Racing Driver’s “Trackable” Flush Fitment | A Close Look at the Max Orido 86’s Suspension & Wheels
Published : 2021/03/30 15:42 Modified : 2021/03/30 15:42
Combining super-wide 10J wheels and wide fenders!
Style and handling for “grown up” boy racers.
Manabu “MAX” Orido, is a hugely popular and talented top racing driver. MAX ORIDO Racing sells original parts developed in house as well as a few carefully selected custom parts. The toy born of their discerning approach is this, Orido’s personal 86.
The concept is straight to the point: A one-rank-up “grown-up” spec. The wheels essential to make it happen are Advan Racing R6s.
The six slim spokes and stepped deep rim find their roots in the RG-D2, with suitable adjustments to keep up with this age of ever growing wheels. In search of the best possible performance, these sports wheels employ a die forging construction process.
“I’m going after looks without sacrificing performance,” enthuses Orido. “So these Yokohama wheels made by people who actually race cars are a must. Lately I’ve been into flat GT style wheels and how easy they are to clean, but the combination of the 86 and the R6 deep dish rim projects an image that made sense on the AE86, and looks fresh now.”
The 10J +35 R6s nestle into 255/35 R18 Advan Neova tires at both front and back. MAX ORIDO Racing’s original front arches, and stick on rear arches make the car 9mm wider per side at both ends, achieving perfectly flush fitment. Combined with the deep dish rims, you get the impression that the car is wider than it really is. Apparently even with the same size tires, the setup varies depending on the shape of the shoulders.
Leaving the original rear fenders in place would result in the tires rubbing with the suspension fully compressed, so they were cut away. It’s a beautiful job, created with sheet metal and panel bond, and is a great example of how it’s done
The ride height and alignment place performance above all else. Front camber is minus 2.7 degrees, and rear is minus 3.
The control arms remain unchanged; the front pillow ball upper mounts are solely responisble for the adjustments.
The suspension comes in Max Orido’s original spec, born of a collaboration with Öhlins. Set up for use in a wide range of applications from street to circuit, the spring rate is 7kg/mm at the front and 8kg/mm at the rear.
The brakes combine the standard calipers with Projectμ slotted rotors and pads. Not only do these provide the stopping power and feel prerequisite for sports driving, they also look fantastic through the spokes.
“Many people associate the name Orido with the Supra, but actually the first car I used in a drift competition was a Hachiroku (AE86),” explains Orido. “This 86 with its R6 deep dish rims reminds me of that time, and I really like how it looks. I think 80 percent of a car’s style depends on the rims, so choose carefully.”
This bright red 86 with its automatic transmission and supercharger aims for accessible driving enjoyment. For those of you who are looking to balance performance and looks, this car would be an excellent point of refererence.
Thanks to: MAX ORIDO Racing, 1-24-16 Hayabuchi, Tsuzuki Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture (Tel: 045-595-9728)
MAX ORIDO Racing