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2013 Corolla L
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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
[Part 9 8/6] Cuban's '13 L to S/ALTIS TRD-Sportivo Build & Mods

Hi everyone! New owner since January 2016! :D

Bought a "Classic Silver Metallic (17F)" 2013 Corolla L, AT Certified Used (@33k Miles, 2 previous owners for 1.5 years & ~15k miles each, clean carfax) from the stealership with a 4 year financing plan (48 months @ 2.79% APR). In retrospect I would have gone for an S (for all the added features) with a sunroof. But I bought this car in a bit of a rush as a necessity since I know its practical, affordable and reliable. I'll drive it 60 miles a day on weekdays due to a long commute, 350 miles a week average.

Backstory: My '97 Corolla Base, AT @ 165K Miles... was totalled by a family member so I needed something quick. I rented a 2016 Corolla SE for a few weeks and didnt like the driving position at all. I knew I wanted a Corolla so I went to the dealership and the moment I sat inside the 10/10.5 gen, I knew it was the generation of Corolla that I wanted, the driving position was perfect! While at the dealership with a buddy, he helped me hustle the price down on a 2013 Corolla as low as possible and the rest is history.

Build Goals: To add custom 10/10.5 gen "Corolla S" and "Corolla ALTIS TRD Sportivo" Interior/Exterior features for interior comfort/exterior styling and to set this corolla apart from others, with some black accents to the exterior. While also increasing ride quality during turning and on the highway at speed, with the hopes of also increasing fuel economy as much as possible. Updates will be posted here with photos and brief descriptions. If you have any suggestions or constructive criticisms for the builds upcoming mods list that fit my build goals, please share.

[UPDATE 1/12/2019]
-I also am currently in the process of having Pat Barrett @ LEVEL10 Transmssions build me a custom U341E auto trans capable of 500WHP & 650WTQ... This is because my current auto trans had a failed forward sprag/ forward one-way gear, which i detailed and tested and verified in this maintenance thread. The upgraded transmission is $3998 and is being done instead of a $2800-$3000 rebuilt stock or used trans swap.
-Trans is in preparation to eventually install the 2ZR-FE Turbokit on the car.

Other Threads for this car:
Adding Corolla S Features into 2013 Corolla L
Transmission wont accelerate in Drive/3/2

[CURRENT MODS TO DATE] (Part-Number) Listed in order of installation

Mechanical (Total Spent to Date: $1546 USD):
Pivot 3 Drive Compact Throttle Controller $115
Sokie Tech Hood Dampers $60
Takeda Cold Air Intake System (TR-2006P) $246
Borla 11795 Rear Section Exhaust System Kit $350
Corolla Resonator Delete @ Muffler Shop $145
Genuine TRD Front Chassis Brace (PTR02-12080) $209
Genuine TRD Rear Sway Bar (PTR11-12080) $186
Eibach Pro-Kit Lowering Springs for 03-09 Corollas (8271.140) $235

New Wheels & Tires, TPMS, Wheel Locks, Mounting, Balancing & Install: (Total Spent to Date: $2100 USD)
Avid.1 AV-06 18x9.5 Hyper Black 5-100 [+38mm] (Set of 4 @ 125 each) $500 + 106 Shipping = $606
Denso OEM TPMS (Set of 4 @ $100 each) = $400
RIKEN RAPTOR ZR RF (Ultra High Performance Summer) 225/40ZR-18 (slightly stretched, next time I plan to go with 255 or 265) (Set of 4 @ $62 each) $248 + $62 shipping = $310
Gorilla Automotive® Wheel Locks (Thread Size: M12 x 1.50, Hex Size: 20.64 mm, Overall Length: 35.56 mm, Seat Angle: 60) $62
Aluminum Hub Centric Ring 73.1mm / 54.1mm (Set of 4) $15 + $6 = $21
Mounting, Balancing, TPMS Install @ Pepboys (set of 4) $700

