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#65155
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 11
Yeah, no problem, give me a buzz whenever you get a chance and
we'll sort something , 0861767707 darren
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#65156
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 88
I have brand new reupholstered leather seats ... just sitting there ... gathering dust

Also have two full interiors ... so should have everything you need there
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#65157
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 46
@Japohara.
I've sorted some items with Dazzler already.
I really only want one leather seat in any condition as the repair is very easy to make.
Have you got 1993+ plastic tweeter covers?
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#65368
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 46
Just an update on my messing around the last 2 weeks.

I took out the heater controls and old radio with the mind of expanding my smd LED conversion to the heater controls, clocks, dials, and the cig/ign ring.


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The first step was to replace the blown bulb in the hazards switch with an LED(+10HP) :P


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The circuit board for the heater controls look like this. There's two horrible green bulbs in there from factory.

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While everything was plugged out a cleaned the unit with a soapy handwash.
There was 22 years worth of grime and dust behind here. But it's all nice and clean and reassembled now.


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I then fitted my new SMD LED's into the unit and waited until night to see the following:

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The camera quality makes it look worse than it really is, but there is some blind spotting occuring because the led's are 2D instead of 3D. Still a big improvement on the green colour. :)

So then I met Dazzler MK2 who provided me with some nice new parts, including a new heater control unit to play with. The guy is a gentleman to deal with! KC+1.

Since this is a spare unit to mess around with, I've really gone to town with LED's.
I've purchased a few dozen from China to get the controls to provisionally come up like this..

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I'll attach proper photos with the final fitted product ASAP.
I'll probably create a HowTo aswell for those interested in some electronics modding like me B)

Next on the list is the am/pm clock, speedo dials, and ign/cig rings.
Hopefully then I'll get time to do the doorswitches too.

Oh and also have these spare rear bulbs from my Corolla project.
Will fit them to brakes, fogs, & reverse lights and then stick up some pics.

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#65372
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 11
That turned out great ,
I'm well impressed !!
Stick up a how to , I'm definitely doing that .
well done ! Kc'd
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#65374
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 106
What bulb did you use in the hazards

See my led thread for the cluster leds the dip bulb is a good upgrade
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#65385
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 11
Looking for that thread there,
Can't find it , will you give it a bump please ,
Cheers !
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#65386
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 11
Looking for that thread there,
Can't find it , will you give it a bump please ,
Cheers !
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Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 106
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#65390
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 106
A worthwile mod is to mesh your front bumper - it protects the radiator from stone damage
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#65394
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 46
Cool thanks for the thread links. The smd LED 501's look slick in your thread.
The hazard bulb is a T4 bulb. You can get them in most motorfactors.

Ha it may be too late for my radiator. It appears to have taken a few stone dinks over the years. Could be a good mod for the future though.

@Dazzler, I'll stick up a guide as soon as possible
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#65422
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 106
Rex Banner wrote:


Since this is a spare unit to mess around with, I've really gone to town with LED's.
I've purchased a few dozen from China to get the controls to provisionally come up like this..

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I've another project in this by looks of things - really need to box off the projects I've in progress

Any chance you could post the specs of the LEDs you used in this or some links to where you got them? Presume you used some resistors there as well?

Looks great by the way fair play :)
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#65467
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 24
Have u any pics of how and wat u used to bring up the heater controls like that I change my bulbs and was very disappointed to see feck all of a difference.. Cheers
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#65468
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 46
Hi guys,

I looked at many many different tutorials on the web and used little bits of all of them.

For anyone looking to try this out these are the 3 guides that I found most useful.
(The last one from halfspec.com is really the best.)

www.mr2oc.co.uk/know-your-2-knowledge-ba...d=11&kbartid=232
www.mr2.com/forums/threads/27352-GI-Custom-LED-Climate-Control
www.halfspec.com/services.htm

When everything is all finished my end I'll create a full tutorial.
I mostly used standard flat top led's + 12v transistors.
You can get these in Maplins or eBay, the latter being a good bit cheaper.

I'm waiting on a batch of these guys too that I have used to great success on my TTE Corolla project.
www.ebay.com/itm/2pcs-T3-T4-T5-Neo-Wedge...-White-/201067099921

I find that while they are excellent for everything else, the smd led's are too shallow in depth for the heater controls.

