Since things are heating up over here and the car has undergone some significant changes, and even more to come, I have started a new thread.
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I will recap some of the previous mods but will focus mostly on what is coming. I will also link to any DIYs and product supplies throughout the build, as well as where we got specific work done, as a number of companies put in a lot of time and effort helping us get this car set up, which we greatly appreciate!
The engine is currently at the builders getting sleeved, forged lower compression pistons, forged rods, and a bunch of other work which I will get pictures of as soon as the internals arrive from overseas.
A lot of the parts listed in this build are available from our store here:
Picture of current vehicle status (20-January, car painted - but it will be getting repainted as I have changed my mind about the final colour finish, test fitting rims):
Last "car still together" picture prior:
Anyway, here is a list of modifications to date (updated 12-Oct-2013)
2012 Toyota 86 GTS
- AVO Turbo kit
- AVO Dump pipe
- AVO front mount intercooler
- Perrin cold air intake
- EcuTek ECU with AVO stage 1 tune
- MCA "Red Series" coilovers
- Invidia titanium tipped exhaust
- Invidia front pipe/cat
- Perrin overpipe
- HKS Oil cooler kit
- BRZ Side fender garnishes
- Concave concepts CC03 19x9.5in rims
- Toyo Proxes R888 235/35/19 semi slicks
- StreetFX slimline license plate bracket
- StreetFX LED upgrade (inside and out\
- AP Racing brakes front and rear
- Cusco Front strut brace
- Cusco Rear Strut brace
- Cusco front and rear tow hooks
- Perrin transmission support mount
- TRD Bodykit (front/side/rear/boot lip)
- 24LED License plate light modules
- CaFi 62100 Android head unit with OBD2 interface
- Valenti "SG" Tail lights
- Valenti "SG" foglight/reverse light with StreetFX brakelight modification
- Beatsonic sharkfin roof antenna
- StreetFX chrome mirror indicator bulbs
- Hertz 3-way front splits
- Hertz 10" sub in Hertz box
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) interfaced with head unit video feed
- Mongoose reverse camera
- JPM Coachworks instrument gauge cluster cover
- Rocket Bunny Widebody Kit
Purchased but not yet fitted:
- Spare engine currently being built (sleeved, forged low comp pistons, forged rods, balanced and blueprinted etc)
- JPM Coachworks handbrake boot
- JPM Coachworks gear boot
- JPM Coachworks speaker surrounds
- JPM Coachworks kneepads
- Seibon Carbon Fibre bonnet
- Rocket Bunny Wing
- TRD 2 way LSD
- Cusco rear camber arms
- FBM V-Band turbo manifold
- FBM slimline fans
- FBM dump pipe
- FBM Intercooler piping
- Injector Dynamics ID1000 1000cc injectors with adapters
- AVO Catch can and PCV
- Forgestar custom wheels (19in street)
- CC02 custom wheels (18in track)
- Tial V-Band 44mm wastegate
- Tial BOV
- Beatrush catch can (I dont like the look of the AVO one)
- Fuel pump
- Koyo Radiator
- Bayside Autostyling 10in subwoofer enclosures (one for each side of the boot)
- GFB Lightweight pulley set
- Greddy Evo 3 Exhaust
- Motiv Concepts overpipe
- Pair of Hertz 10in subs for boot install
Things still required/not decided on:
- Final ECU Solution
- Turbocharger selection
- Seibon CSL style Bootlid
- May change to 5x114.3 with an adapter kit
List of contributors to the project:
- Option 1 Garage
- MVP Motorsports
- CarMods Australia
- Import Monster
- Solar Style Window Tinting
- NorthShore Toyota
- AudioExpress Brisbane
- MCA suspension
- Camerons Bodyworks
- OnTheRun Motorsports
- Hertz Audio
- Full Blown Motorsports
- Bayside Autostyling
- GFB Australia
Things I liked along the way:
- The turbo kit, even at 4psi gave the car MASSIVE boost to driving joy, while not blindingly fast, it made the car feel like it should have from stock. Mountain driving in 3rd/4th gear instead of downshifting to 2nd constantly
- The help offered by all the companies listed above, especially Option 1 Garage who has had to put up with me turning up repeatedly trying to last minute tweaks to the car every now and then Also MVP Motorsports in the USA who have been bending over backwards to try express ship us parts for the new stage.
- Achilles 123S tyres = WICKED for the price!
- I love the MCA Suspension, massive thanks to Josh and Murray Coote, you guys rock
Things I have found along the journey that I dont like:
- Perrin overpipe (even after modification) fouls the cross member and vibrates against it (annoying!)
- Invidia Exhaust tips sit too far in when coupled with the TRD rear bar
- The exhaust setup really needs a flex pipe or something, we have blown out gaskets and now the car sounds like a truck
- The invidia and perrin exhaust parts are not directly compatible, we had to kind of rejig the components to fit to each other (different types of flanges)
- Removing the stock fog light assembly is a bitch
- Without a catch can, the turbo kit causes blow-by and oil in the intake, upon research it would seem the factory PCV (crankcase valve) is not boost compatible, so this should be changed.
- My ABS/Traction/Stability randomly turns off - could be related to the EcuTek or the
- When I bought the AVO Turbo kit, it took a day to get MRT to unlock the license for the AVO tune (frustrating when I was trying to get the car on the road, would have been nice if the tune was unlocked as soon as it had sold).
