Scion FRS Headers, Overpipe, Springs, and More!

This week we had the pleasure of working with James Robertson and doing some parts installs on his Scion FRS (GT86). James’s car was really clean and simple to work on! The car was red, and featured some nice aerodynamic features such as TRD winglets, a front, side, and rear diffuser, as well as a Greddy Rear Wing.

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The TRD Winglets add some aggressive flair to the front of the vehicle.

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You can tell James is a fan of the true car’s heritage, the Scion badges have ben replaced with the Toyota emblem from a GT86.

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The Greddy rear wing is one of our favorites, it’s not too out there but it isn’t just a simple lip either.

James got the following mods during his visit with us:

Eibach Lowerings Springs + Performance Alignment

Tomei Headers

Tomei Overpipe

Kartboy Short Throw Shifter

James chose some nice pieces for his FRS. The car already has an exhaust, so the headers and overpipe will add some much needed power and throttle response to the car. Tomei Expreme headers are really nice pieces with great welds. They’re truly a work of art and the overpipe really makes for a full setup.

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James also decided to go with a Kartboy Short throw shifter. Kartboy is currently one of the only companies with a short throw shifter on the market for the BRZ. It’s a good quality piece and will shorten the throws of Jame’s FRS by quite a bit. This also comes with the rear shifter bushing for positive shift reinforcement.

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James also opted to go with the Open Flash Tablet. The Open Flash Tablet offers up to 20 hp as well as improved drive-ability. It also includes OTS maps, a high-res touchscreen, data logging, and is 100% reversible and plug and play. We are dealers for Open Flash Tablet and it can be purchased on our website here: Open Flash Tablet

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We decided to do a small photo shoot with our BRZ and James’s they looked great together!

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The car sat very nice on the Eibach springs, while we prefer coilovers the car still looked very nice!

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James was really happy with the service we did and wrote a little review! “Drove a little over an hour to have a few aftermarket components installed on my vehicle. The shop was professional, with a great display of the products they offer, everyone was friendly and work was completed in a fraction of the time I was quoted elsewhere. The work was done correct and well documented. I couldn’t have been happier with Andrew and the whole team at AJW. I highly recommend them for any Subaru/Toyota needs, or any platform for that matter.

Thank you James! Do you need work done on your car? Give us a call at 603-715-9076 or contact us at info@ajwperformanceproducts.com!

Scion TC Coilover Maintenance and Alignment

Today we had the ability to do some coilover maintenance on a customers Scion TC! Jesse came to us when he knew his car was ready for an alignment and also for adjustments on his ISC N1 coilovers. Jesse had them installed by a non performance company, so he wanted us to check them and provide our protective tek wax service to make sure his coilovers were prepped for a long life on the streets.

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The Scion TC2 is a very nice car, and Jesse’s is super clean. This scion features the 5 edition body kit. A special edition body kit only available on certain scion makes. The kit adds aggressiveness to the body, and matched with Jesse’s wheels on 15mm ISC rear spacers provides a unique and staggered look to the car. It’s a real looker!

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After taking a peek at the coilovers we found that the previous mechanic did indeed anti-seize them, but we applied a little extra in spots that were not full lubricated for additional insurance. The alignment went well too, and Jesse was happy to be driving straight again after we serviced his coilovers. It’s important to note that any changes to coilovers will require a re-alignment even if you try and get the coilovers as close as possible to what they were before the removal or changes.

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We’ve got some open availability coming soon! So give us a call for all of your alignment needs! AJW Performance has you covered, and we also provide free alignment checks. Unsure if your alignment is off? Give us a call at 603-715-9076

Jason Nelson’s Motor Build Part 2

We’re happy to say that Jason Nelson’s motor build is now complete. This motor is a beast, and this car will be good for up to 400 HP. We spent considerable time making sure this motor was 100% new with completely machined heads, and a brand new short block with Manley pistons. Jason wanted his car to feel new again and to be able to handle future mods and put a lot of power to the ground. With his goals in mind we sat down and comprised a mod list that would make the most sense for him. People sometimes ask why we don’t bore engines out, or use different bearings in our motor builds. Years ago we had the opportunity to work with the Subaru Race team, and their engineers recommend using the oem bearings for motors that won’t be seeing extreme power. We too their recommendations and continue to use them today! Swoop Lives!

You can take a look at Jason’s full mod list below.

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Jason Nelson Motor Build:

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The motor feels very strong, and we’re sure Jason will be happy! This car is now setup for a long life of 3rd gear pulls and lots of smiles! This is another motor build under our belt, we’ve got lots of availability for motor builds coming up and will have even more once fall and winter rolls around. If you are interested in getting your motor built we would be happy to have our dedicated sales staff sit down and discuss what makes the most sense for YOU the customer! Let us know what you need, and we will be happy to help you! Give us a call anytime, 603-715-9076 x1.

2015 WRX & STI Rear Control Arms Installation

As most of you already know, control arms serve a very important function to a cars handling and suspension. Essentially, they connect the steering of your vehicle to the chassis. Control arms permit the wheels to move and control the motion of the wheels through pivoting. Without control arms, your tires would not have any control when hitting bumbs. There would be nothing to aid the wheels from ascending and descending. The tires would be fixed and cause for an unbearably rough ride.

