Topic: My '93 Corolla SE Limited - JDM - 4A-GE 20v Blacktop

Hey guys,

This is my 1993 Toyota Corolla SE Limited. It's a Japanese import and has all of the features you would expect out of Japan.

It was completely standard when I bought it, but I've done a number of mods to it over the last 5-years of ownership so far, including a 4A-GE 20v Blacktop swap at the end of 2012. I've almost reached my goal of finding every single optional extra that was available from new, including some of the rarest items, such as the AirFantasy.

This first post will remain updated with all of the current modifications and photos. Photos of how the car looked originally/previously can be found on my CarDomain page.

The mods so far are:

Engine:
* 4A-GE 20v Blacktop engine conversion.
* 110mm trumpets (ram tubes/velocity stacks).
* Custom made 3" intake bellmouth.
* Fujitsubo (FGK) 4-2-1 stainless steel extractors.
* 5-speed C56 gearbox.
* Full 2.25" exhaust with Dynomax muffler.
* 2-core aluminium radiator.
* TRD spark plug leads.
* Catalytic converter removed.
* Oil catch can.

Exterior:
* OEM AE101 Toyota Corolla FX-GT front bumper.
* OEM ST215 Toyota Caldina custom fitted optional front lip.
* OEM ST195 Toyota Caldina custom fitted optional rear lip.
* OEM AE111 Toyota Carib BZ Touring sideskirts.
* Genuine OEM AE101 Koito Toyota Corolla BZ Touring headlights.
* BMW M3 style trunk lip spoiler.
* 35% "Night Rider" window tint.
* Front door locks eliminated.
* 17" Sport Max 962 alloy wheels.
* Front and rear guards rolled.
* 'SE Limited' badge removed.

Interior:
* Toyota Corolla GT seats + folding rear seat conversion.
* Reupholstered door cards with OEM Corolla GT fabric.
* Sound deadened front doors.
* AE101 Corolla FX-GT SuperStrut Momo leather steering wheel.
* 240kph speedometer.
* OEM Lexus IS200/Altezza RS200 aluminium foot pedals.
* OEM floor mats.
* TRD leather shift knob.
* Leather gear shift boot.
* Rare OEM factory option Graphics Equalizer.
* Rare OEM factory option 'Air Fantasy' fragrance control system.
* Rare OEM factory roof-mounted option Air Purifier unit.
* Rare OEM factory rear-mounted option Air Purifier unit.
* Rare OEM factory option motorised driver's seat rail.
* Rare OEM factory option key light.
* Rare OEM factory option floor lights.
* Rare OEM factory option velour extended armrest.
* Rare OEM factory option Burger Tray.
* Rare OEM factory option stock Box.
* Rare OEM factory option felt-lined ashtray coin holder/storage compartment.
* Rare OEM factory option under-seat storage tray.
* Rare OEM factory option tweeter pods and tweeters.
* Rare OEM factory option 'Conlight' automatic headlights.
* Rare OEM factory option A-pillar map light.

[size=6]Brakes/Suspension:[/size]
* Lowered on BC Gold BR coilovers.
* OEM 24mm front swaybar conversion.
* TRD 3-point strut brace.
* Bendix brake pads.
* Nolathane rear swaybar bushes.

Audio:
* JVC Bluetooth USB head-unit.
* Pioneer 6.5" component front speakers (60w RMS each).
* Lanzar 6.5" 3-way rear speakers (95w RMS each).
* Sony Xplod 4-channel 444w amp.


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Comments very welcome!! http://www.websmileys.com/sm/happy/143.gif

Last edited by Full-Throttle (2013-03-30 05:18:39)

Re: My '93 Corolla SE Limited - JDM - 4A-GE 20v Blacktop

nice shots of ur cabby, If I may give u any advice I would say that u should upgrade the exhaust system to either a 2.5" or 3" exhaust. the Guys in SA have gained allot from going bigger than the 2".

