The Ultimate Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ Wheels Guide
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Top 5 Wheel Choices for the FR-S / BRZ at Furious Customs
Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, or Toyota 86 – whatever you’d
like to call it – is one of the most celebrated sports coupes in the recent
years. Combining a light weight car
(2774 pounds) with a 200hp rear wheel drive drivetrain makes for a very
exciting car at any level of driving ability.
While the largest complaint of the 86 is its lack of power,
the car makes up for it with its pure sports car qualities and intention of
being a fun car to drive first and foremost.
I mean, the car is based on a lightweight 80s Corolla that
has obtained cult status among car enthusiasts.
The new 86 is a modernized version of it that places driver joy and
affordability at the front of importance.
How can anyone be mad at that? I
Also please be aware of our bias for the 86 – the crew here
at Furious Customs has owned one for 5 years!
If you’re reading this article, then chances are that you
already have a Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, or Toyota 86, or are thinking about
getting one and already planning out the coolest wheels possible for your new
ride. Let’s move on to the wheels then!
**Please keep in mind that the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ /
Toyota 86 use the 5x100 bolt pattern for all wheels**
Wheel Styles for Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86
Perhaps the most popular style when it comes to wheels for
the FR-S is the JDM Time Attack / Motorsports look. This style includes one-piece cast wheels as
well as one-piece forged wheels.
Popular brands include
Volk Racing, Advan Racing, Work Wheels, WedsSport, SSR and Enkei.
These wheels are often lightweight and stiff – ideal for racing your
Furious Customs is a dealer for all wheels shown on this page so please visit our site or contact us if you'd like a set for your car!
Volk Racing TE-37 – 18x9.5” +40
Starting with a heavy hitter and possibly the most popular
wheel when it comes to the JDM time attack / motorsport style is the almighty
Volk TE-37 wheel. Available in many
different specs and colors, this wheel has been a tuner favorite for years and
for good reason – super lightweight, epic clean design, and JDM (Japanese
Domestic Market) style appeal. This
forged wheel is best in its
concave faces, which for the 86 would be a
Volk Racing ZE40 – 18x10” +40
One of Volk Racing’s newest, popular wheels on the market is
the ZE40 model. It’s a 10 spoke wheel
with normally a pretty deep concave face.
Not only does the concave face look
amazing, but it is great for
those that also have a big brake kit.
We love the different finishes available on the wheel such as velvet
blue, motorsport green, and classic colors like black, bronze, or gold. For JDM nerds, this wheel was very refreshing
to see in Volk Racing’s lineup that has been dominated by the TE-37 for years.
Advan GT – 18x9.5” +40
One of the cleanest and lightest one piece wheels on the
market has to be the Advan GT. It
features a simple 5 spoke face with a great flat lip and combines clean
aesthetics with motorsport ready use.
JDM fans will know this name well and especially its long history with
motorsports like drifting, time attack, and
Work Emotion CR Kiwami – 18x9.5” +38
Another heavy hitter is the Work Emotion CR Kiwami. This split 5 spoke wheel has a long history,
specifically with the drifting community, due to its aggressive motorsports
aesthetic and range of custom fitments.
The Deep Concave face is the way to go on this wheel if your car can fit
it – I would recommend a wide body kit to fit the ultra concave 18x10.5” +15
WedsSport TC-105N – 18x9.5” +35
Coming in at a mere 17.9 lbs per wheel in the 18x9.5” spec
is the WedsSport TC-105N wheel. The
price / performance ratio is hard to beat on this wheel as it outperforms most
forged wheels on both price and weight.
While there are many replicas of this wheel, it’s not really much more
expensive to go with the real deal and enjoy the benefits of having the peace
of mind of quality and the light weight benefits that this wheel offers.
Enkei RPF1 – 18x9.5” +38 via @FRS8SIX
classic wheel in our opinion, the Enkei RPF1 is possibly one of the
most used wheels in motorsports and is a fantastic option for budget minded
Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86 racers.
Coming in at only 18.2 pounds per wheel with a cost of around $1000 per
set in this aggressive fitment, it’s a no brainer for many to go with a tried
and true wheel used by thousands worldwide.
