When our photographer Jim Davis first told us that he recently finished shooting a first gen MR2 on BBS’ we couldn’t wait to see it. Now we will be honest with you, we’ve had our doubts since we’ve never really seen a properly fitted first gen. Those doubts quickly faded away when Jim showed us the photos. Mind you, if you’re expecting a pan scraping, spark throwing, insanely aggressive fitted MR2, you’ll be a little disappointed. However, if an extremely clean ride with just the right fitment is what you want then you’ll love what Ryan Kramer out of Albany, New York has built.
Photos By: Jim Davis exclusively for StanceNation.com
Now if you assumed that all this MR2 has going for it are a set of wheels and a drop, you’re in for quite a surprise. Ryan has spent a very long time perfecting his suspension. Take a look at all the suspension work in the list he provided us with.
-Whiteline G4 coilovers
-Techno Toy Tuning front tie rod flip kit
-Techno Toy Tuning roll center adjusters
-Twos R Us tie rod endlinks
-Energy Suspension polyurethane bushings
From what you read, it’s a bit more than your eyes can see. Ryan seems to be one of those guys who isn’t quite ready to sacrifice the “function” of this fun little MR2! Scroll down for more photos and some numbers of the wheel and tire setup.
Ryan is running a set of BBS RS wheels 16×8 all around (+37 front and +24 rear) with 195/40/16 Yokohama S.Drive tires. These numbers are clearly on the low side to many of you, but let’s not forget that we’re working with form & function here. We’ll get into that more later, so don’t forget to click the Read More button below. By the way, we’re all for being different with your wheels, but there aren’t many wheels that can come close to the BBS RS’. Same goes for the TE37 line up as well as the legendary Meisters and Emotions. You know the saying; “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Under the hood you’ll find a NST 14.5psi crank pulley kit, a Gruntbox ECU mod, Techno Toy Tuning test pipe and a Clutchmasters FX100. If reading and looking at these photos doesn’t put a smile on your face we’re not sure what will. Finding a first gen MR2 that’s in as good of a condition and sitting as nice as this one is pretty damn rare, so major kudos to Ryan for that. Let’s hope it inspires some of you out there with cars collecting dust in your garages to get up and get wrenching!
Interior was left pretty simple. Momo Montecarlo steering wheel, TRD leather shift knob, Autometer boost gauge and a Scion Pioneer head unit do the job for now. Unfortunately we don’t have any interior photos for you at this time but we’re pretty sure it’s in pristine condition just like the exterior.
Big shout out to Jim Davis for yet another incredible set of photos as well as Ryan for building such an incredible ride. We urge everyone to think twice before passing up on older cars. They may not get you as much attention from random strangers, but true car enthusiasts will always envy you. We’ll leave you with more photos below and a huge thank you to all of our North East fans!