Interior (Total Spent to Date: $1658 USD):
Genuine 2013 Corolla S 6' Display Audio 57056 (86140-02150) $150
Genuine 2010 Scion Audio Wire Harness kit (PT546-00142) $103
Genuine 2012 Scion Bluetooth Microphone (PT546-74120-MC) $57
Genuine 2013 Corolla USB/AUX Panel (55548-02380) (old AUX Panel was 55548-02150) $0
Genuine 2010 Prius USB/Ipod & /AUX Wire Harness (PT233-47100-WH) $65
Metra 40-LX21 Toyota Radio Antenna Adaptor 2009-Up $14
Circle Cool Black Carbon Fiber PVC Leather Steering Wheel Cover $25
SCOSCHE Dual USB Charger Adapter 12 Watts per port (24W/4.8A total output) $11
Genuine Toyota Front and Rear All-Weather Floor Mats - Black (PT908-02110-20) $83
EUBEST 11PCS Non-Slip Interior Door/Cup Mats (Glow in the dark) $14
Infiniapps Car Air-Vent Magnetic Phone Mount $8
Carbon-Fiber Styled Suede Shift Boot $7
Genuine TRD Leather MT Shift Knob 12x1.25 (PTR04-00000-06) $29
Shift knob AT-to-MT Brass Thread Adapter 8X1.25-to-12X1.25 $9
SICKSPEED Shift Knob Thread Adapters (to fit Manual shift boot/knob) $10
Coverkings Gray Velour Dashmat $35
Genuine Toyota Cargo Net (PT347-12020) $33
Carbon-Fiber Styled TRD Seat/Neck Pillows $16
Leather TRD Light Weight Racing MT Shift Knob 12x1.25 $24
6-speed Leather Stitched TRD MT Shift Knob 12x1.25 (MT = MS204-18001) (AT = MS204-18002) $14
TRD Red Stitched Black PVC Leather Shift Boot $13
TRD Logo Carbon Fiber Styled Seat Belt Shoulders Pads $9
[ame=""]Rocketek 6-port USB Car Charger Adapter Build-in 90CM Cable and Fuse [9.1A/45.5W][/ame] $22
Electop 1 to 2 DC 12V Car Cigarette Lighter Power Charger Port Splitter Adapter $7 3-Feet Apple 8-Pin Lightning or 30-Pin Dock Connector, Micro USB to USB Cable (LTADUB1MB) $20
[ame=""]Anker 3ft Nylon Braided USB Cable with Lightning Connector [Apple MFi Certified] for iPhone (Space Gray)[/ame] x2 $20
Sound Ordnance B-8PTD Powered 8" Subwoofer $150
Crutchfield Amp Wiring Kit 10 gauge $30
Xcords iPhone Charger 4Pack 3FT 3FT 6FT 10FT Lightning Cable $11
Vitodeco Genuine Leather Steering Wheel Cover, Dragon Scales, Small Size 14" (Gray) $29
TRD Racing Development Emblem Badge $9
Infiniapps DuoMount CD Slot Magnetic Car/Phone Mount $22
Bluetooth Wireless Car Auto Diagnostic Scanner Tool Mini ELM327 V2.1 for Android $11
6pc - OPT7 Color-Smart LED Strip Kit - Interior Underdash Lighting Kit - w/ White Courtesy Lighting $60
PYvideo Rear Backup Camera Kit for Corolla (Color: Black) $100
Diageng Ultra Low Profile Left or Right Angle OBD II 2 Y Splitter Cable 30cm/12" $8
2016 (Corolla S) Center Console Arm Rest w/2nd compartment (FB16 Gray) $74
Car mount, Phone mount InfiniApps DuoMount CD Drive $22
TRD Motorsports Emblem $9
Aomaso Car Back Seat Organizer Cooler Multi-Pocket Travel Storage Bag $15
YupBizauto Brand TB168 Car Auto Front or Back Seat Organizer $14
Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating (Red, Blue, Black) $69
2 of Car Makeup Mirror Folding Vanity Mirror Car Cosmetic Mirror Car Vanity Mirror $20
-Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel + Music/Bluetooth Controls Project Parts:
Genuine 09/10 Corolla XRS Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel (type-A) w/ steering wheel controls/bluetooth (no cruise control)
(45100-02F20-B0) $113
Genuine Corolla S Clockspring (84306-0E010) $13
Genuine Corolla Cruise Control Switch w/wiring (84632-08021) $31
Genuine Corolla Cruise Control Switch Cover (45186-02150) $12
MPC CD-ROM Audio Cable $10
18 Gauge Silicone/Copper Wire 10 feet Red $6
18 Gauge Silicone/Copper Wire 10 feet Black $6
18 Gauge Silicone/Copper Wire 10 feet White $6
Genuine toyota Wire Terminals x3 (82998-24290) ~$10

