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I am linking you a DIY thread for this particular gen.

 

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What type of mods? Engine, suspension, body, interior, wheels, etc?
 
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I'm guessing you have the same model I have which is a DLX 4 door sedan. If you have an LE than you're ahead of the game. I'll share what I'm planning on doing with mine and maybe you will do the same or at least take some cues as to which direction you want to go.

My plan is to build a really fun street car that I may occasionally take out on an open course/road race track or to a local auto cross. Granted the car won't be specifically prepared for either of those disciplines but I can certainly be competitive and, most important, have fun doing it!

That being said here is my plan:

Drive train - 4AGE engine swap. Ideally one out of a Corolla GT-S since it has all the emissions controls I'll need out here in Cali but if not then I get to decide whether I want to deal with the hassle of getting a non compliant car past smog. One way around it is to register the car in another state exempting me from having to smog the car here. I should be able to hit about 150hp with bolt ons like CAI/LTH/higher lift cams. My car currently has a 5 speed although I would love to strap on a 6 speed but that depends on how much time, effort and money I want to dedicate to the car.

Suspension - I'm going to go through all the bushings and ball joints and replace them to freshen up the suspension so that it performs as good or better than when it rolled off the showroom floor. I've already installed a set of coilovers to adjust the ride height to my liking along with replacing the rear drum brakes with a set of rear disc brakes out of a Corolla GT-S. I've also installed the strut tower bar from the GT-S into the engine bay as it bolts directly in with minimal modifications. New R & P with poly bushings and tie rods.

Exterior - 3 stage pearl white paint job. Think Lexus. Going with Glacier Frost Mica pearl if I can find the mica powder in that color.

Interior - Upgraded Bluetooth sound system. Aftermarket buckets(Hoping Celica GT seats fit). I installed an LE gauge cluster and would also like to swap out the manual windows for power windows.

15" wheels with low pro tires, probably, 205/45/15. Halo headlamps. LED bulb replace throughout.

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I'm guessing you have the same model I have which is a DLX 4 door sedan. If you have an LE than you're ahead of the game. I'll share what I'm planning on doing with mine and maybe you will do the same or at least take some cues as to which direction you want to go.

My plan is to build a really fun street car that I may occasionally take out on an open course/road race track or to a local auto cross. Granted the car won't be specifically prepared for either of those disciplines but I can certainly be competitive and, most important, have fun doing it!

That being said here is my plan:

Drive train - 4AGE engine swap. Ideally one out of a Corolla GT-S since it has all the emissions controls I'll need out here in Cali but if not then I get to decide whether I want to deal with the hassle of getting a non compliant car past smog. One way around it is to register the car in another state exempting me from having to smog the car here. I should be able to hit about 150hp with bolt ons like CAI/LTH/higher lift cams. My car currently has a 5 speed although I would love to strap on a 6 speed but that depends on how much time, effort and money I want to dedicate to the car.

Suspension - I'm going to go through all the bushings and ball joints and replace them to freshen up the suspension so that it performs as good or better than when it rolled off the showroom floor. I've already installed a set of coilovers to adjust the ride height to my liking along with replacing the rear drum brakes with a set of rear disc brakes out of a Corolla GT-S. I've also installed the strut tower bar from the GT-S into the engine bay as it bolts directly in with minimal modifications. New R & P with poly bushings and tie rods.

Exterior - 3 stage pearl white paint job. Think Lexus. Going with Glacier Frost Mica pearl if I can find the mica powder in that color.

Interior - Upgraded Bluetooth sound system. Aftermarket buckets(Hoping Celica GT seats fit). I installed an LE gauge cluster and would also like to swap out the manual windows for power windows.

15" wheels with low pro tires, probably, 205/45/15. Halo headlamps. LED bulb replace throughout.

John
Going with the 15's with low profile tires will make the biggest improvement in handling. I ran 195-55-15's on my Geo Prizm (a Corolla clone), and the car drove like a slot car. They'll be going back on this summer, as we still have snow on the ground here, and I've got summer tires for summer use. I'm sure the coil overs helped a lot too, but the tires will make a big difference as well, especially when used together. Prizdog got a complete set of poly bushings from Siberian bushing company, and reports they helped tremendously. He has them on his Rolla 4 door, along with coil overs, and 15's with discs added to the rear. He's already done the LED replacement and the halo treatment to his car. It looks good.
 

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Going with the 15's with low profile tires will make the biggest improvement in handling. I ran 195-55-15's on my Geo Prizm (a Corolla clone), and the car drove like a slot car. They'll be going back on this summer, as we still have snow on the ground here, and I've got summer tires for summer use. I'm sure the coil overs helped a lot too, but the tires will make a big difference as well, especially when used together. Prizdog got a complete set of poly bushings from Siberian bushing company, and reports they helped tremendously. He has them on his Rolla 4 door, along with coil overs, and 15's with discs added to the rear. He's already done the LED replacement and the halo treatment to his car. It looks good.
Any chance I can get a kit/part number for the poly bushings? Doesn't Energy Suspension have a kit for our cars?

Any pics of his car? Would love to see what the headlights look like.

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Any chance I can get a kit/part number for the poly bushings? Doesn't Energy Suspension have a kit for our cars?

Any pics of his car? Would love to see what the headlights look like.

John
You'll have to go thru his (Prizdog's) threads to get the numbers, as I don't have them. I think he has them in both his Corolla and his Geo Prizm GSI. I know for sure in the Corolla, as he has pics of installing them.

I don't know if Energy Suspension has any bushings for our cars. You could always ask them.
 
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