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Squalled last won the day on February 4 2017

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    Corolla Sportivo
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  1. Alright first update for 2018. Not too much has happened for the year so far. Planning on washing the car shortly since I've been pretty busy the last few weekends and not driving it to work as much. Definitely needs a bit of love. This year I'm focusing mainly on getting all of the little things right before I go more bananas on things I don't want. Things like the surface rust in the engine bay, incorrect battery size and the recently discovered slow coolant leak from the overflow bottle. I've got a few things planned for this year but it's not as much of a priority at the moment. So, a big milestone to start off the year. Achievement unlocked, 200 000 kilometers reached. Managed to put 55 000 kilometers on it in just over 2 years. Later the same day I hit 200 000, my mate came down after work and helped me finally install something. My whiteline torsion bar is now installed, only after 2 years of it sitting in the packaging. He also brought over a new battery to which he showed me I didn't have a battery tray so my old battery remains for now. Stock 18 mm (or is 17mm?) vs the 22 mm Whiteline Installed, was definitely a tough task for my mate to fit since it was a bit tight. Big shout out to my mate Alec for the quick install. Made it look easy considering I was way to nervous to do it myself. Just some cute shots together. Other than that, will keep this updated and hopefully update my old broken photos, thanks photo bucket
  2. Generally the only way to make serious power on the 2ZZ is to go forced induction. The internals are pretty strong but you'll more than likely only be able to run minimal boost, 6-8 psi at the most before the motor goes (could be years 2-3 at the most from what I've seen online). Staying N/A however, you'll need to consider opening up the engine, replacing cams, valves, retainers so pretty much replacing all the parts in the head. By that time, you will have spent well over $3k minimum at least to get most of it done unless you can do it yourself. The best possible options which shouldn't break the bank for better response are porting your throttle body and ECU with tune (stand alone or piggy back). Porting your stock headers will also liven up the engine a bit allowing it rev out quicker and remove some of the low and mid range lag. Engine was made to rev over 8000 rpm with ease, sadly the gearboxes can't take the usual slamming that say a Honda gearbox may take better. Simply slip the clutch a bit between 1st and 2nd to keep the car in Lift and you'll be fine. In the long run, it's much cheaper to replace a clutch than a gearbox.
  3. Final update for 2017. So last week I finally got a chance to give the beast a clean. The weather didn't really hold off but I was still able to keep it clean for most of the week. Nothing has really changed since the last update and the exterior should hopefully see some changes happening next year. The remaining to do list now: - Install black housing headlights - Install & Tune the Greddy V-Manage - Install Whiteline Torsion Bar - New Battery of correct size - Clean engine bay and sort out some minor surface rust near the battery area. Other than that, there may be a few other bits and pieces to come in 2018. Wishing everyone a safe and happy New Year. Looking forward to see what updates you will all bring in 2018!
  4. Hahaha I don't have the items you are requesting for free delivery.
  5. Alrighty, update time. So, as of recently been pretty busy with work traveling to and from work which has now been made much easier after a relocation and with the unpredictable Sydney weather it's safe to say the Sportivo has sadly been neglected for the last month or so since I had to catch a train every day. Safe to say I've been filling up petrol every 2-3 weeks now since I haven't being driving it as much which isn't so bad with the high prices at the moment. So here are the new goodies. A few weeks ago, a mate of mine sold me this: It's not getting wired in and tuned until next year so looking forward to some new gains and will get as many photos and provide as much feedback about it as possible. I also got a new handbrake cover and shift boot with red stitching and have not been able to install the shift boot yet as I'll need the surround for the boot. Having second thoughts about the handbrake cover but it's staying in for now. On a last little note, it was time to add a little joke that some owners are well aware of (please excuse my dirty engine bay). Other than that, I hope to give the car a nice clean all round before the end of the year and hopefully give another update. Hope everyone has a safe Christmas! Will keep this updated.
  6. Update time. Have being really busy with my new job recently which I'm absolutely loving, despite the fact I'm catching the train to and from work for the last 2 weeks meaning I haven't been driving as much lately. I'll be moving to a new site meaning I can drive as it'll be a lot closer to home. At last, the mystery oil leak is now fixed. As stated before, my guess was correct as it was the timing case which was causing the problem the whole time. I got the car back last Wednesday after it was taken in on Friday the week before and disassembled to check the seals. The mechanic said it was safe to say the seals were gone. They were the originals and lasted almost 200000 kilometres so I think that's pretty good considering the engine doesn't always have an easy time. I've been keeping an eye on any leaks over the last week and there are no more! All the seals that are for the timing case. Tensioner o-ring also replaced Timing case removed Inside the timing case In the last week or so, I've began to spoil myself due to the time of year (I'm sure we all do), and have a new addition to be revealed and some new goodies on the way. Will keep the updates coming before the New Year!
  7. Redline MT90 vs Motul Gear 300

    It's a free fix really, just have to be careful on how much you adjust because if it is over adjusted, it can be just as bad as under adjusted really so it makes the clutch ride out a lot more. If it's the standard clutch, my one had a tendency to slip a little on hills especially when I found out it was quite worn down too. Most just get the OEM flywheel machined, including myself which will work perfect anyway. Feel free to PM if you need some ideas for exhausts, I got that all covered!
  8. Redline MT90 vs Motul Gear 300

    That's the one haha. You're the man in the know for this
  9. Redline MT90 vs Motul Gear 300

