Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Wheel Setups
We sampled hundreds of wheels at this years 86fest. Wide wheels. Wheels with huge offset. Cambered out wheels. Curbed wheels(ouch!). Wheels ranging from entry level makes like Rota and XXR to high-end wheel manufacturers like HRE and Rays.
What sets them apart from one another and what wheels look best on the 86? Do some look better on the Scion FR-S while others look better on the Subaru BRZ? How does paint and color scheme come in to play? What about performance and brake caliper clearance? Dozens of factors all weigh in to determine what wheels work best for specific applications, so it can be a difficult question to answer.
Odds are, no two Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZs are going to have the same exact wheel setup. Some people prefer five spoke wheels, others prefer ten, others still prefer meshies. Some will argue that brightly colored neon wheels are cliché, while others will say polished wheels are a bit long in the tooth and need to be retired.
Style comes in many forms, and some things work with others, but one thing that will remain ambiguous is style. In that regard, we will try to remain unbiased.
A touchy subject for many. Obviously household names like Rays, BBS, and the like are safe from scrutiny, but what about XXRs? Is it acceptable to have economy brand wheels on what most would consider to be an economy car? Ultimately, it’s a matter of personal opinion. Some will find it acceptable. Many will not.
It’s what’s on the inside that counts.
What good is the perfect offset and wheel size if you’ve got tiny little calipers sitting on an even more embarrassing rotor behind it. Massive, slotted and drilled rotors aren’t a necessity per-se, but damn do they look good. No one seemed to be rocking carbon ceramic brakes, but that’s to be expected considering so few have the horsepower to necessitate that much stopping power.
Larger wheels can free up some room for bigger brake calipers and larger rotors, but they can also raise overall ride height – especially when combined with beefier tires.
Sometimes it’s better to trade braking power for smaller wheel sizes. You can save on unsprung weight and lower your FRS or BRZ’s center of gravity, not to mention save a few grand by keeping the OEM rotors and calipers. If brake fade becomes an issue, there are easier, more cost effective measures to solving that problem should it become an issue down the road.
Fortune Favors the Bold
Sometimes you need to take a risk to gain an advantage in the show scene. Innovation will more often than not, lead to a dead end, but once every blue moon it can produce extremely impressive results. Taking an enormous risk with the BASF paint chosen by Charles Trieu, the British green plays itself well off of the white faced BBS LM’s that Garage FR-S sit on.
Some will claim that it’s going too far, or that the palette belongs on a British sports car, but the success of Garage FRS and the accolades it brings in, speaks for itself. The rocket bunny wide fenders only serve to accentuate the aggressive tread pattern left behind by the Nitto tires.
So which setup is the best?
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