While I'm here.... Phone pictures

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I'm still struggling to get sound out of my new headunit, I'm sure I'm just missing an earth some place along the line... damn 91 only active audio system. "A POX ON THEE!"
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#65596
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 46
I believe I've finally figured the sound system out.
Turns out it wasn't an Earth that I was missing but rather a Live connection.
I can drive power to the speakers on the right handside of the car.
I'm waiting on an Autoleads adapter ( PC9-451 )which will allow me to drive the amps using my headunit by converting it to 4 RCA outputs.

I'm still waiting on my LED's from China to finish the heater control unit.
So just some small updates:

SMD Led reversing lights (right side done)

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Both sides done :)

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Replaced the clock that I broke, :fail: thanks Dazzler!

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Replaced the sill trim that I broke. :fail:

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Picked up these minty mint leather seats from Japhora on here.
Straight up guy, thanks a million for these.

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Also got some mesh to help and protect futher fin holocaust on my radiator fins :laugh:

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Washed and waxed and awaiting the TOC-irl meet next Sunday. B)

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#65600
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All I can say is fantastic, she looks completely mint.

Kc'd
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#65608
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 106
slipsliderg wrote:
All I can say is fantastic, she looks completely mint.

Kc'd


x2 beautiful - I need to wash my car - still has the red dust on it from a few weeks back
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#65609
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good call on the rad mesh - I used this guide

www.mr2australia.com/uploaded/bud/sw20frontmesh2.pdf

The mock cardboard definitely helps - make sure you've a decent snips!
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#65614
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KC'd for the work you've put in on your car, looks in great nick.
A rev3+ front lip would finish it off nicely for me.
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#65615
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Looks unreal... Great work..
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#65857
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 46
Thanks for the compliments folks.

So I've finally finished the cd deck upgrade.
The sound is sensational from the Sony Xplode. I used to have that headunit in my Corolla, but it sounds even better now with speakers, subs, and amps to play with.
It's nice to have Ipod connectivity and handsfree.
My only regret is that it isn't OEM.

See the video for an example

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I fitted the custom front grill / mesh to protect the radiator.
KC+1 eringobragh for sending me a tidy PDF description.
It's a simple job thats functional, but also looks well.

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I'm currently getting the GPS tracker setup in the car, genius little thing.
Naturally I won't be showing pictures of where I put it or how I wire it.
Buy needless to say it runs even when the battery is disconnected.

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We had a TOC IRL meet in Ducketts Groove in Carlow last Sunday.
It was a great day out in a great location. I fell in love with the 12v Turbo Starlet.


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#66114
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years ago Karma: 106

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AFAIK that tracker is LBS based I was looking at this one myself for another project (bicycle tracking) - which is a best effort location based on the cell masts in your area - less than $20 or so if I remember correctly

Get yourself something with a SIRFIII or better gps chipset - TLT-2H onwards are excellent as are any of the TK10X products.

Drop me a PM if you want any further info.



EDIT:

Yep this was the thread I read at the time: might work in Ireland but its far from ideal:

http://www.suzukiswift.info/big-problems-with-my-mini-gps-tracker-not-connecting/
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#66120
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years ago Karma: 11
The car is looking great Rex,
Well done mate ,
A well deserved kc
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#71579
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar - I'm back! 2 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 46
Right it's been ages since I posted here, a lot has been going on in the last year as regards cars. The MR2 is still on the go and driving as well as ever. She's gone into storage for the Winter and I hope to get lots done of jobs done on her between now and Spring 2015.

I was (and still am) busy working on a Celica -> Corolla vvti conversion.
I know this is an MR2 site, but I may as well post some pictures of what I've been at.

Basically the car is running full 1ZZ-FE externals from a Gen7 Celica. A 1.8 1ZZ-FE shares the same block as a 1.4 4ZZ-FE. So I can essentially oversize the 4ZZ-FE to create a nice little power monster

- 1ZZ-FE Intake manifold
- 1ZZ-FE 220cc Fuel Injectors
- 1ZZ-FE Throttle Body
- 1ZZ-FE Airbox pipes and hoses.