Exterior (Total Spent to Date: $1317 USD):
Set of 4 Black TRD Tire Valve Stem Caps + TRD Keychain $10
Esam Style Side-Window Visors $37
2008-2010 Toyota Corolla ABS Rear Roof Window Visor Spoiler $42
Mario-Kart themed License Plate Frame $16
Performix 11203 Plasti Dip Black Multi-Purpose Rubber Coating Aerosol - 11 oz. $13
Plastic Drop Cloths, 9' x 12' x 0.7 mil (Pack of 6) $9
Painters Masking Tape, 60 yds Length x 1" Width, Blue (Pack of 1) $6
Blacked out/Smoked/Tinted Tail lights with 3-4 layers of VHT NiteShades spray $15 sanwiched between Clear Plastidip $13 and Plastidip Glossifier $9, for quick removal if needed (possibly excluding the reverse light)
Toyota "TRD Sportivo" 3D Metal emblem badge $14
3D TRD Black Metal Emblems x2 $12
Smoked Rear View Side Mirror Visors x2 $6
Toyota Corolla 3rd brake light decal overlay 09 2010 2011 2012 $12
Auer TCO-DRL LED Daytime Running Light Kit - Eyebrow Style Lights $99
Auer Automotive TCO-714S LED Daytime Running Lights $33
2011-13 Corolla head light Vinyl Eyelids (Pre-cut) in Gloss Silver $13
TRD SPORTIVO STYLE SPOILER/WING $190 (waiting to paint/match and have installed)
Genuine 2012 Corolla "ALTIS" 3D Metal Emblem $22
Genuine 2012 "lowercase Corolla" ALTIS 3D Metal Emblem $22
Genuine 2012 Corolla ALTIS "1.8" 3D Metal Emblem $22
10.5 Gen Corolla Rear Bumper Reflector to LED Tail/Brake Light Conversion $19
Interior & Exterior Use?:
(CCD Lens) $100
COROLLA 2009-2017 LED tail rear Roof 3rd brake stop light lamp bar $60
Can-Gun1 2012 Premium Can Tool Aerosol Spray $7
Performix 11212 Plasti Dip Enhancer Glossifier Aerosol - 11 oz. $9
Performix 11209 Plasti Dip Clear Multi-Purpose Rubber Coating Aerosol - 11 oz. $10
VHT SP999 Nite-Shades Lens Cover Tint Translucent Black Paint Can - 10 oz. $5
GOOACC 83807 Engine Under Cover Push-Type Retainer (10 Lexus & Toyota) $5
"Cowboy Bebop - Faye Valentine" Car Window Decal $6
Cowboy Bebop "See You Space Cowboy..." Car Window Decal $5
9005 5000k (DRL/High Beam) XtremeVision 35W HID Xenon Conversion Kit with Premium Slim Ballast $30
9006 5000k (Low beam) Innovited AC 55W HID Xenon Conversion Kit With "Slim" ballast $49
Spyder Auto 5074263 Projector Style Headlights Black/Clear $266
2009~13 Painted ABS Factory Trunk Spoiler Wing For Toyota Corolla $90
Cowboy Bebop "See You Space Cowboy" Decal $5
Cowboy Bebop Faye Valentine Decal $6
2 of Cowboy Bebop Team - Car Window Decal $17
More decals from Etsy... incoming:

Maintenance & Regular use (Total Spent to Date: $933 USD):
AmazonBasics 16/3 Vinyl Outdoor Extension Cord - 50 Feet (Orange) $15
Slime 40022 12-Volt Digital Tire Inflator $30
TEKTON 5941 Digital Tire Gauge, 100 PSI $9
Corolla Oil Filter Wrench-Fits 3/8" & 1/2" Drive $7
Hopkins 10705 FloTool Giant QuickFill Funnel $5
Lumax LX-1632 Black 15 Quart Drainmaster Drain Pan and Waste Oil Storage $22
OBD2 Mini VCI J2534 USB Cable Toyota Techstream TIS Firmware 2.0.4 $60
Slime 1034-A T-Handle Tire Plug Kit $8
Genuine Toyota - Oil Drain Plug Gaskets (QTY10) - 90430-12031 $10
Pro-Lift F-2315PE Grey Hydraulic Trolley Jack Car Lift with Blow Molded Case (3000 lbs Capacity) $40
Torin T43002 Jack Stands - 3 Ton, 1 pair $24
600 Black Self-Locking Nylon Cable Ties Heavy Duty Zip Ties in 4, 6, 8, & 10 Inches $9
6mm x 14mm Short Distance Slotted Phillips Screwdrivers Set 4 Pcs (for Foglights access) $9
TEKTON 24335 1/2-Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench (10-150 ft.-lb./13.6-203.5 Nm) $39
TEKTON 15356 1/2-Inch Drive by 24-Inch Breaker Bar $21
TEKTON 14385 Adapter and Reducer Set, 4-Piece $7
[ame=""][4th Gen] HOTOR Car Vacuum, DC 12V Car Portable/Handheld Vacuum Cleaner[/ame] $35
Chemical Resistant Heavy Duty Bottle and Sprayer - 16 oz Value Pack of 4 $11
Car Key Fob Keyless Entry Remote fits Toyota 2010-2013 Corolla (GQ4-29T, 1470A-10T, 89070-02270) $25
Hydro2 Touchless Silica Sealant 500 ml. $52
Kleenex Facial Tissues, On-The-Go Pack, 10 Tissues per Go Pack, 8 Pack $2
PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer - Hand Sanitizer Gel with Refreshing Aloe, 1L Pump Bottle (Pack of 2) $20
Meguiar's G1016 Smooth Surface Clay Kit $20
Meguiar's C-2100 Professional Detailing Clay, Aggressive $26
SAS Safety 66517 Raven Powder-Free Disposable Black Nitrile 6 Mil Gloves, Medium, 100 Gloves by Weight $14
A/C PRO ACP-100 Professional Formula R-134a Ultra Synthetic Air Conditioning Refrigerant $40
Cartman Heavy Duty Booster Cables 1AWG, Jump Cable 1Gauge x 25' $35
Loew-Cornell Fine Line Painting Pen $13
Husky 6000lbs Light Truck Jack w 2x3000lbs Jack Stands $106
Various Tools to remove & swap out Wheels & Lowering Springs $50

