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Project: SEMA 2014 Gen. Coupe Built Part 3

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The journey to this build’s completion has finally ended. In the quick seven weeks that pasted while working on this car, we were able to create a unique build for the show. Along the way, we had the opportunity to work with numerous great companies, parts, and individuals that we are extremely thankful for.

Debuting several new parts for 2015, this Genesis gave the SEMA audience a taste of what is possible for this chassis in the upcoming months!


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Project: SEMA 2014 Gen. Coupe Build Part 2

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We left off with the car being prepped for its first departure to the paint booth. Once the Genesis was in the hands of the painter, the engine was assembled and it was ready to have all the bolt-on components added to it. The turbo and all of its part were put on, the nitrous system was fabricated and configured to the intake manifold, the air suspension unit was constructed, and more!

Shortly after everything engine wise was complete, the car came back and it was time to put everything back together. The deadline for SEMA was coming up quicker and quicker with each passing day. Some late nights in the shop were called for in order to use any possible time available. Considering how much had to be done, everyone in the shop did their share to make sure this car was complete before its final trip to the paint booth.


Cutting into fresh metal is scary yet thrilling! From this point, the exterior would never look the same.
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Project: SEMA 2014 Gen. Coupe Build Part 1

On a humid August afternoon, a white 2013 Gen Coupe appeared in the back of the shop in isolation. Walking past the new car, my curiosity lead me to start asking the staff in the back about the car. No one really knew anything about it. I proceeded to go up front of the shop, and I found out that it was a customer car. However, calling it just a customer car was an understatement. It continued to sit in its current spot for a few days until some whispers among the shop and front started surfacing. The secret within TF-Works was out and we were all filled in and told that this car would be built for SEMA. This car will be one of kind at the show due to the prototype parts that will be debuted on it. From this point on, this build was kept on the down low.

Partnering up with Blood Type Racing, we received a brand new Hyundai Genesis Coupe with an abundance of parts to begin our build. At the time, we didn’t know how the exterior would look like because the rendering was still in the process. The only clue we had was that it would sport a one off wide body kit. That alone kept the hype going! Following the build briefing, before pictures were taken and the tear down started!


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Project: Earl’s Subaru

In the past few days, this Impreza has gone through a noticeable amount of change under the hood. The primary augmentation was in the intercooler piping and turbo dump pipes. When the car came in, the radiator and intercooler were positioned in a v-mount setup and that did not allow for efficient cooling. Since this car’s main habitat is the track, proper air flow is key. Another issue present was the position of the two dump pipes from the twin scroll turbo. Later on you will be able to see what I mean, but first here is the completed piping:


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Awaiting Warmer Weather

A quick throwback to when this beast would roam streets and tracks! This S14 finished the season off with a dyno session and is now awaiting warmer weather!

Service: S13.4 SR Valve Cover

As you begin to create more power with your SR20, the stress level experienced by your engine begins to increase. The more stress present, the greater the likelihood of engine failure. Proper lubrication of all critical components is always important, however the S13 SR20 valve cover has a limited oil disbursement capability. If you have a S13 SR, and an oil catch can setup, you have probably noticed your catch can fill up before the day is even over. This is due to the absence of internal baffling in the S13 SR valve cover. The S14/15 SR valve cover does have internal baffling, which prevents all of the oil to just end up in the catch can. This issue has been solved in the S14 and S15 SR20’s by implementing improved baffles that direct the oil back onto the camshafts instead of going straight back into the catch can,and augmenting the shape of the cover. However, the heads differ slightly from the previous model and a direct bolt-on is not possible. A popular solution is to cut the front of the S13 valve cover and mate it to the S14 one. Below, we will see our skilled fabricator show us the process.


We begin by measuring and marking off a S14/15 SR20 valve cover.


This S13 cover just got cut and only the front of it will be used.


With precision, the S14/15 cover is cut leaving us with the needed rear section of the valve cover.

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Black Friday at TF-Works

On a chilly Friday morning following Thanksgiving, a gathering of local car enthusiasts started gathering at the front door of TF-Works. Customers from many of the neighboring towns came to TF as early as 1 a.m. to take advantage of the serious price cuts on just about everything. While in line, you could hear the good spirits of everyone in the car community and speculation regarding what the best deals were, and what was everyone’s plan for the 2015 car season.


