Motovicity Ticket to Ride – Scion FR-S Build Part 2

Motovicity Ticket to Ride – Scion FR-S Build Part 2

by Martin Gonzales

With a more responsive suspension and more aggressive brake and pad set-up, it was now time to set the team at SpeedForSale Motorsports loose on the Motovicity Ticket to Ride Scion FR-S with the rest of the goodies they received with their free ride courtesy of HKS, AEM Electronics, Energy Suspension, Exedy and Sparco. 

This is not the first time someone has made a claim stating the Scion FR-S is a horribly under powered car from the factory. If the car made around 220whp from the factory it would, in our opinion, be damn near perfect. It doesn't make anywhere near that, so if the car is to truly be an all around performer, it would need more than just a couple simple bolt on parts. Enter HKS and their centrifugal supercharger kit to help us ensure we have some measurable performance gains in the acceleration department.

 

HKS provides a complete turn key supercharging solution for the Scion FR-S (part# 12001-AT008). All necessary components are included, along with very detailed hardware. The end result, an OE looking installation that requires minimal “customization” of your car's stock components.

Adding forced induction to a car that did not come that way from the factory may sound like a daunting task, but the HKS kit truly does an excellent job of providing the end user with a complete kit with all necessary and ancillary components needed. The instructions are very detailed and the hardware provided make for a relatively fab-free installation. Great news for the DIY'er and even better news for those of you who don't intend to keep your FR-S forever, as the installation is completely reversible. 

 

With some of the stock components out of the way the team at SpeedForSale Motorsports start the HKS Supercharger installation. Here we can take a closer look at the thick mounting bracket for the supercharger and how it orients the centrifugal supercharger and positions the drive pulleys. 
On the right of this picture we can see one of the only permanent modifications that needs to be made to the FR-S during the HKS Supercharger installation. This notch in the rear section of the front bumper support is needed in order to clear the charge pipe routing. The mounting bracket to the left uses one existing hole and the other must be drilled out.
A closer look at why the front bumper support needs to be notched. The black gooey stuff is spray undercoating, a nice touch which will provide a heavy duty and long term solution against rust.

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