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Squalled last won the day on February 4

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  1. UPDATE TIME Great news, just this week the gearbox has been rebuilt as I mentioned by one of local mechanical shops. He did it for an awesome price and the end result is amazing. It definitely feels like a different car when changing gears now. I have some photos from the mechanic and also some additional photos to be added to the thread later. So, what was done: - 2nd, 3rd and 4th gear synchros replaced - All seals replaced - Input shaft bearing replaced - Speed Source extended push rod installs - Penrite gearbox fluid used to top off the rebuild I've only been for a quick drive so far but it feels great driving it again after almost a week. It will now last a long time with the main gear synchros replaced. Pictures will hopefully come in the next few days or so, stay tuned!
  2. Hahaha. I love the look but, I've recently scraped the side skirts and a mechanic scraped the side of my front lip (Don't really now how but yeah)
  3. Small Update! After a long time waiting for some quotes, the gearbox is finally getting a rebuild next week! Got a local shop doing the work which also comes with a 1 year/20000 km warranty. Other then that, I think the car is slowly coming back together again although the list seems to keep to growing and growing. Keep you all updated
  4. Was awesome to see the car running! Was great getting to chat with you as well!
  5. Update time! So in the last month or so, nothing much has really changed. I've been really busy recently due to a new position at work and not really having enough time to work on the car on weekends. I still haven't had any shops give me a quote for a rebuild as of yet so I'm still really pushing my luck. I recently gave the leather seats a nice clean with a leather cleaning kit. It's not to noticeable in photos but the leather looks a lot cleaner and feels a lot nicer too. I'll need to re-do it as I did miss a few spots. One thing I did recently was give the cluster a nice polish. Since I bought the car, the cluster was fairly dirty and scratched and I was had the idea of cleaning it up. I did so with Meguiars Plastx and ended starting a trend with some friends who later cleaned theirs. Safe to say I'm happy with the results. Needs a few little spots cleaned a little more but overall it's a great improvement. Sadly the list still remains the same as last time, with it probably growing ever so slightly to: - Raising the car to a more suitable height - Hiding the Dash Cam cabling - Installing engine mount inserts + getting custom washers made to hold them in. Will keep updated!
  6. May not help but maybe an ECU reset set? Other then that I'd probably take it to a mechanic to diagnose.
  7. So just this weekend I decided to replace my shifter base bushings. It took me roughly an hour after a lot of fiddling and double checking on how it should be done. It's safe to say that it has made more of a difference then I first thought. Gear changes are a lot more smooth for every shift and doesn't seem to feel as notchy or sloppy like it was with the stock rubber bushings. Here's the stock shifter base rubber bushing which has since been replaced with the solid aluminium bushings from Speed Source. Can't really see it but now the solid bushings are installed. Will keep updated! Hey Trent, have made multiple checks on the diameter to get rough estimate of 0.7cm in diameter for the pushrod.
  8. Hey Anton, I found a guy from Melbourne selling a set on a Facebook group. He to had an 2005 model and was just checking if anyone wanted them for their own. I contacted him and committed to buy a week before he was going to put them on his own Corolla. I got them for $250 shipped from Melbourne (Previous person got them direct from Japan). Now for the installation. The lights will obviously fit in no worries, just check that the tail light seals are all good, in my case they were and also check the bulbs. With the lights, they will be plug and play for the 03/04 model. For the 2005 model on the other hand, the plugs on the tail lights are different. I had to get a friend of mine who is good with wiring and what not to make a custom addition to the harness. I got a plug that matched the 2005 tail light harness, but was able to match the older style plug on the Runx lights. They work amazingly, although I need to check one of the brake lights as it is a little duller then the others. Only issue was the grounding at first as when I hit the brakes, the indicators would slowly light up and stay on. If you are after the JDM style light setup, that can easily be done on the standard 2005 light, pretty sure there is a DIY on here. Hope that helps.
  9. Use the above thread for some assistance with the intake side of things. Finding a Sportivo catback is as easy as checking with wreckers if they are available. Unsure of a rough price but I'm sure they shouldn't be too expensive if they are in good condition.
  10. I'll get a measurement of the pushrod and let you know Trent. EDIT: The extended pushrod measured roughly 7.4cm in length, so 1/4" shorter is apparently the standard length. So standard length if my maths is right is roughly around 6.7cm.
  11. That would be correct, so roughly 6mm longer then the standard. Here is the description from MWR for reference on the size and what it is meant to do. This clutch slave cylinder push rod is ¼” longer than stock and is made from CNC turned 303 stainless steel. A slightly longer shaft puts the slave cylinder piston further back in its bore, thus allowing a longer stroke and more disengagement
  12. Hey Trent, the picture attached shows the length different between a standard pushrod. I believe they are the same diameter. I can get some measurements later and add them in.
  13. Update time! So the box of goodies arrived from MWR in good time. Have yet to install any of the parts yet, probably only going to do one of them myself anyway. So I got the Speed Source extended pushrod and shifter base bushings along with Energy Suspension engine mount inserts. Since the last update, I have since returned back to the stock gear knob which feels a bit nice to drive due to the gearbox issues present. Other than that, the car hasn't been too much of an issue. The do list seems to be getting bigger though with the above, and along with: - Finishing Black housing headlights. - Fix some rust in the engine bay - Installation of Whiteline torsion beam bar - New light bulbs inside and out - Detailing inside and out Here's the most recent photos of the Sportivo, will still be keeping updated as much as possible. Until next time, take care.
  14. Not yet. I will get in contact with them now. Thanks Trent!