So it finally warmed up just a little bit the other day and I took the opportunity to install the rear struts on my car. The process was pretty simple with the exception of removing the rear bezels to reach to the top bolts that hold the struts in place. I thought there would have been a greater difference in height when comparing the new assebly versus the old but there was not much height difference . Here are a few pics.
So I ordered a few parts for my build and they came in a few days ago.
I ordered top hats for both front and rear suspensions. I was initially thinking to reuse the ones that are currently on the car but then I decided I want to just do a quick swap out when I get the chance so rather than to clamp springs and stuff in order to remove the OEM top hats i just bout a new set. Since I got them I was able to quickly assemble the rear strut assembly as shown in the pictures.
I also got a clutch kit which included a 6 puck clutch, a pressure plate, a throw out bearing and an alignment tool. This means that the only thing remaining to do my manual swap is the transmission which I hope to purchase in a couple of weeks. I also ordered a OEM flywheel and grabbed a couple of flywheel bolts while I was at it just make sure I have everything.
I was able to pick up a TD04 the other day for my project. The turbo originally came from a Subaru and the owner was doing an upgrade and so decided to sell it.
It seems to be in great condition as it has no signs of excessive oil and no sign of shaft play. I choose this turbo for two reasons.
Firstly availability , these turbos are rather easy to come by so should one break it wouldn't or shouldn't be to hard to find a replacement.
Secondly, I have had experience working with these turbos and know that they are not too bad of an upgrade from the stock 4efte turbo. Sure there are alot of other options for bigger turbos but for now Im working with what I have and upgrade later.
The plan is to do either buy a pree built manifold or create a manifold for my self to fit the turbo. Not quite sure which route I will be taking just yet.
My search for a reasonably priced set of springs to go along with the Stagg struts that I purchased turn up the Vogtland brand of springs.
I was looking for something that would improve handling, maintain comfort but wouldn't break my pocket. Vogtland is a German based company that makes parts for VW and have been around for a while.
Based on appearances alone the springs look well constructed and designed. They are progressive springs and so should maintain some level of comfort as opposed to full racing springs.
I'm unsure of the spring rate but because they are progressive springs they have two rates one rate provides similar characteristics to OEM standards and the other that improves handling characteristics under more aggressive driving,
They should also give the car a drop of about an inch or two. Stay tuned for the install and review.
So I was able to find some time over the weekend to finally install my strut brace, The install is pretty simple and took about 15 minutes to do.
All that was require is to remove two nuts on either side of the strut tower that hold the strut in place, place the strut brace over the bolts and reinstall the nuts and that's it your done.
The only minor issue I found with the brace is that it slightly rests on the intake when it is fully tightened down.
Check out the pictures below to see how it turned out.
I am a firm believer in suspension braces as I have experienced first hand the difference having and not having braces on your car makes. With that in mind I ordered the first of a few braces I plan to add to the Tercel.
The strut brace I got was actually for the Paseo as seen in the pictures below but they will fit the Tercel and Starlet as well.
I plan to get :
This should be OK enough for my plans for the car and Im looking at three major brands Whitline Racing, ultra Racing and Drag and Drift.
I plan to do an installation video to outline and issues I may come across during the installation.
I have added a link here if you want to purchase one for your project.
Purchase one here
I picked this intercooler up this week as I saw it going for a good price. The guy whom I bought it from wasnt able to give me dimensions at the time but for the price I said ahh what the heck. Im hoping it will work for my application but until I test fit it I won't know for certain. Stay tuned for the test fitting to come.
So I have finally decided to go ahead and do a 4efte swap in my 1998 Toyota Tercel. It has been on my bucket list for a while and all the stars are finally aligned for me to do it.
I am using my blog to document the happenings with this project with the hope that it will help someone in a similar position. My goal for the car is to do an initial swap using the stock settings and then gradually progress with mods.
I have already begun collecting parts
After a month or two of driving the Tercel I noticed a leak underneath the car and started smelling gasoline.
Well its not what I normally write about (Starlet) but I found myself with the opportunity of spending some time in North America and the closest thing this side to the Starlet is the Paseo or Tercel. I was lucky enough to find a decent Tercel for a reasonable price that I could work with. So now let the modding beginning. I have always wanted to do my own full project and I'm taking this opportunity to do so. Stay tuned for more posts.
About the Author
I am a Starlet enthusiast who has been previlaged to own 4 starlets to date and have picked up a few things about these little vehicles. There is always more to learn and im always willing to share info and thats what my aim is with this site.