The wheel has a long history of use in professional racing on the
grassroots level as well as use in
Formula One. If you can’t tell, it’s one of the house
favorites here at Furious Customs.
SSR GTV02 Wheel – 18x9.5” +40 via @DVOLVED
Also joining the ranks of “inexpensive, racing wheels” is
the SSR GTV01. SSR uses a flow-form
technology to make these wheels, which basically is a combination of forging
and cast technologies. The result is a
light weight wheel that doesn’t break the bank.
Their GTV02 wheel is super clean with its 10 concave spoke face that
looks more OEM meets motorsports.
NS M01 Wheel - 18x8.5" +35 via Lewis Tan
Sometimes, clean is best when it comes to the style of wheels you choose for your car. Lewis went with the NS Wheels M01 wheel which is a classic 5 spoke design that takes away the attention from the wheels and puts it more on the car itself. After all, the wheels are meant to be a functional accessory that makes your car look and perform better. Lewis's FR-S features a bunch of rare JDM parts like the TRD rear window louvre, DAMD gauge pack, NARDI steering wheel, and Clazzio seat covers.
Work XSA-04C – 18x9.5” +35
Our FR-S went through many wheel stages during its life as a
Furious Customs project car and one was a “show style” phase (although we used
this wheel setup for racing, as well!).
It was a custom order from Japan in this spec that took around 6 months
to arrive, but the effect was well worth it!
You’ll notice in the picture above that the wheel had a
larger lip in the rear. This was not due
to a staggered setup, but it was because we selected the different face on
the front to allow for a larger brake kit.
As with most “Show Style” wheels, wheel weight is normally not of utmost
importance so please keep that in mind!
Rotiform TMB – 18x10.5” +10 via @spencer_nielsen_
We love being a full Rotiform wheels dealer and the options
that a 3 piece custom forged wheel bring to the table. 3 Piece custom wheels are made in any spec,
offset, finish, and lip design that the customer wants.
These custom wheels take 3-4 months to create but for those
looking to really set their ride apart from the crowd, it may be the only
ESM 002R - 17x10" +15
The ESM 002R wheel, pictured here in black chrome with gold rivets, is a classic mesh design in one of the most aggressive fitments offered by ESM. In this 17x10" fitment, it has a deep 4" step lip.
Work Meister M1 - 18x9.5" -34 / 18x10.5" -45
These 3 piece Work Meister M1 wheels in MGM finish really top off this extreme LB Performance / Rocket Bunny equipped Toyota 86. We love how aggressive it sits with these high end, three piece wheels. With any successful build, it's all in the details and you can tell that the owner of this car went the extra mile for getting the stance just right.
3SDM 0.06 – 18x9.5” +38 via @636i
3SDM is a name known mostly in the Euro scene (VW, Audi),
though we think their 0.06 wheel looks pretty good on the FR-S / BRZ / 86 as
One thing that’s really cool about the 0.06 wheel is that it
is fully directional – meaning that the “swirl” on left side wheels will be
facing the same direction as the right side.
This effect required 3SDM to make two molds per size – a measure that
effectively makes their production run a lot more expensive – but we think it’s
worth it. After all, the devil is in the
details when it comes to show car!
Work Meister S1R Meister – 18x9.5” -15 / 18x10.5” -40 via Stancenation
One of Work Wheels’ most celebrated designs is the S1R
Meister. This three piece wheel can be
made in a ton of different sizes and offset combinations making the 3+ month
lead time all the more worth it. It will
usually have a large lip with some very curvy 5 spokes in a contrasting color,
resulting in a high amount of “neck breaking” opportunities at car shows.
Furious Customs is a
Work Wheels dealer, so please contact us regarding pricing and lead times for ordering a set of Work
Wheels from Japan.
Have questions about any wheels show above, or want to learn
more about other wheels for your Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86? Please contact us today and we’d love to help
get you started on a set of dream wheels for your hachiroku.
