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.
Its always nice to see someone experiencing the fun of driving a starlet for the first time or for the first time in a long time. Check out Jamie_FYD as he does a review of his friends Toyota GT Starlet.
Every wondered what it would be like if a real life rally driver played a rally game? Well check out the footage of Will Orders driving a stage in the DiRT Rally video game.
Must say he is pretty darn good. I'm impressed with the cockpit as well equipped with e-brake and all; wouldn't mind having that Recaro seat in my starlet.
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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.