“Function defines form.”
In the era of social media clout and style points, it seems like every newcomer to the modified car scene is looking to get the most visual bang for the buck to rack up likes and followers, not necessarily to build the most well-rounded car. Jon has gone against the norm of Rocket Bunny fenders, deep concave wheels, and fender to tire fitment. Boasting a slew of rare, authentic JDM parts, and plenty of performance upgrades, Jon’s Scion FRS might be one of the most complete 86 builds in the Chicagoland area.
Although Jon is a proponent of the “Anti-Bunny” ideaology (save the fenders!), he did want to widen the fenders a tad bit. He turned to Zele for their complete ZN6 body kit, which included a front air dam, front diffuser, side skirts, rear spats, and fender extensions. The Zele fender extensions do not require cutting of the fenders – they stick on to the existing OEM fenders, and lengthen them by a few millimeters. The purpose is to cover the wheels if you’re running aggressive fitment, for homologation (if applied to a track car), and aerodynamic purposes.
This isn’t a purpose-built track car. However, it is certainly a “track-inspired” build, and can more than hold its own on the tarmac.
Although the FRS is still sporting its OEM bumpers, almost no parts of the car have been left alone. The front bumper has an induct duct from Garage Vary next to the custom “Hachiroku” badge on the nose, along with Rize Japan carbon fiber canards. The front bumper also suffered from the dreaded “sag” issue that many 86 owners will eventually face, so Jon utilized the quick release kit from Move Over Racing.
It’s apparent the headlights aren’t stock. The entire assembly was taken apart, and customized by Zworks. The housings were blacked out, RGB LED halos were added, and demon eyes were installed. The combination working together really gives the car an evil look at night.
Speaking of lighting, even the fender garnish lights up – it’s an Intec piece that’s been tapped into, and works as a turn signal.
Moving on to the sides, you’ll notice the Zele fender extensions, along with the side skirts. The whole kit flows together quite nicely, and does not disrupt the lines of the FRS. It’s a subtle addition with a purpose. In addition to its aerodynamic benefit, it also gives the car a lower appearance, since the skirts hang lower than stock.
Attached to the doors are JUN carbon fiber mirrors. You might be thinking, “Those just look like Craft Squares,” and you would be right! Although Craft Square mirrors are certainly beautiful and functional on their own, the mirror bases do not sit flush with the door, since the surface is curved. JUN remade the base so that it sits flush – a subtle change, but it’s all in the details! Even the rain deflectors along the top are rare – they’re J.Blood carbon fiber pieces.
The trunk has been accented by a Version Select duckbill spoiler, paint matched Ultramarine. If you’re thinking it looks familiar, that’s because this is a replica of the TRD duckbill spoiler. Unlike other replicas, this one came with weather stripping along the edges like the TRD ones.
Below the bumper is the Velox non-aggressive diffuser, which is flanked by the rear spats from the Zele kit. Parts of the rear bumper were cut, and finished off with the TRD exhaust garnish to make way for the TRD Quad Tip exhaust. Prior to this set-up, Jon also ran the Touge Factory axle-back, and I remember it was ungodly loud.
OEM taillights, and fourth brake lights were swapped for Valenti pieces, and the OEM third brake light was replaced by the Intec high mounted one. It all comes together to create a menacing look out back as well.
The car sits on a square set of Volk Racing TE37V-SL’s, measuring 17×9 with +36 offset. These are an incredibly rare set of wheels, being one of five sets worldwide. The Volks are wrapped in 245/40R17 Hankook Ventus V12 tires. Behind the wheels are a set of Wilwood Big Brakes with slotted rotors – 6 piston calipers upfront, and 4 pistons in the rear. If you were paying attention to the front bumper, you might have noticed orange tubes where the foglights used to be – this is Touge Factory’s brake cooling system, which deletes the foglights, and runs tubes that duct behind the bumper to redirect air, and cool the brakes.
The car has been lowered on Stance Super Sport coilovers, with a ball-bearing top mount. An assortment of Cusco and Whiteline items further reinforce the chassis, and provide stability under hard cornering. The ride quality in this car isn’t as harsh as you’d expect – one, because Stance coilovers are of exceptional quality know for their smoother ride, and two, because Jon’s FRS isn’t slammed to the ground with dampening set to “hardest.” However, it’s an especially wicked fun ride.
The seats are rare BRIDE x Cusco Zeta III bucket seats. Curiously, Jon has taken careful consideration of the passenger, and ordered an XL for the passenger side, but an L for himself. Although the seats are a bit hard to get in and out of, they are comfortable once strapped in via the 4-point Takata racing harnesses. Once inside, you’ll see the onslaught of JDM goodies continues.
The steering wheel is a discontinued MOMO Racing x TRD collaboration piece, featuring black leather, and a center stripe up top. Jon has a new steering wheel on the way that he plans to attach via a Works Bell quick release hub. Being boosted, Jon also needed extra information, which is provided via a set of Defi gauges mounted in center dash trim, and a P3 AC vent gauge. Although the gauge in the AC vent is designed to not block the opening, Jon actually removed his AC via a Raceseng AC delete kit. His AC had some issues a long time ago, and rather than fix it, he opted to delete the whole thing, because racecar.
The shift knob is a rare Speedhunters x Raceseng item that goes seamlessly with the JDM GT86 door handles and e-brake lever. The interior also sports a variety of custom red items – some vinyl wrapped, some sprayed, and some upholstered.
The rear seat area has also been completed removed and stripped, to make way for the half roll cage, which was welded in, and painted red.
Jon’s favorite mod on his car is a custom gauge cluster by Weiderwerks (Magna Gauges). At his request, they made a TRD-inspired one that fits perfectly in his interior. It also looks factory to boot. It’s a one of one item that is sure to have people scratching their heads when they notice it.
The heart of the car is a supercharged FA20 motor. Jon decided on the Jackson Racing Rotrex unit for its known reliability, and proven gains. It was last dynoed at 260 whp on a stock motor. From a quick butt-dyno test, it certainly feels that much faster. The supercharger whine works in conjunction with the UEL headers’ burble to create a unique sound. To help with heat management, Jon has also installed a Perrin oil cooler, and Cusco oil catch can.
I would be hard-pressed to find another 86 build in Illinois, possibly the Midwest, that has been so carefully thought out, and executed so well. In spite of all these modifications, Jon is still not satisfied with the result. Future plans for the car include a new hood from Rowen, and possibly new custom headlights. Jon is also considering redoing the engine and transmission. I look forward to where Jon takes this car, and we will certainly be following up once the new parts are installed. In the meantime, you can follow Jon on Instagram to keep up with his progress.
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