Many people have different motivations to build a car; some do it just to prove a point or one up someone, while others have a much deeper reason. See, many people that aren’t enthusiasts cannot relate to the love that we have for our cars or the amount of time and money we put into them. There are many different styles of cars, builds and influences out there but we all share one thing in common. We all have that same butterfly-like feeling every time we see our build, it doesn’t have to be the fastest, flushest or most slammed car on the planet, but it is what we poured our hearts & money into.
Photos By: Rodney Ty exclusively for StanceNation.com
Though, not everything comes easy. Not all things always work out the way how we should. My first build was one that was not successful. It went to SEMA twice, never running. There were empty promises and shattered dreams and emotions that went along with it. I almost threw in the towel on being an enthusiast. I was in debt, embarrassed, my emotions were destroyed and had a car that didn’t run. It was a complete failure, but instead of giving up, I learned from it.
There is a much longer story to all of this and simply cannot fit in the amount of space provided but I will go ahead and try to sum it up. This build almost failed twice, the FR-S you see here did not look anything like this 2 weeks before the SEMA show that it was supposed to attend. Everything on this build was a mix of no sleep, hustle and honestly being in the right place at the right time. I received no outside funding for the project and am still making payments on the car. Had it not been for Platinum VIP and Miura-san of Rocket Bunny being so supportive, this would have not made it to the show. In fact, while I was building this car I had a full load at Cal Poly Pomona and worked over 50 hours a week at Verizon Wireless.
Sleep was something that didn’t exist. Especially since during that week of finishing up the build I had to work 58 hours and had midterms. By the time the car was finished I was exhausted, had developed an ulcer and had 20 bucks to my name when the car hit the trailer to head to Vegas. I was mentally, physically and financially drained. But it was so worth it.
This build ultimately showed how dedicated I can be to something. It challenged me in ways that I never thought were possible, and it still isn’t done. The amount of support that I received from each company is just incredible, I cannot believe how supportive each of them were to help finish this on time for the show. Miura-San even overnight-ed a missing piece from Japan! That is pure love right there. Kennedy from Platinum VIP put in mad work and I cannot thank him enough. This is a rolling resume for me to hopefully have some form of a Marketing or Consulting position in the aftermarket automotive industry. The same dedication that I have with this build, I will have with any company I work with or for. I hope you guys love this build as much as I do, it is literally my pride and Joy.
The car sits on Forgestar Super Deep Concave F14 wheels in Semi Gloss Black, the sizes are 19×9.5 -7 offset (front) and 19×10 -19 with a +25mm spacer (rear). The rear wheels were made as aggressive as possible but still wanted them to be at least an inch more aggressive. The car sits on JDM Sport coilovers in the front with a 130mm spring and all the collars removed as well as the Phantom Air Cup Kit, in the rear I have prototype Function and Form coilovers which go super low.
Another thing you don’t see in pictures is the Battle Version Bolt in roll bar, this thing is truly a work of art and is worth every penny. As soon as my seat rails come in I will have Buddy Club reclinable Racing Seats in.
There will also be a full cover feature on Performance Auto and Sound with the full story of how this all came together so be on the lookout for that. My full official build thread is on drifting.com and the rad photographer that shot this car can be found here.
Wheels/Tires/SuspensionPhantom Air Cup Kit
JDM Sport Front Coilovers w/ 130mm spring maxed and collars removed
Function Form Type 2 Rear Coilovers
Whiteline Sway Bars
StopTech 4 Piston Front Big Brake Kit
Forgestar F14 Super Deep Concave Semi Gloss Black
19 x 9.5 -7 Front with 235/35/19 Toyo T1 Sport
19 x 10 -19 +25mm spacer (-44 effective) Rear with 245/35/19 Toyo T1 Sport
ExteriorTRA Kyoto 6666 Customs Rocket Bunny x Greddy FR-S Widebody Kit
Lux Life wrapped roof in satin black
All bodywork by Platinum VIP
Paint – BASF
Vinyl Work done by jimmyup.com
Headlights and tailights done by George Rangel.
InteriorBuddy Club Reclinable Racing Seats
Takata Black Drift II Harnesses
Battle Version Bolt in Roll Bar
9k Racing Shift Knob
ATI Gauge Pod
STRI Gauges (Boost/Volt/Exhaust Temp)
OEM Audio + 400 Sounds system (soon)
EngineInjen Technology Intake
Injen Catback Polished Tip Exhaust
Vortech Supercharger (soon)
Borla Unequal Length Header (soon)
ACT HD-SS Clutch Kit
JDM Sport Washer/Bolt Kit
Entire engine bay sprayed Flat Black (motor dropped and all)
Phantom Air Cup Suspension
Buddy Club USA
OEM Audio +
Auto Tech Interiors
International Aero Products
Performance Auto and Sound
Each one of these companies has just been awesome to work with and couldn’t ask for a better list of people to be a part of, I am truly thankful for the support received and cannot wait until the build is completely finished for the PASMAG cover feature. Also check out my site www.istaycrushing.com there will be a lot of updates soon and merch as well. Thank you guys for checking out my build and if you see me at a meet or show, please walk up and say hi! I’d love to meet you all!