    Awesome article man! I'm definitely considering this the next time I need to replace my gearbox oil. Haven't had issues with Penrite so far but. The heavy duty clutch kit retails around $350-$400 range depending where you source it from. Flywheel wise, you may spend about the same amount as the clutch kit, maybe even more depending what brand you go for. What's happening now with the clutch that is causing some issues? First recommendation, is perform the master cylinder clutch adjustment. There's a thread on here about how to do it. More than 90% of Sportivos have the master cylinder adjustment off causing gear crunching into 2nd gear. People commonly think replacing the clutch fixes the issue in which it does but, going for the adjustment can save a lot of cash initially and may fix the problem. If you replace the clutch without doing the adjustment as well, there's still a high possibility that you will have the same issue engaging gears. Another tip, best to always rev match when downshifting as the biggest downfall of our cars are definitely the synchros. If you need more info, feel free to PM me man.
  10. They're not too bad, most of the time because the fabric is pulled a certain way so it looks worn from the way I've sat in it. Re-upholstering is 100% possible, it's matter of finding a local shop that does and also there's plenty of re-trim kits available from Japan, from what I've seen on Yahoo auctions. I may consider it in the future if the seats become a lot more worn.
  11. Thanks a lot mate! I'm hoping the same but the source area has been found which is a nice start. I've recently just put in the seats that are in it :P
  12. It's that time once again for another update. So, not long after my last update I was lucky enough to be successful in getting a new job so I've been fairly busy recently. Just before I got my new job, I had ordered some new tyres as the fronts were pretty worn down. I never really rotated them so the fronts were on the wear indicators and the rears were fine. I went for the Michelin Pilot Sport 4's after reading countless reviews and having first hand experience driving my mates 300KW Skyline with the same tyres. I can definitely say, money well spent and would highly recommend them to anyone. I have also changed the profile and have moved to 205/50 over 205/45 which has now made my speedometer accurate again, instead of been about 5km/h to fast. So first impressions were that compared to my old RE002's, the road noise was significantly reduced which makes highway driving a lot more pleasant now. The car doesn't seem to wheel spin or lose grip no where near as easily as the RE002's, even when they were at near full tread. The same weekend I had the tyres fitted, I decided to go for a nice little national park run with my partner to give the tyres a real test. The new found grip was amazing and to be the honest the only limiting factor was myself not wanting to push harder. That same day on the way home on the motor way, my driver side guard liner decided that it wanted out. I've since pulled it out as it was damaged beyond repair and not worth keeping so I'm on the hunt for another one now. I paid Toyota a little visit and caught up with an awesome forum member too. Earlier this week as I had some time, I was able to get the car in for a service before I start my new job. The oil leak was still continuing so that was looked into. I had my new T2 DBA rotors and QFM HPX pads installed, new spark plugs, fresh oil, oil filter, new drive belt, tensioner inspected and its o-ring replaced (the seal was 'squared off'), MAF sensor cleaned and the chain inspected. Still as always happy with my local mechanics! Old spark plugs, have never replaced them until now. MAF before MAF after New discs front and rear. The car is now in perfect running order and has never felt smoother and safer to drive. Sadly, the oil leak returned after about 2 days so the car will be returning to the mechanics again on Friday to further check the source. It has been sourced around the timing case area which I know is common for 2ZZ's to leak so at least their job is a little easier now. Here's how the Sportivo currently sits after a wash earlier this week. Will keep the updates coming! Have a few little things coming later this year or earlier next year so stay tuned. I'll also be updating the photos not showing from photobucket to keep the thread updated :)
  13. Update time! It's been really busy for me in the last month or so, and one of the busiest weeks was the week for Toyotafest. I was in a big rush to get a lot work done and finished on the car in preparation. A week before the event, my window visors were stolen over night and they managed to break one and leave a piece (karma!). Luckily enough I ordered new ones which arrived quickly. The day before Toyotafest, I attempted to swap over the black housing lights for a polish and in preparation for the car wash that night. Sadly, I wasn't able to remove the lights. The main harness plug is quite literally stuck and will not budge. My mate and I tried screw drivers, grips, pliers, parts cleaner, you name it and they just would not budge. I think the only way I will be able to fit them is the cut the plug connected, and reconnect a new plug. I was left with the car looking like this for some time. In the afternoon, after taking Wixy's advise I had purchased Meguiars Ultimate Protect and applied it to all window trims, roof trims, and other plastics excluding the front bar. It came out great and is still looking after almost a month. That night I went to the car wash to give it a nice solid clean both inside and out. The tri-colour foam I specifically wanted to make the car really pop wasn't working. It really wasn't my day trying to get the car ready. Other than that, the car came out nice and clean. I was up nice and early the following morning so I could meet up with a group of friends I've met before at other meets. We then cruised up the motorway where we saw a few of the other attendee's. It was nice cruise up and no one got lost on the way which was nice bonus. I met up with my mate in his 04 Sportivo and met his friends driving a nice ZRE182 and also a supercharged Toyota Echo which was one of the most unique cars of the event. Upon arriving and parking on the 2nd floor of Castle Hill Toyota, I found out I managed to get a stomach bug which in turn ruined the day for me really. I managed to get some photos of the cars around the parking area and a few of the group I cruised up with. Other than having the stomach bug, it was great day and seeing so many different Toyota's. I ended up having to get a parents to drive my car home as I had no energy from not eating all day. Since Toyotafest, not too many new things have happened but I have much planned for the end of this year and early next year so I'll keep this updated.
  14. Thanks Blacksheep, got to bring around again soon! That's the look I was going for and it turned out exactly how I wanted. I just used a heat gun we've had laying around for years to get them apart. Isn't too hard with gun, just need to make sure all the screws are out beforehand and make sure you don't hold it around the same spot for a long time. Only needs to be enough to melt the glue really.
  15. Thanks a lot Marcus, really appreciate it. It's taken a while to get it where I want it. In regards to camera, as much as I hate to say 99% of the photos are just taken on either my old Samsung Galaxy S5 or my newer Galaxy S7.