|10-19-2012, 04:52 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Ann Arbor, MIVehicle:
Not a subaru: College kid's attempt at an mr2
So obviously not a subaru, but figure I would share this anyways.
So a little background.
First off, while I was still with my old employer (Late 2008) I had a 2006 Aspen White STi lined up at a dealer. Went to pick it up, and in my excitement about being approved without a cosigner forgot to get an insurance quote. 20 minutes later, dreams are shattered as the cheapest I could find was $684/month with the cheapest rate for an 06/7 WRX being $472/month. Being 20 trying to buy a newish* car is the worst....
So I had bought a '94 NA MR2 back in early 2007ish and always wanted to swap it. Being a broke high-schooler at the time that was obviously not happening.
Fast forward a couple years and I got a decent job in Ann Arbor as a service manager for a computer firm and the mod bug hit since the WRX/STi was out of the question.
Mods when I bought the car:
Border Body kit
Re-painted HoK Black with iridescent flake (Yes, its "rainbowie" in the sun )
Motegi MM7 rims
CF Border Hood
And that was it.
First things first. Replaced CF hood (was cracking) and re-installed oem rims
Then it came time for the plans on what to do. I didn't have a huge budget which is fine because you don't need a lot of power to make these cars quick. I originally was thinking a rebuilt gen 2 w/ 3071r kit, but I couldn't afford the supporting mods to really make use of the power. Instead I went for a 97 Gen 3 swap with a new E153 LSD Trans. I wanted a new trans which is what really won this decision over. Also while I was looking a very big mr2 shop was moving to a new location and needed to offload some parts, so after talking with him a while I ended up ordering my swap from him too for a great price!
Here is the crappy part. The phone I had when I started broke along with 90% of all my pictures. Whats left is just random ones I uploaded. I am looking for the sd card I backed everything up on but no luck yet.
While the motor was out I decided to clean up the car a bit while I had the room. I wanted to replace as much worn stuff with OEM as possible except where I was going to upgrade:
-Removed all lines, bolts, plastics and de-greased entire under side of car
-Rubberized the entire under carriage of the car
-Stripped all Fender Wells and POR15'd all four corners
-Replaced Every bushing on car with Prothane Bushings
-Every bracket and suspension piece was media blasted and Powder-coated Gloss Black
-Stripped Struts (Housings Media Blasted and Powdercoated)
-TRD Lowering Springs (1.5" Front 1.25" Rear i think)
-New OEM Strut inserts
-New OEM Strut hats
-ST 22mm Front and Rear Swaybars
-ST Swaybar Re-inforcement Plate
-EMS Adjustable End-links
-New OEM Ball Joints and Tie Rods
-Stripped and Rubber lined Crossmember
-All bolts were replaced with OEM Toyota Bolts
I had a ton of pictures of this but this is all I can find atm
Then I hit a standstill for the next year an a half or so. I got laid off from work, went back to school, and had to work about 60 hours a week + school to be able to pay the bills etc.
Worst thing was I only needed a clutch to put everything back into the car and start buttoning it up.
I was gonna finish it I told everyone, but days turned into weeks into months blah blah blah.
Well now something finally set my ass on fire and I started back up on it.
Ordered the clutch, resurfaced the flywheel, and started throwing everything back together last weekend.
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|10-19-2012, 04:54 PM||#2|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Ann Arbor, MIVehicle:
Setting up the picker to lift the body over the motor:
5 hours or so later she is finally home:
Ordered some random bolts and sensors and gaskets which will be here this week, and can hopefully get it to crank over by end of the weekend.
I will post up more pics when I get home from school for fall break this coming up weekend, but here is the mod list and to do list as it sits.
-Solid Side Moldings
-New OEM weatherstripping and gaskets (Entire car, fml was a PITA)
-Still has the border kit (I want to go 93+ OEM but $$$ is low)
-MM7's to roll the car around
-93+ OEM rims refinished graphite gray
-Stripped, media blasted, and powdercoated Calipers, Hubs, Dust shields, Brackets and rebuilt with OEM bearings and parts
-93+ Turbo Hubs
-Goodridge SS Brakelines
-New OEM rotors (Car sat for so long I will probably have these turned or get new ones)
-Phoenix Tuning Custom Engine and Body Harness (Plug and play harness with new OEM connectors)
-EMS Oil Pressure Gauge (Replaces oem voltage gauge in cluster)
-AEM Tru-boost Boost gauge and Electronic Boost Controller
-AEM UEGO Wideband O2
-Headliner re-wrapped in black
-T-top shades wrapped in black
-Autometer CF Gauge Cups
-Gen 3 ECU (Self learning which is nice)
-Jon-O short shift kit and drop plate
-'97 Gen 3 3S-GTE
-OEM E153 Transmission w/ LSD
-Greddy style sidemount IC (Might use oem intercooler, need to pressure check aftermarket one)
-EMS IC shroud and High Flow Spal
-Fuel system converted to AN Fittings and Lines (-8 I believe)
-Berk Technology Downpipe
-Berk Vacuum Line distribution block and lines
-Partially Polished Intake Manifold (Good for like 30HP from what I hear )
-Exedy OEM Replacement Clutch
I know I am missing a ton but this is atleast a good place to start.
This weekend I plan on:
-Re-install fuel tank, coolant lines, e-brake lines
-replace a few random sensors
-finish vacuum lines
-1 million other tiny details.
Anywhoooo heres a few more pics:
I dont know what to do with my hands....
This = Not Safe
|10-19-2012, 06:36 PM||#5|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Houston, TXVehicle:
2010 STI OBP S.E.
05 FXT Stg.3|06 LGT Stg.2
Looking good, can't wait for more updates.
|10-19-2012, 08:00 PM||#6|
Join Date: Jan 2007
man that really looks unsafe. always wanted to take one of these out for a drive but never got a chance.
|10-19-2012, 08:17 PM||#7|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Kennett Square, PAVehicle:
Looks good so far man, keep the updates going!
|12-02-2013, 06:00 AM||#10|
Join Date: Jul 2010
What happen to the updates? Did you get lost in the Bermuda Triangle with this one?