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
  • 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 (Garbage!)
  • 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

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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I’ve been working my ass off, and often finding myself in crowds that don’t give my lowly 200hp ZN6 any respect at all. It has been a bit of a downer. The end result is often that I find myself awake late at night with a bottle of blue, browsing for a Corvette, or a Porsche… or anything else that […]

A Works “Race” Car


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Not only have I thrown non-OEM parts on the car now… they aren’t even Japanese. My stamped steel OEM cam plate has been a real PITA to seal, often acting just fine every day on the street, but dripping constantly when flogged at the track. There is a good variety of aftermarket plates available, but I went with a Nameless […]

Not How It Was Meant To Be




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  • R

    Section 13.1

    All repairs must comply with factory-authorized methods and procedures, or industry standard methods, as follows: If the OEM does not provide an appropriate method of repair, industry standard methods and procedures may be used. Such repairs may not result in a part or combination of parts that provides a competitive advantage (e.g., significant change to weight, suspension control, power, etc.) as compared to the standard part(s). Competitors are strongly cautioned to use this allowance to make common-sense repairs only.

  • Q Osborne Post author

    comment. This plate is actually garbage, which makes me happy that I only spent $100 to learn about Nameless, instead of spending $1200 on a header. So much for all the nice hopeful things I had to say about them.

    I switched back to the stock plate temporarily to at least slow the pain down, and ordered myself an aesthetically unappealing RaceEng plate, that hopefully will actually seal properly.

    This was actually very very poor inspiration for making more modifications. And while trying to figure out why I still have leaks… google reveals that lots of people with the nameless plate still have issues. Piss off Nameless.