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Old 07-22-2013, 07:48 AM   #1
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Anthony's 4 Step Diet Program ║[=86=]║








[Sleeping Saloon Photography]


[Sleeping Saloon Photography]


[Photo by David Battle]


Current mods:

Engine/Exhaust
SPEC aluminum flywheel
Cusco strengthened engine mounts
OpenFlash off-the-shelf tune 1.58 stage 2
Raceseng AC delete pulley and bracket
Raceseng S2 pulley kit
Raceseng cam plate
FA20 Club cold air intake
Borla UEL headers
Private Label Mfg. over pipe
Tomei ExpremeTi front pipe
Tomei ExpremeTi 60R catback

Drivetrain/Tranny
CAE Ultra Shifter
Driveshaft Shop carbon fiber driveshaft
MTEC shifter springs
Whiteline Positive Shift kit

Interior
Composite Worx SP-1 single skin carbon fiber seat
OEM Lotus Exige steering wheel
G Speed gas pedal relocator

Suspension
Tein Monoflex coilovers
Whiteline 20mm front sway bar
Perrin 19mm rear sway bar
Whiteline rear lower control arms
Robispec front lower control arms [yet to install]
Whiteline front end links
Raceseng Stiff Arms
Cusco rear crossmember brace
Perrin steering rack lockout kit

Brakes
AP Racing Sprint Kit
Ferodo DS2500 bake pads (front)
Spiegler stainless steel brake lines (front)
Project Mu G-Four 335 brake fluid
Radium brake master cylinder brace

Wheels
Volk TE37 17x8 time attacks
Nitto NT01 tires
Blox magnesium lug nuts
ARP extended wheel studs [but only on front because I stripped my stock front studs]

Exterior
Factory """diffuser""" delete
APR GT-250 67" wing
APR GT3 carbon fiber mirrors
Raceseng rear tow hook
Painted headlights
Painted taillights

Various
Shorai LFX21L6-BS12 battery with
brass battery terminals brass battery terminals
Custom carbon fiber battery bracket

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(July 22nd, 2013) This will eventually be incredibly detailed and very picture heavy, probably with a video every now and then. I don't plan to ever sell the car, but if I do, the buyer will appreciate this because I intend to log all maintenance. I think I have a somewhat unique purpose for my car compared to most people. I've only owned one car since 2006, so... naturally... it's my daily driver. Especially since I realized: track riding > street riding, when it comes to sport bikes.

My DD is a 2005 Tiburon.



It really is a great car for what it is, but when I bought it, I knew 0 about cars. Thanks to it, I actually developed an interest in cars, so over the last seven years it has slowly been transforming from what it was intended to be: an affordable front wheel drive economy coupe with all the bells and whistles, into what I want it to be: a quick and agile sports car. I'm currently driving it all over the country half gutted and dropped on coilovers set to max stiffness. As of late, it's been increasingly apparent that if I don't get a second car, my one and only car is going to be an A/C-less, musicless, one seater that's dancing on the edge of street legality. Kind of a ridiculous thought, considering it's a low powered heavy-as-hell front wheel drive Korean tank.

In May 2013, I came extremely close to buying a black 2008 Lotus Exige from NY with only 5,500 miles on it. I would have loved it like a child, but it would have made me financially strapped for a while. I want nothing more than to move out of the neighborhood I'm currently living in, so that would not have been the best idea. Still not wanting to drive around in MS with no A/C in my only car, I turned my attention to something more practical.



It's (supposedly) going to be more of project/garage queen for the first stage of its life under its second owner - me. I want the car to drive like a ninja, but I'm not a track/autocross junkie by any means. The ol' Tiburon is at a state of good handling where I don't get pissed off commuting in it, but now if I want to go on a drive just for the enjoyment of driving, I will have the FR-S. Meaning I can finally leave the Tiburon alone and will be at full liberty to get as completely radical and ridiculous as I want with the FR-S. I might start doing the occasional autocross event, but if I'm going to shell out the cash for a track day, I'd rather do it on two wheels than four. If I can ever get the car to a point where I'm content, which is highly unlikely, I may start tracking it at that point. What do you want to do with your car?

