New Product Release!! ND Toe Tag License Plate Relocate Kits

Details:
The JBR Toe Tag License Plate Relocate Kit is constructed out of incredibly durable, rust resistant 12ga stainless steel and aluminum components.

It prevents the need to drill unnecessary permanent holes in the factory bumper. It allows for unobstructed airflow to the radiator. It adds styling and more importantly, it keeps the POPO from hassling you for no front mounted license plate.

Application:
- 2016 & up Mazda Miata

Features:
- Designed and Manufactured in the USA
- 12ga stainless and 6061 aluminum construction
- 15 minute installation

The kit includes:
- Toe Tag License Plate bracket
- Threaded aluminum adapter
- 4 6mm bolts
- 4 6mm nuts
- 8 6mm flat washers
- 1 3/8 bolt
- 1 3/8 lock washer
- 1 5/16″ aluminum spacer
- Shipping is free in the US & our Hassle Free Lifetime Warranty is included.
- Installation instructions are available in our support section.

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New Product Release!! Focus ST Oil Pan Baffle Kits!!

Details:
The JBR Oil Pan Baffle kit is an essential upgrade if you do any form of racing. Under heavy braking, hard acceleration, extreme cornering or long sweeping corners the engine oil moves up the sides of the oil pan causing oil starvation!

Our Oil Pan Baffle kit is easy to install, it keeps the oil close the oil pump pick-up tube greatly reducing any chance of oil starvation.

The JBR Oil Pan Baffle Kit was CAD designed and laser cut from 6061 aluminum for a perfect form-fit to the the oil pan. There are no mechanical fasteners used during assembly. All components are TIG welded to ensure nothing ever comes loose or apart.

Features:
- Designed and Manufactured in the USA
- Precision TIG welded
- CAD designed for a perfect fit

Includes:
- 1 Oil Pan Baffle Kit
- Installation instructions are available in our support section
- Shipping is free in the US & our Hassle Free Lifetime Warranty is include

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JBR Featured Owner #2 – Jeffrey Sachse – 2014 Focus ST

In our last Featured Owner blog post we Focused largely on vehicle performance. The following post is going to have a heavy emphasis on using that performance to its potential. Autocross is a great entry into the world of racing. With as few safety concerns that you can have while pushing the limits of a vehicle and a relatively inexpensive fee, you are able to begin your path to acquiring a well-rounded set of driving skills. Some spotlight has been drawn to a few Focus and Fiesta ST drivers in the autocross world, mainly because of their great potential in this event.

One of the drivers in the spotlight has been Jeffrey Sachse from Appleton, WI. Jeff has been around cars his whole life and continues to evolve as a performance enthusiast, ranging from all types of tracks to drag racing. Wanting a daily driver with some spirit without breaking the bank, Jeff found himself contemplating between a Subaru BRZ and the ST we all have come to know and love. We think he made the right choice. With a background in racing Jeff wanted to use the Focus ST in some fun and competitive events. Naturally, having purchased a hot hatch, Jeff found himself chasing gates through cones in parking lots.

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Documenting his rookie season in AutoX this year with a blog (which can be found here), Jeff managed to pull off a very successful season taking on the G Street class in the Fox Valley Sports Car Club. Capping off his stellar season, Jeff was awarded the SCCA Milwaukee Region Rookie of the Year. This class has strict rules limiting modifications and is compliant with SCCA classing (for more info on SCCA classing, visit Sports Car Club of America‘s website).

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Due to these strict regulations, Jeff has kept his ST relatively stock. If asked, he will point his first and most important modification directly to tires. Choosing the correct set of tires for your application is paramount in performance- both on the track and off the track. Many may think that fitting the largest tire possible on a wheel is best. While this may ring true for some straight-line performance situations, it is definitely counter-productive when you hit the twisties. Finding a balance between soft compound and rigid sidewall is key, as well as a proper size to balance grip and tire roll.

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Another key component in Street classing is an aftermarket sway bar. Street class only allows for one upgraded sway bar. Our recommendation is a stiff Rear Sway Bar for improved vehicle rotation and decreased body roll. If one is looking for optimal performance and has no concern for SCCA classing, the addition of a Front Sway Bar will balance the car very well. Following the sway bars, another upgrade that can improve handling and maintain Street classing is a set of aftermarket shocks. Aftermarket springs or coilovers are not allowed within this classing, though if one is looking for optimal performance a set of fully adjustable coilovers is recommended along with Adjustable Camber and Toe Arms and a performance-oriented alignment. These components will allow fine tuning of the suspension to optimize cornering potential.

