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Old 10-19-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
94 MR2

Default 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.

Motor out:

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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Old 10-19-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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94 MR2


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)

-Listed above

-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

Engine/Everything else:
-'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
-Walbro 255LPH
-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
-Finish wiring
-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

Stay tuned!
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:54 PM   #4
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:36 PM   #5
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Location: Houston, TX
1989 Skyline GTR
2005 Forester XT


Looking good, can't wait for more updates.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:00 PM   #6
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Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Baltimore
2011 WRX 6spd


man that really looks unsafe. always wanted to take one of these out for a drive but never got a chance.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:17 PM   #7
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Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Kennett Square, PA
2011 WRX


Looks good so far man, keep the updates going!
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:13 AM   #8
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Join Date: Jul 2012
Chapter/Region: NESIC
2012 STI


I have always loved MR2s. When I was 16 I wanted one more than anything.
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:09 AM   #9
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Chapter/Region: South East
Location: America
2004 STi


That was my first car. I miss it! :/

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Old 12-02-2013, 07:00 AM   #10
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12 WRX


What happen to the updates? Did you get lost in the Bermuda Triangle with this one?
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