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tweedbean's Subaru BRZ Rebuild

Well this isn't my first rodeo when it comes to these cars having owned two of its sister car the Toyota GT86. This purchase was a little unexpected and happened very quickly but I cant wait to get stuck into it as its definitely a project.

So I've had a search saved in ebay for years now looking at salvaged BRZ's, however it always seems to be GT86 that come up cheap as the BRZ holds its value better due to there being fewer of them. Nothing significant has come of it until early last week when a 2013 Subaru BRZ with 41k on the clock popped up. It ticked all the boxes with heated half leathers, back 3/4's spotless, engine running, theres just the small matter of half the front end missing. It came up cheap so a quick conversation later to Turbo Monkeys in Burton who were selling it and I headed up there last Wednesday to see it. It was as described so I left a deposit and arranged a tow truck to collect it. It arrived today and I couldn't be happier. And before anyone asks the other cars I have aren't going anywhere this is a +1 project.

Spec wise its stock, pearl white, manual, heated half leathers, CD player etc. It is a Cat S, I've seen why and will get it all checked out before it goes back on the road.

So what are my plans, firstly acquire all the parts to rebuild it, I have a rad pack ready to go on which means its easier to move around. I've never attempted such a project before, I normally start with at least a complete car, so this will be challenge and I am expecting bumps along the way. Once I have all the parts I will fit as much as I can before it heads over to a specialist to ensure its all straight and lines up before everything is bolted down.

Not sure where I am going with the car right now as theres so many options, but one thing I do know is it needs a facelift as those tail lights are really dated. So already have a list of parts to fit the 2017 facelift BRZ front end and I have 2017 style rear lights to be fitted later today. I do know It will be getting a full respray as I've not seen many bodyshops match the pearl paint to a standard I would be happy with, a colour change to something none Toyota/Subaru for sure. It also will be remaining stock body, no wide body kits here.



I also have a HT Auto lip kit ready to go and a Top Sage rear diffuser lip to keep me ticking over while working on the boring stuff up front. I'm tempted to take the approach of building what Subaru would have done if they had built a proper BRZ STI.


Time for some photos:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr


The boot was full of parts clearly picked up off the road following the accident:

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The front end, not so tidy:

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And a better look of the front end damage:

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Day 1:


First two mods already done I fitted Vland V2 tail lights to my Subaru BRZ.* They are 2017 facelift style lights with the added bonus of sequential indicators.* It was super easy plug and play.* The before and after difference is amazing, it really refreshes that back end:

Here is a how to video I made for installing them:


Facelift Style Sequential Lights Vland by James Baker, on Flickr

What a difference by James Baker, on Flickr

I decided I wanted to also debadge the rear end of all chrome lettering.* Much cleaner, below is a link to a how to video on removed the chrome lettering:


Debadged rear end by James Baker, on Flickr

I then set about stripping the front end removing the damaged metal such as wings, bonnet and parts of the slam panel.* Basically anything damaged that wasnt welded in has now been removed.* This is how I left it at the end of day 1:

End of day 1 by James Baker, on Flickr

Next steps are to call Subaru and Toyota tomorrow to order up all the parts needs for the front bumper as well as two wings, wing brackets and slam panel.* I will share the part lists and prices as and when I get them for anyone thinking of doing the same.* Most parts are cheaper from Toyota I have found, however the bumper is a Subaru only item so I need to go to them for that.* Its crazy how many individual parts there are on the bumper alone.

There are plenty more how to video coming up as I modify my BRZ, for additional updates please follow my youtube channel and instagram page:

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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old 12th March 2020, 19:00 Thread Starter
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Day 2:

Time to get ordering parts, so far:

Front Bumper

Im going for a facelift front end so I will be ordering the bumper and all associated parts from Subaru including the facelight light trim etc

The one part I left out this order will be the main grill/moustache, from what I understand the UK part come with two big holes to bolt a front plate on. As someone who runs removable plate brackets on all my cars, I have ordered a US spec part from ebay International.



Headlights

Having been impressed with the Vland rear lights and recommendations from another member I have purchased the Vland headlights. There are two reasons why I have gone aftermarket, firstly they have black housings, saving me joey modding a set of lights. The second reason is down to price, headlights are between 575-700 each plus VAT and finding a decent pair of used BRZ headlights is very rare(Dont want to fit GT86 lights). I purchased my Vland headlights through their ebay store (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264414046349) They are listed at 419 delivered however I had an offer of 380 delivered accepted.



