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

My latest mod that I decided to install today - 266mm rear disc brakes! I converted from the old drum brakes to these nice shiny discs from a JDM AE101 Levin GT Apex (same discs/calipers used on the JDM AE101 Corolla GT sedan, FX-GT hatchback and BZ Touring wagon models). The discs and pads are brand new so I had a bit of fun earlier bedding them in earlier ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile. Took me half the day to install them as I had to run the new handbrake cables and painstakingly remove the long bolt that goes through the lateral arms but I got there in the end. Here's some photos of the finished job:

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

I received/installed this today - An Ultra Racing rear strut brace. Should help stiffen things up a little more ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile

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

Hi mate,

i can see from your spec liist , you still using stock ECU with your Open Plenum, isn't your car over fueling ?

96 Levin AE111 20v JDM

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

hi

You using stock ECU with open plenum?is your car over fueling ?

96 Levin AE111 20v JDM

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

Ivan01 wrote:

Hi mate,

i can see from your spec liist , you still using stock ECU with your Open Plenum, isn't your car over fueling ?

Hey man, nope no over-fueling. It's pretty good on gas, although it's difficult to test the fuel consumption with the open trumpets as it's so hard to keep my foot off the accelerator due to the magnificent noise it makes at full throttle ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/laughing. I do plan on installing an A/F gauge and a wideband oxygen sensor however, so it'll be good to see how rich it's actually running, but in terms of mpg it seems just as good as it was with the standard plenum in place.


Here are my two latest purchases - An Ultra Racing 29mm solid front swaybar and a Whiteline 18mm solid rear swaybar, both with polyurethane bushings. Should make a very noticeable difference to the handling compared to the original 24mm front and 14mm rear swaybars ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile

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

I installed my 18mm Whiteline rear swaybar today. I finished installing it quite late in the afternoon so haven't had a chance to go for a drive yet but I'm sure I'll have a bit of fun throwing the car around some corners to test it out ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/cool

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I got this in the mail yesterday - A custom personalized plate keyring. Thought it was a pretty cool idea as it's made from acrylic and the lettering is raised/painted like my real plate. Just something a little bit different ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile

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../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/neutral Dam bro this car is in top condition, well done great job thus far.
Im jealous I want those jasma branches , rear strut bar and the stabiliser bars  ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/sad , what did they cost you?

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

*Double post sorry

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

TRIXSTA Veez wrote:

../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/neutral Dam bro this car is in top condition, well done great job thus far.
Im jealous I want those jasma branches , rear strut bar and the stabiliser bars  ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/sad , what did they cost you?

Thanks mate. The swaybars cost me just under $300 NZD, which is less than half of the retail cost ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/biggrin2


I received and installed these sweet looking carbon fiber cam/spark plug covers today. The quality really impressed me, especially how it still features the 'TWINCAM 20' lettering found on the original plastic cover:

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

Whoops, double post...

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

i like it

96 Levin AE111 20v JDM

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

Thanks ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile. Me too.

I decided to take some better/wider shots of the carbon covers today:

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I also received some more goodies in the mail today - An Exedy heavy duty clutch and pressure plate and an Exedy lightweight chromoly flywheel (both made in Japan).

The flywheel weighs 4.9kg, which is exactly 1kg less than the stock Blacktop flywheel. Should make a noticeable difference in acceleration:

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

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

Mate i see you have aftermarket spark plugs, any noticeble advantage over stock ?

96 Levin AE111 20v JDM

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

Ivan01 wrote:

Mate i see you have aftermarket spark plugs, any noticeble advantage over stock ?

Hey mate, spark plugs or spark plug leads? I'm using NGK G-Power Platinum plugs (BKR6EGP) and TRD spark plug leads. Noticed the acceleration was smoother after installation but I installed both at the same time so not sure it it was because of the new plugs, leads or both, but it definitely made a difference ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/cool


Another day, another delivery ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/biggrin2. These arrived a few minutes ago - My 275mm front rotors and a set of new brake pads that I ordered from Toyota. Got my set of AE101 twinpot calipers and ST202 Celica carrier brackets sitting here already waiting so I'm looking forward to putting everything on ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile

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I did the 275mm rotor upgrade and twinpot caliper swap yesterday ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/biggrin2. Everything went to plan and the braking performance is phenomenal. It comes to a dead stop within a matter of seconds and literally throws you forward in the seat. I can brake a lot later into corners and don't have to push anywhere near as hard on the pedal for the same effect. It was definitely a worthwhile upgrade and they've been a lot of fun to drive with so far ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile

Here's some pics (they're a lot shinier in real-life but you get the idea) -

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

I installed this sweet looking Tomei fuel pressure regulator today. I had always assumed that fuel pressure regulators were only beneficial for turbocharged engines, until I came across a post online about a fellow Blacktop owner who had installed a FPR, played around with the pressure setting and had great results.

