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  • Big Brake Kit Guide for Gen1 and Gen2 (2022+) Toyota GR 86 and Subaru BRZ

    The sheer number of big brake kits available for the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 / GR 86 makes BBK choice seem difficult, but CSG is here to help!

    Below is a summary of our most often recommended kits from true motorsports brands Brembo and AP Racing, with their basic characteristics outlined and their compatibility with the Gen1 and Gen2 (2022+) chassis.

    The 2022+ Subaru BRZ in particular uses a new aluminum steering knuckle that differs from the older generation and also from the 2022+ Toyota GR 86. This new spindle prevents some of the existing brake kits from fitting the 2022 BRZ.

    OEM wheel fitment of Brembo big brake kits

    • Our popular CSG Spec Brembo GT big brake kit is compatible with the 2022+ OEM BRZ and GR 86 wheels in 17" and 18" sizes when upgraded to the B-M4 cast monobloc caliper and using 3mm+ spacers (available as a bundled option). It will fit OEM 2012-2020 17" wheels with a 20mm spacer.

    Aftermarket wheel fitment of Brembo big brake kits

    • Too many options to list! Please inquire, we are familiar with many popular wheels options from TWS, RAYS, APEX, Wedssports, Enkei and others that clear Brembo big brake kits.

    OEM wheel fitment of AP Racing big brake kits

    Aftermarket wheel fitment of AP Racing big brake kits

    • Too many options to list! Please inquire, we are familiar with many popular wheels options from TWS, RAYS, APEX, Wedssports, Enkei and others that clear AP Racing big brake kits.

    Wheel fitment templates for each big brake it are also available, please contact us if you need a template or more information about a specific setup.

     

    Summary of available big brake kits for Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 / GR 86

    Brembo

    AP Racing

    CSG Spec Brake Pads

    We have brake pads available for Brembo and AP Racing calipers here.

  • CSG's 2022 Racing Contingency Program

    CSG is offering a contingency program for multiple racing series and organizations again in 2022.

    See the CSG 2022 Contingency guidelines (PDF) for full details.

    How does it work?

    1. Participate in racing & time attack events with CSG Spec products (CSG Spec brake pads, coil-overs, clutch systems, ECU tuning, exhaust systems, etc) on your car, while displaying CSG decals.
    2. Earn credit for our store every time you place 1st, 2nd or 3rd at eligible events.

    Eligible Series/Organizers

    • Any IMSA and SRO series
    • Any SCCA and NASA sanctioned national classes
    • Super Lap Battle, Global Time Attack, Gridlife
    • 86CUP (SoCal, Northeast, Midwest, and Rocky Mountain) and 86 Drive Challenge
    • WRL

    Payouts

    See the CSG 2022 Contingency guidelines (PDF) for full details on this program. If you still have questions, please write to us at contingency@counterspacegarage.com

     

  • TWS Forged wheels for Toyota Supra in stock

    TWS T66-F + Supra = LOVE. We have some amazing made-in-Japan, ultra-lightweight, forged motorsports wheels in stock in Toyota Supra fitment. 18" or 19" options available!

    Want to know more? Browse our TWS forged wheel listings or contact us for price and shipping quote on our wheels in stock.

  • Long Beach Time Attackers choose CSG Spec brakes

    Global Time Attack's special event at the 2021 Long Beach Grand prix has been a highlight for the time attack scene this year. The Long Beach street circuit has nine braking zones and is rather unforgiving due to track limits enforced by walls... lots of walls!

    As a reference, IndyCar drivers here can spend upwards of 20% of the whole lap on the brakes. Having a braking system solution that is consistent and you can trust lap after lap is key to fast lap times here. With varying levels of surface roughness and bumpiness along the circuit, and corners where deep trail-braking are necessary like Turn 11 hairpin, you also want excellent modulation capability from your brakes to avoid lock-ups and being able to accurately place the car while decelerating and turning.

