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 Post subject: 2ZZ-GE Powered 1986 Toyota MR2, ZZW11 "Erise"
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:06 pm 

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Hey there JNC forum, Long time lurker but here's my first thread.

Bought this 2zz powered aw11 off of a user on MR2OC, the swap was originally done by Cardomain user Blown59. Here's a link to the build:

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2255550/1986-toyota-mr2

I bought it off the next person to own it in Roanoke, VA. It had mostly just been sitting since it was purchased as the guy had a kid right after he bought it and didn't have time for it.



Here's how it looked then.:
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I've had it since January and have put a lot of time and effort into make it my own. Luckily I had a head start, because before this one I had a 1989 AW11 N/A with a few grand dumped into the suspension and interior and such.



For starters I swapped over my Recaros sourced from a DC2 Integra type R. The cheapest real Recaros Ebay has to offer. Also added an OEM Toyota leather bra to cover all the dings and rock chips on the nose. Sparco champion wheel matched the red and black theme I had going on in the interior well, with the red stitching on my seats and ebay red stitched shift boot. The Spazchicken arm rest cover finished off the inside nicely I thought. A real lucky find since the group buy on them was a couple years past.



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After that I swapped over my Ground Control coilovers with Koni Yellows. These are the kind you have to weld onto your strut towers, and were honestly a huge pain in the ass to install, but it was worth it in the end. Also brought over the ST sway bars with High and Tight links for the front. Coupled with MR2 spyder wheels and Bridgestone Potenza RE-11s in 205/50/15, this thing was now riding on rails.



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For a while I didn't do anything with it, pretty satisfied with no visible damage. I knew that paint and bodywork would be coming up soon, probably in the summer, but had no solid plans for it. And then my female room mate hit it with her 2011 mustang as she pulled out of the driveway because "I wasn't in my normal spot"
Not on purpose, she just wasn't used to pulling out with me there.

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Well, it wasn't all bad! Her insurance company gave me $1200 bucks for that little dent and slightly bent bumper. And I happen to know a very very good body guy back home in New Hampshire, who happens to be my older sister's dad. I called him up and planned to redo the car with him in August. I still had a few months to wait, so in the meantime I went and fixed a few things in the gauge cluster.

For some reason the previous owners never tracked down the electrical gremlins in the Tach. It would only work when there was a load on the electrical system, and only up til 5k rpm. So if I needed the tach I'd have to push the cigarette lighter in lol. Well, I cracked 'er open and found the culprit to be a resistor that needed to be bypassed in the tach assembly. It's the one with the wire figure 8ed around it. I was using the wire to test my theory before I replaced it with a piece of solid wire.

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While I was in there, I decided to do something about the old faded look of the cluster. On my previous aw11 I bought some LED plugs for the gauges but the didn't work. This time I made my own with some 4 volt jumbo LEDs and some 330ohm resistors.

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Also, the orange paint on the needles may have looked cool new, but they were super faded by the time 2012 came around. I scraped the orange paint off with a knife and painted them white instead.

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The lighting is more visible and even in person.

Before my trip to NH, I experimented around on Forza to see how might like to paint it. Here's what I decided on.

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Obviously it's based off of a panda AE86. The gadient pattern on the hood was a stock decal available in 1985 and 86. And so I sat and planned for the remaining months until August rolled around. Then shit got real... More to come when I'm done eating this delicious pizza.


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 Post subject: Re: 2ZZ-GE Powered 1986 Toyota MR2, ZZW11 "Erise"
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:12 pm 

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So Joe (My sister's dad) and I got down to business after I drove Erise up to NH. Joe has been a paint and body guy, and also a racer for over 40 years. His specialty used to be Datsun Z cars before all of them rusted out up north, so now he just does general work.

We added ZG flares, a Buddy Club front lip, a modified 89 aw11 LED spoiler, carbon hood, and a ton of other little things before painting. Now it's on Rota RKR 15x8 0 offset wheels with Potenza RE-11 205/50/15s. Everything took about three and a half weeks. Here's the result:

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 Post subject: Re: 2ZZ-GE Powered 1986 Toyota MR2, ZZW11 "Erise"
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:17 pm 
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WOW, very nice!

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 Post subject: Re: 2ZZ-GE Powered 1986 Toyota MR2, ZZW11 "Erise"
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:18 pm 

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Spent a week obsessively detailing it before brought it to the Joe Pearlstein Memorial MR2/Alltrac Bear Mountain meet in Mahwah, NJ. Got the valve cover powdercoated too, and threw on an Ebay carbon spark plug cover with an ebay 2zz sticker on it for good measure. And got a Teq badge from the Ih8mud forum. Got an old oil cap and painted the raised teq on there with some touchup paint I had. And I moved the air filter into the custom driver side vent. Sparco 4pt harness for the drivers side.

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At the show and shine event there were 94 cars present. I brought home 3 trophies!

