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Thumbs up CE to XRS conversion

have a stock 2005 corolla CE. I would like to at least make it look like an XRS. where do I even start? aside from that one time when I helped a friend convert his SXT into an SRT4, this will be my first solo conversion and I really don't know where to start.


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  1. 2005 corolla CE, A/T ~82k miles all stock
  2. Wheels from a matrix XR, look identical to wheels from corolla XRS
  3. XRS fog lights
  4. guy from craigslist selling a TRD supercharger
I haven't seen that many XRS in person but i'm assuming that the exterior is identical to the type S except for the wheels and front grille? what else would i need?

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- The XRS was 0.5 inches lower than the other CE/LE/S trim levels

- The 16 inch wheels came with lower profile 195/55/16 tires by Michelin Pilot Primacy

- 4 wheel disk brakes on the XRS

- Body colored front grille surround (instead of the chrome color surround)

As far as the exterior goes, these are the only differences. 90% of the difference were in the interior and underneath the car.

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CE to XRS conversion

I also think that some select XRS's had a traction control switch underneath the middle console doors.


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I also think that some select XRS's had a traction control switch underneath the middle console doors.


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No traction or stability control on the 9th Gen XRS, 4 Channel ABS is the only "electronic safety assist".


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I'm not sure the offset on the Matrix aluminum 5 spoke alloys is the same for Corolla XRS, I remember seeing something about about that on another thread a long while ago.


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Interior wise, the seats, gauge cluster are different. XRS also has silver XRS badged door sills and silver accents on windows switch panels and center console compartment doors. Oh yeah, XRS has a 6 speed

I have stock springs available if you are interested?
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You'd be better off in the long run to just buy a real XRS, cheaper and more authentic.
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xrs strut bar too


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xrs strut bar too
He is talking about exterior appearance.

Since people keep thinking he is talking about a full conversion, I will list out the complete specifications of differences

1 - 2ZZ-GE 180 HP with 8350 rpm
2 - 6 speed manual
3 - 16 inch alloy wheels
4 - 195/55/16 Michelin Pilot Primacy
5 - 4 wheel disk brakes
6 - 1/2 inch shorter springs with higher spring rates
7 - KYB stiffer shocks with stronger rebound
8 - Celica GTS rack and pinion with a rigid steering column
9 - Yamaha shock tower strut brace
10 - Rear 4-point chassis X-brace
11 - Thicker anti rollbars
12 - Chrome/leather boot shift knob
13 - Electroluminiscent LED optitron gauge cluster (red)
14 - Blue/black hollow-fabric sport seats with bolsters
15 - Silver accenting
16 - Fixed bench rear seat
17 - ABS and EBFD

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seemed like a neat idea at first but now that i've been looking at the prices of certain things... a cosmetic-only conversion would be a waste of resources. honestly i would just be better off looking for a used XRS. and if i REALLY have trouble finding it then i guess i will do the conversion.

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Looking for XRS's, your best bet would be by location. When I took my road trip to Labrador, I noticed many of them in the Northern States compared to Florida. Also I seen a right many in Canada. Depending on your location, make sure that when you look at it, that it has all of the XRS accessories. I wouldn't put it past a dealer to just pop an XRS badge on the trunk of an S.


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Looking for XRS's, your best bet would be by location. When I took my road trip to Labrador, I noticed many of them in the Northern States compared to Florida. Also I seen a right many in Canada. Depending on your location, make sure that when you look at it, that it has all of the XRS accessories. I wouldn't put it past a dealer to just pop an XRS badge on the trunk of an S.


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It happened to one of the members who bought what the seller told him was an XRS and he came on this board to find out how can he verify it is an XRS. It turns out it was a regular S sold to him as an XRS by the seller.

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It happened to one of the members who bought what the seller told him was an XRS and he came on this board to find out how can he verify it is an XRS. It turns out it was a regular S sold to him as an XRS by the seller.
I find it unfortunate that people don't know the main difference between the two cars. Sure, you could put a six-speed pattern shift knob on there to get rid of that one blatant difference, maybe even throw some disc brakes on the back, but to me there's no reason to ever buy a car without popping the hood in some way. That should be the easiest way to figure out that something's amiss, unless a VVTL-i cover from a 2ZZ fits just as nicely over our 1ZZ engines. Even still, there are enough differences between the two engines that you should be able to know immediately when you look at it. Interior/Exterior accents and other sometimes subtle stuff like that are good cues if people know of them, but to me it should be pretty obvious when you look under the hood that the engine's not right.

Maybe I'm being a bit harsh, but if someone just went and bought the car based on believing the badge on the back, that's a bit ignorant to me. Certainly messed up of the seller to pull that, but as always, buyer beware, and the best way to beware is to do some homework.

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I read this thread 12 hours before trading up to an 06 xrs from my old 2006 LE corolla. I wasn't even considering getting getting a new car before reading this. There was only 1 xrs in good shape for a good price and it was over an hour away. I'm in PA and I drove to Delaware to buy it.

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I read this thread 12 hours before trading up to an 06 xrs from my old 2006 LE corolla. I wasn't even considering getting getting a new car before reading this. There was only 1 xrs in good shape for a good price and it was over an hour away. I'm in PA and I drove to Delaware to buy it.
Congrats. Very good choice. You will be very happy indeed (granted, it was very well kept).

Now, once the car is warmed up, let the car rev all the up to 8400 rpm and feel the lift kick and sudden shove forward at 6600 rpm and the change in sound to a sportbike like sound. It will be addictive.

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...very addictive. Too bad it is set so high though. I am aware of the options...just saying.
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