Fitments for Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86
Starting from least aggressive to most aggressive, here are
some examples of different sizes and offsets and how they look on the Scion
FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86. (pics and information provided by
RimTuck.com and from our project car)
16x8.0” +35 – Enkei Compe
18x8.5” +40 – Buddy Club P1 SF Challenge
17x8” +40 – Enkei RPF1
17x9” +35 – Enkei RPF1
18x7.5” +38 – BBS RC
18x8.5” +35 / 18x9.5” +40 (staggered) –
Gram Lights 57C6
18x9” +29 / 18x9” +23 – SSR SP3
18x9.5” +38 – Enkei RPF1
18x9.0” +30 – Privat Kups
18x9.5” +22 – ESR SR01
18x9.5” +22 – AME TM02
19x8.5” +20 / 18x9.5” +23 - SSR SP3
Accessories for Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86
So now you have decided on your dream set of wheels that
fits in your budget, but what else will you need?
Besides tires, you’ll need a few things to pull off the JDM
Motorsports or Show Style looks described above.
We believe in doing things right the first time, so we are
fans of coilovers. Coilovers are
basically a strut / shock with the springs already loaded and are made per
They are adjustable with dampening and height so if your
needs change, you can do so on the fly.
For example, if you drive your FR-S / BRZ / 86 daily and take it to the
track on the weekend, you can easily adjust the height and dampening properties
to make the coilover stiffer if needed.
KW V3 Coilovers
One of the highest acclaimed coilovers for the FR-S / BRZ /
86 is the German made KW V3 set. It is
one of the highest quality coilovers on the market and is a great middle ground
for a car that is daily driven with the monthly track day.
TEIN Flex Z Coilovers
Japanese brand TEIN is known for its comfortable coilovers
that can also be stiffened up for track duty with high quality rebounding for
fast cornering. The entry level Street
Basis line is perfect for those looking to get a high quality brand with an
affordable price point.
Megan Racing Street Series
If you want the functionality of coilovers without having to
pay more than your wheels did, then the Megan Racing Street Series is the way
springs simply replace the stock springs on your FR-S / BRZ / 86 and have
different qualities like ride height and rebound rate. They often will lower the car 1-2” and offer
a bit stiffer ride quality, making the car look better on aftermarket wheels
and making for a more aggressive, better cornering ride.
Eibach Sportline Springs
Eibach knows springs.
Since as long as I can remember, Eibach has been THE NAME for high
quality lowering springs. This German
brand makes springs for a variety of vehicles, almost every one on the market,
and the Sportline line is their lowest and most aggressive spring offered for
the FR-S / BRZ / 86.
Lowering the car 1.4” all around, this kit for under $300 is
a perfect buy for wanting a great visual effect with not much sacrifice to ride
TEIN S.TECH Springs
Very comparable in ride quality and height adjustment to the
Eibach springs, the TEIN S.TECH springs keep things Japanese on your FR-S / BRZ
/ 86. These are designed with the more
spirited driver in mind and lower the car around 1.3” all around. For under $250, you can’t beat the quality and
JDM appeal of the TEIN S.TECH lowering springs.
An essential upgrade that come with new wheels are “tuner
style” lug nuts. Aftermarket lug nuts
are usually very light and available in a wide range of finishes.
Please keep in mind to choose 12x1.25 thread size for the
size on your Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86 lug nuts. Any other size will not fit on the bolts of
Muteki SR48 Open Ended Lug Nuts
Starting under $100, a full set of lightweight lug nuts like
these Japanese made Muteki lug nuts are perfect for any starter set of
aftermarket wheels on your FR-S / BRZ / 86.
At 56g per lug nut, they aren’t the lightest on the market,
but the styling and colors (and price tag) will get the job done. These aluminum lug nuts are available in a ton
of colors and finishes and one of our favorites for an introductory package.
Project Kics R26 Lug Nuts
Coming in at 26g per lug nut, this premium set of lug nuts
not only looks amazing, but performs amazing as well. Made by renowned Japanese company Mackin
Industries (think: Volk Racing), these high quality lug nuts belong on high
quality race wheels or show style wheels.
So there we go! We
hope that you got inspired by this post and envision how you want your Scion
FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86 to look with a proper set of wheels.
If you have any questions regarding wheel fitment, styles,
or brands that we might carry at Furious Customs, please do not hesitate to
contact us for more information. We
are here to help build your dream car within the budget that you have.
Keep on tuning!