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Once handling has been addressed and higher corner entry and exit speeds are achieved, Focus ST drivers will find additional performance to be desired in the stopping category. The Focus ST is in its first purpose a street car. With this in mind, Ford engineered a braking system with common street car problems at the forefront. Brake noise and dust were primary concerns. To curb these potential issues, optimal performance was thrown on the back burner. For most enthusiasts, a set of brake pads and a fluid change will deliver all of the desired results. Some will choose to have dedicated street pads and track pads. For those that do not want to go through the hassle of changing pads every time they hit the track, Hawk HPS Front and Rear pads are highly recommended with performance in mind. If brake dust is a concern, and you do not plan to track often, then a switch to the Hawk Performance 5.0 pads are a good compromise. Once these pads are installed, braking temperatures will boil the OEM fluid. An upgrade to Motul DOT 4 RBF660 is highly recommended.

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Though a Focus or Fiesta ST is an absolute blast to race in stock form, once these areas are addressed, the Focus ST is set up perfectly to hit the track or AutoX course. Classing only allows for certain guided modifications, however, if AutoX classes are not a concern other areas can be addressed as well. After tires, suspension and brakes are upgraded there is a proper foundation set to start increasing power with engine performance parts and a tune.

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There’s Nothing Positive About the 2.0L SkyActiv PCV System!

Recently, we had a customer bring their 2014 Mazda 3, 2.0L to us to install an oil catch can kit and to perform its very first oil change. With the car being so new, we asked if it would be OK to have a look inside at the current condition of the valves and document our findings. The car wasn’t to be picked up until the following day so we were given the go ahead.  With only 4462 miles on it, wait until you see what we found!

OK, so what is the PCV system and why is there a need for one? PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation. Simply put, the purpose of the PCV system is to ventilate the lower half of the motor that contains the motor’s crankshaft, connecting rods and balance shaft. When the motor is running under normal operating conditions, the oil becomes very hot. As the motors rotating assembly spins at very high RPM, a considerable amount of pressure is built up that must be relieved. For obvious reasons that we’ll go into more later, this can’t just be vented to the atmosphere. Instead, the hot vapor is released from the crankcase, routed into the intake manifold and burned as part of the combustion process. Sounds like a logical and efficient approach to the problem.  Unfortunately, the vapor released from the crankcase contains trace amounts of oil, fuel and water. Let’s take a closer look at what makes up the PCV system and the path it takes back to the combustion chamber.

Let’s begin with the removal of the intake manifold. It’s pretty easy and took less than 25 minutes to get out of the car.

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Immediately, things began to start looking ugly. With the manifold removed we found the presence of oil on the head, in the gaps created by seals between the cylinder head and the intake manifold. Click on any of the pictures for a larger view.

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The next picture illustrates where the intake manifold mates with the cylinder head ports from the passenger side, port 1, towards the driver’s side, port 4. The seals that create the gap between the two are green and surround each intake runner. Take note of the proximity of the ports in relation to where the line leading from the PCV valve enters the intake manifold.

The next series of pictures will show the astonishing amount of carbon accumulation we discovered on the valves beginning with cylinder 1, the furthest from where the crankcase vapor enters the manifold.

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As you can see from the pictures above,  the valves for cylinder 1 are pretty clean and what we expected to see. As we moved to cylinders 2 thru 4 though, we can see significant accumulation, the worst being cylinder 4. The oil in the vapor is adhering to the back side of the hot valves and subsequently, it’s being baked on forming an impressive crust for such low mileage. The assumption for the increased build up from 1 to 4 is due to their proximity to where the crankcase vapor enters the intake manifold.

Why is this build up of crust bad? The valves are designed to seat in machined surfaces within the cylinder head. This creates the needed compression when it’s time for that particular cylinder to fire. When the build up of carbon becomes excessive, the valves are no longer able to seat properly, reducing power that robs your engine of performance and increases the amount of money you spend at the pump.

We reinstalled the intake manifold, changed the oil and installed our oil catch can kit. When the customer came to pick up the car we explained what we found, reviewed the pictures and agreed, this motor will certainly benefit from an oil catch can.