Daily: 3rd Gen 3SGE sw20 MR2, 90 T-Top, Bone stock
Track Project:4AGZE,Sc14 charger 93 "Bubble shape" Corrola
Future project? TWINCHARGE
The Best of both worlds!

Boosted cars are like hot women. A little edgy, every guy wants one, some guys can't handle them, and if you throw a little alcohol in them they'll rock your world

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superCboy wrote:

nice shots of ur cabby, If I may give u any advice I would say that u should upgrade the exhaust system to either a 2.5" or 3" exhaust. the Guys in SA have gained allot from going bigger than the 2".

Thanks ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile. I did the 2" exhaust when I had the 5A-FE engine, so I haven't had a chance to redo it yet, but when I do I'll be going for a 2.5" system. I have a TRD cat-back pipe and TRD muffler that I'm yet to install but that's also 2", but I might just chuck it on in the meantime since it's just sitting in my shed (the current piping is crush bent whereas the TRD piping is mandrel bent). The exhaust is quiet as it is but should be even quieter with the TRD muffler fitted.

I also have an FGK header set that is going to be installed very soon:

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the FGK Fujitsubo headers are ART, I have one installed on my ZE as well! dont get rid of it, they are extremely hard to come by. OR in SA at least. and when u do go with a exhaust go with the mandrel bend! it compliments the under side of the chassis and causes much less of a restriction in flow.  ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/wink

Sorry Just a edit on my previous post meant to say 2.25-2.5" sorry not to use to working in inches  ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/blush

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Daily: 3rd Gen 3SGE sw20 MR2, 90 T-Top, Bone stock
Track Project:4AGZE,Sc14 charger 93 "Bubble shape" Corrola
Future project? TWINCHARGE
The Best of both worlds!

Boosted cars are like hot women. A little edgy, every guy wants one, some guys can't handle them, and if you throw a little alcohol in them they'll rock your world

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc206/supercboy/Mr2/toyota-mr2-mk2--red-t-shirt1_zpsc80ccb3e.jpg

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I love this car, its fantastic. all the accessories just on one car looks great. Keep it up

96 Levin AE111 20v JDM

Re: My '93 Corolla SE Limited - JDM - 4A-GE 20v Blacktop

What is * Rare OEM factory option Burger Tray ??? its the only extra i couldnt figure it out

96 Levin AE111 20v JDM

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Ivan01 wrote:

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I love this car, its fantastic. all the accessories just on one car looks great. Keep it up

Ivan01 wrote:

What is * Rare OEM factory option Burger Tray ??? its the only extra i couldnt figure it out

Thanks a lot!! ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/biggrin2. The Burger Tray is a tray/compartment that sits on the passenger's side of the dashboard. It has a flip up mirror which can also be removed, and a small pocket underneath the mirror to store small items. The tray itself allows you to place food on (such as burgers) and helps to keep it there while driving so it doesn't slide all over the dashboard.

Here's some close-up photos if it, including some photos of it in action with a Triple Cheeseburger from Burger King ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/biggrin2

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Picture is better then words  ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/biggrin2

96 Levin AE111 20v JDM

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awesome buddy, super clean, and you take some good pics lol

2002 MR2, 2zz-GE swap
PPE ceramic coated race header
00' celica ECU
Custom intake

121wkw 151nm manny's trix TCC dyno day 26/08/2012

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^ Thanks mate. I have a passion for photography and a love for my car, so it's nice to be able to combine the two ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/biggrin2

Today I installed a custom made bellmouth that I made by a metal spinner (the same person who made my trumpets). I also put the first half of the factory surge box/plenum back on so it's sandwiched between the trumpets. Should keep a bit more of the heat out and looks better at the same time.

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Re: My '93 Corolla SE Limited - JDM - 4A-GE 20v Blacktop

Mate, you need filters,

check this ones

https://technotoytuning.com/toyota/20v4age/4ag-20v-uni-filters

96 Levin AE111 20v JDM

Re: My '93 Corolla SE Limited - JDM - 4A-GE 20v Blacktop

Ivan01 wrote:

https://technotoytuning.com/toyota/20v4age/4ag-20v-uni-filters

Cheers mate, but filters kill performance. I'm aware that running it unfiltered is no good for the engine, but Blacktop's are readily available here so it's a risk I'm willing to take ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile

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I spent a couple of hours sound deadening both front doors today. I bought four sheets of it and did the outer skin (door handle side) with one sheet on each side. Planning on putting some inside the actual door panels/cards themselves and possibly on the inner skin of the door too.

