Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ

  • 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.

     

    Recommended OEM scheduled maintenance for Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86

    Let's first see what Toyota and Subaru recommend on their service manual:

    • 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

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

     

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

    For cars that see some spirited driving occasionally (we hope that's true for most 86/BRZ out there!), we recommend slightly shorter intervals on oil changes, as well as replacement of coil-packs during spark plug service.

    • 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
    • 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 that see one race or track event a month during racing season, we recommend the following maintenance plan as a starting point:

    • 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
    • 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

    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

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  • CSG Spec Brake Pads Customers Breaking Records at Circuit of the Americas

    CSG staff was on-site at Circuit of the Americas for the first round of Super Lap Battle in 2021, supporting customers of CSG Spec Motorsports Brake Pads in several classes.

    Congratulations to PhD Motorsports who were able to reset two different track records using CSG Spec Motorsports Brake Pads:

    • Jackie Ding / A90 Supra: GTA Street Class Record 
    • Mary Valdez / FK8 CTR: GTA FWD Enthusiast Class Record

    CSG Racer Contingency Program in 2021

    Are you participating in Club Racing, Time-Attack or Competitive Auto-Cross this season? Write us to contingency@counterspacegarage.com and get details about our Racer Contingency Program in 2021!

  • Introducing CSG Spec Brake Pads

    CSG Spec brake pads

    We are proud to announce the launch of CSG Spec brake pads to the general public!

    CSG Spec brake pads have been developed to meet the specific demands of customers in GT Racing, One Make Racing, Time Attack, etc. where off the shelf products were often inadequate.

    The result is a line of sprint & endurance friction materials which offer superior peak brake performance, pedal stability, braking control, higher fade resistance and lower wear.

     

    We have lots of sizes in stock, with many more applications available upon request:

    Toyota 86 & Subaru BRZ brake pads for standard calipers
    Toyota 86 & Subaru BRZ brake pads for performance package brembo calipers
    Ford Mustang GT350 track day brake pads
    Ford Focus RS Mk3 track day brake pads
    Nissan GTR R35 track day brake pads
    Mitsubishi Evolution Lan Evo 6 7 8 9 track day brake pads
    APRacing 8350 stoptech st40 st45 wilwood superlite brake pads

  • RAYS Wheels Specials for Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ

    We are offering special pricing on several sets in stock the following  RAYS wheels for Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S (5x100 bolt pattern):

    RAYS Volk Racing TE37 SAGA - Diamond Dark Gunmetal - 17x9.5 +45

    RAYS Gram Lights 57CR - Gunblue II - 17x9 +38

    Interested? Please inquiry about the special pricing through our contact form, thanks!

  • How ACE headers are made

    ACE Header is considered the best exhaust manifold for the Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S. Here's a quick look at the production process of the ACE headers at their factory in Taiwan:

     

    CSG has used ACE headers in their BRZ with great success, winning Super Lap Battle's Enthusiast RWD class two years in a row (2017, 2018) as well as SoCal's 86CUP Street & Modified classes. CSG has helped develop base engine maps for naturally aspirated and boosted applications  -both supercharged and turbocharged variants.

     

    The following is a dyno chart of a 2017 BRZ with:

    ACE Header on ACN91 gas (California 91 octane) : 18% HP gain
    ACE Header on E70 mix fuel: 25% HP gain

    The ACE Header boosts power across the whole RPM range, with even greater gains when paired to the ACE Front Pipe and a Flex Fuel (E85) kit. Our Power Package for 86 / BRZ includes ACE Header, Flex Fuel Kit, tune and more!

    Besides the ACE Header 350, there are several specialty models for left-hand and right-hand applications to choose from. If you are not sure which one you should get, just ask us!

  • What's in our 2018 Super Lap Battle winning Subaru BRZ?

    CSG successfully defended their title at Global Time Attack's Super Lap Battle 2018 by taking 1st place in Enthusiast RWD class, while being the only BRZ/FR-S/86 competing at Buttonwillow Raceway this year ?

    CSG's lap time of 1:56.2 in their GReddy turbo powered Subaru BRZ on Michelin Pilot Sport street tires was also good enough to become the Overall Enthusiast Class Winner of the event!

    Watch the on-board video on YouTube

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