    A quick report from CSG's braking specialists who were on-site to support their customers on CSG Spec brake pads:

    Jackie Ding in the PhD Racing Lab A90 Toyota GR Supra used a combination of specialty CSG brake compounds to navigate the Long Beach Grand Prix and take the GTA Street Class win with a 1:27 lap time. More impressively, this was the 4th overall fastest lap behind the Unlimited Class monsters like the 9.0L Viper, the Lyfe Nissan GT-R, and the Feras carbon twin turbo Corvette!

    Steven Chan took P1 in GTA Limited Class in his massive Nissan GT-R! This R35 is using our CSG C21/C11 compounds, truly a perfect showcase of the consistency and capacity for slowing down the  relatively chonky GT-R lap after lap with confidence. CSG pads for the Nissan GT-R are in stock and ready to ship!

    Evasive Motorsports chose the CSG Spec C21/C11 pads for their last GTA competition day at Long Beach Grand Prix, inserting them into the StopTech STR-60 / STR-42 big brake kit package in their sexy looking Voltex Honda S2000. GPLB's was the perfect proving grounds to validate the friction material and brake balance before the final races of the 2021 time attack season.

    Due to some power steering and gearbox issues, the insane CSF Cooling Mitsubishi Evolution driven by Randy Pobst could not show its true speed potential at Long Beach. Still, our proven CSG Spec C21 / C11 package allowed this Evo to brake from triple digits with confidence every single time.

    Early in 2021, we had a chance to interface with WRD Racing and their amazing GTA Limited Class Honda Prelude driven by Will Drees (aka iLLWiLLeM). Power figures were astronomical and simply amazing...somewhere along the lines of 700HP+ with hopes of making 900HP!After outgrowing their previous braking solution at COTA / Circuit of the Americas during GTA, the CSG C21/C11 combo was deployed in StopTech ST40 front BBK & OEM rear fitment, along with a new Bosch ABS unit. After this change, the driver felt incredibly confident on the brakes and couldn't believe how the car could generate over 1.7Gs on 200TW Yokohama A052 at the low grip street course. We can't wait to see what this car can do at GTA 2021 Finals and beyond!

    Almost mild-looking by Time Attack standards, yet fast enough to take 2nd place in GTA Street Class behind Jackie Ding's Supra. Johnny's first time on the CSG C21 pads for the front StopTech ST60 brake kit proved to be the game changer for his bullish attack at Long Beach. This mean Subaru STI was one of the few cars able to go all out for the duration of every time attack session, ultimately allowing for a fantastic, hard earned P2 in one of the more competitive classes.

  • How Does Ecutek Tuning Work? Buying Guide for Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ / Toyota Supra

    CSG can help you extract the most out of your race car's engine with our tuning services. CSG Spec tuning offers custom tuning application specific to the vehicle requirements through EcuTek tuning suite. Custom tunes are made from the ground up and cannot be shared to another platform, allowing for a truly customized experience for you. This customized tuning service is specific for your vehicle.

    We use the EcuTek platform to remotely tune the vast majority of our customer cars. Here's how it works.

    If you already own all or some of the EcuTek licenses and hardware, you don't need to puchase them again. Our Custom Tuning Service packages can be ordered with EcuTek licenses and hardware add-ons.

    EcuTek tuning: using a smartphone or a laptop?

    Starting in 2021, it is now possible to flash EcuTek ROMs directly from your iPhone or Android device. Many users find this more convenient than using a Windows Laptop. Advanced users and track-side engineers will prefer using a PC Laptop for flashing, data-logging and analysis.

    Smartphone-based Tuning and Data-Logging requirements:

    PC Laptop-based Tuning & Data-Logging requirements:

    You can specify which licenses and EcuTek hardware you require while configuring our Custom Tuning Services for Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ or Toyota Supra / BMW Z4. Example of choices for a 86/BRZ Custom Tune package:

     

    Dyno Tuning

    Do you have a special project that requires on-site dyno tuning? We offer dyno tuning services on a case by case basis in the San Diego area (Southern California). Please contact us for more information on dyno tuning.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    What does CSG's custom tuning service offer?

