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Old 03-28-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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Just picked up an 85 GT-S coupe off ksl (yes, the rattle-canned baby blue one, but that will be remedied).

Any advice on suspension setups? Right now the plan is to keep it cheap and go with KYB AGX's all around, but not sure what springs yet.

I know there are a few people on here that have experience with the AE86 and any input would be appreciated.

Oh, and if anyone has any parts for sale for one, let me know!
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:44 PM   #2
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i had one for 10 years. bought it in 2001 traded it a year ago.
miss that car so much. i had tokico blues in the front with sleeve type coilovers (really affordable) and qa1 coilover in the rear about 400 plus you have to do some work to make them fit.
that worked great for me. for years and years.
i used stock cut springs in the beginning which worked fine as well.
i do have some parts. depending on what you need.
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:56 PM   #3
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1st Dumbest thing I have ever done: Bought Corollas
2nd Dumbest thing I have ever done: Sold my Corollas

Suspension: It is tough because so many that are sold are just slip over coils. I had the T3 Ground Controls and they were nice, but the rears rubbed a lot. The rear is not really set up to fit a full coil very well. The Tokico Blues are a decent option too. My favorites that I ever had, were the JIC full coilovers on my white hatch.











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Old 03-28-2011, 03:49 PM   #4
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i had one for 10 years. bought it in 2001 traded it a year ago.
miss that car so much. i had tokico blues in the front with sleeve type coilovers (really affordable) and qa1 coilover in the rear about 400 plus you have to do some work to make them fit.
that worked great for me. for years and years.
i used stock cut springs in the beginning which worked fine as well.
i do have some parts. depending on what you need.
lmk.
Thanks for the advice on the suspension. Maybe I will go tokico blues and some springs rather than the AGX's. PM sent on the parts.
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:01 PM   #5
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I think it is funny that all you had to say was the light blue spray painted one on ksl and we all knew exactly what you were talking about.

As for cut springs, I think that is not a good way to go. If you are really looking for inexpensive performers, do the Tokico Blues, or get on Club4ag and buy something used.
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:56 PM   #6
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1st Dumbest thing I have ever done: Bought Corollas
2nd Dumbest thing I have ever done: Sold my Corollas

Suspension: It is tough because so many that are sold are just slip over coils. I had the T3 Ground Controls and they were nice, but the rears rubbed a lot. The rear is not really set up to fit a full coil very well. The Tokico Blues are a decent option too. My favorites that I ever had, were the JIC full coilovers on my white hatch.
Very nice selection of corollas! Looks like I might be going with the Tokicos, but we will see what kind of pricing I can get.

Anyone have experience with tuning? I'm thinking about giving Megasquirt a shot.
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:17 PM   #7
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I think it is funny that all you had to say was the light blue spray painted one on ksl and we all knew exactly what you were talking about.

As for cut springs, I think that is not a good way to go. If you are really looking for inexpensive performers, do the Tokico Blues, or get on Club4ag and buy something used.
Yeah some poor bastard had to buy it, and when he dropped the price to $1,200 I decided the money I was going to use on wheels for my STI would be spent on a project car.

The suspension on the car right now scares me. The best way I can describe it is a "backyard custom attempt at a drift setup". I hate to bash the seller but one of my favorite quotes was, "It pops a little bit in the front because it has lowering springs."
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:23 PM   #8
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Yeah that is because Brandon built that car I think. I would do a 10,000 pt safety check prior to use.
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:39 PM   #9
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Yeah some poor bastard had to buy it, and when he dropped the price to $1,200 I decided the money I was going to use on wheels for my STI would be spent on a project car.

The suspension on the car right now scares me. The best way I can describe it is a "backyard custom attempt at a drift setup". I hate to bash the seller but one of my favorite quotes was, "It pops a little bit in the front because it has lowering springs."
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:41 PM   #10
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Skinny red head Brandon that had a few different corollas? And yeah, that's why the first item on the agenda is the suspension. I will post pics later of just the way the top hat area is setup.

But at least it runs like a champ so far.
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:43 PM   #11
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Yeah that's the one.
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:06 PM   #12
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I remember him hanging around my dad's shop around 10 years ago. And by hanging around I mean borrowing/stealing tools and parts.

godfather2112 gets the car if it decides to kill me. Progress will probably be slow for the next month or so while I'm still in school because I don't have time between work/school/wife.
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It was previously owned by a guy named Ryan if I remember correct... and not to bash on him, I don't think he had it set up very well.
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:23 PM   #14
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It was previously owned by a guy named Ryan if I remember correct... and not to bash on him, I don't think he had it set up very well.
Yeah, I bought it from Ryan. I think it was more of an ignorance in the setup rather than a blatant attempt at screwing it up.

On a side note, looks like I can get Tokico Blues all around for less than $200! I am pretty much forced to buy them for that price. Anyone have spring recommendations?
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I think it was more of an ignorance in the setup rather than a blatant attempt at screwing it up.
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:43 PM   #16
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If I remember correctly, Brandon did own this in the past. A few owners ago, I'm sure.

Poor corollas, get passed around like whores.
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:54 PM   #17
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I autocrossed and road raced my old hachi about 10 years ago. I've had 5 or so AE86s and to KP61 Starlets, I finally figured out that they take way to much money to go remotely fast so they are all gone now.



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Old 03-28-2011, 08:31 PM   #18
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i megasquirted mine and ran it. built the ecu myself and built a pigtail harness also.
did a homemade (hence the name) turbo setup on it. stainless steel tubular manifold (made that too).
16g and 14b mhi turbo's. it loved the 14b turbo. perfect size. boosted hard and early.
it was very cheap for me to turbo it. ran 9 lbs and it killed most cars.

also cut springs are perfectly fine. i cut 2 coils in the front and 1.5 in the rear and it didnt even have the honda bounce. road like stock still. didnt even cut the bump stops. you should bring it down to provo and we can look over it and maybe change some things. seems like that car has been through enough hands that its had everything done.

ill check my pm's and get back to you.
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Cut springs stiffen the suspension.
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do things right. Brody you know this more than anybody.
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I was planning on cuttings the springs on my car to lower it more. Id rather do that then run some cheap ass coil over sleeves. or heated springs.
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I know. Remember what I said to you about that?


buy some nice adjustable coilovers...
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