The factory fuel pressure for a Blacktop is 40psi at full throttle, and raising it to 44psi seems to be the sweet spot for the ECU as it doesn't affect the top end performance and doesn't seem to affect the fuel economy. After my first initial drive once I had finished the installation I was very impressed at how much of a difference the additional 4psi of fuel pressure had made. The sluggishness down low had gone and the throttle response had increased dramatically. The engine now responds when I want it to, instead of having to wind itself up from low to mid rpm like it used to.

All in all it has definitely made the engine rev more freely and respond a lot quicker. It's now a lot more fun to drive, especially around town. Proved to be a very worthwhile upgrade ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile

The set-up consists of:

* Genuine Tomei Type S fuel pressure regulator.
* Genuine Tomei liquid filled gauge.
* Genuine Tomei fuel rail adapter.
* Goodyear fuel hose & 4mm silicone vacuum hose.
* 2x 90-degree brass elbow fittings, 1x straight fitting.

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

Awsome stuff once again bro

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

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

Thanks bro ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile. this next update should interest you ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/biggrin2


I've been toying around with the idea of shorter trumpets/ram tubes lately as the engine bay heat being sucked into my open 110mm tubes wasn't doing the performance any favors. I reverted back to the standard curved rubber trumpets for a few weeks and even though the car felt a little more sluggish, the engine much preferred the nice cold air it was ingesting from the cold air intake.

Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to remove the rubber trumpets and run no trumpets whatsoever inside the plenum for just one day. The result was that the engine didn't really have any power down low, but as soon as it hit 5,500rpm the needle rocketed to redline, as expected. One thing I noticed with the factory rubber trumpets is that they're good for mid-range power, but once you get higher up in the rev range the power starts backing off a bit.

To cut a long story short (no pun intended), I decided to get a set of 60mm trumpets custom made which will fit perfectly in the standard plenum. You can actually fit as large as 70mm inside the plenum but it starts getting pretty cramped, so I decided that 60mm would be a nice compromise.

They arrived today and I was quick to install them. Upon my 20-minute test drive I noticed that the power down low had dropped off a bit, but up high it was all guns blazing. The full power band comes on from about 5,000rpm, all the way to 8,000rpm, which I discovered ends up being a good place to be as the engine is constantly in it's power band for the next gear when shifting at the 8,000rpm redline.

It's certainly going to take a bit of getting used to, but so far so good. I'm going to miss the sound my 110's made, and the torquey-ness of the standard trumpets, but when driving the engine at it's full potential the 60's seem to be a good choice ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile

As always, here's some pics. The first 4 show the comparison between the old 110's and the new 60's, and the very last photo was taken by the metal spinner who made my trumpets, showing the clearance of a 50mm trumpet inside the stock plenum (essentially the same sort of clearance as my 60mm ones) -

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

cant wait to get management for my Open Throttles ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile

96 Levin AE111 20v JDM

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

Ok guys, change of plans yet again.......After using the 60mm trumpets all day today I began to miss my old 110mm trumpets. Although the 60's are great up top, it just felt like there was nobody home whatsoever under 5,000rpm, and since 90% of my driving is in the city this started to get on my nerves......

So off came the plenum, along with the trumpets, and an idea popped into my head. Some of you may recall that I bought a splash guard from the US for the trumpets a while back. I used it for about a week and then took it off, but today I was thinking of ways to prevent heat from entering the trumpets if I reinstalled my 110's, when it suddenly occurred to me that I could try and flip the guard upside down, effectively turning it from a splash guard into a heat shield. To my surprise, everything lined up perfectly and it cleared the strut brace with no issues.

Before going ahead with the install I removed the original 2-layer metal gasket from the stock plenum and put it between the ITB's and the shield. This not only allowed the holes to locate perfectly over the intake ports but should also help to act as a heat barrier between the ITB's and the actual trumpets.

After bolting everything in place and redoing my air supply feed (removing the pod filter from the guard and replacing it with a huge bellmouth) I finished the set-up by applying a TRD sticker I've had lying around for a while. It seems to break up the grayness a bit, without looking out of place.

The first drive was amazing - My mid-range power was back in full force and the induction noise was like music to my ears (I swear it has gotten even louder since fitting the shield). My original problem of having no filtration still remains, however the trumpets feel a lot cooler to touch after driving as the shield helps to deflect a lot of the heat away. It'll never be immune to engine bay heat without the use of a plenum, but with the help of this mod it should help to keep things in check ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/smile

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

Hi

I just source me a set T3 ram tubes. The sound is amazing , but heat and stock ecu is making my car go backwards ../../extensions/custom_smilies_2/img1/dizzy

96 Levin AE111 20v JDM

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

cant see any pics, some1 help

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