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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:34 am

Just the poh poh being themselves. Making money of the govenment
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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:15 pm

Thanks guys!! Very Happy. In regards to the Police, I was on the way to the Corolla meet and I got pulled over shortly after I left. Didn't get any fines or anything, but since my car was uncertified for certain mods (coilovers etc) it technically wasn't allowed on the road, so I was ordered to take it straight home.

Speaking of which, I got my car certified last week and it's now 100% legal Very Happy. You only have to get a cert done if you install coilovers or do an engine swap etc, so when I had mine done I got the engine, coilovers, brakes and a couple of other things put on the cert plate to avoid any trouble with the cops in the future.

I also scored a genuine TRD fuel cap yesterday. I've always wanted one but had other things to spend money on for the car instead, so when I managed to get my hands on this one for free I was pretty happy:






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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:32 pm

congrats on the certificate, the peace of mind of driving knowing that everything is right its priceless

and great find on that gas cap, I didnt know that it existed, it looks great
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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:32 pm

Thanks man, it's been great to drive the car without any worries Smile


A few small updates from me:

I installed these aftermarket Denso Japanese "J Horn Power'd" horns. Here's a video/sound clip comparing them to my original OEM dual horns:
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These Rays wheel nuts turned up yesterday from Japan:










Annnnd I bought a leaf blower to dry the cars after washing. Turns a half hour job into a 5-minute job and gets into all of the cracks and crevices, leaving the car bone dry. Wish I had started doing it years ago!






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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:52 pm

You seriously have great taste, and your attention to detail is mind blowing. Those lugs are so clean!

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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:37 pm

Thanks Kenny!! Very Happy Very Happy

I took the sedan for a bit of a drive today, before stopping off for a few obligatory photos on the way home:






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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:59 pm

I didn't have a whole lot to do today so when I realized that it had been 3-years since I had taken some actual interior photos I decided to whip out my camera and post a much needed update. It was quite tricky getting even lighting inside the cabin, without the use of any studio lighting etc, but these photos didn't come out too bad Smile








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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:09 pm

I installed these pillow ball spherical bearings into the stock shifter cables yesterday and after a road test, the difference is very noticeable. Previously the gears used to slop into place due to the factory rubber bushings, but now the gears have a much tighter feeling, clicking into place during each shift. The benefit of using spherical bearings over solid brass bushings or skateboard bearings is that the natural twist of the cable as it's going through the range of motion isn't lost, so you get the same effect as the solid bushings except without any of the additional effort required to change gears.

Earlier that day I also removed the original rubber shifter base bushings from inside the car, along with the metal sleeves, and bolted the shifter housing directly to the floor. This also gave the gears more of a "snik-snik" feeling, with no more mushiness at the end of each shift or when hitting the shift gate to go into 1st or 2nd.

As a result of both modifications there is no longer a squishy, sloppy, floaty feeling when changing gears, but instead something that really makes you feel more connected to the car and improves the overall driving experience Smile




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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:20 am

i want some now, heard so many good things about these

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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Sun Aug 31, 2014 4:46 pm

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i want some now, heard so many good things about these

Yeah they make a nice difference and with essentially no downsides Smile


After running 110mm velocity stacks (trumpets) for almost 2-years I decided it was time to try a set of 100mm stacks instead, in an effort to gain more clearance between the clutch master cylinder and gain slightly more top-end power. So after a short wait these shiny new billet velocity stacks arrived from Australia, made by SQ Engineering. Let me start by saying that the build quality of these are AMAZING. They're machined from a single piece of aluminum alloy and this set is designed especially for the 20v Blacktop. For anyone who'd like to watch a set getting made (50mm shown in the video) check out this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/0eit1bE0z0s

I now have more clearance between the #1 stack and the clutch master cylinder, the sound they emit doesn't sound so raspy like my old ones due to the much thicker alloy construction (spun vs billet) and the pull from 6,000rpm-8,500rpm is noticeable stronger than my previous 110's. You sacrifice a little bit of earlier/low-end power due to being 10mm shorter in length, but it more than makes up for it in the top-end. As an added bonus, these new stacks are incredibly shiny and resist scratches and fingerprints really well. If anybody wants a set, contact SQ Engineering on Facebook or through the website as they do a number of different sizes for both the Silvertop & Blacktop engines, and also offer an equally impressive spun/rolled type for slightly less $$$.










