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Old 01-19-2019, 02:18 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, just wanted to start a car journal for my FRS since I enjoy reading everyone elseís so much! I am a huge lover of Japanese cars, in particular Toyota. I went to work for them in 2012 and moved over to Lexus mid 2014. Lexus is an incredible company and is meticulous with the details of their cars they produce. They use a term ďKaizenĒ which is a Japanese word meaning ďcontinuous improvementĒ as they are always looking to make the cars better and put an emphasis on fine craftsmanship. I wanted to to apply this same type of philosophy to this FRS, be meticulous and use quality parts, take the time to do it right and learn as much as possible. The car has only been street driven, but my goal is to get into some autox events and work my way into track days!

My 86 is a black 2015 FRS that I bought as a CPO from a Toyota dealer. This is actually my 2nd FRS, I was working for Toyota when the car launched in Ď13 and I leased one, but after the lease was up I toyed around with buy a bunch of different cars, but everything I drove made me miss the feeling of the 86! So I just picked up this black one up August 2018, it was all stock aside from an MXP Comp RS catback that was installed at the original dealership.

So far the mods on my FRS are currently:

Engine:
-HKS drop in filter
-HKS fuel resonated front pipe
-Tomei UEL header
-Tomei overripe
-TRD catback
-Openflash V4 tune
-TRD intake sound generator (lol)
-Motul engine/trans/diff fluids

Suspension:
-HKS Hipermax SP coilovers
-Whiteline adjustable endlinks

Wheels/Tires:
-BBS LM F1 Championship Edition 17x7 +35
-OE Bridgestone Turanza 215/45/17 (terrible)

Exterior:
-JDM Toyota clear sidemarkers
-Valenti sequential taillights (red edition)
-Valenti 4th brake light (black edition)

Interior:
-TRD ball shift knob
-TRD suede dash trim
-Verus throttle peddle spacer
-Cusco wide throttle peddle
-MTEC clutch spring
-BRZ ts suede gauge hood
-BRZ ts suede upper door trim
-JDM Toyota red door grips


This was 2 days after I purchased, took a road trip to some local twisty roads and just enjoyed having the FRS back, such a fun balanced car! I put like 3k miles the first week I had it!



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Kalebís 86 (kaizen project)

So for the first mod I didnít want to do something cosmetic, I wanted to start the project off right by doing something with a purpose. So I ordered the Verus throttle peddle spacer kit and Cusco throttle peddle to help with heel-toe.






The install was really easy, and I tried to get some photos to show the new location of the throttle peddle, the pictures donít really show too much of a difference but you notice a HUGE difference when you are driving the car! The instructions from Verus said to make sure to drive the car for a couple weeks for your muscle memory to get used to the new peddle location, and I can see why. At first I thought it was terrible, it felt super weird to drive, but now that Iím used to it iím liking it. Having the brake and gas peddles basically level with each other really does help with heel-toe shifting!


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The next mod on my list was to do something with the exhaust. It was nice to have the MXP Comp RS on the car when I bought it because the stock exhaust does not sound very nice and the MXP has a great deep sound. While I was happy to hear my car as I drive, I didnít like how loud the MXP was around town, I donít like the ďbig canĒ look of the tips/mufflers, and that system is super heavy, heavier than the stock set up. So I traded it locally for a used TRD catback that was in great shape and then ordered the HKS dual resonated front pipe to ditch some weight and gain a deeper tone without it being too loud.



I didnít take many photos of the install, if you have done any exhaust work you know there isnít much to it, super easy job, especially on these cars. The build quality on both the TRD system and the HKS pipe is top notch, everything I have ever bought from HKS has been exceptional quality and this no different! I couldnít be happier with the exhaust note now, nice full deep tone without being too loud when Iím driving around at low speeds in town. Iím going to get a header/overpipe in the future, so with this front pipe and the fairly large TRD muffler I think it will sound good but not be over kill on volume.


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So there hasnít been much progress since itís winter here in Indiana, but Iím really excited that my wheels just showed up! This is a set of BBS LM F1 Championship Editions
always loved LMs and Iím super excited to run these! They are 17x7 +35, but I plan on widening them down the road, but Iím going to swap my stock tires over and wear them out first!

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That color on the wheels look so nice!




If you ever do plan on widening the wheels, I actually have a set of CCW LM20s that's just collecting dust....
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That color on the wheels look so nice!




If you ever do plan on widening the wheels, I actually have a set of CCW LM20s that's just collecting dust....


Thanks! Normally I like polished lips on wheels, but Iím really digging the solid color on these! Those CCWs are great wheels, what size are they?


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Dude where did you even get those wheels? They are gorgeous!
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Dude where did you even get those wheels? They are gorgeous!


Thanks Iím super excited about them! I bought them from a company I found on Instagram threepiece.us, this is the 2nd set Iíve bought from them and have had good service. I was saving for coilovers but when these 5x100 LMs came up for sale I had to jump on them!


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I love those, what size are they?
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I love those, what size are they?


They are 17x7 +35 square, I plan up switching to 8Ē or 9Ē barrels though down the road, thatís part of beauty of multi piece wheels! But Iím going to get some use out of the stock tires this summer before the upgrade


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Thanks! Normally I like polished lips on wheels, but Iím really digging the solid color on these! Those CCWs are great wheels, what size are they?


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Now that you've had the Cusco pedal for a bit, how do you feel about it? I'm looking at possibly getting one for my self.
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Im more interested in feedback from the pedal spacer. I got big feet but the difference in height would help with "heel toe" vs left side of foot and right side.
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