Radiator Assembly

Next up the radiator(295+VAT)/fan(232+VAT)/ac condenser(280+VAT) assembly was destroy in the crash. New these were over 800 plus VAT, this doesnt include all the little brackets etc. Matt Baker over at MB Developments helped me out here. They are a Subaru specialist who are building a BRZ based track car, their build looks epic. They had no need for the stock parts and I managed to get all the above for 80 collected which is a super bargain and I really appreciate it. As a bonus is the entire assembly with motors, brackets, filler, pipes etc I was very lucky with this:

Radiator, fan assembly and a/c condenser by James Baker, on Flickr

Bonnet and Crash Beam

Next up we have the main body panels so a bonnet new from Toyota is around 390 plus VAT, I managed to pick up a used one for 150 from SJ Autosport in Birmingham who are breaking a BRZ. I also picked up the crash for 50 from the same place, instead of 147.97 plus VAT from Subaru. The foam part is 25.49 plus VAT but I can reuse my old one which survived.

Bonnet, wing and crash beam by James Baker, on Flickr

Front Wings

I also need both front wings, not many decent used examples about so I am going new on these, the one in the photo above is damaged so decided against using that. From Toyota the wings are 109 +VAT new compared to 151+VAT from Subaru so I will be getting them from Toyota. I also need the brackets that sit under the wing to hold it in place, again these are cheaper at Toyota at 19.71+VAT new compared to 20.87 from Subaru. Again going new with the brackets as they are easily bent.
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Day 3:

Opting for a facelift front bumper and getting it ordered

As the front end is completely missing from my car, I have to order every brackets, duct, plastic undertray, nut, bolt etc. There was nothing left of the original one. Its crazy how much that adds up to. I could go down the route of a pre-facelift bumper or aftermarket however I really like like the BRZ facelift front end and they dont come up second hand. There is one on ebay but what it doesn't mention in the ad is that its cracked, I know as I drove to see it and refused to buy it after to seeing the damaged.

Pre facelift:



Facelift:



When buying from Subaru the facelift bumper skin is actually cheaper than the pre-facelift one. So I have ordered everything required from Subaru which comes to 617.92, the breakdown is attached below covering part numbers, quantities and prices. This list contains everything including ducts for air to the radiator, headlight brackets, stuff you wouldn't need to buy if you had an existing front end, but it doesn't cover fog light units themselves(Will get aftermarket ones), the moustache as I have the US part on order and the various nuts and bolts.



The nuts and bolts alone came to 87.21 plus VAT. I have managed to source a number of these on the car, salvaged from damage parts or through ebay to get them cheaper, so shop around.



Common items like the clips(909140007) that hold the weather seal in place, can be had 50 for 5.98 from ebay rather than 1 each from Subaru:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/50pc-Inte...72.m2749.l2649

Not all can be sourced easily but I managed to find some of them, so go the bill down from 87.21 plus VAT to around 25 in the end, just by doing the above.

I also need to buy washer covers however at around 50 a side I will wait until the car is ready for paint then source those.

Parts will start to arrive this week which is great news, the longest wait is the slam Panel

Shopping around for the slam panel


The slam panel for the BRZ has been a pain, its spot welded on so it isnt a straight forward swap however I have a friend who can assist with that. Pricing for these vary dramatically. It used to be around 258 plus VAT for the entire unit from Toyota, however when I called to order they had made a mistake, the part had now been superseded and was something like 520 plus VAT after discount. A big difference, im sure you will agree, so I rang Subaru and they can get one in for 306 including VAT so much cheaper, only issue its coming direct from Japan so there may be a 3 week wait, but price difference is worth that as I'm not in a rush mega rush, even if I am impatient. So thats now on its way aswell.

Theres now not much I can do but wait for parts over the next 3 weeks as I have removed everything damaged that isnt welded on so I will take the time to fit a new head unit, fit rear lip kit and diffuser lip while I wait. I will be making fitting videos for those 3 jobs in the coming weeks.
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Day 4:

Buying the parts to upgrade the headunit

As there is nothing I can do RE the front end until parts arrive, its time to tackle some interior bits. The BRZ came with only a CD player headunit so I wanted to upgrade to a more modern headunit. I have purchased the Pioneer DA130DAB which has Apple Car play so I will have bluetooth calling, DAB, music streaming, sat nav etc, its actually the one from my old Mini clubman as the new owner installed an android auto headunit instead.



