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  1. Thanks man. I thought the valve cover would come out more silver grey but it definitely has a blue tinge to it.
  2. 8 months now running Motul Gear 300 and the gearbox still feels good. No complaints there. Last weekend I managed to replace the oil control valve filters and lift bolts using the guide written up by Kenshin X back in 2011 https://au.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/topic/31918-diy-servicingchanging-oil-control-valve-ocv-filtersstrainers/. The lift bolts look worn and i'm glad I replaced them. Thanks to Phil Gilbert Toyota in Croydon for the parts. Top notch service as usual! Rocker cover removed. VVT OCV removed. Had to loosen the drive belt and alternator bolts to access it. The ventilation pipe which connects to the rocker cover had to be moved aside as well. VVT OCV removed and sprayed thoroughly with MAF sensor cleaner. New VVT OCV filter fitted into bolt ready to go back into head. Lift bolts removed. Even though Toyota never released a service bulletin to replace the lift bolts like they did for the Celica I think it's still a good idea to replace them. Note the wear on them after approximately 174,000kms. Replacement lift bolts on the right. Torque them down to 5.5 ft/lbs. Now for the OCV filter on the VVTL side. VVTL OCV removed and will be sprayed thoroughly with MAF sensor cleaner. For some reason the new filter is made out of plastic whereas the original was metal. New filter in and OCV gasket replaced. Rocker cover back on and ready to go for a test drive.
  3. Looking good Squalled! Love the black headlight housing, turned out pretty good in the end. What's been done to your mate's black tivo? Bronze TE37s always look good against a black car.
  4. Good call Squalled but I think you're referring to the clutch pedal free play adjustment? Toyota released a service bulletin back in the day with regards to this addressing gearbox issues.
  5. What I immediately felt with a lightened flywheel was the ability for the engine to rev quicker, but this also meant the revs dropped faster so you have to shift fast. It does make the car more lively being able to rev freely. It will take you some time to get use to the gearbox and learn to shift smoothly on the sweet spots. However if you're still experiencing crunching it could mean your syncros are worn and may need replacing but changing the transmission fluid would be the first thing I would try to see if it helps. You will need 2.3 litres of transmission fluid. Motul Gear 300 goes for $35 for a 1 litre bottle from memory.
  6. I’ve been using Redline MT90 with Nulon G70 additive in my gearbox for the pass 10,000kms and decided to try the Motul Gear 300 transmission fluid as I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback from it especially from 86 enthusiasts. It’s a GL-4/GL-5 rated fully synthetic oil and boasts Ester technology found in Motul’s top of the line 300v motorsport engine lubricants. Before I go into a brief review I should probably should give a rundown of my Sportivo. It currently has 168,000kms on it with a heavy duty stage 1 Exedy clutch setup and lightweight chromoly flywheel. When I bought it 2 years ago from a mature driver it was bone stock. The condition of the gearbox was good but as we are all aware it’s a major weakness in the Sportivo and will crunch if you don’t get the shifts on point. If your timing was off, 2nd and 3rd would sometimes refuse to go in and at high rpm I would experience a slight crunch in 2nd or 3rd. On cold mornings shifting felt a little notchy until the car warmed up. Upgrading the clutch helped immensely along with changing the transmission fluid to Redline MT90 with the Nulon G70 additive. All these issues were addressed with the modifications and only on the very rare occasion I would experience a slight crunch going into 2nd at high rpm. The filler spout that comes with Motul bottle means there's no need for a separate pump when refilling transmission fluid. I went ahead and changed the drain plug to a magnetic piece off a Toyota Landcruiser. Should capture any metal shavings floating around the gearbox. Part no. 9034118057. I didn’t expect to feel much or any difference switching to Motul Gear 300 but I was pleasantly surprised after a week’s driving through twisty roads and through traffic. Gear shifting felt noticeably smoother and quieter. I’m not sure what’s in the Motul lubricant but the mechanical noise from the gearbox when shifting hard seems to be a lot quieter. Not that it was loud at all to begin with but the change was noticeable. No signs of any crunching or notchy shifting either on cold mornings. I didn’t add Nulon G70 to it just so I could test Motul Gear 300 on its own. Driving the car now is a lot more pleasurable with smooth shifts especially when pushing it as it instills confidence in the gearbox resulting in a better overall driving experience. I will review it again at a later stage once I’ve clocked more mileage on the car but so far Motul Gear 300 gets a thumbs up from me.
  7. Car is looking great Squalled. Those recaros almost look factory in the interior. Did you put the headlights in the oven to heat them up when removing the lenses?
  8. Rear swaybar upgrade on any FWD car will make a big difference in reducing understeer. Can't say how it compares with other brands like Whiteline but the Progress bar at 24mm sits well in tivo. Car feels more predictable, turns in better and gives you more confidence in high speed corners.
  9. Prices on CES racing website http://www.cesracing.com.au/ I like the the exhaust note. Not too loud and intrusive. Can't really hear a drone cruising on the highway but once you hit lift it sure does give you a boner!
  10. I recently fitted some items on the tivo and thought i'd post some pictures up for those who may be thinking of performing the same mods. CES headers and 2.5" catback system. Quality workmanship. Headers ported by CES and ceramic coated. Exhaust system installed
  11. Good to hear man. Do you have a screenshot of the dyno plot? That's the hard part... finding someone who has experience tuning the 2zzge using Vmanage or even the PowerFC.

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