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"the dog" grille filler

Discussion in 'Your 4th Gen beauty' started by jwagner162, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. Stig

    Stig ST162 Guru Donated!

    Always a fan of your work Jon, I think this car is an evolution of #09 and something to be proud of.

    What was the outcome with the bigger swaybars?
  2. jwagner162

    jwagner162 Well-Known Member Donated!

    -thanks guys! we'll see what they think at the show today. I get to go in just under the 87 age cut off.

    -marc, i've been playing with a sheet of lexan i got. kinda got inspired to tinker with the aero. tyring to mold a piece to fit into that gap in the bumper. then i want to rivet it in there. im hoping it'll make more sense when i do that. trying to divert some air and reduce lift. not that the lights will do any of that, but i think it might look sweet once i get a piece in there.

    -stig. still havent got a proper alignment, or tracked it yet. but from just running it around the car is dead flat. it doesnt "turn" anymore it just changes course, if that make sense. feels like it wants to under steer pretty bad, but not much more than a full stock suspension. i think with some better alignment specs and maybe softening up the front struts a little she'll be dead on.
    i only ran around with the new tires for about an hour yesterday and those made a huge difference, i think i had about 2x the side wall i needed. the car liked to bounce alot. with less sidewall the ride is rougher but alot less bouncey. getting a properly fit set of tires improved my impresion of the sways quite a bit. like i said i really need to track this thing to figure them out exactlly.
    -interesting note on the front bar though. it is smaller in diameter (iirc by 2mm) AND lighter (by 2 lbs!). but it is definatly stiffer. im assuming its either in the steel composition or in the winding. origanally the though was hollow vs. solid but at 2lbs lighter i cant imagine thats the case, and i doubt you could loose that by say a high vs. low carbon steel.
    -overall the bars are fantastic.but, i can honestly say though i think the steering rack mod will probably have cut more time off laps than just about any other suspension piece. turned it into a go-kart.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2012
  3. Stig

    Stig ST162 Guru Donated!

    I've been looking at modifying 2 gearbox coolers to do the same

    You went too far, that could be the new rack/tyres. Trick is to only change one thing at a time and note the differences

    Interesting on the bars, I thought hollow steel allows more flex without cracking
  4. celica_gt-i

    celica_gt-i Well-Known Member

    Beautiful :drool:
  5. jwagner162

    jwagner162 Well-Known Member Donated!

    uh....the get me off of page 5 bump. lol. i did drive her today.....purs like a kitten.
  6. 187flatliner

    187flatliner Seat Breaker Donated!

    yeah you've been gone for too long...how you been?
  7. jwagner162

    jwagner162 Well-Known Member Donated!

    good. just finished a 2 1/2 year tunnel project. Been working on the house mainly. Im taking this summer off to remodel (gut) the inside. The dog gets out about 1/mo. for a wash and a quick run. I only have a carport now so i havent done much over the winter...car wise that is.

    -one crappy thing...i took my truck (land cruiser) in to the stealership....3k in repairs lol. so i have a 2013 4runner for a loaner. truck is getting all new fluids, new front wheel bearings and brakes. was making a noise under the timing cover so their doing the t-belt job. so seals, t-belt, idlers, tensioners, ect, ect. radiator hoses. pretty much everything but sparkplugs lol. itll be good to go for another 100k though. im actually scared to do the land cruiser work. i figure this way i have a warranty if something goes tits up. id hate to do the t-belt 1 tooth off bit. theres ALOT more to that t-belt job.

    -glad to be back btw!
  8. jwagner162

    jwagner162 Well-Known Member Donated!

    bump for awesomeness! cars is now with me in Boise, Idaho. Hey everyone!!
  9. MattC

    MattC Well-Known Member Donated!

    Glad you got to keep that beautiful car!:thumbsup:
  10. Mafix

    Mafix Owner Staff Member Administrator Donated!

    hey stranger!
  11. Stig

    Stig ST162 Guru Donated!

    Good on ya Jon - been a while:cool:
  12. CelicaSteve

    CelicaSteve Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderator Donated!

    Welcome back Jon :)
  13. lone wolf

    lone wolf Well-Known Member Donated!

    Welcome back :)

    glad you still have the celica.

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