So that brings up the next question, what is an oil catch can and how does it work? An oil catch can is a can that contains some form of baffling that captures the oil present in the vapor released from the crankcase. The can is plumbed in-line between the crankcase and the intake manifold. Let’s take a deeper look into the catch can and the PCV system.

In this cut-away of the JBR oil catch can, you will see the inlet, the outlet and the baffling that separates them. The crankcase gas enters the catch can through the bottom port. Due to the size of the can, a pressure drop occurs as the gas enters allowing for oil to begin falling out of suspension. As the gas travels around and eventually up towards the outlet, it must pass through a series of three perforated baffles with hundreds of .063″ holes in each. Not only do the holes in the baffle plates greatly increase the amount surface area, a capillary action is also created. That, combined with surface tension, results in adhesive forces between the oil and holes in the baffles. The oil clings to the baffles and as it accumulates it drips off and is collected in the bottom of the can to be drained off at each oil change.

Well if this is such a problem why isn’t Mazda including one? Well, they are, sort of. It’s called an oil separator and it’s located on the side of the engine block behind the intake manifold.

When we removed the oil separator from our 2016 Miata with the same 2.0L motor as our customer had, we found oil making its way past the baffling headed towards the outlet of the oil separator. It appears to work, just not very well.

At the time we tore into our new Miata it only had 31 miles on it so everything was nice and clean. After seeing what we saw on the same motor with only 4463 miles, a catch can was going on immediately!

With just over 900 miles it’s time for us to change the oil in our Miata.

With the drain for the catch can located right by the filter housing, we can easily open the valve and empty its contents.

We were pleased to discover that we had accumulated a mixture of oil, water and fuel just shy of 50ml! Our catch can is doing its job well and our valves are being kept as clean as possible.

Below is a picture of the typical amount collected from our Mazdaspeed 3 at its regular 5k mile service interval. After it’s allowed to sit for a few days, there’s pretty clear separation of the oil, water and fuel that’s collected.

We’ve been making and testing Oil Catch Can Kits for most Mazda’s and  a few Ford vehicles for several years now. It’s our opinion that any engine utilizing direct injection fueling can only benefit from an oil catch can.

On a separate note…Many customers have asked if warranty claims can be denied for having a catch can installed? The answer is yes however, it’s highly unlikely and the burden of proof falls on the dealership to prove the catch can was the direct cause and ultimately the reason for the warranty claim in the first place. We’ve never heard of a warranty be denied for a vehicle having a catch can installed.

We’ll be sure to provide future updates on both our customer’s Mazda 3 and our Miata in the upcoming year to see how both are doing.

 

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New Product Release!! 2014 MAZDA 3/6 & CX-5 (2WD) True Torsion Rear Sway Bar

The JBR True Torsion Rear Sway Bar significantly reduces the vehicles tendency to push the front end during hard cornering, drastically reduces body roll, and greatly increases traction.

The only rear sway bar for the 2014 Mazda 3/6 and CX-5 constructed out of 32mm 4130 Chromoly tubing with thick solid steel arms. The JBR True Torsion Rear Sway Bar is TIG welded inside and out then the ends are capped. Powder coated for ultimate corrosion resistance. The 2-way adjustability allows you to fine tune the handling for the street and the track.

 

The JBR Sway Bar Kit Includes:
- New Polyurethane Mounting Bushings & Brackets with Grease Fittings
- Installation Grease
- Lifetime Warranty
- Online Installation Instructions

JBR 2-Way Adjustable Sway Bar Settings:
Stiff setting is 140 – 155% Stiffer than stock
Stiffest Setting is 250 – 265% Stiffer than stock

 

Priced at $205.00 shipped, we’ve taken the guess work out of where to buy the rear sway bar for your 2014+ Mazda

All the products shown above are available in our online catalog. For more information and to purchase, visit our website.

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New Product Release!! – JBR 70 & 80 Duro Focus ST Passenger Side Motor Mounts

The JBR Passenger Mount for the Focus ST is a vertically oriented mount. This mount can and will handle all the abuse you plan to throw at it. From street to strip it’s the only true 1 piece Passenger mount you’ll need for your Focus ST.

We’ve gone a step further and  replaced the weak cast aluminum factory support which has been prone to cracking with a support constructed out of 3/16″ steel and powder coated.

The actual mount itself is constructed of 1/4″ steel, TIG welded then powder coated.