Since it's looking like I may never actually own an Exige, I'm looking forward to the actual labor and investments necessary to turn the FR-S into an Elise - light, nimble, naturally aspirated, and so much fun you just may want to punch yourself in the face. Keeping a new house as the ultimate goal, I'm going to try my best to keep the mileage off the FR-S. That way if shit ever hits the fan, I can sell it with as little financial loss as possible.

I think I want to end up with a final power to weight ratio of 1:10.69 (hp:lbs). We'll see how long that lasts haha...
4 Steps of the Program:

Step 1 - Mods, Story, Wishlist, & Log
Step 2 - Weight Reduction
Step 3 - Suspension, Traction, and Brakes
Step 4 - Power and Drivetrain



Current Wishlist
~4.9 final drive gear
E85 Tune... if E85 is ever available.


Log

Milestones [mileage]
--- 2012 ---

2012-09-1? - First test drive of an FR-S - a red automatic in GA with 490 miles on the odometer. Not psyched about the transmission, but loved everything else. First time in life to use paddle shifters.

2012-12-11 - Finally found a manual to test drive.

2012-12-13 - Two days after the highly anticipated manual test drive, this BRZ parks right next to me.

2012-12-17 - Original onwer received car (starts on post #36). Car had 9 miles on it.

--- 2013 ---

2013-07-22 - Bored at work, all jacked up on caffeine, got real psyched and made this thread.

2013-07-22 - Bank approved loan.

2013-07-25 - Entered group buy for T1R 70RT titanium exhaust

2013-07-27 - Signed paperwork and the bank put the check in the mail to the seller.

2013-08-05 - Shipping company picked up the car in Utah.

2013-08-08 - Realized there are even lighter exhausts to be had, so backed out of the group buy for T1R 70RT titanium exhaust. What a damn dirty Indian giver.

2013-08-10 [10,763] - Car was delivered. Changed name of thread from "Anthony's Nonexistant FR-S".

2013-08-24 [10,763] - Ordered Raceseng S2 kit.

2013-09-05 [10,763] - Ordered four Nitto NT01 245/45/17 tires.

2013-09-12 [10,763] - Ordered Borla headers, FA20 Club cold air intake, and Raceseng cam plate.

2013-09-29 [10,763] - Ordered Private Label MFG over pipe, Motul 300 75W90 tranny oil (3 liters), and Whiteline positive shift kit.

2013-09-30 [10,763] - Ordered Kartboy short shifter.

2013-10-01 [10,763] - Ordered Composite Worx SP-1 seat.

2013-10-18 [10,763] - Ordered OpenFlash Tablet, SPEC aluminum flywheel, and MTEC shifter springs.

2013-10-23 [10,763] - Ordered Tomei 60R catback and APR GT3 carbon fiber mirrors.

2013-11-14 [10,763] - Ordered Shorai LFX21L6-BS12

2013-11-24 [11,019] - Ordered steering wheel adapter and Perrin rear shifter bushing. Took first pictures of the car (Post #38).

2013-11-25 [11,019] - Ordered Raceseng Apex R shift knob.

2013-11-26 [11,038] - Purchased a scale locally. I'm suspicious of its accuracy since the store I bought it from literally didn't have a selection. It claims to be accurate within 0.2oz/5g but we'll see about that...

2013-11-27 [11,038] - Removed stickers.

2013-11-29 [11,056] - Installed headers, over pipe, and catback.

2013-11-30 [11,106] - Began all work around the engine bay. License plate came in the mail.

2013-12-01 [11,160] - Installed FA20Club cold air intake and Raceseng pulleys. Removed front bumper, wiper fluid reservoir, and what appears to be one of two horns.

2013-12-02 [11,233] - Chopped my faux diffuser off.

2013-12-03 [11,251] - Ordered Whiteline rear control arms.

2013-12-04 [11,255] - Installed APR mirrors. They look awesome. Installed Cusco rear crossmember brace.

2013-12-05 [11,269] - Installed SPEC flyhweel, Kartboy shifter, Whiteline positive shift bushing, Perrin rear shifter bushing, and Motul Gear 300 transmission oil.

