ZN6

Stock.  Or at least SCCA Street.  This is a continual challenge for me, as fellow FT86’ers tease me with cool purchases and part installs.  In addition, the classification of the ND Miata into C-Street with the FR-S, makes this a less meaningful Solo car than it was for its first years of existence.  I have however, decided that I take great satisfaction from not being that guy who shows up for dinner with a GT wing and no back seat… especially when I can run in front of that guy on event day.

So for the near future, the car exists largely as Mr. Tada created it, and in my opinion he created it well.  Now 27 months into ownership, there is only one other car that I have ever owned for longer.  And while most of my car life relationships are love-hate, this one is all love.  The car is certainly the slowest car that I’ve owned in a very very long time, but it reminds me constantly of all the great things about those other cars, while steering clear of the common pitfalls.

I continue to dream of a car that will always clearly be a ハチロク: naturally aspirated, minimalistic and highly floggable.  For now I am just going to live with one that is a bit soft around the edges.



Specifications of the Machine

Qs Not That Exciting ZN6 FOOTWORK

  • Strano Parts Tubular Fr. Stabilizer Bar
  • Hotchkis 25mm Tubular Fr. Stabilizer Bar
  • Hotchkis Tubular Adjustable Rr. Stabilizer Bar
  • Crash bolts #SU003-02818
  • Optional Sport Springs – PPO S2
  • Optional Sport Swaybars – PPO HR
  • Koni Yellow Dampers

POWER-UP

INTERIOR

  • ノーマル

OTHER

  • Nameless Cam Plate
  • EBC Yellow
  • ARP Extended Wheel Studs

SHOES

  • 16 8J +35 Watanabe F8
  • 16 7J +48 Speedline Acropoli
  • 17 7J +47 Technocast Corsia
  • 17 8J +35 Racing Hart Superlative Dish
  • Motegi Tracklite 17 7J +45
  • Enkei RS-III 16 7J +51-10
  • Work Emotion CR-Kai 16 7J +44
  • Bridgestone RE-71R 225/45 17
  • Continental Extreme Contact DWS 06 225/50 16
  • Bridgestone RE-71R 225/50 16

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Road & Track is full of lots of shit… and this probably belongs in that category, but on their Facebook feed this morning I saw something that applies to me. Something that I had already considered and evaluated, and started to act on… The fruits of that action are seen above. A quote from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden… “Beware of […]

Don’t Be A Tool


As I hinted at a couple weeks ago when writing about Ryan’s old SW20, I’ve bought in completely to the street class mentality. Part of me was afraid to do this because it seems so incredibly boring. The car stays plain. Tuning options are limited. I don’t get to go fast. As I’ve known all along though… the right wheels […]

All In For C-Street



My car is cared for and loved, but it has not necessarily had an easy life.  With a little more than 13000km on it now, it seems to only ever emerge from the garage for track events.  To and from these events, it sees no more than 3500rpm as I challenge myself to improve my gearbox work by keeping the […]

Buying In Bulk


With pricing released and pre-orders open on the 2017 BRZ as of yesterday in the USA, I am asking myself more and more seriously, “Am I going to trade in my 2015 FRS for a new model?” In the USA, the top model BRZ limited increases in price by less than $400.  The performance package (only available on the Limited […]

ハチロクじゃない?



Someone on FT86club started a steel appreciation thread, and since I didn’t realize that anyone else knew that grey/silver is the best colour for any car, I am excited to contribute this image. I have absolutely zero regrets. Blue in some lights. Grey in others. Plain and boring to many.  Clean and simple to those that matter.  If I ever […]

Steel


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Maybe… The 2017 Model is getting closer, and I’m struggling with my car life direction.  Now two years and a mere 12000km into modern 86 life, and I have very few complaints with my car… but I always imagine that it could be better. A couple weeks ago I took the car out to our local “road course” for the […]

FS: 2015 Scion FRS




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5 thoughts on “FS: 2015 Scion FRS

  • Nathan Bartley

    Ha, the eternal car payment….or as I call it, my ticket to ride. I made the switch to leasing and have never looked back, 30 months is exactly how long it takes me to turn something wonderful into a tired old lump.

  • Q Osborne Post author

    ha. So the WRX is gone?

    Historically, I have spent about the equivalent of a car payment per month on every car I’ve owned… even the ones that I have purchased outright. Definitely seems like a better use of time, if not money… to avoid repairs and modifications for something that is close to what you like straight off the lot.

  • Nathan Bartley

    Yah the WRX has been gone for a while now, switched to a new STI in 2015 which was going swimmingly until the engine cratered on me a week ago, but luckily its a warranty job. Lease ends on that in 5 months, but there is absolutely nothing new out there that interests me at the moment, so not sure where I am going to go with it. Golf R is too soft, focus RS is too much, another STI is locking me into another 3 years with an engine older than me, and I can’t go backwards into a WRX.