Pulled the window regulators and glass out which made the job a lot easier. Amazing how much of a difference it has made, not just in music quality but the whole feel of the door. Feels much nicer to open and close now and should help drown out some of the road noise when driving.

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I just spent another 3-hours sound deadening the inner skin and the door panel/card on each side. Also installed some new component speakers. Went from  6.5" 4-way speakers with 75w RMS each to 6.5" component speakers with 60w RMS each.

The old speakers sounded good but since I have 6.5" 90w RMS 3-way speakers in the rear deck and factory tweeters up front there was far too much treble, so the component speakers fixed that nicely. Kept the factory tweeters so I didn't have to make up a special mounting bracket for the new ones. Everything is being driven off my 444w 4-channel amplifier under my front passenger's seat.

Here's a comparison video between the front and rear doors I took once I finished:
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And a whole bunch of photos I took during the process:

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Very very nice ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/neutral

1995 20v Dictator, Cone, 50mm exhaust
95wkw 145nm @ JVS Tuning Cape Town on 24-10-13
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Cool stuff. ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/biggrin2

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GUys im in need of 4afe help plz,i put my car on the dyno saturday at rally cross,i made 138nm of torque and 71kw,wid branch and exhaust bt nw i hav a type A unichip at home,shud i put it or jst leave it out?plz help

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you must put it, it will help you extract the most out of ur setup

96 Levin AE111 20v JDM

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My latest purchase - A brand new set of BC Gold coilovers. Ended up getting them for a really good price so grabbed them today. They have 30-way damper adjustability so my spine shouldn't shatter to pieces on long trips ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/laughing

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I installed the BC coilovers today. I've set the damper knobs to 5 clicks from fully soft on the fronts and 10 clicks from fully soft on the rear. The ride height has been adjusted to 300mm from the center of each wheel to the fender lip, which has the subframe sitting at bang on 100mm off the ground, the minimum height allowed by law here in New Zealand.

I must say that I'm VERY impressed with the ride quality of the BC's. When I first went for a test drive I honestly couldn't tell that I had installed coilovers as the ride comfort was virtually the same as my old spring/strut combo, however when going around corners you could definitely notice the difference in the handling performance as it stuck to the road as if it were on rails. I've booked my car in for a full wheel alignment tomorrow so once the toe is reset and everything else aligned I'm sure it'll handle even better. All in all I'm extremely happy with these coilovers so far and I look forward to putting them through their paces over the coming years.

Here's some pics I took after installing them, and a photo of a sticker that I bought on the way home from my test drive to finish the day nicely ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile

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what a nice CLEAN setup all round.....

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^ Thanks! ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/biggrin2

Here's my latest mod - FGK 4-2-1 stainless steel extractors. Designed and built in Japan by Fujitsubo Giken Kogyo and are one of the best sets of extractors you can buy for the 4A-GE. Had them fitted today and I'm already noticing a power increase. It replaces the very restrictive factory squished pipe that goes over the front subframe, so there's no more flat spot in the rev range when accelerating at full throttle. The needle seems to sky rocket even faster to redline and doesn't feel so sluggish down low.

Also fitted an OEM 24mm front swaybar, although haven't had a chance to test out the new handling characteristics yet as I had the old factory extractors etc in the trunk on the way home so I didn't want everything sliding around and causing damage.

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'07 RunX //TRD
'99 Corolla 160i GLE
'04 VW CITI LIFE (EX)
'03 RunX RSi (EX)
'99 Corolla 160i GLE (EX)
'95 Corolla 160i Sprinter (EX)

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Thanks! ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/biggrin2

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