WBJ’s 2013 Toyota 86 aka Project86


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James Bennett aka "WBJ" and his 2013 Toyota 86
Written by: Ben Duen Photo by: James Bennett & Lafayette Britto Photography He's built them ALL--Domestic, Euro, Import. He's studied all the styles-- Audio/Video, DTM/Euro Tuner, VIP, JDM/ Tuner Style. There is one guy in Jade that has treated car builds as an art. He views every niche and every project he's completed as another form to study, another 'black belt' to master..and now with over 15 yrs of car builds, magazine features, show wins, exclusive sponsors, movie appearances, and project consultant posts, you could say James Bennett has reached Bruce Lee level of enlightenment. After 15 yrs, you begin to realize what works, what doesn't, what to keep doing, and what is frivolous...and above all else, you realize the number one reason why build cars in the first place...cause it's supposed to be fun. Enter his current build- The 2013 Toyota 86. Everything about this car screams fun to drive. Lightweight (2700 lbs), balanced, rear wheel drive, proper manual tranny w positive action and short throws, lower-than-Ferrari center of gravity, Porsche level steering feel and the uncanny ability to make you feel 'happy' when driving it. Take a look at Jame's example along with all his mod choices..and then realize that he is barely halfway done--but the amazing part is, the more he modifies it, the more it stays true to simply enhancing the 86's core personality. He's made the car mad fun to drive even more so than what Toyota had planned. Level- Master. We asked James how he's accomplishing this uber rare balance of serious modifications and yet fun-to-drive-ness and his response? "Be like water bitches."    

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  PERSONAL INFO
  • Name: "WBJ" James Bennett
  • Member Since 1998
VEHICLE
  • 2013 Scion FR-S Toyota 86 - Whiteout
ENGINE/DRIVETRAIN
  • Stage 2 Ecutek Tune with RaceRom by HRI Tuning
  • Takeda Stage-2 PRO 5R Intake System
  • MXP Stainless Steel Catback Exhaust with Titanium Tips
  • MXP Unequal Length Headers
  • Motiv Concepts Test Pipe
  • Grimspeed 86 Oil Cap
  • Grimspeed Stainless Pulley Cover
  • TRD Radiator Cap
  • TRD Battery Clamp
  • Optima Yellow Top Battery
  • Titanium Dress Up Bolts Engine Bay Kit
  • Modelista Wrinkle Red Engine Cover
  • Motul ECO-lite 0W20 Synthetic Motor Oil
  • Motul GEAR 300 Oil for Transmission and Differential
  • Kics Magnetic Oil Drain Plug
  • Project Mu Magnetic Oil Filter
  • Gimmick Motorsports Hood Dampers
SUSPENSION
  • Tein Flex Coilovers with pillow ball upper mounts and 16 levels of damping force adjustment
  • GT-SPEC Front Strut Tower Brace
  • GT-SPEC 3 Point Front Strut Tower Support Brace
  • GTSPEC Rear Adjustable Camber Arms
  • GTSPEC Rear Adjustable Toe Arms
  • GTSPEC Rear Trailing Arms
  • GTSPEC Rear Subframe Reinforcement Panel
  • GTSPEC Front 4 Point Ladder Brace
  • GTSPEC Rear Lower T Brace
  • Whiteline Adjustable Rear Sway Bar - 18mm with Support Brace and Adjustable Drop Links
  • Whiteline Adjustable Front Sway Bar - 22mm with Adjustable Drop Links
  • Whiteline Front Gearbox Positive Shift Kit Bushing
  • Whiteline Front Steering Rack and Pinion Mount Bushing
  • Whiteline Rear Crossmember Mount Bushing Insert
STREET WHEELS / TIRES
  • Advan TCIII 18×9.5 Matte Black with
  • Toyo T1 Sport 255/35/18
  • Kics R40 Neo Chrome Lugs and Locks
BRAKES
  • 12.6 Inch Project Mu Club Racer Slotted Brake Rotors Front
  • 12.4 Project Mu Club Racer Brake Slotted Rotors Rear
  • Brembo 4 Piston EVO X Brake Caliper Custom Painted Teal
  • Brembo 2 Piston EVO X Brake Caliper Custom Painted Teal
  • Project Mu NS400 Club Racer Brake Pads
  • Custom Caliper Mounts to adapt EVOX Calipers
  • Stoptech Stainless Steel Brake Lines
  • Valvoline Synpower Synthetic Brake Fluid
EXTERIOR INTERIOR
  • EvoX Recaro Seats Custom Fit to Planted Technology Seat Bases
  • DCT Motorsports Carbon Fiber D Shaped Steering Wheel
  • Yospeed Billet Custom Center Console Plaque
  • Yospeed Billet Custom Door Sills
  • Custom Suede with Red Stitching Shifter Boot
  • Custom Suede with Red Stitching E-Brake Boot
  • Real Carbon Fiber Gauge Bezel
  • Real Carbon Fiber Radio and Dash Panels
  • Real Carbon Fiber AC Rings
  • Real Carbon Fiber Door Handles
  • Real Carbon Fiber Gauge Cover
  • Toyota Airbag Emblem
  • JDM Toyota Trunk Matt
  • LED Lighting
I.C.E.
  • Pioneer App Radio3 with Beatsonic Harness and Dash Kit
  • Beatsonic Back Up Camera
  • Vgate iCar 2 ELM327 WiFi OBD2 Car Diagnostics Scanner
  • Dash Command Real Time Monitor
Project86 - SPONSORS Mackin Industries www.mackinindustries.com Meguiars www.meguiars.com Whiteline www.whiteline.com.au GTSPEC www.gtspec.com Beatsonic www.beatsonicusa.com Toyo Tires www.toyotires.com Spyder www.spyderauto.com HRI Tuning www.hrituning.com Yospeed www.yospeed.com East Coast Garage www.eastcoastgarage.com Motul www.motul.com DCT Motorsports www.dctms.com Dressupbolts www.dressupbolts.com Optima Batteries http://www.optimabatteries.com/