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Token Aussie
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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
So I figured it was time that I started putting a build thread together (well, basically just pulling all the best bits from my half-dozen build threads scattered around various Toyota forums"

History of the car: Bought brand new from Charlestown Toyota in December 1997 by my dad, he drove it for the first 230,000km before I got my Ps and basically took over ownership of it (was still in their name, I just paid for petrol/rego/insurance/repairs/servicing etc). Since then I've tried to keep the mods modest, understated but effective.

Anyway, some details (and specs for the US guys to compare):
1998 Toyota Corolla Conquest sedan (mid-range, probably equivalent to a US DX)
178,000km young
7AFE, C52 5-speed manual
4-wheel discs, 14" wheels
Air-con
Remote central locking
Power mirrors
Power steering

Mods (as of 05/04/17):


Engine-related
TRD ignition-leads
Painted cam cover
HPC-coated 4-2-1 extractors
2" engine pipe to stainless 2.5" hi-flow cat
2.25" mandrel-bent stainless exhaust through hotdog resonator
Stainless Lukey Ultraflow rear muffler, 3" dump tip
Combo dyno'd at 71.7kw ATW on Dyno Dynamics dyno in Shootout mode


Suspension/driveline
C52 5-speed gearbox w/ custom short shifter
KYB Excel-G shocks
Lovells low springs all-round
Stock 24mm front sway-bar
Ultra Racing 19mm rear sway-bar (14mm stock)
AE101/111 TRD 3-point 3-piece strut brace


Exterior
JDM AE101 FXGT front bar with lip extension and foglights
Hella grille (2x high-beam lights, yes it was a factory-option in Europe)
17x7 Speedy Lite-5 wheels

Interior/ICE
JDM AE101 FXGT factory-option Momo 4-spoke leather steering wheel
JDM AE111 BZG Levin front bucket seats
TRD leather gearknob
AE111 G6R leather shifter boot
JDM Centre console with flip-out cupholders
AE102 Sprinter dash clock instead of dummy air vent
Kenwood head-unit
VDO Dayton MPS-1300 5-1/4" front splits, tweeters on the side-mirror covers
JL Audio TR600-CXi 6" rear 2-ways


Still to be fitted/re-fitted
- JDM Clean Box
- JDM CleanAce roof-mounted air purifier
- BZ Touring-copy black crystal headlights w/ clear parkers instead of indicators
- Ultra Racing rear sway bar
- AE101 Levin Superstrut 275mm twin-piston front brakes
- Power folding mirrors
- Genuine JDM slimline weathershields


Here's the humble photo of it the first day I started driving it:





And over the years, the following has happened:

Engine-elated

CAI with K&N pod mounted in front guard where stock resonator sat
TRD ignition-leads
HPC coated extractor
2" engine pipe to stainless cat
2.25" mandrel-bent exhaust through hotdog resonator
Stainless Lukey Ultraflow rear muffler, 3" dump tip
Painted cam-cover

Suspension/driveline
KYB Excel-G shocks
Lovells low springs all-round
Stock sway-bars front and rear
TRD 3-bar strut tower brace
Front Bendix Ultimate, Rear EBC Greenstuff brake pads

Exterior
BZ-Touring copy front headlights w/ clear side lights (parkers, not indicators)
17x7 Speedy Lite-5 wheels
205/40/R17 Bridgestone RE050A tyres
Uber-cool 1.8 badges from a ZZE on front guards
Sticker-age: Twincam.org reppage on front windscreen (will be replaced by .org.au), Toymods on the rear window, Toyota Owners Club Australia (TOCAU) on drivers-side rear quarter window, Newcastle Sporting Car Club on passenger-side rear quarter window

Interior/ICE
AE101 FXGT factory-option Momo leather steering wheel
AE101 Levin front bucket seats
Custom short shifter with TRD leather gearknob
Pioneer DEH-P5650MP head-unit
VDO Dayton 5-1/4" front splits, tweeters on the side-mirror covers
JL Audio 6" rear 2-ways
Cadence Z1000 mono-block amp
JL Audio 12" 12W0-4 Sub

Still in the garage awaiting install
Ultra Racing rear sway bar

JDM Options List (so far)
Momo steering wheel
Levin seats
FXGT front bar
Cleanbox
Dash clock
TRD strut brace
Centre console w/ flip-out cupholders
CleanAce roof-mounted air purifier


Plans for the future:
Redtop 3SGE BEAMS or Blacktop 20v 7AGE build
Semi-stripped interior for occasional track day and hillclimb, but in the meantime JDM option-hunting :p
 

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Token Aussie
1998 AE102, 2018 ZRE182
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Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)
Pictures of mods in the approximate order in which they occurred:


Wheels



Headlights


First attempt at cam-cover


Second attempt, also showing exhaust


Exhaust tip


CAI pipe


Where the pod sits is visible on the right-hand side


Third and final attempt at cam-cover (actually didn't attempt this one, just got it off a mate)


Springs and shocks



Levin front seats


FXGT Momo steering wheel


Subs


Bare FXGT front bar


Brand-new fresh-out-of-the-mould made-especially-for-me Genuine Toyota FXGT front lip extension


One foglight in (the other one is there too, don't worry)

No photos of the fully assembled bar yet, not going to bother with that until I get it painted which should be within the next month or two.