We rounded up some of the early birds for a small family photo


As you were walking in, this is what you would see. Anything you would need and want to start, continue, or finish your build was here
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Project: Track Oriented Z

Serious and creative builds are ones that require an unsurpassed amount of time, skill, and money. Over the course of a few years, this 350Z has seen modifications performed to it that only a select few Z’s have in the past. This time attack Z33 build has plenty of history with us, and even before, which can be read up on HERE.

As the linked build thread states, this car is powered by a fully built SR22VE-T. This swap is not one that you see in general, let alone in a 350Z. The engine is cradled inside of a shell that strictly focused on safety and functionality. A custom fabricated 10pt cage coupled with reinforcement tubes and braces throughout the car ensure the utmost safety in any situation. An OMP fire suppression system and multiple battery cut-off switches are present as a backup in the case that something were to happen.

A great engine like this needs powerful electronics to propel it, and that is covered by a PROEFI ECU, Racepak IQ3, AEM ignition, and plenty more! Once the car is running, the power is transferred through a EXEDY triple plate clutch, Mazworx transmission, Tomei 1.5 way, then through some wide WedsSport TC-105N wheels. When it needs to stop, massive 12pot/10pot TAROX brakes stop the car on a dime.

The exterior of the car has an assortment of carbon fiber pieces. Voltex front bumper, hood, fenders, and side skirts are just some the pieces currently on. More aero goodies are still to be put on like a chassis mounted GT wing!

With that small background segment out of the way, lets look at some photos of the current state of the car:


This fully functional bash bar supported the weight of a minimum of three of our most manly men here at TF.


A custom radiator, intercooler, and oil cooler setup is nestled behind that bash bar.


Quality parts galore!


The Racepak feels at home while surrounded by the other distant control modules.
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Event: SEMA 2014 Part 3

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With the early stages of the indoor and outdoor venue covered, we head back inside to wrap up the remainder of the coverage. As with every year, SEMA provides a host of new technologies, products, and innovations that will hit the market shortly after the show. We hope you enjoyed seeing the convention from our perspective.


Checkout that wild center exit titanium exhaust!


If you were ever wondering what’s under Forrest Wang’s hood, take a look!


Doesn’t this Rocket Bunny NSX just look happy?
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Event: SEMA 2014 Part 2

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We continue our coverage by stepping outside of the venue, and take a look at what the outdoors has to offer! Both locations have their share of amazing builds that are worth taking a look at. Let’s see what cars were found out there:


Elvis from StanceNation showing us how “stance” is done!


Pretty wild aero on this R35. An apparent trend this year was having a wide and low car, and this car pulls it off wonderfully!
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Event: SEMA 2014 Part 1

Every year hundreds of builders, vendors, manufacturers, and thousands of spectators flock to Las Vegas to witness the best of what the modified automotive market has to offer. As with previous years, we had the chance to travel out west to see first hand what kind of innovations will be in the market next year, and what other car builders are capable of.

This year we worked together with Blood Type Racing (BTR) to build a Hyundai Genesis Coupe for Hyundai USA. The car sports a one of a kind widebody kit produced by Remake, a brand new set of Work Emotion CR 2 piece, custom turbo kit, Stance coilovers with ISM air cups, nitrous and more!

Here is our coverage:


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Recent Customers Part 7

Everyday customers drop by; some new and some regulars. Here are is a recent customer that dropped by:

Each week we will be posting a new iteration of this series so stay tuned for more!

And be sure to follow us on Instagram (@tfworks) and Facebook for more content from behind the scenes, event coverage, exclusive sales, product updates and more!

Mustang Mondays

Two Mustangs parked under one of our photogenic trees.

If you wish for your Mustang to standout from the rest on the road, we can help you make that happen. We carry a variety of different components for this car.

Give us a call or send us a message for more information.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@tfworks) and Facebook for more content from behind the scenes, event coverage, exclusive sales, product updates and more!

Recent Customers Part 6

Everyday customers drop by; some new and some regulars. Here are is a frequent customer that dropped by:

Each week we will be posting a new iteration of this series so stay tuned for more!

And be sure to follow us on Instagram (@tfworks) and Facebook for more content from behind the scenes, event coverage, exclusive sales, product updates and more!