2013-12-06 [11,310] - Drove around with new flywheel and shifter stuff. Car is exponentially harder to drive now. Need to adjust shifter some more. Rev matches are still really easy, even with the -16 pounds off the drivetrain between the pulleys and flywheel. Bounced off rev limiter for the first time. Oh muh goodness.

2013-12-07 [11,310] - Installed Composite Worx SP-1 single skin seat.

2013-12-08 [11,3--] - Went to my first car meet.

2013-12-21 [11,---] - Ordered Tomei front pipe.

2013-12-28 [11,763] - Attended my second car meet and put my 1,000th mile on the car.

--- 2014 ---

2014-01-01 [12,112] - Installed OpenFlash Tablet tune 1.42b, stage 2. Torque curve is so much smoother.

2014-01-02 [12,113] - Installed Tomei titanium front pipe. Claude have mussy, that noise!

2014-02-13 [13,103] - The mythical control arms finally came in!

2014-02-15 [13,205] - Installed Whiteline Control Arms and got an alignment.

2014-02-17 [13,252] - Dropped my Volks off to have my race tires mounted and I painted my headlights and removed the grill in the meantime.

2014-02-22 [13,5--] - Painted my taillights and did my first photo shoot of the car.

2014-03-23 [14,107] - Ordered APR GT-250 67" and Driveshaft Shop carbon fiber driveshaft.

2014-04-03 [14,112] - After a bit of entertainment, got my driveshaft installed. No problems. It seems perfectly balanced.

2014-04-09 [14,167] - Reflashed from Stage 2 A00C v1.42b tune to v1.58. Feels way better!

2014-04-11 [14,1xx] - Installed APR GT-250 with help from Bushman7140 and userjack6880.

2014-04-12 [14,xxx] - Changed the oil.

2014-04-13 [14,xxx] - Particpated in my first autocross event. Here are the results.

2014-04-13 [14,768] - Put my 3,000th mile on the car and installed my Lotus steering wheel.

2014-08-23 [15,232] - Stripped out the threads on my front wheel studs. Damn it.

2014-08-27 [15,232] - Ordered 2 sets of ARP extended wheel studs, only for the front since those were the only ones I stripped out, and a full set of Blox lug nuts.

2014-09-03 [15,232] - Put my stock crank pulley back on, based on information from this thread. Very sad.

2014-09-25 [15,232] - Installed ARP wheel studs and Blox lug nuts.

2014-11-11 [16,107] - Installed Raceseng cam plate, removed DI ECU mount and its counterpart from the other side of the engine, and changed the oil.

2014-11-14 [16,107] - Ordered Whiteline 20mm adjustable front sway bar, Perrin 19mm adjustable rear sway bar, Raceseng Stiff arms, and Raceseng front and rear tow hooks.

2014-11-19 [16,118] - Installed Raceseng Stiff Arms and realized the tow hooks are supposed to screw into the bumpers. So I'll have to come up with an alternative for those.

2014-11-21 [16,118] - Installed Whiteline front end links, Whiteline 20mm adjustable front sway bar, and Perrin 19mm adjustable rear sway bar.

2014-12-13 [16,220] - Participated in my second autocross. Lost traction a bit and made 8th fastest time out of 57. Am pleased. Here are the results.

--- 2015 ---

2015-01-06 [16,471] - Installed Raceseng rear tow hook. Pretty unorthodox, but it's on there.

2015-01-26 [16,471] - Completed my AC delete and my carbon fiber battery bracket. Cranked the car for the first time this year. Fired up, no problem. Still have yet to open my Shorai battery tender.

2015-03-08 [17,246] - I began removing my sound deadening today. So far I've removed 3.56 pounds. I still have all of the vertical pieces left, as well as a few little bits of ones I've gotten most of the way out.

2015-10-01 [18,860] - Ordered a CAE Ultra Shifter.

2015-10-04 [18,893] - Backed into a concrete planter and did some damage.

2015-10-16 [18,913] - Got new set of Nitto NT01's mounted.

2015-10-17 [19,057] - First track day. NOLA Speed & Style, run by Flatout Motorsports.

2015-10-18 [19,100] - Second track day. Ran a 2:05. Put about 222 miles of actual track mileage on the car between the two days. Averaged 8mpg.