Oil Changes $30 (x5) $150:
Toyota Genuine Parts 04152YZZA6 Replaceable Oil Filter $5
Mobil 1 120758 Advanced Full Synthetic Motor Oil for 0W-20 5, 4.73L $25

Air Filter Changes x1) $19:
EPAuto CP285 (CF10285) Toyota / Lexus / Scion / Subaru Premium Cabin Air Filter includes Activated Carbon $9
EPAuto GP190 (CA10190) Toyota / Scion Rigid Panel Engine Air Filter for Corolla (2009-2016) $10

(Total Spent to Date on all mods/parts... $7,435 USD)

[UPCOMING MODS WISH-LIST] (Part-Number) Listed in order of importance

Ultra Racing Rear Upper Strut Brace
Ultra Racing 19mm Rear Sway Bar
Ultra Racing 3-point Lower Front Brace
Ultra Racing 2-point Lower Rear Brace

Genuine Trunk Cargo Tray from 2009-2010 TOYOTA Corolla (64490-02030)
Genuine Trunk Mat (precut for Trunk Cargo Tray) from 2009-2010 Totota Corolla (PT206-02094-12)

Genuine Toyota Rear Bumper Protector (PT278-12111)
Genuine 2013 Corolla L/LE Mudguards (PT769-02110)
Genuine 2013 Corolla S Front Splitters or 10.5 Gen R-Style Front Lip

Corolla Fan
2013 Corolla L
437 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)
First Set of Pictures After a hand-wash! (you can click on all pictures for the full high-resolution image) And Yes, I still need to clay the entirety of my car eventually.

More detailed pictures, you can see the pinstriping, side-door and wheel-well trim pinstriping that might needs to be re-done soon.

Wider Shots:

Below, you can also see a small scratch in the middle of the driver door outer pillar down through the paint. any ideas who I should take it to, what I should ask to be done to completely repair this to prevent further rust/damage, and what it could cost me?

My Original Radio and AUX port:

After the Corolla S Display Audio, USB/AUX, and Bluetooth Mic were installed:

And finally a mockup side-by-side (did it on my iPad in Photoshop, sorry) of my Stock Corolla now and What I'd like it to look like when I'm done with the first phase of visual addons: getting Fog Lights/LED DRL combo, Eyelids, Plastidip of some areas, Corolla S Front Splitters, and LED DRL Strips in the front Grill.

I'll post some more pics of other Corollas that have inspired my mockup later today.

Corolla Fan
2013 Corolla L
437 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 · (Edited)
So I just went on ebay last friday and ordered the Pivot 3 Drive Compact Throttle Controller.

I also jumped onto amazon and ordered quite a few of the parts on my list:
EUBEST 11PCS Non-Slip Interior Door/Cup Mats (Glow in the dark)
Set of 4 Black TRD Tire Valve Stem Caps + TRD Keychain
Slime 40022 12-Volt Digital Tire Inflator
Performix 11203 Plasti Dip Black Multi-Purpose Rubber Coating Aerosol - 11 oz. & some clear plastic dropcloths
Sokietech Shock/Hood Damper Kit for Toyota Corolla E140
Mario-Kart themed License Plate Frame
JDM MUGEN 3D STYLE SMOKED WINDOW VISOR VENT SHADE FOR 2009-2013 TOYOTA COROLLA seem to be the same style at the ESAM-styled ones but without the "corolla" branding.
2008-2010 Toyota Corolla ABS Rear Roof Window Visor Spoiler same i've seen on some 09/2010 model corollas, should fit my 2013 just fine

I should be receiving the majority of them within the next few days/weeks, I'll post pictures of the before/after and any installation quirks I come across.

If anybody has ever had these parts before and has some installation/usage tips, please share.

Corolla Fan
2013 Corolla L
437 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 · (Edited)
So I got the parts a few weeks back, installed all of them with pictures, If you have any questions or would like more pictures, feel free to ask.

So for all the pictures you can skip down to the album by clicking here.

In the album you'll find some pictures of before/after shots and pictures during the install or unboxing of the parts, displaying what you receive when everything is unboxed and showing part of the install process.

