2013 Scion FR-S: Does the Gearbox Fit?
November 14, 2013
Not to worry, no Scion FR-Ss were harmed in the making of this post. I needed to measure the bellhousing features of this transaxle for a LeMons car I'm working on, which entailed schlepping it to a machine shop. I happened to have our long-term 2013 Scion FR-S at the time, so...does the gearbox fit?
Clearly, yes. I put down some thick cardboard and eased that sucker into the seat. It seemed happy. Then I threw some more between the bellhousing and the seatback, broke out a ratcheting tie-down strap and headed into the backseat.
There, I hooked both of the strap's ends into the FR-S's LATCH baby-seat anchors in the rear seatback. A trashbag went over the transaxle before also buckling it in with the seatbelt. I wouldn't call it secure, per se, but with the doubled-up strappage it was somewhat restrained-ish. Managed to do the whole thing without the 'box ever directly touching any surface of the interior.
Also, don't do this. Please. It's a bad idea.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor