Toyotafest 2022 Part 2
Preparation Day 2
With most of the nitty gritty prep done yesterday, it was one to some very fine details for today. This included an interior clean, minor engine bay clean after a degrease yesterday and some polish for the intake and muffler.
I don't usually open my bonnet at the event but I thought the engine bay deserved a bit of love anyways. Probably the first time this year I've actually given the engine bay a clean.
Here's how the beast looked this morning after yesterdays rain and post drying. Really over the moon with how the car turned out, the car looks fantastic given the age and paint condition. It was super easy and quick to dry today and made my life a lot easier to get the rest of the finer detail jobs done. It's now garaged tonight to avoid further wet weather and we await for tomorrows day ahead.
Update: I'm quite confused and dumbfounded right now, my mechanic said that all the suspension parts and consumables (motormounts, dampers, and etc) are in good shape and he stated that the culprit could be a camshaft sensor or there's a need for ATF replacement, what is your opinion regarding this @Tony Pr
Very happy with what I achieved yesterday. The claying rubber and three way spray is basically my entry level into getting into decontamination, I know it may not be the best but I'm sure I'll eventually find something a bit better over time 🙂 I noticed how well it worked given a lot of the spots that were around the car are now gone! Especially on the rear bumper near the boot where water and dirt tend to sit since it's flat.
From checking, one was a TYC and the other was a Valeo so I'm not sure if one was OEM or they were both aftermarket as I know TYC is an OE style replacement brand which I coincidentally replaced both sides with new TYC units. Ah yes, that is the JDM Runx badge. If you look closely, there is a small cut out in the design which makes the badge outline look like a "C". The Echo alternative, the Vitz has a similar badge that makes the shape appear as a "V".
I too would like an answer to this question.
We have a 200 series with same specs...what i wonder is the following:
apart from the torque convertor lockup, how do the other remapping changes influence the performance of the vehicle differently to hitting the power button on the console? For example, i note that the guys from South Aus who do it state that in the process they increase the turbo boost to 16psi...does hitting the power button the the console change the turbo boost pressure?
is the remapping part of the upgrade worth it...or just the torque convertor lockup?
I've only ever had Michelin tyres on mine. Our Aurion had the original Bridgestone's on it when we bought it and they were horrible. No grip and the road noise was horrendous.
When we put the Michelins on it for the first time it was like riding in a Rolls Royce. It was sublime !
The car was totally transformed. Super quiet, improved steering response and way better ride.
Just be sure when you have new tyres fitted, make sure the date codes are "old stock"
I'm sure there are other tyres than can offer similar experiences to mine, but I can't confirm as I've only ever used Michelin. Been very happy with the brand and quality, so I just stick with them.
Got my last set for a great deal with Supercheap Auto's promotion they had for their members, so that was great. Saved over $100 over a Bob Jane and the like..
Hi Rueben and welcome to the forum.
You'd probably not get much more out of the stock normally aspirated engine to be honest.
A lot of people go down the rabbit hole of mods, spend thousands of dollars and in the end might gain 2% more horsepower. Is it worth it ? Not really. It might give you the false sense of security having spent so much money on it, bigger exhaust, cold air intake, K&N filter, tune, etc but it's the law of diminishing return here.
If you want more power, and I mean real power, you'll have to turbo charge it. Pure and simple. That'll wake it up. Talk to engine builders who know what they're doing and perhaps get the engine built to suit your needs and budget.
'Good luck with the Celica, they were really nice cars when they came out. I remember them vividly still.
I am mainly interested in Touring type tyres with good handling and excellent wet braking performance.
These tyres are on my preference list for consideration.
Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE003 $139
Continental UltraContact 6 $139
Michelin Primacy 4 [New Generation 2018/9] $151
Pricing is not recent, so merely a guide. If I was having to buy tyres this month, then I would most likely end up with either the Primacy 4 or Continental UC6
Nice work mate. It's a lot of work but the results are always spectacular.
A proper, thorough chemical decon is always required before clay bar. Using the right products is imperative too. Colour indicating fallout remover is great and gives a sense of satisfaction seeing where the nasty areas really are. The tops and bottom sides always fair the worst and you have no idea how badly contaminated your car is until you spritz it all over. I'd also give the glass a hit too.
My Aurion is overdue for a similar treatment. Though this time, I'm going to do a two stage correction then apply a dedicated ceramic coating so it'll free me up to do other things. The ceramic will keep it protected longer and help reduce time washing in between too.
Good call on the those spot lights too. They were nakkered. Were the new ones OEM replacements or aftermarket ? Also, I never noticed the grille badge till now. What is that ??
hey all, i’m new to celicas in general but i just bought my first one, i have driven fairly quick cars before and would like a similar but reliable feel to my new celica sx. i’ve seen posts about suspension and wheel mods which i’ve already done. any suggestions?
