Does the Gearbox Fit? - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: Does the Gearbox Fit?

November 14, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

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.

2013 Scion FR-S

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


  • actualsize actualsize Posts:

    Ha! I'm trying to recall what oddball cargo I've hauled in my cars over the years. There's been plenty, and greasier stuff than this.

  • mfennell mfennell Posts:

    @actualsize: You have to admit, transaxle in the front seat is a pretty high bar to set. Mine have always fit in the trunk.

  • Don't you guys have a Chevy Silverado sitting in the garage?

  • evodad evodad Posts:

    yup, that beats the engine block in the trunk of my evo

  • 330i_zhp 330i_zhp Posts:

    Haha! That's awesome! Well done, sir.

  • explorerx4 explorerx4 Posts:

    This wasn't design for a powered mobile trebuchet?

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Well, that was one of the most unusual posts we've seen in a long time! Thanks for giving me a little laugh.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Good job securing it and protecting the interior...but...that transaxle would not fit into the car's trunk? It's tiny.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    Don't you wish the FR-S was the liftback it should have been.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    By the way, use of the LATCH anchors was a nice touch!

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