I promised myself I wouldn't modify the MR2, as it's my work beater. Yeah... that didn't go well. Immediately bought a K&N air filter for the stock air box. It made a big difference in my Corolla, so I wanted it for the MR2.
TRD license plate frames to replace the ugly ones advertising a dealer I've never heard of
A custom made armrest. I LOVE this thing.
Blue lug nuts. I was using my father's spares, so I needed a set for myself. Also needed some locks. Went for Muteki since I had a set on the Corolla and loved it, but in blue.
Knockoff TRD shift knob. The only one I found with legit internal threads, which was VERY important to me. The aftermarket shift knob I had on there from the previous owner constantly got loose and was just terrible.
It didn't fit, not enough shaft exposed (heh). I took off the center console, took off the retaining clip (thank god it was removable), and put a zip tie lower down to hold the boot in place.
What a difference in shifting! I love it, even if it is a knockoff. Can't beat $25 though!
Then I got my Speed Source shifter base and cable bushings.
Here's what I had to say the day I did it:
"First I installed the shifter cable bushings. Easy install, removing the old ones from the cables was a bit tough but installing the new ones was a piece of cake.
I didn't much bend the cotter pins, but the way I did means they have no chance of escaping. VERY hard to bend all the way in there.
I took it for a drive right after. I had very mixed feelings immediately. On one hand, it's a GLORIOUS feeling. The way you have to push on it only to get it moving, then it just CLICKS into place, is amazing. Very much like an FR-S shifter. It feels sharper and more precise, and actually made me shift smoother.
Unfortunately, it had the adverse side effect of making it harder to shift. It requires more force to actually get it moving, which I wouldn't normally mind, but since it's a work car I'd be driving 8 hours a day, I was unsure whether it would be worth keeping.
I drove to Home Depot and picked up a small tub of faucet grease. Got home and began on the shifter base bushings. Took everything apart, installed the new metal bushings (also super easy install) and cleaned and greased the ball of the shifter. Just a thin coat, which really helped get rid of the small amount of roughness in movement.
Took it for another test drive. Without the slop of the giant rubber base bushings, moving the shifter was easier. Not as easy as stock, but still easier and much more manageable for long periods of time. I was in a drive through line that wrapped around the block, having to shift the entire time, and it was totally fine.
The shifter base bushings changed the behavior even more! The clicking into place was accompanied by an actual CLICK. No more slop, no more squishy feeling hitting the end of travel. Just a satisfying click. It feels so accurate, so precise, so MECHANICAL and unassisted. Once you push hard enough to get it to start moving, it practically throws itself into place.
Overall, I'm VERY happy with this mod. It really makes it feel so great. However, it does add a little bit of force necessary to shift and I'm not completely fond of that for a work car. Even for a daily driver it's an AMAZING mod I couldn't recommend more, but for me, it could be a little better. But logically, how could solid shifter cable bushings make it HARDER to shift? Wouldn't they just reduce the slop but still require around the same force to push the switch on the transmission? Here's the issue: the rubber bushings are designed with spherical rotation in mind. They have an inner and outer section, and the inner section can rotate with the switch while the outer section and stay in one position with the cable. These new copper bushings do not have this ability. The lack of rotation is what makes shifting harder.
Solution? Spherical bearings. They're solid, but have an inner part that can rotate. Pressing the bearings into the shifter cables won't be easy, but after that, a few washers and a cotter pin and that should make shifting absolutely perfect. I'm waiting on a friend who has some in the mail to tell me how he likes them, then I'll order a set for myself."
Now I'm just in love with it, and don't mind the extra effort. Wonderful mod, though I look forward to ordering some spherical bearings.
I got an LED panel in the mail today. Modified the wiring to be extra short, tucked it all in, bent some metal on the dome light to get it enough surface area to stick, and put a clear Mitsubishi cargo lens over it.