Toyotafest 2022 Part 1
We've once again reached that time of the year, the October long weekend meaning it's Toyotafest time. As I mentioned previously in my thread, this year I wanted to undertake detailing and making my car tidy for this years event. The last event in 2019 I had a professional detailer work his magic on it and was nothing short of over the moon with results but this year, given I've been a more keen "detailer" since then, I wanted to give it a crack myself and see how I'd go.
Before I got into the detailing side of things, I had some other things on my pretty big to do list to get done first. To start off the list, my fog lights. For some time now, my passenger side fog light has had a lot of condensation inside it which has been bothering me. I ordered a pair of brand new ones which arrived earlier this week and decided to replace both given the drivers side wasn't that great either.
The condensation is really not appealing at all.
Out with the old, in with the new. What a huge difference a bit of coin and a few minutes makes.
Both sides replaced and confirmed everything was still working before moving on to the next job. I will need to see if there's any difference with the lights at night.
Next on the list was installing a brand new drivers side guard liner. A few weeks ago, I purchased some brand new OE style replacement liners and some liner clips of various different styles and sizes so I can finally have a nice looking guard area again. I only focused on the drivers side given the passenger side is still fine.
After 5 long years, I FINALLY have a drivers side guard liner once again! I test fitted a bunch of different clips and found what worked best and got it fit nice and tight.
Now on to the detailing. Going in, I knew it was going to be quite a long day given what I had to complete with the wind and rain making my life just a little harder, it wasn't going to be easy but I wasn't letting the weather deter me.
Here's how the beast started out for today, not washed for a fortnight or so and rather filthy with the recent changeable conditions. Knowing that I was going to be going through this effort, I decided to not reapply any form of sealant to make the job today much easier.
I begun with a strip foam, using Bowden's Own Orange Agent cleaner, mixed in with their "Yellow Snow" foaming soap which appeared to work a treat. Once I rinsed down the panels they were initially beading which is normal but once I began washing the car they began to be hydrophilic which is what I expected.
Once I was done, I dried the car without any aids and began preparing for the next major step.
For some time now, I've had this combo and I've been dying to use it given that my paint did have some contamination and I wanted to see if I could try and get it out myself. Insert Bowden's Own "Three Way" and Claying Rubber. There is a bit of Bowden's trend here yes, I do enjoy their products but I am also expanding my horizons and getting into other brands as I find Bowden's products really easy and forgiving to work with especially for a novice like me. Thankfully, this applied to the Three Way and Claying Rubber.
"Three Way" is a wax removing and decontamination spray that also works as a clay lube (hence the products name) in conjunction with the claying rubber and also clay towels and bars. I sprayed the bonnet as my first panel and allowed the product to sit for a minute as was welcomed with this.
Some very minor contamination given their YouTube example was heavily contaminated. I prepped the claying rubber by spraying it with the product and began working on the panel before moving on to the rest of the car. Here are some of the more notable pictures I got with the product in action.
Unsurprisingly, the top section, side skirts and rear section of the car were the most contaminated. The claying rubber worked extremely well and I didn't need to place any pressure what so ever and being non-marring, I didn't have to worry about scratching the car further given I'm not able to do a paint correction. I will be writing a more detailed review in the detailing review thread that goes more in-depth with the products and how they were to use in my experience but I'll just say I was very happy with how the products worked and the result I got.
The lighting seemed to work wonders for this shot. Paint all nice decontaminated and ready for the next step.
I then moved on to rinsing down the car before re-washing it once again, then drying once more. Once the car was dry, I then applied Bowden's Own Paint, Cleanse & Restore to really clean and prep the paint for the final step. I simply squirted a few small dots onto the pad before applying it to a section at a time before using a low pile microfiber towel to remove the residue. I proceeded to do this all around the car and it left the panels feeling super smooth and slick, not one bit of roughness like it previously had.
Now that the decontamination and cleaning was done, it was time for the cherry on top, wax. Instead of choosing the easy spray on method, I went with a liquid wax given I've never had the experience of applying one before. I decided to use Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic liquid wax after a fair chunk of research in my spare time to see what I could use. I applied small spots to a foam applicator and used sweeping overlapping motions and worked panel by panel. The cure time notes 3-5 minutes so I'd move around the car before using a microfiber towel to buff the product off. I don't have any photos of this process as there honestly wasn't much to see as the wax doesn't haze like traditional waxes and mostly because I was trying to not only beat the sunset, but also the incoming rain I could see approaching. All I can say is that it was super easy and simple to use and the panels feel oh so slippery and slick now!
I waxed the car before the rain hit and I just beat the sunset too before running out of light. The beading action looks awesome and the water really just rolls off once it hits the panels. I will need to assess tomorrow how easily the car dries when I continue with final few steps before Sunday comes.
Here are some of the products I used today. Very happy with the results so far and will keep a tab on how long the products last for as well so I can really test if they're worth continuing to use. I did complete some other jobs but seeing as they're not 100% complete for that particular area, I'll leave that for another update.