2015-10-28 [19,412] - Changed the oil.

2015-11-04 [19,484] - Dropped the car off at Springhill Toyota in Mobile, AL to have the notchy 5th gear issue resolved, ie, free tranny.

2015-11-09 [19,491] - Picked up the car with the new tranny. I'm not totally sure they moved my MTEC over from the old tranny to the new one like I specifically asked them several times, but... you can't look a gift horse in the mouth, and also dealerships are dealerships. Car now has 19,545 miles on it, so the new tranny has ~57 miles on it. I'll be changing the oil to Motul again, ASAP.

--- 2016 ---

2016-01-17 [19,887] - Installed CAE Ultra Shifter.

2016-04-30 [20,011] - 20,000 miles!

2016-06-05 [20,016] - Installed Perrin Steering Rack Lockdown kit and G Speed Gas Pedal Relocator.

2016-06-10 [20,016] - Installed AP Sprint Kit, Cusco Strengthened Engine Mounts, and Radium Brake Master Cylinder Brace.

2016-06-11 [20,016] - I was gone for 3 months and my Shorai battery over-discharged. My bad. Replaced it.
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I. Weight Increases

•Exterior

+14.300lbs APR GT-250 67" wing
+03.213lbs | +06.913lb Perrin Rear Sway Bar -03.700lb Stock
+02.625lbs | +04.850lb Whiteline Rear Lower Control Arms -03.538lb Stock
+02.438lbs Cusco rear crossmember brace
+01.850lbs | +10.013lb Whiteline Front Sway Bar & End Links -08.163lb Stock
+24.426lbs Total





II. Weight Reduction

•Interior



•Exterior

-23.575lbs | 33.550lb TRD mid pipe & axle back - 9.975lb Tomei 60R catback
-18.900lbs | 20.775lb stock - 16.050lb Volk TE37 17x8 (times 4)
-12.225lbs | 24.200lb stock - 11.975lb Driveshaft Shop carbon fiber driveshaft
-10.050lbs | 20.950lb stock - 10.900lb Borla UEL headers
-09.150lbs | 12.300lb stock - 03.150lb Tomei ExpremeTi front pipe
-02.074lbs | 02.125lb stock - 01.088lb APR GT3 mirrors (times 2)
-01.138lbs | 04.475lb stock - 03.338lb Private Label Mfg over pipe
-???.???lbs | ??.???lb stock - 00.363lb Perrin rear shifter bushing
-77.112lbs Total



•Engine Bay

-26.175lbs | 29.188lb stock - 03.013lb Shorai LFX21L6-BS12
-10.538lbs | 20.725lb stock - 10.188lb SPEC aluminum flywheel
-04.100lbs | 04.900lb stock - 00.800lb Raceseng crank pulley
-03.300lbs | 06.388lb stock - 03.088lb FA20Club cold air intake + supplied K&N filter
-00.650lbs | 02.275lb stock - 01.625lb Raceseng Stiff Arms
-00.437lbs | 01.000lb stock - 00.563lb Raceseng pulley
-00.188lbs | 00.450lb stock - 00.263lb Raceseng cam plate
-00.175lbs | 00.700lb stock - 00.525lb Raceseng pulley
-???.???lbs | ??.???lb stock - 00.188lb Raceseng alternator pulley
-45.563lbs Total