    In our experience and extensive database of data acquired through thousands of hours of track testing and dyno R&D, "canned" tunes or "base" maps are never an "one-size fits all". Immediate gratification can be experienced quick base maps, but bespoke tunes specific to each modification list and individual vehicle is important to optimize and maintain consistency. Through extensive test parameters, we are able to develop maps that provide smoother power delivery, better modulation, improved drivability, stable power improvements, and better consistency under stress. No one wants a one-pull wonder, but everybody wants something that's repeatable and useful, especially on the racetrack.

     

    How long does the remote tuning service take?

    We usually keep stock of all EcuTek hardware, and ship next day. We also deliver the initial base map customized to your car setup within 3 business days of ordering (expedited delivery is available for extra charge).

    Due to high volume of calibration inquiries, sales, and projects that CSG is involved in, please allow, on average, 72 hours (unless mentioned otherwise) for the preliminary calibration file to be provided. This will allow our calibration team to reach out and ensure that the parameters are developed accordingly for your specific vehicle. Each vehicle is unique and our calibration team will work with you to optimize your vehicle's needs

    Then, it is up to the customer to provide data logs in a timely manner after receiving each revision. You should plan for the tuning refinement process to take several days. Finally, keep in mind our tuning team rests during the weekends.

     

    I need a revision of my CSG tune after making changes to my car, how to proceed?

    Please order a Revision of Custom Tune from our webstore.

     

    I already have the laptop-based EcuTek licenses and hardware, but I want to flash my next custom tune with a smartphone, what do I need?

    Provided you have the Bluetooth version of the EcuTek programming kit, you would only need to order an EcuTek PhoneFlash Activation license from us.

     

    Are you able to tune supercharged or turbocharged Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ cars?

    Absolutely, just select the appropriate Tuning Type when ordering (FI Level 1 or FI Level 2) a CSG Spec Custom Tune for 86 / BRZ from us .

     

    Where can I find user guides for smartphone-based flashing with EcuTek PhoneFlash app?

     

     

  • Recommended maintenance guide for Toyota 86 & Subaru BRZ

    We often get asked about our recommended intervals to perform maintenance on the Toyota 86 or Subaru BRZ. Here is a guide that you can use as starting point.

    CSG's recommended scheduled maintenance for daily and spiritedly-driven Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86

    To preserve optimal performance of the car throughout its life, we recommend all our customers to follow the maintenance intervals below as a baseline.

    Suggested change intervals are at mileage or age, whichever comes first

    • Engine Oil & Filter: use a high quality synthetic up to SN standard and change every 5000-7500 miles / 8,000-12,000 Km depending on car usage. Only use engine oil with the viscosity grade recommended by Toyota or Subaru in the owner's manual of your car. This is usually SAE 0W-20 for most regions.
    • Engine Air Filter: every 30,000 miles / 50,000 Km, inspect once a year if driving in dusty / dirty areas
    • Fuel Filter: replace the complete Fuel Pump instead every 100,000 miles / 160,000 Km
    • Bench Cleaning of Port Injectors and DI Injectors: every 60,000 miles / 100,000 Km or 5 years. If car is running E85 or an ethanol mix (flex fuel), then clean every 30,000 miles / 50,000 Km or 3 years. We offer a mail-in service for cleaning of injectors and replacement of DI seals.
    • Spark Plugs & Coil Packs (2012-2014, 2015+): every 60,000 miles / 100,000 Km
    • New front O2 sensor: every 60,000 miles / 100,000 Km or every 8 years, whichever comes first.
    • Oil Control Valves: we have observed that oil control valves (VVT solenoids) can sometimes malfunction on high mileage vehicles, degrading performance, causing engine hesitation and pinging under acceleration. We recommend oil control valves be replaced every 100,000 miles or 10 years, whatever comes first.
    • Coolant: first change at 135,000 miles / 210,000 Km or 132 months, whichever occurs first. Subsequent changes every 75,000 miles / 120,000 Km or 72 months.
    • Manual Transmission Fluid: every 30,000 miles / 50,000 Km
    • Automatic Transmission Fluid: Every 40,000 miles / 65,000 Km
    • Rear Differential Fluid: every 30,000 miles / 50,000 Km
    • Brake Fluid: inspect every year, replace at least every 30,000 miles / 50,000 Km
    • Battery: Change after 5 years or if voltage consistently stays below 13 volts. Bad batteries can cause system voltage fluctuations and result in erratic engine & drivetrain performance due to sensor readings being off.

