In case you've been living under a rock for the last six months, allow us to bring you up to speed on the latest Super Street project car build, codenamed Garage FR-S. We have teamed up with our sister publications Modified and Import Tuner to bring the heat in the form of a fully built FR-S, a car that can stunt hard at shows, grab your attention on the streets, and (ultimately) scorch up a racing circuit.
We started off with simple aesthetic modifications for the first phase of the build, including things like JDM lighting, badges and SSR wheels with Nitto tires. Nothing crazy, just a super clean street car. If you'd like to see the first iteration you can find the full feature in our February 2013 issue or online at garagefrs.com.
For the next phase of our Garage FR-S build, we at were put in charge of a few more changes; wheels and tires, and the interior treatment. Here's how it all came together
For a little bit of style and safety, we opted to go with a Safety 21 rollbar with crossbar. This installation is fairly straight-forward, although time consuming. Basically, you need to remove the seats and interior trim, rough fit the bar, measure, mark, drill and cut. Hardware is included with the bar, and make sure you tighten everything down before buttoning it all back together.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to install this rollbar without cutting the interior plastics, or removing them entirely.
The end result, fitment is pretty darn good!
For wheels and tires, we went with the road less traveled—BBS E88 motorsport only wheels (not DOT legal) and Toyo Proxes RS1 racing slicks. This setup is not legal for road use, so this is just for style points. This setup will eventually be used on track once the rest of the car is sorted out and prepared. For now, it just looks dope!
Ordering wheels for a widebody kit that isn’t in your possession isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. Sure we had recommendations from Miura-san himself regarding what specs to run, but you never know what you’re going to get ‘til you mount the wheels on the car with the fenders on. When we saw the final fitment, we noticed the rear wheels were too sunk in. But thanks to H&R, we had 15mm spacers shipped to us in no time to remedy the situation.
We decided to go for a different steering wheel and hub setup, turning to Splash and Momo for our needs. Be sure to disconnect your battery (to disable the airbag) before beginning this installation. In essence, what you’re doing here is removing the wheel and hub, rewiring the horn and reinstalling the new hub and wheel in place of the factory unit. Pretty simple.
The Splash hub on it’s own, looking dead sexy.
Finished product, providing a nice race-inspired look. Note: this mod is for off-road use only!
For more detailed instructions on how to do any of this stuff to your own FR-S, as well as for additional tech stories, photo galleries and videos, head on over to garagefrs.com and spend some quality time learning and enjoying all things FR-S!