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THE ORIGIN I have always wanted an FRS/BRZ/GT86 since its announcement back when Toyota revealed their FT-86 concept. The first models to roll onto the street were the 2013 models back in 2012, during my senior year in High School. At the time, I was driving a 2010 Scion tC, a car in which my parents and I could only afford at the time for my driving needs, especially entering college. Fast-forward to my junior year at the University of California, Irvine, and I got into a horrific accident. As a result, my tC was totaled and left without a car for about 2 weeks. For the time being, I borrowed my dad's 1992 Celica. I felt horrible to the point where if I were to purchase a car, I wouldn't care if it was used, beat up, or really old. I would've even settled for my dad's car. Thankfully, I have been blessed with loving and caring parents who helped me lease my 2016 FRS. We leased it in order to keep the monthly payments low enough for me and my dad to afford. It has been 2 years since leasing the car and I have finally purchased it myself in October 2017. Of course, throughout my tenure owning the car I installed modifications anyway because I knew I was going to own the car in the end regardless. As of right now, the car serves as my daily driver that also serves as my track car. THE MODIFICATIONS The first thing I purchased when I got the car was the SPEC-D dual catback exhaust. I couldn't help but get an aftermarket exhaust while driving the car. The next modification I bought were the Spyder V1 Taillights. These two modifications were the start for two goals. The first one being to install all possible bolt-ons, and the second being to update the exterior with subtle aero kits and changing all the halogen bulbs to LED strips and/or HIDs. I finally started to come up with "phases" in which I wanted to achieve for my car. Phase 1 being full bolt on, Phase 2 being all exterior and detail, and Phase 3 hopefully being widebody and wrap. To continue with Phase 1 and 2, I purchased TEIN lowering springs. I wanted to drop the ride height without sacrificing the comfort of springs when going over bumpy roads and speed bumps. Shortly after, I purchased the SPEC-D Headlights. Aesthetically, I love these headlights because of the boomerang LED strip and integrated turn signal. Another small addition to lighting was smoked side markers with white LED strips and an integrated turn signal. To finish Phase 1, I purchased the Vishnu OpenFlash tablet, Perrin Cold Air Intake, and the Borla UEL Headers for some gains in HP and torque. I am currently running a Stage 2 E85 tune for the UEL headers. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? What are you planning next? What’s been the biggest challenge with this build?
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