Dyno results



On display at the 2010 TOCAU Annual Meet


Enjoy!
 

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very nice corolla ...
 
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nice ride bro, cant wait for the front bumber to go on, are you also adding sideskirts into the mix?
 

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Token Aussie
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nice ride bro, cant wait for the front bumber to go on, are you also adding sideskirts into the mix?
Not at this stage, side-skirts look a little out of place if you don't have the rear bumper to go with them, plus I don't think the GT sedans (kind of my inspiration, just with the FXGT front end) had either side-skirts or a different rear bumper (apart from the cut-out on the left side for the second exhaust).
 

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I would like to know more about this FXGT you are talking about. I have never heard of such a thing here in the states. Will any of these parts fit on my 93 corolla, what are the costs of such items(i know shipping will be high) any info would be helpful. Thanks in advance.:naughty:
 

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Full Throttle
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Looking great man. Our cars are almost twins :lol:. Looking forward to when you get the FX-GT front bumper on :thumbsup:. Those fog lights were difficult to find so I'm looking forward to seeing those up and running too :cool:

I would like to know more about this FXGT you are talking about. I have never heard of such a thing here in the states. Will any of these parts fit on my 93 corolla, what are the costs of such items(i know shipping will be high) any info would be helpful. Thanks in advance.:naughty:
The AE101 Corolla FX-GT is a Japanese Corolla 3-door hatchback. Some of them came with SuperStrut suspension and they all came equipped with a 4A-GE 20 valve Silvertop engine. It's the same shape as the base model Corolla hatchbacks, but has a front splitter/lip, round fog lights, "FX" badge on the grille, sideskirts, boot spoiler, colour coded door handles and mirrors, upgraded seats, dark grey instrument cluster, and dual exhausts. They also came with the same features as the Corolla SE Limited and GT sedan, such as the power folding mirrors (although the GT sedan never had these), push-button air conditioning with climate air, power windows etc. The SuperStrut models of the FX-GT (which were only made between 91-95) also had an OEM Momo leather steering wheel.

As for the parts that will fit your sedan, the front bumper will, but the sideskirts and rear bumper won't. The headlights are the same as the other JDM models so the grille won't fit yours properly either unless you do a JDM headlight conversion (the grille will still fit, but it's made for the JDM lights so there'll be a small gap on each side if you used it in conjunction with your USDM lights).

Here's a few auctions for some over here so you can see what they look like:

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Trade-Me-Motors/Cars/Toyota/auction-323210229.htm
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Trade-Me-Motors/Cars/Toyota/auction-318051295.htm
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Trade-Me-Motors/Cars/Toyota/FXGT/auction-326684612.htm
 

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I am in search for a FXGT front bumper if I can find one, and will probably try to track down a TRD or JDM grille, still looking at swaps, silvertop or black( which one revs quicker) all motor will probably be my goal, maybe 250 hp
 

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I am in search for a FXGT front bumper if I can find one, and will probably try to track down a TRD or JDM grille, still looking at swaps, silvertop or black( which one revs quicker) all motor will probably be my goal, maybe 250 hp
There was a guy in Canada selling one on the forums the other week, but it's already been snapped up. Your best bet would be to try a JDM importer (such as an engine importer) as they may be able to ship one straight from Japan on their next order. I'd send you one from over here but I've had quotes before and it costs around $700 NZD just in shipping alone :facepalm:. I can however help you with the JDM grille when the times comes :thumbsup:
 

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ok will deinitely let you know when the time comes, wow 700 that is very pricey I will check with a Japanese source maybe in California
 

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Token Aussie
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I'd send you one from over here but I've had quotes before and it costs around $700 NZD just in shipping alone :facepalm:.
Ouch. Mine cost me about $350 total delivered to my door, bought it off Yahoo Japan for something like $70 and the rest was commission, postage, shipping (via container) and then courier to my door.

It did take about 2 months from Japan via container though (should have been 6 weeks but the ship got delayed when one of the engines died)
 

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Ouch. Mine cost me about $350 total delivered to my door, bought it off Yahoo Japan for something like $70 and the rest was commission, postage, shipping (via container) and then courier to my door.

It did take about 2 months from Japan via container though (should have been 6 weeks but the ship got delayed when one of the engines died)
Yeah that's the beauty of container shipping. If I had the money and demand I'd fill up a massive container full of parts and ship it overseas. NZ Post actually quoted me $2400 just to send the bumper in a box :eek:. You can guess where I told them to stick it :lol:
 

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Token Aussie
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Nice wheels :thumbsup:. What's the offset and width?
17x7", +45 (would have preferred something around +38, but it shouldn't be any worse than what I've got at the moment (which is 16x6.5" +40)
 

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17x7", +45 (would have preferred something around +38, but it shouldn't be any worse than what I've got at the moment (which is 16x6.5" +40)
Oh ok. I suppose you could chuck some 5mm hub-centric spacers on to bring it out to +40. Was thinking about doing that to mine to bring it from +40 to +35 like my previous wheels were.
 

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Oh ok. I suppose you could chuck some 5mm hub-centric spacers on to bring it out to +40. Was thinking about doing that to mine to bring it from +40 to +35 like my previous wheels were.
They were previously on an AE112 Sportivo turbo with no spacers I believe, so shouldn't be a problem (considering how much the two have in common under the skin). 5-10mm spacers are an option though, although illegal.
 
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