So I have been doing some reading RE differences between replacing the headunit in the BRZ vs the GT86. I have created the following list based off what other BRZ owners have purchased:

Cable to allow me to connect the stock USB port to the aftermarket headunit:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184019557009



Stereo bracket/surround, Ive heard all the options are a bit dodgy fitting so I thought I would try this one for now:

Wiring ICT50-282



Harness adapter:

Wiring PC2-17-4/2




Aerial Adapter:

Wiring ICT21-147



Pioneer ND-BC8 Reversing Camera:

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Day 6: More parts are here

Yesterday all my parts from Toyota arrived including new rubber bushes for mounting the rad assembly, both wing brackets and the wings themselves. Didnt realise how big the boxes would be for the wings, glad I took the bigger car.

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Headlights Arrived
Also the Vland headlights arrived, note they did arrived damaged, but Vlands ebay store were really helpful and quick to rectify the problem with a new set on the way to me. Quality so far looks good and I connected them up to the car last night to ensure the wiring on the car was intact and that the headlights worked.

Vland headlights by James Baker, on Flickr

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The test went well with the DRLs and sequential indicators looking spot on. I now need to source some stock headlight bulbs and attach the ballasts as the stock bulbs are missing from the car but I do have two ballasts. I will see if I can steal the bulbs from an old set of Mini xenons I have in the garage. I know some people are cautious about aftermarket headlights, I will be very open and honest with my thoughts on them once installed so people hear first hand what they are like, will probably do a video review of them over on my youtube channel www.youtube.com/tweedbean

Newly discovered issue

When I returned from Toyota last night I decided to fit the wing brackets to see how straight the structure was in front of the front wheels. Passenger side bolted on no problem, all appears straight. The drivers side, not so easy, the rear two bolts for the wing bracket go in no problem, the front one, shown in the pic below, doesnt line up. This will be correctable via the specialist the car is going to to straighten everything, worst case I can buy that section from Toyota if it doesnt pull straight. I expected there to be more parts like this, so no surprise here.

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Day 8: Most of the parts from Subaru are here

Had a call to say most of my parts arrived at Subaru. Only bits missing are 3 brackets and the major part the slam panel on its way direct from Japan, due in next Saturday. Hopefully everyone remains safe and the dealership/delivery company etc are still working next weekend. Its luck of the draw at the moment with everything going on. I have held off ordering anymore bits now until the country gets back to normal.

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Also received the bits for the headunit this morning, so that can go in this weekend, regardless of the above bits:

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You could have a long wait to re-starting ordering, then. I'd imagine most businesses will keep going, albeit with reduced staff numbers as people get C-19 then return afterwards. But demand should also be down, so it could balance out. Who knows.

It'll look much more like a BRZ once that front bumper is finished! Nice steady progress. What badge will you be putting on, Subaru or special?
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You could have a long wait to re-starting ordering, then. I'd imagine most businesses will keep going, albeit with reduced staff numbers as people get C-19 then return afterwards. But demand should also be down, so it could balance out. Who knows.

It'll look much more like a BRZ once that front bumper is finished! Nice steady progress. What badge will you be putting on, Subaru or special?
I have everything ordered to get it on the road, its just any mods I will hold back on until we know whats going on.

Badge wise, it will be a Subaru badge, but may get a custom coloured one done to match the final paint scheme once I have decided on that.
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Day 10:

Collecting more parts


So yesterday I collected a used airbox and washer bottle with pumps, these are the last major parts I hadnt ordered.

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Today I decided to fit the new head unit, it was super easy, as I hadn't bought new metal brackets I had to cut up the stock ones, the filler pieces fit really well, looking at other guides I think people are fitting them inside the metal brackets causing a fitment issue when they should be fitting them outside the metal brackets. I have a headunit fitting video to edit and I will get that uploaded to help others.

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Have a couple of simple videos I created for removing internal bits like the dash panels and gear knob, I will ensure I do more as I remove bits for mods, again only easy jobs if you know how to do them, hopefully this video series encourages more people to do DIY jobs on their cars:



I also fitted a HT auto rear lip and Top Sage diffuser lip, super easy:

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I also threw on the bonnet, passenger wing and air box to get them out the garage, starting to look more like a car now. Ignore the panel gaps as I havent bolted anything down properly yet:

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Hey sorry to break the flow of your post!


Just wanted to say appreciate what you are doing here, really want the GT86 myself, saving for a special one, but this is kind of the quick progress I wanna have. I have loads of parts saved up ready to go for mine and just wanna get on with it (oh and buy the car lol).

Anyway back to our reguar featured programme...
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