- Toyota Motor Australia have terrible customer service - the car has a few quirks that they refused to acknowledge right at the start, these include - faltering idle, passenger window auto scroll sometimes doesnt work, the direct injection pump 'cricket chirp', to name a few.
- I hate the factory 'idiot proof' navigation that doesnt let you set a destination while the car is in motion
- GReddy took FKN FOREVER to ship the Rocket Bunny kit (waited 6 months from date of payment)
- The Invidia exhaust is too quiet for my liking, also the diameter of pipes narrower than I would have liked for a turbo application
9/July/2012: Stock, this is the day I picked the innocent little thing up.. Little did she know what was in for her
As soon as we got the car, we changed little things like the interior/exterior lights, badges, changed to BRZ garnishes and of course ditched that horrible factory license plate bracket etc..
We also changed to LED indicators to get rid of the orange..
We now run chrome indicator bulbs instead of LEDs on the front/side.
We also now run 24LED replacement numberplate light modules, as some people complained that personalised plates with frames obstructed the factory lights.
DIY Installation guides for some of these parts are available here:
The day after we picked up the car, it went to Solar Style window tinting to get paint/interior protection and some custom tint. Next it went to Option 1 Garage for a set of coilovers (BC Racing, later switched to MCA) and rims.
Then the car went to Audio Express. Hertz kindly supplied us with some awesome audio gear (amp, splits and sub), and Chris (Audio Express) installed it all along with a reverse camera, and the TPMS system:
Then came the TRD bodykit from Import Monster, which was fitted by Cammo at Cameron's bodyworks:
DIY guide for TRD spoiler installation here: DIY - TRD Spoiler installation, pictorial guide
We were approached by MCA Suspension who wanted to test some new suspension on the car, so Josh Coote, put together a nice package for us. We currently have MCA Red suspension on it (although it is in the blue housing at the moment). With this suspension in it, Josh took the car around lakeside for testing, and we were pretty happy with the 1.03 lap times, for an otherwise stock car.
We then sourced some Cusco strut braces via Jesse Streeter in Japan, and fitted them:
DIY Guide for cusco braces here: Installation of Cusco Strut braces (pics)
Next the engine needed addressing.. Stock the car made 108rwkw, here is a stock dyno sheet:
It was always going to need more power, so we grabbed one of the first AVO turbo kits available in Australia, from "Car Mods Australia". This was fitted by Option 1 Garage over the course of a day.
While we were at it, we got the Invidia and Perrin exhaust parts from CarmodsAustralia as well:
When adding a turbo (extra heat), it's always good to upgrade the cooling system, so we got a HKS oil cooler from "Northshore Toyota" (a vendor on here).
We also upgraded the brakes to AP Racing:
AP Racing vs stock:
Fitted (by option 1 garage):
Not much changed on the car for a while due to work commitments and delays in supplies of parts. Due to not fitting the catch can/PCV we held off from taking the car to the track since it has been turbocharged, as we had still been using the vehicle for daily driving.
During the downtime, we purchased a spare motor which was stripped down so the engine builder (JHH Engineering) could assess what would and would not be needed. It was not long before it was revealed that these are an open deck block, and would easily throw a rod through the side at the power levels we wanted if we did not strengthen it. We were initially going to just jam some forged rods/pistons in but JHH strongly advised that we should sleeve the block as well as run forged low comp pistons and forged rods.
Here are some pics of the stock engine/head/pistons:
Not much happened from here on, but we did a few minor tweaks like add this CaFi 62100 head unit that interfaces with the OBD2 port on the car, as well as have wifi/3g capabilities to surf the net and facebook while driving
Then we change the tail lights to Valenti SG Smoked:
DIY Guides for the valenti mods here:
We were a little bored of the old wheels so we figured since the new rims we wanted were 19s, the old Achilles 123S tyres could say goodbye in style:
We switched the old rims to these wicked looking concave CC03's.. They measure 19x9.5 and make the car look more aggressive:
Update: 12-Oct-2013: The car is due to go into Cameron's Bodyworks to get the widebody kit fitted in 2 weeks. This is going to be molded in (not tacked on).
We are presently waiting on the engine to be finished, so that will most likely go in shortly after the wide body is fitted.
Updates to come shortly with the "good stuff" eg when the factory bodywork gets hacked off :S
Update: 14-Oct-2013: Rocket Bunny kit finally arrived (took 6 months since date ordered argh!).
First thing you notice is just how deep the wing is!! It's like 50cm front to back, its so aggressive and massive haha
So as of next week, the cutting starts.. EEEK!!
Update: 22-Oct-2013: TRD kit has been removed, front guards and bars are now off.. The work is underway.. Eeek. Love the message from Cammo (at the panel shop).
Update: 23-Oct-2013: First cuts to the car commence, no turning back now :S New inner guards will be made to mate to the widebody, ensuring that no dirt/dust/mud/rust can get into the guards. Rear windows removed as well, since half the car will need to be repainted.
Video of the cutting click here:
Update: 24-Oct-2013: Inner guards have been mocked up and will be made and attached later (first pic shows this). Widebody guard bolted/riveted/glued onto the panel, panels being sanded and prepped ready to mold the widebody into the factory panels. New inner guard fabricated.