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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:34 pm

My latest additions - OEM metallic black stereo and driver's vent surrounds. These were only available in Japan for the late model facelift AE101 Corolla BZ Touring wagons from 1998-2001. They're not an overlay or sticker, but the effect is actually 'painted' onto the actual plastic, likely using a hydrographic printing process (the same process Toyota used to achieve the wood-grain effect on other models). I've wanted these for quite some time but it was only a couple of weeks ago that I had the chance to get my hands on a set in good condition. They were a direct swap with my existing flat black ones and look amazing in direct sunlight due to the metallic flecks underneath the clearcoat. They don't add functionality or anything like that, but it's the small details like this in the build which sometimes make the biggest difference Smile


















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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:11 am

they look sweet, never knew about these.. maybe iv missed some at the breakers in the past Sad

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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:00 am

You can do the same thing with some metallic black body paint and clear coat!

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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:18 pm

Nice update post Scott, your photography skill is amazing like your car. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:29 am

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You can do the same thing with some metallic black body paint and clear coat!

lol i was thinking the same thing chris lol. but still another nice pick up scott. the beauty is sure in the details and if u had not told me i wouldve thought u just painted it. again nice pick up
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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:03 pm

Thank you guys. At this stage of the build it's all about the finishing touches, so I was over the moon when I found the metallic surrounds Smile


Insanely Rare JDM AE101 Optional Rain Sensor

In Japan they had all sorts of crazy and quirky optional extras for the AE101 Corolla, and this optional rain sensor is definitely in the top 3 in terms of it's rarity. For almost 6-years I've only ever been able to see a tiny picture in the original sales brochure of the rain sensor and have never come across one in real-life, until early last week when I stumbled across one myself! Very Happy. The only other one I've ever heard of was back in 2005 on eBay so the rarity of these are truly off the scale. It works by sensing the intensity of rainfall and automatically controls your windscreen wipers, varying the speed without the driver having to even touch the wiper stalk. For a full and very interesting read-up on how it works check out this link: http://www.fujitsu-ten.com/business/technicaljournal/pdf/2-7E.pdf

It was made in Japan by Fujitsu Ten for Toyota Motor Corporation back in the early 90's as an optional extra for a small selection of Toyotas and likely would have been a fairly expensive add-on. It simply plugs into the existing wiper connector for the combination switch and 'watches' for rainfall, while still allowing you full control over the wiper speed using the stalk if you prefer.

I very rarely drive my Corolla in the rain, so I'm still deciding whether I'll install this or sell it to someone who will get more use out of it, but either way it's a really cool thing to have found and another thing to cross off my 'optional extra bucket list' Very Happy. The photos showing the sensor on the hood are how it's intended to be installed by Toyota, but if I was to install it on my Corolla I'd mount it on the cowling as seen in the other photos, as I feel it'd look a lot cleaner that way.
























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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:09 pm

Paint it black and keep it!

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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:11 pm

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Paint it black and keep it!

Hmm, tempting! If I masked off the sensor and plasti-dipped it in flat black that could be an alternative Smile

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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:51 pm

That's exactly what I was thinking. You might be able to take the thing apart and separate the cover so that you can just paint it separately with no masking.

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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:43 pm

With something this rare the thought of taking it apart wouldn't even cross my mind! laugh


Here's something else a little bit different, and as usual, very rare - These are optional AE101 ultrasonic sonar parking sensors, available as an optional extra for the AE101 Corolla SE-G in Japan back in the 90's. I've had these sitting in a box for over a year, complete with the computer module, matching display/clock and all of the clips/wiring. I personally don't like the look of them being fitted to the corners of the front/rear bumper as intended by Toyota, but in future I hope to discretely mount them underneath the bumpers instead. This is only the second set I've ever seen outside of the factory JDM sales brochure and I haven't had the heart to sell them due to how rare they are, but one of these days I'll put them to good use Smile
















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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:40 am

nice find! I always thought those were headlight washers when I seen pictures of them on the bumpers...now I see...

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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:36 pm

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nice find!  I always thought those were headlight washers when I seen pictures of them on the bumpers...now I see...

lol me too! haha

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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Sun Oct 26, 2014 2:12 pm

Haha, I can see how it would be easy to mistake them with headlight washers. The Euro models did have those as an option, but never for the Japanese market for some reason.

Here's some latest photos. The first two were taken today (about 4-hours ago) and the last one is a cellphone shot from last Sunday Smile






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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:19 pm

Here's one more shot from yesterday that made the cut:


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PostSubject: Re: My 93' Corolla from New Zealand (JDM AE100)   Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:33 pm

i soooo want the last 2 options that you've got. the parking sensors are in 6M3 tooo
i think you should just give them to me Twisted Evil

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