Here's my review of all the parts from this round of mods (some pics included):

Pivot 3 Drive Compact Throttle Controller install directions were missing one small step with how you save the startup mode (you have to set your mode before you turn over your engine, that mode will be saved by default from then on), but I figured it out and everything else went smoothly. I'm saving gas when driving on city sections, even though I now tend to drive a bit slower than usual, my Corolla's high revs when I'm just driving on city roads is 99% gone. I used to sit by 27mpg but now I haven't gone below 28.3, not bad. I wonder how some of you manage 36 (considering 80% of my driving is highway miles). I do wish I could hide the cable mess by my OBD port better...

EUBEST 11PCS Non-Slip Interior Door/Cup Mats (Glow in the dark)... they glow in the dark but very lightly. But they are a perfect fit and add grip to the cup holders in the doors and in the center console.

Slime 40022 12-Volt Digital Tire Inflator it seems to work well, but it also seems to be off by about 2 PSI (it might be displaying offset tire pressures, will have to investigate it further) but it inflated all my tires without a problem. It is pictured below together with other parts I received.
Set of 4 Black TRD Tire Valve Stem Caps + TRD Keychain I don't use the keychain but the tire valve stem caps look nice (I dont have a picture of them installed but below is a picture of them up close)

Sokietech Shock/Hood Damper Kit for Toyota Corolla E140 - They took a little bit of trial and error to figure out which side was considered the left/right side parts but after that, they work perfectly. I never have to use that little hood prop thing ever again. :)

Mario-Kart themed License Plate Frame I love it. :D

JDM MUGEN 3D STYLE SMOKED WINDOW VISOR VENT SHADE FOR 2009-2013 TOYOTA COROLLA seem to be the same style at the ESAM-styled ones but without the "corolla" branding. they stuck well with the 3m double-sided tape and have not budged since. Below are before and after shots:

2008-2010 Toyota Corolla ABS Rear Roof Window Visor Spoiler this is my favorite physical/visual mod yet, but it seems to be a 95% fit, its not a 100% perfect fit (one side might not have full contact with your rear window surface) but the rest of the part sticks to the rear window very strongly thanks to the double sided tape.

Final shot of the back of the car, the side vents and the rear one really seem to go together well.

All In all I'm super happy with how they all turned out, and I will continue to go through my list of mods! The only thing I haven't done is the plastidip, so pictures of that will have to wait. (waiting to receive some clay so i can clay my car to make sure it's as clean as possible before applying any plastidip).
I will give the car a good wash and then post pictures after I've plastidipped a few spots on the front and rear.

Corolla Fan
2013 Corolla L
437 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 · (Edited)
Front grill/bumper and rear Plastidip complete!

So I finally had some rain-free days to wash my car and apply the plastidip to the areas I wanted to accent in black. :)

I used the plastic drop cloth and roll of 1 inch wide painters tape (pictured in my last update) I used 1 can for both front and rear:

First I carefully taped wrapped and applied about 3 to 4 coats on the rear section. I even taped up the 2 license plate lights to protect them (although I didn't even get full coverage of the underside of the chrome bar). After it was dry i pulled off the tape and clear plastic and started pulling the plastidip off the paint at a sharp angle with consistent pressure and it automatically cut around the edges of the chrome, logo and lettering, I used a toothpick to carefully get the black up from the inside of the letters and logo and I used tiny tweezers to pull it out carefully.

Then it got late but I started on the front. carefully taping the inside edges of the paint surrounding the grill and taping off the bottom. NOTE: before you start taping, put some plastic in between your radiator and your grilles to avoid overspray that gets through the holes in your grilles. I did 7-9 coats (until the rest of my car of dip ran out jajaja) to make the coat as strong as possible since I do a lot of highway driving. I then very carefully cut the two edges of the lower lip's plastidip as it stretched when I pulled the edge of the tape off. Then I worked on the top front grill and logo, carefully removing the clear plastic and all tape, making sure the tape came off at sharp angles and I kept a sharp tool in hand to cut any dip that accidentally started to peel up. It went smoothly thanks to my careful tape placement.

Here's the pictures I took of the results on a clear sunny day:

So far I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to share. My next purchase will probably be the backup camera and the Altis TRD Sportivo wing. :)

Corolla Fan
2013 Corolla L
437 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·

It comes included with mounting hardware, and I will update once it's been paint-matched and installed by a local shop. :)

A little update about this btw, I contacted the eBay seller in California that CorollaTRD got his wing from a while. They still sell it but not on eBay, they confirmed that they are now ZestJDM and he directly linked me to the link above.

Also, FYI, the wing is in stock, so go ahead and order if you've been waiting!