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2nd place for best Mk1 Mr2, 1st Place for high mod, and People's Choice. I don't even feel bad about getting second because the guy who won had a PERFECT 88 supercharged in orange mica that had like 30k original miles on it. It was stock down to the stereo and looked like it just rolled off the showroom floor <3


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 Post subject: Re: 2ZZ-GE Powered 1986 Toyota MR2, ZZW11 "Erise"
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:22 pm 

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Anyways, that brings us to now. There are a few things I've neglected to mention I'm sure, but I've been working on this thread for like 2 hours now so I'll come back to it later. I would have linked to my clubs thread but the forum is private so I had to try and summarize a 24 page thread down to this. Didn't feel like spending all day copying and pasting. There's more pics of everything in my photobucket album here:

http://photobucket.com/zzw11


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 Post subject: Re: 2ZZ-GE Powered 1986 Toyota MR2, ZZW11 "Erise"
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:23 pm 

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kingtoy wrote:
WOW, very nice!


Thanks man! It really didn't seem like a lot of work until I tried to put it all down in one or two posts.


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 Post subject: Re: 2ZZ-GE Powered 1986 Toyota MR2, ZZW11 "Erise"
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:24 pm 
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Wow. :shock:

This is quite badass. :tu: :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: 2ZZ-GE Powered 1986 Toyota MR2, ZZW11 "Erise"
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:57 pm 

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john wrote:
Wow. :shock:

This is quite badass. :tu: :mrgreen:



D'aww <3 Already getting the mods attention! Flattered, thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: 2ZZ-GE Powered 1986 Toyota MR2, ZZW11 "Erise"
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:21 pm 

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Great job!! Whats the next car going to be? 8)

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 Post subject: Re: 2ZZ-GE Powered 1986 Toyota MR2, ZZW11 "Erise"
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:31 pm 

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Jdmturbo wrote:
Great job!! Whats the next car going to be? 8)


The next one I'm working on is my '86 4runner. Mostly just going to restoring it for a daily driver but it needs a lot of things before I can get it inspected lol. A catalytic converter, speedo cable, parking brake cables, and a horn among a million other small things. It's getting aligned right now, overnight at Firestone, but hopefully the steering stabilizer, ball joints, tie rods, pittman and idler arms take care of the violent shaking above 50mph.

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As for performance goes, there's still a lot of room to grow with Erise. I think I'll leave the engine stock for the forseeable future for reliability's sake, but I've got an exedy stage 1 clutch and fidanza flywheel on the way. Also want a Cusco rear strut bar, but I think that would be more of a cosmetic thing than anything. I've heard mixed reviews of the improvments they add to an aw11 with the back trunk wall being right there for rigidity.


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 Post subject: Re: 2ZZ-GE Powered 1986 Toyota MR2, ZZW11 "Erise"
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:53 pm 

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Maybe some Piper Cams for the Mr2 later :lol:
It will be nice to see what you do with the 4runner after seeing what you did with the 'Deuce.
One question on the 4runner- Was red suspension ever cool? j/k :) :) :)

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 Post subject: Re: 2ZZ-GE Powered 1986 Toyota MR2, ZZW11 "Erise"
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:10 pm 

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Jdmturbo wrote:
Maybe some Piper Cams for the Mr2 later :lol:
It will be nice to see what you do with the 4runner after seeing what you did with the 'Deuce.
One question on the 4runner- Was red suspension ever cool? j/k :) :) :)

Phil~


The dream is to do cams, up the compression, knife edge the crank, valves/springs/retainers, the whole work. The first step is kind of a big hurdle though. The engine and 6 speed trans are sourced from a Toyota Feilder

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And I'm totally unable to find an ECU for the way things are currently wired. It seems that everything the 2zz was in was wired differently. The best option would be to rewire it as a USDM celica GTS according to the people I talked to at Monkey Wrench Racing. I already have an A'pexi Power FC for a Celica GTS that the previous owner tried to get in there, and they're a wonderful ECU, it's just I'm terrified to start untangling the massive mess of wires in Erise. I'm usually a do it yourselfer, but something like this I'm seriously consiering professional help. I've never tackled something like this before and I didn't get into cars until like 4 years ago so my experience is lacking. Nuts and bolts are one thing, but the wiring around the ECU area just looks like someone dumped out a bowl of multi-colored ramen noodles and electrical tape.

So yeah, that's the first step towards bigger power, and it's a Doozy.


Anyways, the 4runner I recently got, traded my 89 Aw11 straight up for it. The reason the suspension is red is because it's covered in a two part epoxy primer, probably the only reason this thing isn't rusted into the ground yet. It had massive 33 inch super swampers on it, but I traded those for some stock wheels. The 3 inch body lift is gonna be the next to go. Other than replacing some body panels and general repair and repaint, I plan to gut the interior and rhino line it. Gonna redo the flat black and thinking of putting some stenciled Teq symbols on the door inside of an army-style star in flat white. Also want to make a canvas bikini top for it so I can leave the top off in the warmer months.


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 Post subject: Re: 2ZZ-GE Powered 1986 Toyota MR2, ZZW11 "Erise"
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:05 pm 

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Your 4runner plans are singing "Zombie Response Vehicle" to me, just a thought.

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 Post subject: Re: 2ZZ-GE Powered 1986 Toyota MR2, ZZW11 "Erise"
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:07 pm 

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Lol that would be true if I didn't take the big mud wheels off and if I wasn't about to take the lift off. I plan on keeping the cow catcher though. Maybe some daylighters. I really just don't need the huge wheels sucking up gas milage, since I plan on driving it daily.


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