Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Road Trip & Event Prep - Maintenance!



The CMS STi owner, Tristan, was planning on taking it on a week long trip to the mountains for some true driving zen, and the STi needed to be in fighting trim to do so.  So, he put together a list of both performance upgrades he wanted to do and maintenance items that needed to be addressed.  A lot of times with car guys, the “fun stuff” comes first (performance), and the “not-so-fun stuff” (maintenance) comes a distant second, if at all.  This is really the opposite of how it should be, as maintenance and upkeep should always come first.  Why? Well, what good is a fire-breathing 500 horsepower monster….if the car dies because old fluid wasn’t changed, or a wheel falls off because a bearing failed? Exactly, it’s not good at all. So, with an upcoming 2,000+ mile trip, with hard up-hill driving, and the need for the car to make it up and back under it's own power, it was decided to get all of the “not-so-fun stuff” done first.  Read on to see what we addressed and why!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Keeping it Cool - Radiator Upgrade for the CMS STi

As part of the last round of upgrades to our very own 2005 STi, we needed to address the stock radiator and fans. While still doing its job just fine, it was 13 years old and essentially a ticking time bomb. The factory Subaru radiators use plastic end tanks mated to the aluminum core, and over time the plastic gets brittle and cracks, especially when subjected to high heat.  Well, our car is "high heat", and in order to ensure our STi was ready for a week of hard driving in the mountains, the stock radiator needed to go.  We decided to put a new CSF aluminum radiator in it's place.  Why?  Read on to find out!




Friday, April 13, 2018

When to Replace Your Clutch?

A big question that we often get is: When should I replace my clutch?  The obvious answer to that would be...when it starts to slip!  Once it slips, there's no coming back and it needs to be replaced before it becomes an issue.  However, the not so obvious answer would be - How many miles are on your current clutch, and what are you future plans?  Read on to see when it may be a good idea to replace your clutch before it slips!



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Real Cost of Cheap Parts & Labor

The cost of cheap work is always more than what you originally pay. What does that mean?  It means you can pay $100 for cheap work today, but you'll end up paying $300 or more down the road to fix the job correctly, because it wasn't done right the first time. Unfortunately we see these issues a lot here at our shop.  Sometimes it's just a headache for the owner of a car and a lighter wallet to get something repaired or replaced, but sometimes what we see is downright dangerous and can cause more than just a headache...read on to see why!




Thursday, February 22, 2018

Scion FR-S Throwout Bearing Failure & Repair - Clutch Kit Install

We just finished up a clutch install and throwout bearing replacement on a customers' Scion FR-S. The throwout / release bearing failure is a very common issue that we see on many Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ factory cars.  The bearing itself is weak, and it will fail, which can cause clutch judder and noise, or a complete failure of the system that renders the car inoperable.  This car was towed in  to our shop and we got right to work fixing it up. Read on to see why this issue happens, how to fix it, and how to avoid making it worse!