Corolla Fan
2013 Corolla L
437 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 · (Edited)
05/26/2016 UPDATE PART 1/3 (56k warning, had to split my post into 2 due to image amounts)
So the last of all of the stuff in my last post finally arrived the TRD neck pillows took forever... I've since then received more stuff that I added to my mod wishlist and had shipped and installed too.

TRD Seat/Neck Pillows I just got these in yesterday so I'm still adjusting their positioning. :)

Suede Shift Boot CF style w/red stitching. As I drive an A/T this is a nice touch for when I receive my manual shift knobs

10.5 Gen Corolla Custom fit Coverking Silver Velour Dashmat (added very strong 3M tape to taped velcro included in dashmat) They accidentally sent me the 10 gen instead of the 10.5 gen (the difference is a cutout in the center console area for the clock) but I like this one better since it puts a nice shade over the clock to make it easy to see in daytime with the headlights on.

Genuine 10.5 Gen Corolla Cargo Net (PT347-12020) Easy to install and a great addition!


Toyota TRD Sportivo 3D Metal emblem So I decided to imitate the Corolla ALTIS TRD Sportivo emblems on the rear end... which means I had to debadge my Corolla emblem and swap it with a TRD Sportivo emblem. It came off easily after heating the glue a bit. (remember to bend the new emblem to match the rear bumper's curve before applying it with the 3M tape) I also took a chance to do a little plastidipping of the rear bumper akin to the "S" style bumper.


Corolla Fan
2013 Corolla L
437 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 · (Edited)
05/26/2016 UPDATE PART 2/3 Exterior:(continued)

Corolla 3rd brake light "Corolla" decal overlay So this was an interesting little touch... since I'd debaged the corolla emblem on the rear I figured it'd be nice to express that I have a corolla in an interesting way. The 3rd brakelight cover didnt come with strong enough tape since the plastic it covers has many bumps, so I had to apply some CLEAR 3M double sided tape to it to keep it in it's place.

Auer Automotive TCO-714S LED Daytime Running Lights (got these from Amazon at the pricing mistake of 32.99 lol) You can also get these from the same seller from whom I bought the AUER fog lights, its the AUER ebay outlet account. So to get these to mount I had to drill a tiny amount of the front grill's bottom slot. the clips on the LED DRL strip latched onto the grill snug, and other side latched and fit snug under the bottom grill fin. (they are sung as I've driven for weeks on the highway and they havent budged. (use 3M tape to be sure though). I then wrapped up excess cabling and zip tied everything around the battery and up through the firewall and then carefully followed the instructions from the AUER site to t-tap the wiring harness and install the LED control module under the steering wheel with an extra long zip-tie. Below I show you which wires i t-tapped into.

DRLs TEST with Headlights off and on (they dim to DOT nighttime standards when headlights/lowbeams are "on"):

Auer Fog Lights and LED DRL $99 (from the AUER ebay outlet "surplus" store) DRLs and Fogs on seperate buttons, fogs only on when headlights are full "on", they switch off if highbeams are switched on, DRLs are Full brightness when headlights off, they dim to DOT standards when lowbeams on/headlights on/highbeams The DRLs t-tapped into the same cables as the separate DRLs I installed previous, they both work without issue. Installing these was a little bit tougher, I didnt remove the bumper so I had to use a tiny screwdriver to screw on the Fog Lights (which I've yet to aim properly oops)I then wired these as instructed and zip tied everything under the hood. Pushed the proper ends through the firewall, attached the interior harness to the exterior one that poked through the firewall, ziptied everything, t-tapped the LED DRLs into the same spot as the previous LED DRL strips (I asked them and they would work fine, and they do) The only tough parts were getting the fog lights ground attached next to the battery and removing the bottom steering wheel cover, it has these annoying clips. Finally, since I ran out of room for my VSC switch, I let it ON and pushed it back there with the wiring and closed everything up and tested the lights. They are working great to this day!

10.5 Gen Corolla Eyelids (Vinyl/Near perfect Paint-match) I installed these as instructed and in 2-3 days they cured nicely. I should recommend that you clay your headlights just to be sure they are perfectly clean of all dirt and debris before installing these

TRD Metal 3D Emblem, Mirror Visors and "Shift Knob Thread Adapters (to fit Manual shift boot/knob)" I wanted the TRD emblems on the sides of my front quarter panels as I saw someone on here with similar placement, and the Mirror Visors helped with the florida sun in my rear view mirrors, plus they matched my Window visors! :D
2016-05-24 06.26.23 by CubanLegend, on Flickr

Corolla Fan
2013 Corolla L
437 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 · (Edited)
05/26/2016 UPDATE 3/3 FULL FOG/DRL+DRL DAY/NIGHT TEST nighttime test: 1. off (DRLs full bright) 2. lowbeams (DRLs dim) 3. headlights full on (DRLs dim, Fogs on)

daytime test (same order as above):

Much props to AUER, they are Jacksonville Florida based, I was even able to speak to one of their tech/wiring guys to make sure that both sets of DRLs would work if wired independently with separate cables, switches, and LED controllers, while both were t-tapped into the same internal wires twice.

