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Daphne the ZRE182

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So whilst technically this is the wife's car, I'm the one burdened with modifications, taking photos, and posting of pictures/stories in the appropriate forums.
 
Introducing Daphne.  Yes, we like to name all our cars.  However, the first name my wife chose (Artoo, since she loves R2D2 and the blue is perfect) didn't quite gel when we decided after the first few days of ownership that HE was actually a SHE.  So far, Daphne has come out as the likeliest alternative, but we're still not 100% sold on the name so it may change again the future.
 
Anyhoo, Daffers is a 2018 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport in Blue Gem metallic.  She is kitted out as standard with 16" alloy wheels, fog lights, 7" full touchscreen infotainment system with 6-speaker audio, Bluetooth and the optional Sat Nav pack.  Interestingly, all the petrol models (which all have the exact same 2ZRFE engine) are chassis code ZRE182, which means they have a torsion-bar rear end, whilst the Hybrid is a ZWE186 which gives it the same IRS that the Auris and the US-spec iM have.  Sucks to be us sometimes.
 
I'm yet to give her a really good wash (first road-trip to Sydney last weekend and a week's worth of daily commute for my wife has left her a little dusty), but figured I should at least get some nice photos to kick off the memories before we start doing anything serious to her.  These were taken at the Walka Water Works, which is an old 19th-century Victorian/Italianate pumping station that used to supply water to the Maitland and Newcastle regions, but is now part of a public recreation reserve.  Great spot for photos, although I wasn't taking too much effort and probably should have waited another hour or so for the golden hour light.
 
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Looks good. Glad you bought a manual.

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8 hours ago, trentmeyer23 said:

Looks good. Glad you bought a manual.

It was one of the main things stopping us looking at the SX, which sucks because up until last year or so you could still get the SX in manual

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So we've managed now to roll over a good 6 months before resisting the temptation to do any modifications (wife at least wanted it to get to the first service completely stock, and OEM floor mats/boot liner/weathershields don't count as mods in my book).  First thing on the cards was to give it a little more oomph in the noise department, however one problem about the Aus-spec ZRE182 is that the exhaust system is different from the ZRE186 that most of the world got (due to torsion-beam vs IRS) which means tracking down aftermarket parts can be quite exhausting (pun intended).  However, it does actually share a lot of things in common with the previous model ZRE152 (including suspension and exhaust), and by sheer coincidence someone was selling a 152 TRD axleback (that they had on a 182 so I knew it would fit) - couldn't say no to that.

After a few weeks of sitting in my mate's shed (too far for me to pick up and too expensive to post) I finally got my hands on it, only to then have to jet off to China for work for two weeks, only getting back less than 24 hours before I had to leave again for Toyotafest.  Took another 2 weeks before I managed to jag a break in both my schedule and the weather, but fortunately as far as mods go this was probably the easiest I have ever done (2 bolts and one rubber exhaust hanger).


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Comparison between the stock axleback and the TRD unit - interestingly the TRD muffler is actually smaller, and the exhaust tip sticks out quite a bit further (which is good since the stock one is hidden way up behind the bumper).

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The TRD tip sits quite low too, no doubt to take in to account the TRD bodykit for the ZRE152 (which obviously the 182 doesn't have) - only really stands out if you're looking dead level at it, from head height or one the road it looks fine.  Sounds is nicely improved without being intrusive or obnoxious, and would easily pass even current stupidly stringent noise tests.  Most noticeable off the line as well as during engine-braking and coming to a stop, very little booming or resonance at highway speeds which is also nice (always worse in a hatchback) and at some speeds/engine-loads you can barely tell it is there.

Next step is probably some kind of lowering, but that'll probably have to wait until bonus-time next year.

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ooooo, interesting ! good info there on that axle back exhaust !

 

late congrats on the new car !

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Followed! 
I purchased the same model in August. Keen to see your progression with the corolla!

I've been trying to look for coilovers but i can only find them from BC racing. Would love to see other options available though.
Also, i have a 3year warranty, would it be wise to wait out the 3 years before i play around with suspension?

Keen to hear back from you!
Kevin.

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16 hours ago, Inkevnito said:

Followed! 
I purchased the same model in August. Keen to see your progression with the corolla!

I've been trying to look for coilovers but i can only find them from BC racing. Would love to see other options available though.
Also, i have a 3year warranty, would it be wise to wait out the 3 years before i play around with suspension?

Keen to hear back from you!
Kevin.

Keep an eye out for ZRE152 coilovers, I believe they will work fine too - the main thing to be aware is that the rear suspension design of these cars has the springs separate from the shocks, whereas a lot of aftermarket stuff online is either for the IRS Auris, or for the US-spec sedan which has the springs over the shocks (I think Aus sedans are the same too, since they're both technically ZRE172s not 182s).

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Yeah, i meant i found the zre152 coils! But heard BC are quite stiff compared to other brands even with the 32 way dampening. 🤔

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On 10/19/2018 at 8:26 PM, Inkevnito said:

Yeah, i meant i found the zre152 coils! But heard BC are quite stiff compared to other brands even with the 32 way dampening. 🤔

Coilovers are rarely the best choice for comfort anyway

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