    We offer custom performance maintenance packages for 86 / BRZ  with your choice of fluids and filters.

     

    CSG's recommended scheduled maintenance for track-oriented Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86

    For cars being regularly raced or taken to track days, we recommend a more agressive maintenance schedule.

    Suggested change intervals are at mileage or age, whichever comes first

    • Engine Oil & Filter: every 25 hours or 3000 miles / 5000 Km. Consider sending out your used oil for analysis to monitor wear on your engine and help you determine optimal oil change intervals for your applicationWe recommend using motorsports-grade engine oil from manufacturers like Pakelo or Motul. Unless you know for certain that you need a specific oil weight for your racing or off-road application, you should use oil with the viscosity grade recommended by Toyota or Subaru in the owner's manual of your car. This is usually SAE 0W-20 for most regions.
    • Engine Air Filter:  inspect after every race or event, replace once a year
    • Fuel Filter: replace complete Fuel Pump instead every 75,000 miles / 120,000 Km
    • Bench Cleaning of Port Injectors and DI Injectors: every 30,000 miles / 50,000 Km or 3 race seasons. We offer a mail-in service for cleaning of injectors and replacement of DI seals.
    • Spark Plugs & Coil Packs (2012-2014, 2015+): every 30,000 miles / 50,000 Km
    • New front O2 sensor: every 30,000 miles / 50,000 Km or every 5 years, whichever comes first.
    • Oil Control Valves: we have observed that oil control valves (VVT solenoids) can sometimes malfunction on high mileage vehicles, degrading performance, causing engine hesitation and pinging under acceleration. We recommend oil control valves be replaced every 60,000 miles or 5 years, whatever comes first.
    • Coolant / Water: if you're running distilled water with additives, do a full system flush at least once per season. If running coolant, every 50,000 miles / 80,000 Km.
    • Manual Transmission Fluid: in very hot climates (95F+/35C+) without an external transmission oil cooler, for turbocharged or supercharged 86/BRZ cars, or for highly advanced drivers on semi-slicks, change after every event or race. For intermediate drivers in other conditions, change fluid every 5 events.
    • Rear Differential Fluid: every 10,000 miles / 16,000 Km, 10 events, or when the driver can feel degraded performance of the LSD, whichever comes first. With the factory Torsen differential, depending on the driver, tires and track, degraded performance may be experienced after only 2 events. Use of larger capacity differential covers and/or aftermarket clutch-type LSDs can all contribute to extended useful life of the fluid, and can be a good idea for endurance racing 86/BRZ builds.
    • Brake Fluid: inspect after every track day, replace at least every 20 circuit hours or once a year. For best pedal consistency in racing & competition, bleed after every race, or use a brake fluid tester of the kind that actually boils a sample of the fluid to determine current boiling point and therefore degradation. We particularly like Endless RF-650 and Project Mu brake fluids.
    • Battery: Change after 5 years or if voltage consistently stays below 13 volts. Bad batteries can cause system voltage fluctuations and result in erratic engine & drivetrain performance due to sensor readings being off.

    We offer custom performance maintenance packages for 86 / BRZ  with your choice of fluids and filters.

