As soon as my wife told me we're pregnant with our now 2 months old son, I knew we'd have to get a bigger car. I did weeks of research to see if it's possible to fit a baby seat in the back of my FR-S, but accordingly to Transport ministry of Canada all infants are required to use a rear facing car seat. There's just no way everything's going to fit into the car comfortably, and since we only have one parking spot at our condo we have to ditch the coupe for a 'family car'.
I picked up the 86 as a lease back in 2014. I had just became a licensed a Realtor at the time, and needed a car that was better on gas. While almost everyone I knew had advised me to get something more "real estate agent" I didn't really GAF, and ended up picking up the FR-S over a previous gen Lexus IS, I was going to be on the road a lot and I wanted to enjoy as much of it as I can.
Since the car's a lease it kept me from doing anything too crazy in terms of mods, which I (ahemmywallet) in ways appreciated. The car came from slightly under powered to being great pleasure to drive, and still awesome for daily driving.
I drove all over the place with this car, we went on countless night drives through the west coast mountains and every minute of it was special. I thought I was sad when I traded in my Hummer, this time I was grumpy for WEEKS.
To replace the ultimate driving experience, we picked up a 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek Sport 6MT, not a lease this time since we knew from the start it'll be a keeper. The car is essentially a lifted 2017+ Impreza hatchback, with taller struts. The most glorious of it all (aside from new car smell) is how comfortably it rides on shitty Toronto roads. As much as I loved the 86 it was miserable driving it around the East coast city. I remember instantly feeling better about the situation the moment I rolled out of the lot at Richmond Hill Subaru.
I don't think I've kept a single one of my vehicles stock, ever. In the 86's case I was about to do a lifted, baja build w/ some 16 x 8.5 ET-6 RS Watanabes w/ a set of Rocket Bunny V1 fenders, a glorified rally build really. I even had the parts on order before I finally decided that the FR-S can't stay. So I sold off the RB fenders (easily), the wheels however, I had plans for them. I waited 6 months for these Wats to be made to order, and to travel across the globe from JDM'land and there's no way I'm going to let them go to waste.
I never knew lifted Subies were a thing until recently, when I started researching for my build. There a several lift kits available for the car which made things easy for me, I ended up going with LP Aventure's 1.5" kit. Since I have larger wheel wells now I ordered a set of BFGoodridge K02's, these tires should be plenty good for Toronto's Winter months.
Thanks to the 235/70/16 K02's I no longer have to worry about curbing my wheels and can disrespect most pot holes within the City of Toronto (I hear Montreal is a whole different beast, tho). Since there are next to zero performance mods available to this platform I've been sticking to more grown up mods like baby seats and back seat covers. A roof rack/basket setup is definitely in the plans too, for the sake of more storage space and adventure times. Despite the car being much slower than the 86 I do enjoy daily driving this much more, but I am waiting for someone to put a WRX engine in one of these things so I can plan out my own swap down the road.
By the way, I get a lot of people asking me about the wheels. For anyone who's interested in running the same setup I just want to warn you that this setup is not a simple plug/play. Modifications had to be made in order for these wheels and tires to work on this car w/ no rubbing. If you're curious about what exactly needed to be done feel free to get in touch, I'm more than happy to share.
Next on the list is probably fender flares, to smooth out the mad pokage caused by ET-6. I'm currently contemplating on which size/style flares I want to run before I go ahead and do any drilling. This is going to be an ongoing build, so stay tuned for updates! :)