EXTRA BONUS!: Surprise shipment arrived! :D

So now that my TRD Sportivo wing is here, I'm going to wait a few weeks to save up before I can have it paint matched/installed by the same shop that did CorollaTRD's wing. :)

As always any comments, questions, suggestions and criticisms are welcome! For extra pictures just click on my signature for the full album!

Also I received my Genuine Leather TRD Shiftknob (was extremely disapointed at how small it was, so I ordered the other two pictured next to it). The shift knob arrived with some wiring that I've ordered for a new "SECRET" addition to the car that I've been buying parts for, can anyone guess what it is!?

Corolla Fan
2013 Corolla L
437 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 · (Edited)
5/28/2016 UPDATE! (complete running photo album here) These parts came in:
Shift knob AT-to-MT Brass Thread Adapter 8X1.25-to-12X1.25
SICKSPEED Shift Knob Adaptors
Leather TRD Light Weight Racing MT Shift Knob 12x1.25
6-speed Leather Stitched TRD MT Shift Knob 12x1.25 (MT = MS204-18001) (AT = MS204-18002)
TRD Red Stitched Black PVC Leather Shift Boot

So i had to use some the the nuts and washers to lock the shift boot into place, and I used the OLD JDM shift boot and installed it under the new leather one, to pad the shift boot area a bit so it doesn't get too crumpled up.

Question: Anyone know why I can't remove the key from the ignition from Neutral with the e-brake engaged? It would make the shifter look real slick in a Neutral position. :D

Update to the Neck Pillows, I've since moved them to the rear seats and being 6"2 these fit perfectly to support my neck nice and snug. Makes me wish I had that kinda neck support on my front seats! XD

BONUS! The SECRET MOD is now revealed to be a 2009 XRS factory Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel w/ audio and bluetooth Controls Project!

Here's the wheel:

The clockspring came in today and I'm going to prep the wiring while I wait for the steering wheel to arrive in the next few days. :)

Diehard Rams Fan
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So are you trying to fool yourself into thinking this is a MT with the shift boot and MT shift knob? :lol:

Corolla Fan
2013 Corolla L
437 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
So are you trying to fool yourself into thinking this is a MT with the shift boot and MT shift knob? :lol:
Well not exactly, I just really like the look of the shift boot and those 3 knobs. :) Though, if they fool someone else then I'm okay with that. jajaja

Corolla Fan
2013 Corolla L
437 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 ·
PART 8 Leather-Wrapped 09 Corolla XRS Wheel w/both Steering Wheel Ctrls (part 1of 2)

I meant up post this update 3 months ago but I've been busy with work lately. So here we go!

So first things first, I used the instructions in this thread (DIY Steering wheel control add-on for CE/LE 2010 Corolla <UPDATED 8/3/2011>) to make the 3-wire harness for my steering wheel controls. Note the 3 wires function for all 8 of the left and right side steering wheel controls, as they are a sort of resistor network. Here's pics of that process:

The original toyota contacts were stripped, connected and wrapped in electrical tape to color-coded 18 AWG wires

Here's the completed wires on one end (the other end had slightly different sized contacts)

Then I took the CD audio cable and disassembled one of the end connectors as per the instructions, stripped and connected and wrapped it with electrical tape to the OTHER end of the 3 red black, white 18AWG wires I'd made previously. (Note the size difference of the audio connector contacts from both sides, the longer ones are from the black connector which will become the other end of our wires, the shorter ones were from the white and were fused to the other 3 wires I'd made with the toyota connectors):

Make SURE you buy braided 18AWG wires (i'll link all my supplies' amazon ans ebay links in my first post) so you can properly heat and fuse them together (I used superglue to fuse them lol) after twisting them together and covering them with electrical tape. Here's an example and the finished product:

And the steering wheel control wires were completed sucessfully! Now to test them!

STEERING WHEEL! (2009 Corolla XRS original leather wrapped wheel with both steering wheel controls included) found on eBay for $115 (same part number costs $700+ from Toyota). It was a steal so I verified the part number with Toyota and bought it immediately. Part description was as follows: "XRS, US BUILT, w/AUDIO SWITCH, w/Bluetooth, BLACK LTHR" Matches this part number: 45100-02E80-B0

Wheel after it arrived, you can see it was from a wrecked 2009 corolla :( with 94k miles, nice!, with only a few minor nicks on the wheel itself:

The wiring resistor network for the steering wheel controls that go into the clockspring (blue ground is from the cruise control):

Sizing out the wheel before installing the factory cruise control stalk, and after it was installed:

So time to test the wiring harness and steering wheel controls before taking out the wheel for the final install!