    If you race an early production Toyota 86 or Subaru BRZ (2013-2014), it's possible your car will burn through coil-packs and direct injector seals at a higher rate. Faulty coil-packs and burned up DI seals will result in misfires during acceleration and can cause long term damage to the engine if not replaced quickly. We recommend you keep a spare brand-new coil-pack in your bag of tools at circuit events, to replace a faulty one in a pinch.

     

    Supercharged Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ maintenance

    Owners of supercharged cars should follow the maintenance plans outline in the user manuals of their kit. Here's a summary for the two most popular 86/BRZ supercharger kits:

    Jackson Racing supercharger

    • Change your Rotrex Traction Fluid every 2 years or 50,000 miles (80,000 Km). Use only Rotrex Traction Fluid in your Rotrex Oiling system. Failure to use Rotrex Fluid will void the Rotrex warranty and cause damage to the drive unit.
    • Change your Rotrex Oil Filter at the same time as the Traction Fluid, that is every 2 years or 50,000 miles (80,000 Km).
    • Inspect the supercharger drive belt, at every engine oil change.
    • Track-driven cars with JSRC superchargers: check Rotrex Oil Level after every event or race (see last page of JSRC installation instructions PDF).
    • Check your install (or ask your installer) to ensure your supercharger kit's MAF extension harness was not routed along the alternator's harness. Doing so can result in RFI (radio frequency interference) and disrupt the signal along the MAF harness, resulting in inconsistent performance and hindering any ongoing custom tuning process.

    Harrop or Edelbrock supercharger:

    • Supercharger service: replace supercharger oil and inspect o-ring on the oil plug every 100,000 miles / 160,000 Km. Track-driven cars will require much shorter intervals. Check Edelbrock's Supercharger Service Procedure documentation (PDF) for details.

     

    How much performance can I gain back after servicing injectors and spark plugs on a supercharged Toyota 86 or Subaru BRZ?

    Here is a sample dyno chart showing a BRZ tuned by CSG with a Jackson Racing supercharger, running before and after a fuel injector system cleaning service and fresh spark plugs.

    Notice the difference in power and torque after cleaned injectors and new spark plugs!

    If you are looking to have your 86 / BRZ injectors serviced or need to order replacement parts and fluids, we're happy to help, just contact us.

    CSG Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ maintenance package oils brake fluid air filter

    Premium Performance Maintenance Package
    Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S / Toyota 86

    CSG Spec - Fuel Injector Cleaning Service
    Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ

     

    Recommended OEM scheduled maintenance for Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86

    Lastly, we are including here what Toyota and Subaru officially recommend on their 2019 service manual for US cars:

    • Engine Oil & Filter: every 7500 miles / 12,000 Km.
      Repeated short distance driving or driving in extremely cold weather? Replace every 3,750 miles / 6,000 Km or 4 months, whichever occurs first. Only use engine oil with the viscosity grade recommended by Toyota or Subaru in the owner's manual of your car. This is usually SAE 0W-20 for most regions.
    • Engine Air Filter: every 30,000 miles / 50,000 Km, inspect once a year if driving in dusty / dirty areas
    • Cabin Air Filter: every 15,000 miles / 25,000 Km
    • Fuel Filter: every 75,000 miles / 120,000 Km
    • Spark Plugs: every 60,000 miles / 100,000 Km
    • Coolant: first change at 135,000 miles / 210,000 Km or 132 months, whichever occurs first. Subsequent changes every 75,000 miles / 120,000 Km or 72 months.
    • Automatic Transmission Fluid: Every 60,000 miles / 95,000 Km
    • Manual Transmission Fluid: n/a
    • Rear Differential Fluid: n/a
    • Brake Fluid: every 30,000 miles / 50,000 Km
    • Battery: OEM batteries will typically last between 3 and 5 years. Lifespan will depend on weather, frequency and nature of driving cycles. If the reported battery voltage is consistently under 12.5 volts, it may be a good time to replace it.

    Source: Toyota USA Maintenance Guide for Toyota 86 (2019) - Download PDF here

     

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