Product Spotlight: KMO Activities Todoroki Front Fenders and Roof Spoiler

Aftermarket support for the FR-S/BRZ chassis keeps getting greater and greater as time goes by. Everything from performance, to looks is constantly being released on the market. If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you would have noticed the large amount of posts focused on these cars. It’s a great chassis and there are many parts that make it even better.

One of the recent aesthetic pieces for these cars has been a set of front fenders from KMO Activities. These fenders are commonly known as Todorki fenders, and they widen the front of the vehicle an extra 30mm on each side. Referencing styling cues from other fender designs currently popular, this set cuts into the side of the fender to expose the tire more. If the exposed tire look is a little too extreme or you wish to add something to that void, then there is an optional add-on piece (not included in the set of fenders).

Here are the raw photos of the fenders and the optional piece:


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Feature Preview: Ray’s FR-S

Ray, @vipgod, is a JDM and quality part fanatic. Every car he builds goes through multiple stages that only showcase quality parts executed in the highest degree. As this particular FR-S is soon to evolve once again, I will share with you a quick preview of what it’s like inside this machine.

Once all the components reach the car, a full feature of the car and owner will be available here. For now, stay tuned for more!


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Product Spotlight: KEY!S Racing Steering Wheels

KEY!S Racing steering wheels are back in stock at TF-Works!

A new model that arrived in this shipment is the FR-S/BRZ-specific steering wheel from KEY!S, which utilizes the OEM airbag. The wheel is technically suited for the JDM chassis because the splines on the steering column are not the same as the USDM version. This results in the wheel being a few degrees off center, but with a quick alignment after install it can be straightened easily.

Check out the FR-S/BRZ-specific [right] and 325mm semi-deep [left] KEY!S Racing steering wheels installed:

We have limited quantities in stock so contact us directly soon to lock in an order for your favorite model from KEY!S Racing!

Recent Customers Part 5

Everyday customers drop by; some new and some regulars. Here are just a few that we had the chance to snap pictures of over the past couple days:

Each week we will be posting a new iteration of this series so stay tuned for more!

And be sure to follow us on Instagram (@tfworks) and Facebook for more content from behind the scenes, event coverage, exclusive sales, product updates and more!

Event: Final Bout Part 3

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Part 2 Click Here.

With the first day of drifting in the books, the drivers were pretty well adjusted to the track and it was time for the competition! The bleachers were packed and everyone was excited for the action to start. After a short practice period and parade lap in the morning, each team was allowed two scored runs with the four highest scoring teams advancing on to the final four.

Seeing all of the cars lined up by team and ready to go at the starting grid was amazing. It was finally here; Final Bout was here. Months of preparation all came down to this day. Every team had one thing in mind: make this weekend the most memorable one.

The first team was up. Everyone was excited yet nervous when the sound of high revs and spinning tires filled the air. They were off!


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Product Spotlight: Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ Exhaust Manifold

Newly developed parts keep streaming in for this great chassis, many of which are bolt-on components for the intake and exhaust sections.

Recently, we received a shipment of Tomei Expreme exhaust manifolds for the ZC6/ZN6 application in two versions: equal length and unequal length. Both designs have their own purpose and more information on them can be found here.

A customer came in today for a Tomei Expreme Equal Length Exhaust Manifold (BRZ/FR-S) #412002 install.

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Event: Final Bout Part 2

As the drivers from out of town started to become more familiar with the track and each other, the rain continued to come down intermittently throughout the day. Due to the erratic weather and a schedule running longer than anticipated, the event organizers from ClubFR decided to postpone the competition till Sunday. This came as good news allowing the drivers to continue to practice their tandem trains in what would be the judging section, and edging closer and closer to USAIR’s latest edition: the K-Rail.


Here we see some of the drivers gearing up for another practice run at the starting line.


The way Animal Style made tandems on a foreign track look like a breeze wowed both spectators and drivers alike!


Team Breaking came with new NASCAR themed vinyl schemes and put in solid runs throughout the day.


The Bosstown drivers getting familiar with the wall in this shot; they and many other drivers were clipping it all weekend.
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Recent Customers Part 4

Everyday customers drop by; some new and some regulars. Here are just a few that we had the chance to snap pictures of over the past couple days:

Each week we will be posting a new iteration of this series so stay tuned for more!

And be sure to follow us on Instagram (@tfworks) and Facebook for more content from behind the scenes, event coverage, exclusive sales, product updates and more!

