16
Cruise Control Standard

A view of the Toyota Subaru engine is:


While I was looking around on the net, it occured to me that this engine bay looked very familiar.

I then looked up the TOYOTA GT 86.


The Roadtest of Toyota GT 86 quickly confirmed what I thought

.... they share the same engine.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Skoda Fabia Brake discs and pads information

Skoda Fabia Brake parts information, Brakes, prices, buying cheap

prices correct as of 12th February 2012

Skoda Fabia vRS

Front Brake Discs

Solid or Vented: V

No of Holes/Bolts: 5

Diameter (mm): 288

Height (mm): 34

Thickness New/Min (mm): 25 -- 23

Rear Brake Discs

Solid or Vented: S

No of Holes/Bolts: 5

Diameter (mm): 232, 233

Height (mm): 40

Thickness New/Min (mm): 09--07

Front brake Pads (image from Brakes4u (DP1479)

DP1479 : FRONT Ultimax pads - Lucas Calipers


Rear brake Pads (image from Brakes4u (DP1497)

DP1497 : REAR Ultimax pads


Brakes4u Skoda Fabia Brake Parts

Model Year Front Original Quality Front Upgrade Quality More Front Front Shoes Rear Original Quality Rear Upgrade Quality More Rear Rear Shoes
1.9 TD 2000->2010




1.9 TD VRS (130) 2003->2007





Ebay brake sets

Reference Information
288x25mm (1LN/1LP) (for Lucas caliper) - these are the ones for Fabia vRS
without pad wear indicator

62.6mm x 131.4mm x 18.8mm VWSpares Fabia vRS FRONT BRAKE PADS
52.9mm x 87mm x 17mm - these are the ones for Fabia vRS
256x22mm (1LQ/1LR) (for FSIII caliper)
without pad wear indicator
239x18mm (1LB/1LM) (for Bosch caliper)
without pad wear indicator

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Finger marks on a car bulb, and what happens when you do

finger mark on car bulbfinger mark on car bulb

Have you ever wondered why car mechanics tell you not to get finger marks on the car bulb during replacement?

It's because it causes them to fail - specifically, the grease deposits (left behind when the fingers touch the glass) heat up, and cause the glass to melt, or deform.

That causes what you see above !