With the 2015 WRX/STI in full production, Subaru fans are getting a taste of the new stiffer and more refined chassis. ISC offers a full product line for the 2015 chassis including wheel spacers coilovers and rear control arms. The chassis can be best described as more rigid. Combine this chassis with the improved throttle response and upgraded control arms, and the 2015 WRX/STI is a well tuned machine that clearly outdoes it’s predecessor. From the manufacturer, the chassis has been tuned to be 14% stiffer while the suspension is 21% stiffer than previous models.

ISC rear control arms are some of the best in the industry because of the use of stainless steel hardware and a cnc’d 6061 aluminum arm. Many competitors use welded or stamped steel which is much weaker and less reliable. ISC control arms are lighter, stiffer, and stronger than the competition. These rear control arms offer over 5 degrees of camber adjustability and use a pillow ball rod end with a street seal protective cover to protect the bearing from harsh elements like sand and road salt. At a price point of 475.00 to 575.00 these rear control arms are hard to beat, and backed by ISC’S industry leading warranty. Combine ISC’s rear control arms with Subaru’s refined chassis and you will have an ultimate machine that will offer a smooth ride and rip through corners.

ISC control arms are not only offered for the 2015 WRX/STI but many other models aswell. View the following list for fitment of all models:

  • 2010+ legacy GT
  • 2008-2014 WRX
  • 2008-2014 STI
  • 2013+ BRZ and FRS
  • 2015+ WRX
  • 2015+ STI

You can find all of ISC’s rear control arms for the models listed above at AJW Performance Products:

2010+ Legacy GT Rear Control Arms

2008+ WRX Rear Control Arms

2008+ STI Rear Control Arms

2013+ BRZ & FRS Rear Control Arms

ISC Rear Control Arm Installation

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  1. If possible, spray all the bolts being removed ( lower shock bolt, sway bar end link bolts, and inner and outer control arm bolts) a few times for few days before the installation.
  2. Remove the lower shock bolts, along with the sway bar end link bolts.
  3. Remove the inner and outer control arm bolts. These are very tight so a large breaker bar with impact sockets will work best. (I had a 3 foot breaker bar on it and also had to use a torch to heat up the nut to remove mine).
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  5. Now that the OEM control arm is out of the car. You can begin to setup the ISC control arm. To establish a starting point, I un-threaded the Heim joint all the way from the arm itself and from the extension nut. Apply anti-seize to all threads. Then I simultaneously started to thread the Heim joint and the extension nut into the end of the arm, so that there was equal adjustment on both sides of the nut. Since one side of the nut is a left handed thread and one side is a right handed thread, all you have to do is hang the arm off the end of a table, hold the Heim joint still and spin the extension nut all the way till it bottoms out. I then adjusted the ISC arm to the same length as the stock OEM control arm. Tighten down both locknuts to assure the length of the arm does not change.
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  7. Pack the Heim joint with lots of grease. I also found some rod end dust seals online and decided they would be a good addition to keep the joint free of road debris.
  8. Install ISC control arm into back into the car. New hardware is supplied for the sway bar and the lower shock mount, but the original hardware is re used for the inner mount. Be sure everything is tight/properly torqued.
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  10. Repeat steps for the other side of car.
  11. Since the length of the control arm was only eye-balled, the alignment of the car could be way off, or it could be close. GO GET AN ALIGNMENT ASAP!!
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New Product Line: Sabelt

AJW Performance is proud to announce that it will be adding Sabelt to it’s line card!

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Sabelt started in the 1970s as a family company. Their name stems from the words “Safety” and “Belt”. Sabelt became a leading player in the cinture di sicurezza sector in Italy and in 1973 they began created seatbelts for Lancia. Meanwhile the seat belt and performance safety sector began to boom and pick up speed. In 1980s they became associated with TRW, one of the larges suppliers of automotive components. Seat belts became mandatory in Italy which increased the need for safety equipment. They began designing systems for Children as well as for Rally, and Formula 1 vehicles. In the 1990s they began creating accessories such as shoes, gloves, race suits, and other complementary items to their safety line up. In the 2000s Sabelt joined the Brembo Group and began to partner with Ferrari Stable which allowed them to supply uniforms and safety equipment to the team of drivers and pit mechanics. Their drive to continually improve allowed for the debut of the Abarth Corse seat which is the result of two Italian brands Brembo and Sabelt who share a desire for innovation, use of technology, and quality products.

Sabelt is an innovative company that creates great seats and accessories for automotive enthusiasts, racers, and more. Their brand is known for it’s ability to performance and we are proud to carry their products.

Below you will find some of their popular products that we now offer:

The Sabelt GT-130 and GT-140, fiberglass non-halo seat. The GT-130 is available only in large but features less aggressive siding for ease of getting in and out of the vehicle. The GT-140 comes in medium, large, and extra large. It has better side support for track and spirited driving.

These two seats compete with the Recaro Pole Position and the Profi, you can see that the Pole Position does not feature the same ease of access as the GT-130, making the GT-130 more desirable for individuals looking for a dual purpose seat. The GT-130 also has a lower price tag than the Recaro.

The same can be said with the GT-140 and the Recaro Profi XL.

Sabelt seats also feature a new ergonomic cushion, the normal two piece design is changed to one piece to improve lumbar filling of seat and drivers comfort. Horizontal seams help the circulation of air and reduces back perspiration.

You can also find the entire catalog of Sabelt items in our store, or view the catalog below.

Sabelt 2015 catalog

Questions? Give us a call at 603-715-9076 and we will be happy to help you find the perfect Sabelt product for you car!