Josh Michael’s Stanced ’93 Supra SZ
“I had a vision” – Josh Michael.
Unfortunately for Josh, that vision was red and blue flashing lights on over 24 occasions with the familiar, “can we please check your license?”
You may know Josh from your featured section on Instagram, frequently appearing as a posterboy for stanced Supra’s. With his build being so popular in the stance scene, he is able to connect and inspire like-minded people from all around the world, with a simple goal to build whatever you want. His talents and passion for photography has opened up opportunities for him to produce content for some major enthusiast brands as well as becoming an influencer, managing his own upcoming group—Fortune Gang, whose motto is “passion, not addiction for cars.”
Heavily associated with the stance and showcar scene, sense of community is a significant factor to his lifestyle and he is a well known face at events including Hot Import Nights, WTAC and Status—where he will be seen with a camera in his hand, simultaneously throwing up gang signs. He also recently collaborated with Youtuber Krispy to deliver a juicy feature promoting Status Seasonal.
The rest of the story will explain why Josh is a hot topic with NSW Highway Patrol – “I get a fair bit of hate from it.”
Josh bought his car in early 2017—a barely running 1993 Toyota Supra SZ. Met with fond memories of when he first laid his eyes on her, he recalls being able to see past its many imperfections. Pelted in dents, the Supra was swollen with rust, wearing ill-fit panels licked in faded spray paint and complimentary clear coat blisters. Not to mention it was covered in hardened yolk from being egged and never washed. Giving the Supra a grand score of 3/10, he was not deterred.
“I don’t care about anyone else’s opinion—‘why’d you stance a supra’ why the hell not?”
Today, Josh’s Supra is a completely different car—having totally transformed it to whatever his impulses told him to do. With intense work done to restore the motor, it is powered by its original NA 2JZ-GE engine and is now a mechanically reliable running car. Most of his efforts are actually in the visual aesthetics of the Supra, having spent over $12,000 in achieving his style which included a full respray. Before we start listing his specs—in understanding the cars style, you must understand it’s wheel maths.
Equipped with BC BR coilovers and a fully adjustable Hardrace camber arms set-up, the Supra sits on Work VSXX’s—the front wheels are wrapped in 225/35/18 tyres on 18×10+22 wheel with a 35mm spacer and negative six camber, while the rears are wrapped in 235/35/18 tyres and 18×11+35 wheels with a 15mm spacer and negative two camber. To finish the look of the wheels and the Supra’s overall stance, it is adorned in Aodhan steel lugs nuts.
Smiling at ya is a fresh MVP front lip fit to a factory front bar—and how could you miss that twinkle of those shiny S2 headlights?! Enhancing the overall figure of the car are Blitz side skirts, an S13 roof wing (stance people magic), a Prospec imports carbon fibre diffuser and a Ridox style carbon fibre ducktail.
It is also decked out with smoked out indicators, SupraLEDRears ringed taillights, Supra logo brake lights, and a full neon underglow kit—something we really thoroughly enjoy and genuinely excites us.
The interior cradles Bride Stradia II seats with a Vertex steering wheel to match, a Prospec Imports handbrake and shifter surround, a Likewise gear stick and shifter button, carbon fibre gauge holder a factory S2 floormats, just incase he ever misses that OEM feel.
Josh has also spent that bread on a UK spec front number plate bracket, a Prospec Imports carbon plate backing, and Broadway mirror stickers—not to mention he lost money by deleting his rear wiper.
Although he is troubled by the police, he has no problem with them and encourages other drivers to “be cool with cops” as they are also just doing their job. Speaking of which –
JOSH’S DEFECTS INCLUDE:
tinted tail lights
after market steering wheel
after market seats
seat belt fray
JOSH’S DEFECTS EXCLUDE:
battery held down with a cable tie
Even though Josh’s license is currently suspended, it doesn’t interfere with his vision of further stancing the Supra, with plans to amplify the camber and get it as close to the ground as he can. When he gets his full license, he plans on boosting it and building into a street-driven drift car with a hydraulic handbrake capable of 350KW—a corner companion—and ultimately the build he always had in mind.
“If it wasn’t for cars, the people, the culture, I wouldn’t be me. I wouldn’t be doing this with you, I wouldn’t have my mates, I wouldn’t have a goal, or a purpose.”