Product Spotlight: TF-Works Shift Knobs

We are now carrying Nismo style shift knobs in Nismo inspired colors. These are bigger than the regular Nismo knobs by 5mm (Nismo is 45mm and TF is 50mm), but they retain the same thread pitch (10×1.25)

Colors:
Midnight Purple, Nismo Red, Nismo Gray, Nismo Navy.

Give sales a call or email if interested!

Event: Final Bout Part 1

Final Bout has been a long time coming. Since I first heard about it a few months ago, I knew that this invitation only event would be an epic representation of drifting and style… and how fast someone can slap together a car. Once the list of the attending teams was posted, the excitement was real. I even started a countdown to when all of the rad cars you only see online would all be in one location for a few days.

When I arrived at the track, the two seemingly never-ending pit lanes amazed me. Each featuring some of the best cars that USA and Canada had to offer. I didn’t even know where to start taking pictures. Everything was just too awesome! Walking around the pit, I was impressed with all the hard work everyone put in for the event. There were cars present that I’ve never seen before, and I’ve been on the Internet so I have a decent idea of what’s out there. A few teams debuted their cars at this event and that made everything seem so surreal. Sure, to the regular onlooker a car could have looked like a 240 with bad suspension, messed up alignment, misaligned body panels, and a plethora of stickers, but to everyone who was at Final Bout that 240 was the shit …probably.

From this point, I knew the weekend would be one to remember. As I looked around I noticed everyone was smiling, laughing, and getting to know one another. This event felt like a family reunion. Everyone was there; media people, spectators, drivers, social media car celebrities, eFamous divas, and those who had that one cool car but you didn’t know who drove it.

However, none of this could be possible if it wasn’t for the organizers. ClubFR teamed up with some judges, who ventured from Japan, sponsors, and USAIR to create an amazing event. As you’re reading this, you might be thinking who actually is talking to you… Maybe… The article is by I, the new TF intern who goes by Darian. The photos are taken by Nick and myself. We hope you enjoy the coverage!





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Recent Customers Part 3

Everyday customers drop by; some new and some regulars. Here are just a few that we had the chance to snap pictures of over the past couple days:

Each week we will be posting a new iteration of this series so stay tuned for more!

And be sure to follow us on Instagram (@tfworks) and Facebook for more content from behind the scenes, event coverage, exclusive sales, product updates and more!

Product Spotlight: Tomei Expreme Exhaust Manifold

Tomei has been making exhaust manifolds for a long time and they have dialed in what works for every application. They recently came out with two manifold designs for the the FR-S/BRZ chassis, equal and unequal length, both of which are in stock and available now at TF-Works!

Tomei Expreme Exhaust Manifold Equal Length (BRZ/FR-S) #412002:

Tomei Expreme Exhaust Manifold Unequal Length (BRZ/FR-S) #412003:

Equal length: more overall power increase and sounds less like the classic boxer
Unequal length: slight low end power increase and a greater boxer rumble

Contact us directly with any inquiries, we’d be glad to help!

More Friends

Last weekend was Final Bout weekend, and with that there was a lot of preparation for the upcoming festivities. We got a chance to meet so many people from across the country who happened to drop by on their way up to Wisconsin. One group of friends that stayed for a while was Animal Style. They needed to finish up their last minute to-do list at our shop, and we helped as much as we could. It was a pleasure spending time with Animal Style, Hert, Will Roegge, and others!


Service: EVO X AYC Pump Relocation

In the recent years, EVO X owners have begun experiencing a problem with their ACD/AYC pump. This pump is in charge of the center differential and yaw control. It basically controls your torque, and acts like a limited slip, on its own. The pump tries to give the best acceleration by directing power to the wheels with the most grip. So it adds power to the wheels in grip and reduces power in the wheels lacking grip. If you were to choose to increase the AYC settings, you would notice more power in the rear, and vice versa if you decrease the settings.

However, cars located in climates that experience harsh winters, like the US Midwest and Europe, have had this pump fail on them. The pump rusts away from the inside and holes emerge in the casting of the unit. Weather and corrosion seem to contribute to the problem, but a concrete cause is not yet found. There are EVO X owners all over the world who do not experience this weather, and the problem for them is not as frequent.

