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    This is my first try at this blogging thing. I'm starting to get the hang of it. Maybe within a couple more posts I can start referring to myself in the 3rd person line DonDon.

    Anyway, I took the FR-S to visit 949 yesterday. We took a bunch of measurements. Its a slightly dry read, but the track videos are coming. I promise. Check it out...

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    great read. im looking forward to the track vids

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    I'm interested in fitting 15x8 or 16x8 on it as smaller wheels mean smaller, cheaper tires

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    dont think 15s will fit. but 16s are a factory option in some parts of the world. While I'd like the rotating mass better. the tire selection is a little slimmer when you go to 16s though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Andrews View Post
    dont think 15s will fit. but 16s are a factory option in some parts of the world. While I'd like the rotating mass better. the tire selection is a little slimmer when you go to 16s though.
    matt: you have a typo in your blog. you mentioned 15" when you meant to say 17"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saul_Good View Post
    I'm interested in fitting 15x8 or 16x8 on it as smaller wheels mean smaller, cheaper tires
    15's wouldn't clear the brakes. The suspension is designed for the spring rate of a 17" tire. If you are willing to mess up a perfectly good car to save a few bucks on tires, I'd suggest running a 90-05 Miata instead, Cheapest consumables of any fun track car.
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    The rear suspension on this car is the same as my car, the 08+ WRX's. For rear camber adjustment, Cusco and a few other companies make lower control arms for that purpose.

    Cusco Rear Lateral Link Subaru Impreza Models (inc. 2008-2012 WRX/STI) at RallySportDirect.com

    Or you can get some bushings made by Whiteline, but have proven to be tedious and inconsistent.

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    And of course for toe, there are some arms for that, too.

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    Stay away from offset bushings. They don't stay in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Andrews View Post
    dont think 15s will fit. but 16s are a factory option in some parts of the world. While I'd like the rotating mass better. the tire selection is a little slimmer when you go to 16s though.
    No 16s. You won't be able to find a tire you like that fits. The OEM 2nd gen. wheels I have for my 1st gen. NSX are 16 x 7 in the front, and there is no R-comp that fits except R-888 (which I hate).
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    thanks william and kevin.
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    Great read! Very interested in the development of your car, keep us updated.
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    Awesome, I'll be watching your blog closely!


    Between you and Emilio and can't see how you wouldn't hit a 2:00. If the it's true that someone ran a 2:08 bone stock on stock tires then I think you guys will have no problem once you get it dialed in. Do you have plans for aero? Between you, TRA-Kyoto, and Kognition I may be forced to buy an FR-S lol.

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    What fun. Just like a televison series - a great story line, doled out in well written* episodes.

    * i.e., your trade in: "Itís like the smelly, ugly dog that is extremely loyal, even if you wish it would just run away."

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    Very good read. I do see all the similarities to the other current Subaru platforms.

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    I've been steering a co-worker towards an FR-S, as I see it as the best reasonably priced sports car in production. Definitely will follow the updates! Thanks to you Matt for taking the time to write the progress up!

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    I may be looking at buying an FR-S or BR-Z in one year from now. By then, all the newness should be shaken out, we will have lots of info and data from the early buyers about street and track performance, and the prices should be lower. I am back to driving my Evo IX MR as a daily driver now (no more old man Jaguar Vanden Plas for me), and I'm saving the Evo for my younger son, who gets his learner's permit in May 2013. Perfect time to give up the Evo and buy a new car. The wisdom of giving a 15 1/2 year old a 286 bhp awd JDM tuner-ready rally car for the street to learn to drive on is another question entirely. But then nobody has ever accused me of being conservative.
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    Thanks for sharing that, Matt! I thought you were living in Texas though?
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    Richard-

    I'll be curious to what resale does. There isn't a lot of mark up on the cars off the show room floor. And Scion resale is really strong. For my sake I hope it stays strong. But if they don't , then maybe I'll see more on track to play with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    I may be looking at buying an FR-S or BR-Z in one year from now. By then, all the newness should be shaken out, we will have lots of info and data from the early buyers about street and track performance, and the prices should be lower. I am back to driving my Evo IX MR as a daily driver now (no more old man Jaguar Vanden Plas for me), and I'm saving the Evo for my younger son, who gets his learner's permit in May 2013. Perfect time to give up the Evo and buy a new car. The wisdom of giving a 15 1/2 year old a 286 bhp awd JDM tuner-ready rally car for the street to learn to drive on is another question entirely. But then nobody has ever accused me of being conservative.
    Might want to check the insurance rates for a 16 year old with an evo. I'm guessing $5,000 per year.

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    Bookmarked the blog. Glad someone like 949 is taking the time for the FR-S/BRZ. Time to make my S2000 a full blown track car and pick up an FR-S as a daily.

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