Custom, Proven Poly Urethane bushings in your choice of 70, & 80 Durometers allow you to choose the amount of stiffness you want to run without sacrificing comfort.

Wheel Hop? What wheel hop? Torque Steer? Gone. That bang…gone too!!

Why a JBR Motor Mount?Custom Durometer urethane bushings
Aesthetically pleasing
Reduced drive train slop
Better throttle response
Precise shifts
Improved 1/4 mile times
Bolt-on installation

Includes:
1 Passenger Motor Mount
Class 8.8 Mounting Hardware
Installation instructions are available in our support section
Shipping is free in the US & our Hassle Free Lifetime Warranty is included
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Priced at $185.00 shipped, we’ve taken the guess work out of where to buy the passenger mount for your Focus ST!

All the products shown above are available in our online catalog. For more information and to purchase, visit our website.

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New Product Release – 2014 MAZDA 3/6 & CX-5 Spherical and Cylindrical Shift Knobs!

2014 MAZDA 3/6 & CX-5  Spherical and Cylindrical Shift Knobs are here!

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The JBR Cylindrical Shift Knob weighs in at a blistering 625 grams and the Spherical at a whopping 680! These heavy shift knobs not only look sick in the cabin but they also perform. A heavy shift knob allows for buttery smooth shifts by putting the weight at the end of the shift lever. This gives you greater mechanical advantage and lets the stick glide into gear. Powder coated in Wrinkle Black Red, Blue and the super sexy Silver Vein for superior grip.

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Starting at $75.00 shipped this is a must for any enthusiast.

All the products shown above are available in our online catalog. For more information and to purchase, visit our website.

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JBR’s Free Shipping is a Scam! Or is it?

Recently, I’ve received a lot of questions about our free domestic shipping. Most asking if it’s actually free or just marketing BS and deception? I’ve also read a post or two on the subject and I was direct to an actual shipping disclaimer that said  “Free Shipping” is a trick. Period. Anywhere that offers you “free shipping” on your order is crazy and losing money, or builds the cost of shipping into the cost of the part. You are always paying for it somewhere whether they tell you or not.

So, I felt compelled to address and dispel the myth that the free domestic shipping offered by JBR is in fact NOT a trick or a scam. Period. I will disclose a few of the ways we’re able to accomplish it and why it it’s so important  that you take a closer look at shipping costs and the total you pay for the parts you buy with your hard earned money.

How do they do it?

  1. Here at JBR we have created an order fulfillment process that is very, very efficient. The time it takes once we begin to process an order, to the time it’s ready for pickup by the shipper is usually less than 10 minutes. We do this by having our products well inventoried, stocked on open shelving and pre-wrapped or pre-packaged. We also have a shipping department that was carefully designed around our business and setup up in such a way that the final packaging process is very streamlined saving our employees time and our company money.
  2. We don’t use fancy boxes or tape with our name and logo on them. If we felt it would make the parts perform better or the car handle better we’d do it. It doesn’t so we don’t.
  3. We have scoured the country for the lowest cost on the proper, quality packaging materials that we need to ship our products which save us money.
  4. Many of the supporting components that accompany the parts manufactured by JBR come to us in boxes full of packing pillows, peanuts, and craft paper. So, instead of sending all of that to the landfill, we keep and reuse it to ship our products. Even the clean cardboard boxes are also cut up and used to insulate and protect the heavier parts from damaging each other while in transit so, the parts you buy arrive to you safely and undamaged. About 40% of the packaging material used by us is recycled which saves us money and our planets resources

So when you combine an efficient order processing system, good inventory management, and cost controlled  materials used to package our products it allows us to offer truly free shipping.

Still don’t believe me? Let’s do some cost comparison analysis.

  • A set of shifter bushings from one of our competitors will cost you anywhere from $24.99 to $39.00 + 6.70 shipping. Shifter bushings from JBR, $25.00 shipped. You save at least $6.70 shopping with JBR
  • A rear motor mount from one of our competitors will cost you anywhere from $119.99 to $135.00 + 16.70 for shipping. A rear motor mount of the same durometer from JBR, $125.00 shipped. You save at least $16.70 shopping with JBR.
  • An SRI and turbo inlet pipe, often referred to as a stage 2 intake system from one of our competitors will cost you anywhere from 249.99 to $354.00 + 21.66 for shipping. A similar stage 2 intake system from JBR, with no up charge for any color options, will cost you $250 shipped. You save at least $21.65 shopping with JBR.

