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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:50 pm 
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I have been messing around with struts again. I tore down the free set of SR5 struts that were given to me to compare some things with the cressida ones. So far I have noticed:
-The original strut tubes are the same length and diameter.
-The steering arms mounting points are wider on the cressida ones,
-and they put the balljoint at a different angle than the corolla ones.
-Balljoints slightly different. <- not 100% sure on this one yet.

So If I use the cressida ones it will suck the lower part of my front tire in bringing positive camber. I can adjust this out by using camber adjusters and it will narrow my track width just a little which would bring my MA61's inside the stock guard. I am not sure if the bigger brakes will push it right back out again or not...

I could always shorten the SR5 struts and retain my ability to run 13" tires. Who knows my Minilites may make their way to my 31. I want to get going on my suspension already, but my car is currently being used as a driver.

oldeskewltoy wrote:
concern Toyota struts(for the other folks reading)... although very similar.... the kingpin angles are different depending on the model.... For example... AE86 struts in an E7 will automatically give the E7 positive camber. This is because the E7 is 12mm wider at the strut tops then an AE86 is... yet the lower cross member and control arms are just about identical.


You are correct. Cressy x60 struts will do that to my te31.

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:28 am 
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I completed the SR5 struts. I made them into coilovers with stock strut tube size, a MR2 sw20 rear struts, spacer, and my 320lbs springs. It is a little- ok ok maybe a lot stiff. This was my test. The springs were free, so I can a buy a set of 10" 270-300lbs and have a better ride. I think I will take a 2" section out of the struts. It seems that my car is about 1" lower on the front with no body roll whatsoever. Pics, sorry some are a little blurry.
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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:08 am 
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I spun down the adjustable perches on my coilovers today. This is the about the level I think I will end up with when I finish my suspension. As for the 320# springs, They settled in a bit and they are really nice. Not as bouncy as I thought they would be. The SW20 rear struts handle them just fine. The car corners very nicely now with minimal body roll.
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I am also considering using these. I am in the middle of refinishing them.
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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:00 am 
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I'd definitely go for the Minilite Sport alloys!!
They'll offer your Rolla a much more classic look... 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:53 am 
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02Anders wrote:
I'd definitely go for the Minilite Sport alloys!!
They'll offer your Rolla a much more classic look... 8)

Agreed. That is why I think they will go on the TE27.

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:51 am 
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I couldn't stand looking at that dent any longer. So i did this, and well, one thing led to another on my first body damage repair job. Soon I'll be able to get some more work done on it.
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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:56 pm 
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I dissected that corolla to attain its crankshaft. I feel like a cat that kills a gopher and only eats one part, then leaves it on the porch.
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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:29 pm 
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I have been doing things here and there to my car.
I got tired of the dent in the back so I got after it. I stopped after the flux core welder pissed me off. After that point I hit it with a flap wheel and some sealer primer for now. Ill do more with it later.
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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:36 pm 
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I found a W58 sitting in the engine compartment of a 83 Celica so i grappled it out and took it home.Image

It cleaned up nicely.
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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:27 pm 
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I pulled my smog friendly weber, and swapped with my other one to see if it would get rid of that pesky hesitation right off of idle. The car now runs great. The power is a little lacking compared to the other. I think that is because the other one was leaned out, and this one is running pretty rich. Ill have to get out there and give it a tune. Please excuse my temporary tape oil cap.
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I put in my rear shocks in. What a difference it makes. With my home built coilovers, replaced needed bushings, and new shocks and struts, this car drives like its brand new. I can steer down the freeway with one finger. :D
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I also sprayed some etching primer on my rear panel so it wont rust due to the moisture. Ill work more on this at some point.

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And a pic of the car just because.
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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:19 pm 
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I took a buffer and some rubbing compound to my ridiculously oxidized paint. It's slow going, but I think its worth it. I'm about 1/2 way done. There are parts of primer and bare metal showing through, but it gives the car character.
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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:22 pm 
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I am ready to swap over some suspension components, but the seller of my camber plates sent me the wrong ones. I bought the triangle shaped ones and they sent the circle. The red springs are what I have in the car now. They are 320lbs at 7.5" tall. The new black ones are 10" at 300lbs, so it will make my ride a little smoother. the current rate is fine for the street for track feeling car, but i prefer a little softer and a taller spring. I also got thrust bearings to get rid of the popping noise that I get when cranking the wheel in parking lots.

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:51 pm 
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Great work on the buffing!! :tu: Major improvement.
Now she looks patinated rather than worn.
Patina = Cool 8)
Worn = uhm... not so much... :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:36 pm 
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02Anders wrote:
Great work on the buffing!! :tu: Major improvement.
Now she looks patinated rather than worn.
Patina = Cool 8)
Worn = uhm... not so much... :roll:


Thanks. It seems that you like it as much as I do.

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:05 pm 
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Camber tops came in today. I can probably use either the round or triangle on my car. Looking at the comparison, The round will give me a lot more adjustability than the the triangles. The triangles will give me more metal around the bolts though. I am going to see how each of them fit. How much camber adjustability do you actually need? I'm looking at getting 2" lower and, and I want to keep my camber in check as to not unnecessarily wear out tires.
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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:48 am 
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Today I cleaned up the welds on my rear panel. A welder with gas makes a big difference. I also swapped my 3rd member to my freeway flyer one. I took it for a quick drive and it seems much better. Ill try it out on the freeway tomorrow. There is quite a bit of work involved in a simple swap of gear ratios. Definitely not like a motorcycle.
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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:01 pm 
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Skellington wrote:

There is quite a bit of work involved in a simple swap of gear ratios. Definitely not like a motorcycle.


agreed...

I've done a little research into the possibility of fitting a "quick change" rear diff... the troubles only begin with panhard bar clearance.....

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:55 am 

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nice job mate


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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:10 pm 

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doing an awesome job dude, care to tell us what you did to the paint


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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE31
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:51 pm 
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hkp wrote:
doing an awesome job dude, care to tell us what you did to the paint


Turtlewax medium polishing compound with a 7" harbor freight buffer. I used terrycloth for most the hard buffing, then a fluffy wool one for the final polish. I don't think I will finish the bottom parts because the car will need paint regardless.

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