The problem arises when it comes to replace the part. Mitsubishi does not cover this under the warranty, and the part costs over $2000 new. This pump is located in the back under the passenger side trunk. TFWorks has devised a solution by relocating a working pump into the trunk. The purpose of this is to hopefully prolong the life of the pumps. Since the inside of the car does not experience the same kind of exposure to elements as the outside, this solution seems to be working.

Below are some pictures of the pump and solution.

Here we have the old, rusted unit.
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Product Spotlight: Recaro SR7 ASM IS-11

Recently, ASM and Recaro came together to make a series of limited edition seats. The SR7 seats are produced specifically for ASM by Recaro. This seat is different from the base Recaro seat by having non-slip material on the shoulder section and the red double stitching.

Since this is a limited edition seat, there are only 200 of them worldwide.


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Recent Customers Part 2

Everyday customers drop by; some new and some regulars. Over the past few days, there were some cars we had the chance to snap a picture of. Each week we will be posting a new iteration of this series.

Stay tuned for more!

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TFMike is coming in hot!

Change is constant, and Mike’s S14 knows all about it. This season, Rays Engineering created a brand new design and called it the ZE40. Mike opted for the bronze set in the 18×10.5/18×12 sizing. I think it fits the car’s style better than the Work Meisters from the previous setup.

Stay tuned for an upcoming feature on this car.

Product Spotlight: Rocket Bunny 86 Ver.3 Wing

Rocket Bunny is all the buzz nowadays along side the FR-S/BRZ chassis. There is a constant flow of aftermarket support for these cars and it’s great seeing different innovations and designs surfacing. One of the products that will become more readily is the Rocket Bunny 86 aero ver.3.

Unlike the previous two versions, this is the most sleek and simple. The ver.3 wing embodies the subtle curvature of the car, while still keeping its aggressive, bold signature which Rocket Bunny is known for.


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Feature: Austin’s RB-Powered 240SX

Who: Austin Zarecky
Occupation: Student at Ferris State University
Car: Nissan 240SX Hatchback

Austin started off with a vision for this car many years ago, back when he had a different rust stricken shell. Six years ago, he came to Touge Factory hoping to have a purposefully built car created. His plan was to build a drift-oriented car for the track, however the original motor had constant engine problems. After thinking things through, Austin decided to do something a little different. He came in with money and a different shell, and decided to drop an RB26DETT, from a Nissan Skyline GT-R, into it. After some time, his vision came to life.

TF: Hi Austin, can you tell us what was your first car?

AZ: Buick Regal Supercharged. I totaled it by sliding off the road during a winter storm into a pole. The pole came smashing down on my roof and it missed me by only a little bit. That accident taught me not to street race and to leave fast driving to the track. Now that I think about it, this happened right before I went to New Zealand.



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Product Spotlight: Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ Rear Lower Control Arms

The FR-S & BRZ has been receiving a great amount of support in aftermarket upgrades. Based on the car’s heritage and its intended purpose, purpose driven parts that will improve the car are readily available for the chassis.

One of the best things to do is to upgrade the stock strut and spring combo with a set of coilovers. STANCE has that department covered with a few different models available. However, there is a great upgrade that works great when coupled with STANCE coilovers and that is the rear lower control arms. Along with the arms, another necessary part to a lowered FR-S/BRZ are SPL toe arms.


(OEM LCAs on the left and STANCE LCAs/SPL toe arms on the right)
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Recent Customers Part 1

Everyday customers drop by; some new and some regulars. Over the past few days, there were some cars we had the chance to snap a picture of. Each week we will be posting a new iteration of this series.

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TF-Works FR-S/BRZ Meeting Coverage

Thanks to everyone who came out, to Autobarn Subaru of Countryside for hosting the event and to our sponsors Stance USA, WEDS Wheels, Tomei Powered, Cusco USA, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Work Wheels, GFB, Essex Parts Services, Inc. for their support and great raffle prizes!!



Click to check out more photos and video coverage by Unscene Media Group from the TF-Works FR-S/BRZ Meet earlier this month!
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Ray’s EVO X


-ADVAN GT 19×10.5
-STANCE PRO COMP 3 COILOVERS
-VARIS FRONT BUMPER W/ DOUBLE HYPER CANARD
-VARIS SIDE SKIRT W/ CARBON UNDER BOARD
-VARIS REAR DIFFUSER W/ CENTER & SIDE SPLITTER FINS
-C-WEST AERO BONNET
-ESPRIT GT-WING 01