III. Absolute Weight Removal

-01.725lbs A bunch'a hardware n' shit
-1.725lbs Total


•Interior

-39.113lbs passenger seat + bracket + seat belt receiver
-30.900lbs | -33.100lb AC Delete +02.200lb Raceseng AC Delete Pulley & Bracket
-25.688lbs Spare tire
-22.750lbs | -14.375lb rear seats, back portion -8.375lb rear seats, bottom portion (times 2) (thanks to @Uplink for the photos since I forgot to weigh mine)
-18.613lbs dash + passenger side air bag + A/C vents
-13.875lbs 2x Door cards
-13.763lbs plastic crap from dash + glove box + piece of metal under steering column
-07.550lbs Junk in the trunk
-06.163lbs The foam insulation between dash and firewall. No picture because I cut it up into small pieces and weighed it in a garbage bag.
-04.975lbs Both rear seat belts
-04.763lbs Side air bags + hardware
-04.750lbs Both door speakers + 6 bolts
-04.188lbs Head unit + 4 bolts
-03.700lbs Rear deck bits
-03.188lbs Passenger seat belt
-03.100lbs Center console
-02.600lbs Trunk interior pieces
-02.088lbs User manual
-02.038lbs sun visors
-01.925lbs Back seat brackets
-01.563lbs Audio amp
-01.550lbs 2x dash speakers + mesh covers
-01.250lbs Both rear speakers + brackets
-00.813lbs Shifter boot bracket
-00.675lbs Both backseat seat belt receivers + bolts
-00.625lbs Airbag control module
-00.463lbs Dome light + wiring
-00.313lbs Shifter boot pad thing
-00.300lbs USB port/storage bay
-00.225lbs Trunk light + wiring
-00.288lbs Shifter boot
-00.288lbs Whatever this thing is. I forgot.
-224.083lbs Total


•Exterior



•Engine Bay

-05.125lbs Stock DI ECU mount + its counterpart on the other side of the engine
-01.338lbs Wiper fluid reservoir (not counting wiper fluid itself)
-00.375lbs Battery tie down
-00.350lbs Engine cover
-00.275lbs Pulley covers
-00.113lbs Battery tray
-00.038lbs Positive terminal cover thing
-7.614lbs Total


Grand Total: -398.753lbs


Fun fact: I've currently shed over 7 pounds total worth of things that weigh less than a pound. So to all those people that are constantly questioning the removal/replacement of small bits that don't weigh much, THAT is why. You'll never save that much dumping hundreds of dollars into a carbon fiber hood, and I did it for almost free.


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Very interested to see your build.
Me too! I still have to wait 4 months before I even get to see the car in person. Fun fact though: the last 4 digits of the guy's phone number that I'm buying it from is your username.
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Me too! I still have to wait 4 months before I even get to see the car in person. Fun fact though: the last 4 digits of the guy's phone number that I'm buying it from is your username.
86 is a the Magic Number for this car
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I guess I just committed to the crazy-colors color scheme. I hadn't put much thought into it, but my car is white, so when it comes to engine bay and underbody parts colors, by default I'd like for either:

1. Clean, two-color scheme - Everything to match, with a black (factory parts) + gold (aftermarket parts) color scheme, but within tasteful reason.

2. Nice clean OEM look - Everything to match with a low profile/subtle color scheme. ...Which would basically mean only buying black parts to blend in with the factory parts.

3. LOOK AT ALL THE COLORS! - Nothing to match


I just ordered pulleys and... to my own surprise... I chose red. Red! My coilovers are already green, so I guess I'll be taking route #3 for this car. When the time comes, I guess I'll go for like... blue control arms, and so on. I'll keep it clean on the outside, but popping the hood or putting the car on a lift will reveal a blatantly modified car.

Yep, I feel quite content with this idea already.
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Not sure I understand that guys thread, you bought his car from auction? Why was it auctioned? Or you bought his replacement, why did he sell it?

Anyway nice car, will keep an eye on it
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No, he bought a car, then Toyota replaced it because he was having problems or something. It's been a long time since I read it, so I forgot the story, but basically that's what happened.

Then he ended up listing the second one for sale, and I bought it directly from him. If there was an auction involved, it was probably the dealership taking the original faulty car and selling it to someone who put it up for auction. Or maybe the dealership put it up for auction themselves.
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Vanity Plates

Seeing the license plate threads made me realize I should probably start writing down my ideas for potential plates in case I forget. No telling what will be taken by the time the time comes to register my car.

86
GT86
GT 86
NA FA20
2xxxLBS (once the car gets braggably light)
ACBC
NA FRH4
ANREXIA
ANREXIC
FATTY
PWRATIO
TOYBARU
SUBOTA
RWD H4
FRBOXER
2LITERS
2 LITER
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What weighs 7 pounds, is super sexy, handmade-to-order, and is shipping from Italy tomorrow?

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My new seat!!!
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With the seat; do you send them your body measurements?
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