Since the 4ZZ-FE ECU is self learning I was able to keep my original ECU.

The car came with ~95HP standard. At the moment she turning out 114HP on the dyno. This reading was done with a faulty TPS and MAF, so I would love to get her back on there with these sensors replaced. Certainly it feels like a 120HP car. Even with the 114HP she is putting out 109HP per tonne, which is a very nippy power to weight ratio.

The plan to fit a TTE exhaust system + stainless manifold to the car to reach 128HP.

Then finally, I might oversize the rods, pistions, and camshaft with 1ZZ-FE versions to reach about 142HP.

Once I have that figure I can supercharge it with a TRD Supercharger for 165HP. That's a while away yet though.

Here is some pictures of how the Corolla stands:


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Up on the Dyno in Westward Engineering.

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Oh and for those of you that may be wondering, yes it has a GENUINE stamped Toyota TTE kit. (Except the spoiler and spats which are custom :) )
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#71593
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar - I'm back! 2 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 106
looks good - curious how do you go about insuring something with the engine modified like that? I assume they rape you on premium?
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#71791
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar - I'm back! 2 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 46
The insurance is actually the same as it was before.
I went about it the correct way and it ended up working out for me.
When the modifications were complete, I paid my local Toyota dealer to do a full engineers report on the car.
They gave me a 3 page report of the individual test results. Overall they said that the car was perfectly road worthy and safe.

I emailed the report to my insurer and after some chatting they left my premium as it was.

All that being said, I can't wait to be back in the Mr2 in march
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#73059
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar - I'm back! 2 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 46
Feels great to be updating this thread.
With the Corolla 1.8 project coming to a close I can finally devote all my time and efforts to the MR2.

Since I last checked in I've done some work on her.

Mainly being a full Toyota service; oil change, new oil filter, etc
The big change has been to overhaul of the suspension, with brand new shock bearings put in the mounts. The previous versions had turned to dust on the front.

The result now is that the car certainly feels stiffer on the corners, as it should!
The car is now much more suitable to daily driving. Before any dip of bump in the road resulted in horrible noises and a few missing vertebrae from the bumps.

Last night I took apart the dash and interior console to fix 2 issues.

- Heater not working correctly.
- Blown bulbs at the rear of the clocks / speedo dial

I'm glad to say that the heater was an easy fix, some of the cabling that connects to the hot / cold switch had gotten lose with age. I retightened this cabling back up an now the cars warms instantly. Woo

Also replaced old tungsten bulbs with nice smd LED dash.

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I may still opt for a coloured display as I did with the Corolla

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BTW, does anyone know if the SW20 has a cabin pollen filter. Couldn't see one in there, would love to replace it if the car has one to freshen the air coming in.

Anyways here is how she stands now. Representing TOC-IRL at Japfest and various other meets.
(The sleeper eyes aren't permanent, I just set them manually for shows when parked up)


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#73061
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Some more pictures:


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Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar - I'm back! 2 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 46
It sure feels great to have the MR2 back on the road.
She's driven 500 miles in the last 3 weeks without missing a heart beat.

So I made a purchase from GotTwoTubby in the form of a Blitz panel air filter.

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So it was off to the shed to dismantle the MR2 for the night.

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The airbox was filthy. So it was out with the hoover and WD40 to clean out the inside of the box.

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Old filter out.

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Then settled in the new filter.

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With the airbox complete it was time to pay attention to the Throttle Body.
I doubt it was ever removed from the car, as it was black with carbon gunk.

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I used Carb cleaner to dissolve and then wipe away the gunk.
Some difference. Ideally I'd love to remove the whole unit and polish it as I did on my corolla project.

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Then I reassembled everything, all looking nice and clean now.
BTW, has anyone here ever removed their resonator box?
I was tempted to do so, but I wasn't sure if it was a wise move as I've never had a car with one before.
Anyone got any thoughts? To me it looks like it is just added weight.

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The bay looks neat but needs a little bling. I've some red silicon hosing left over from other projects that I think I'll use on the vaccum and coolant lines.

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Then being an LED nut as I am, I fitted some Cree LED parking lights.

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The photos look terrible, but I promise they are not tacky blue, but more a clear 5000k white.

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I'll try and get better pictures on my camera next time.
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