Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S, Working on the Cosmetics

by Mike Kojima

In our previous installments of Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S we have been working on getting the performance of our sports coupe up to snuff.  Now it's time to look at stuff that we usually don't care that much about: the looks stuff and cool JDM bits needed for car show points!

Since we figured that every FR-S at the SEMA show was going to sport the new Rocket Bunny wide body kit, we decided to do something completely different. We came up with a theme of restraint.  At the risk that no one would get it, we decided to go MotoIQ style and come up with a look of a practical daily driver car, one that would look trick with a few high quality parts but not something that would scream look at me.  Would the judges get it?  Probably not but we had to do something radically different. 

Now let's take a quick look at what we did to get the cars cosmetic stuff up to show spec!

Read all about about Project Scion Tuner Challange here!

TRD provided these projector headlights that featured LED daylight running lamps.  These were cool light and probably no one would notice them!  The rules said that we had to integrate as many TRD parts as possible into the build so here was a good addition.
The lights bolted right in and fit perfect.
A TRD steering wheel has a nice thick leather wrapped rim and red accent stitching.  This is a really nice wheel that fully retains the OEM air bag.
The air bag is switched from the stock steering wheel to the TRD unit.
The TRD steering wheel is extremely high quality and perfect in fit.  Retaining the OEM airbag is important for safety.  The red line is to help the driver orient the wheel.
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Monday, March 23, 2015 5:21 AM
Those TRD lights look awesome! They really modernize the look of the car and make it seem more upscale. If I had an FR-S those would be the first parts I installed.
Monday, March 23, 2015 5:29 AM
It's been said before but I'll say it again: the scion tuner cars should have had a race!
Monday, March 23, 2015 8:04 AM
Can you squeeze some bigger meats in there without rubbing? Or perhaps even fit some less docile looking tires? The rest of the car looks awesome, took me a minute to figure out what was going on with the front bumper because you'd painted the add-on lip. It looks like it belongs, but it definitely doesn't look stock either.
Monday, March 23, 2015 8:06 AM
So is this the first MotoIQ project with a stereo installation? Never seen that before.

Also, did the final product get wrapped? If so, what color and mfg was it? It looks pretty cool.
Nick B
Nick Blink
Monday, March 23, 2015 8:38 AM
@Protodad - Pioneer was a sponsor of the SEMA Scion Tuner Car Challenge and one of the build components had to use their product, thus the stereo install. Yes the final build did get wrapped however I have no idea the color/mfg, I believe it's 3M (as most wraps are) but don't quote me on that.
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Monday, March 23, 2015 9:25 AM
Docile are you kidding? Those are 265's a huge fintent for an FR-S
Monday, March 23, 2015 9:50 AM
That is an Appradio 3 pictured....I know this because I have an Appradio 4....
Monday, March 23, 2015 1:24 PM
@Mike So I guess that's a no, LOL. They really don't look like 265s from the pics, that's a lot of tire for that little car. I thought they were the stock skinnies.
Monday, March 23, 2015 1:26 PM
whats the weight difference between the stock and seibon trunk?
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Monday, March 23, 2015 9:27 PM
I don't remember but I want to say it was something like 18 lbs.
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