Just these 3 products alone would leave a minimum of$45.05 in your pocket if purchased from JBR. It really adds up and when the budget is tight, don’t waste money on shipping.

We also don’t try and pass along any hidden costs either. Such as the 2-3% that PayPal  and Credit Card companies charge us to process transactions. There are no additional charges when signatures or insurance is required. There are no special handling charges either. Nada, zilch, zip. It’s FREE. When we say we pay the shipping, We mean it!

I have also read that the product quality must be inferior from those that offer free shipping in order to cover the cost of shipping. Well, you already know that’s not true when it comes to parts from JBR. We would’ve been run off long ago if that was the case.

Now, many of you have watched JBR rise up from selling short shift plate kits and AP mounts to one of the leading manufacturers Mazda aftermarket parts. We started out offering free shipping and were continuing to do it today.  All while being priced the same or less than our competition. So I ask you, does it look like we’re losing money by offering high quality parts coupled with bar setting customer service and FREE SHIPPING?

The holidays are coming and you want your money to go as far as it can. Shop and compare, then please consider buying from JBR. And beware, just because they say it’s “On Sale” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s less or that you’re saving any money when you add on the cost of shipping.

Thanks for your support.

-Jamie

Where the F#%@K has JBR been!!

Where have we been?!?!? We’ve been expanding our operations!!

For the last four and a half years JBR has been for the most part, run out of our home.  Our entire manufacturing and development operations consisted of 400sq/ft spread across two locations an hour apart! With our product line growing at a record pace we no longer had the space to store our inventory anymore either so… Something had to change.

I really, really enjoy working from home and with that in mind my wife and I bought two acres last August to build the new JBR HQ. It’s been a long and challenging build but, in two weeks it will all be finished and fully operational.

Over the last 4 weeks we’ve been closing down the old location and preparing it for closing on the 16th. During that time we had to build up enough inventory to carry us for a few weeks while we actually make the final cut over to the new shop. And on top of all that we filled a massive 4 pallet order full of JBR goodness that shipped off just last week.

The new shop is massive and it will take JBR well in to the future. All of our manufacturing and R & D will now be under one roof. We’ve made a significant investment in new equipment and now all prototyping will be done in house. We will be expanding our powder coating operations to include a much larger booth and curing oven. We have a separate building onsite strictly for the assembling finished parts before heading to packaging. The shipping department has been completely overhauled and inventory will be all electronic by year’s end.

Phone lines are being installed soon so now you’ll be able to call in, get answers to your questions faster and place orders over the phone. And believe me….I give good phone.

All in all JBR has gone from 400sq/ft to over 4000 and all aspects of the business have been or are being improved. So keep an eye out for some great things to come from JBR in the very near future.

I would like to also take a moment to thank of all of you for the PM’s and emails expressing concern about our absence online and our slower than normal response times. Starting immediately we will be online as much as possible and quick to reply to PM’s and email.

Thanks again for your continued support.

-Jamie

New Product Release…Blinded by the White Silicone!!

We’ve had a ton of requests to add White Silicone to our catalog at an affordable price. Well here it is…A full line of White Silicone is now available for your MAZDASPEED 3 and 6!! Intakes, Boost Tubes, Turbo Inlet Pipes, Bypass Hoses all IN STOCK!!

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Our custom silicone is reinforced with 4 or 5 ply polyester braiding as well as wire where necessary. Silicone hoses eliminate the turbulence caused by the factory hoses delivering smooth, oxygen rich air directly in to your turbo and thru your inter-cooler. Our silicone products include wide stainless T-bolt clamps to ensure a leak free seal.

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Silicone is superior at insulating the air passing thru it from extreme engine temperatures. This translates in to lower intake temperatures, lower boost air temperatures therefore, it makes more horsepower. Large Intakes and Turbo Inlet Pipes constructed out of aluminum absorb hot engine bay heat, transfer that heat to the air passing thru them and rob you of horsepower. That heat  is retained in the aluminum and it’s very slow to dissipate causing significant heat soaking issues.

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We’ve even added the proper cold side silicone connection for the earlier model MAZDASPEED 6!

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All the products shown above are available in our online catalog. For more information and to purchase, visit our website.