So first I took out my display audio:

Connecting one end of the new wiring harness into the clockspring connector, using an xacto knife and a tiny eyeglass flathead screwdriver tool to adjust the pins, sowing positioning of the red white and black wires:

Now to connect the other end of the wires into the display audio connector: Here's the display audio connector where the 3 wires will go before anything was done to it:

This is the orientation for the connectors to catch (the totota connector end of the custom wiring harness goes to the display audio)

Here's where the red white and black went respectively:

Here's the display audio connector after:

That connector doesn't go directly into my display audio, I purchased a splitter that splits the 28 pin into the 20pin and the 8pin for the rear view camera, part number is in my first post "Genuine Audio Wire Harness kit (PT546-00142)":

Method to test: I took my steering wheel column plastic cover off, disconnected the bottom connector from the clockspring and held my NEW clockspring up to it and connected the newly completed wire, then I hooked up the steering wheel controls to the clockspring (the controls I took off the steering wheel that came in), and I also connected the other end of the wires into the back of my display audio's connector in the proper area as per the instructions in the abovementioned thread.

Disconnecting the completed connector from the old clockspring into the new clcockspring using the new wires which were added into the old clockspring wiring harness connector:

Here's a video of the test rig, showing the wiring harness was fully functional! YAY!

Okay so I didnt want to buy a new airbag so I needed to cut my L airbag's plastic wings off to fit the new leather steering wheel. Here's a recap of my old plastic wheel, both parts my fingers are on in the first pic are fused together:

But they are only plastic on the front and back:

So I used a dull knife to slowly cut the plastic (which was thin) so I could fit my old airbag onto the new wheel! Cut picture below, and test fit:

So it fits! and the test worked, onto part 2, where I install the new wheel with controls, cruise control, clock spring, and pray it all works!

Corolla Fan
2013 Corolla L
437 Posts
Discussion Starter · #19 · (Edited)
PART 8 Leather-Wrapped 09 Corolla XRS Wheel w/both Steering Wheel Ctrls (part 2of 2)

Installing the steering wheel and putting it all together!

So I got a steering wheel puller that I borrowed from an old car buddy, and I got a stronger, more mechanically inclined friend to help me pull the wheel off.

Make sure the wheel is locked as absolutely straight as possible before pulling. :)

The old original plastic wheel came off, here it is pictured next to the new original leather wrapped wheel with both steering wheel controls and cruise control. OLD = LEFT NEW = RIGHT

After pulling the old clockspring out, we noticed theres a steering angle sensor (?) that comes off it and onto the new one:

Old clockpring on the back, new ond on the right (i shouldve snapped pictures of the front of them too, lol)

New clockspring and old steering angle sensor attached to it were installed:

Then we put the wheel back on, reconnected the aibag, controls into the clockspring and tested everything:

HORN ISSUES: My horn was going off constantly, It turned out to be loose contact 2 days later, so in the mean time for 2 days i disconnected my horn fuse since it was obnoxious. I fixed it by disconnecting and reconnecting the ground wire from the cruise control wire into the clockspring a few times until my horn stopped going off. It might've also been that the airbag was not mounted correctly and was setting off my horn. I'll never know exactly why but I'm sharing in the spirit of transparency and in case others encounter this.

So everything worked, cruise control worked above 25mph, and integrated with the dash-lights inside the car. I was so excited!Final product picture:

Cruise control lights working:

Total cost: with all parts, under $200 including shipping

Update: Sometimes when jumping into my car to drive and sometimes mid drive, the steering all or a portion of the wheel controls will stop or start working again, eventually they start working again in a few minutes or on my next drive. This is probably due to a loose wire or loose contact. I've yet to figure out whats causing this and it doesn't really bother me too much, and since the wires are so sensitive going into the clockspring, that I'd rather not take it apart and possibly damage something.
Update #2: (09/18/2018) The steering wheel buttons not working sometimes was fixed when I bought a new corolla S clockspring, I got my first one from eBay for about 20 bucks the new one from eBay for like 8 bucks, lol. So it seems the cheap clockpsrings' internal wires only last so long.. I may consider buying a genuine Toyota Corolla S clockspring someday if this latest one fails, I installed it last week and it's working fine.

Corolla Fan
2013 Corolla L
437 Posts
Discussion Starter · #20 ·
PART 9 - Altis and 1.8 Emblems, and plastidip

So I got my genuine "1.8" and "ALTIS" emblems in!

they came in chrome, so to match my black accents and plastidipped areas I plastidipped the 1.8 emblem on some cardboard and applied it to the car in the exact JDM 1.8 ALTIS spot:

then I applied the ALTIS emblem, and then plastidipped it:

Here's the final product!

And then an impromptu photoshoot with a random local 10-gen L and a 10.5-gen S :)

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