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    Default My 93' Corolla From New Zealand (AE100 JDM)

    Hey guys,


    This is my 1993 Toyota Corolla SE Limited. It's a Japanese import and has all of the features you would expect out of Japan, except it's now a little different from a bog standard grocery getter


    It was completely standard when I bought it, but I've done a number of mods to it over the last 5-years of ownership so far, including a 4A-GE 20v Blacktop swap at the end of 2012. I've almost reached my goal of finding every single optional extra that was available from new, including some of the rarest items, such as the AirFantasy fragrance control system.


    This first post will remain updated with all of the current modifications and photos. To view updates in chronological order please scroll through the various posts below this one.


    The mods so far are:

    Engine:
    * 4A-GE 20v Blacktop engine conversion.
    * C160 6-speed ECU (8,500rpm redline).
    * 110mm trumpets (ram tubes/velocity stacks).
    * Custom made 3" intake bellmouth.
    * Fujitsubo (FGK) 4-2-1 stainless steel extractors.
    * 5-speed C56 gearbox.
    * TRD quick shifter.
    * Full 2.25" exhaust with Dynomax muffler.
    * 2-core aluminium radiator.
    * Carbon fiber cam & spark plug covers.
    * TRD spark plug leads.
    * Catalytic converter removed.
    * Oil catch can.
    * Tomei Type S fuel pressure regulator.
    * Tomei fuel pressure gauge & fuel rail adapter.
    * TRD 1.3-bar radiator cap.
    * TRD aluminium oil cap.
    * TRD fuel cap.


    Exterior:
    * OEM AE101 Toyota Corolla FX-GT front bumper with fog lights.
    * Rare OEM factory option ST215 Toyota Caldina custom fitted front lip.
    * Rare OEM factory option ST195 Toyota Caldina custom fitted rear lip.
    * OEM AE111 Toyota Carib BZ Touring sideskirts.
    * Genuine OEM AE101 Koito Toyota Corolla BZ Touring headlights.
    * Facelift AE101 red/clear tail lights and garnish.
    * Ducktail boot spoiler.
    * Ducktail roof spoiler.
    * 35% "Night Rider" window tint.
    * Front door locks eliminated.
    * Volk CE28N rep 16x8 +15 alloy wheels with 195/45/16 tyres.
    * Front and rear guards rolled.
    * 'SE Limited' badge removed.
    * 'TWINCAM 20' stickers on sideskirts..


    Interior:
    * Toyota Corolla GT seats front & rear.
    * 60/40 folding rear seat conversion.
    * Reupholstered door cards with OEM Corolla GT fabric.
    * Sound deadened front doors.
    * AE101 Corolla FX-GT SuperStrut Momo leather steering wheel.
    * 240kph speedometer & 9,000rpm Corolla GT tachometer.
    * OEM Lexus IS200/Altezza RS200 aluminium foot pedals.
    * OEM floor mats.
    * TRD leather shift knob.
    * OEM BZ Touring 6-speed leather gear shift boot.
    * Rare OEM factory option Graphic Equalizer.
    * Rare OEM factory option 'Air Fantasy' fragrance control system.
    * Rare OEM factory option roof-mounted Air Purifier unit.
    * Rare OEM factory option rear-mounted Air Purifier unit.
    * Rare OEM factory option motorized driver's seat rail.
    * Rare OEM factory option key light.
    * Rare OEM factory option floor lights.
    * Rare OEM factory option velour extended armrest.
    * Rare OEM factory option Burger Tray.
    * Rare OEM factory option Clean Box.
    * Rare OEM factory option felt-lined 'NO SMOKING' ashtray coin holder.
    * Rare OEM factory option under-seat storage drawer.
    * Rare OEM factory option tweeter pods and tweeters.
    * Rare OEM factory option 'Conlight' automatic headlight sensor.
    * Rare OEM factory option A-pillar map light.
    * Rare OEM rubber molded boot organizer.
    * Rare OEM factory option carpeted boot lid liner.
    * Pivot Speed Meter-V.


    Brakes/Suspension:
    * Lowered on BC Gold BR coilovers.
    * OEM 24mm front swaybar conversion.
    * Whiteline 18mm solid rear swaybar.
    * TRD 3-point strut brace.
    * Ultra Racing 2-point rear strut brace.
    * Carbing front lower tie bar.
    * 275mm SuperStrut front disc conversion.
    * AE111 SuperStrut twinpot front calipers.
    * 266mm rear disc brake conversion.
    * Safebrake braided brake lines.
    * Whiteline adjustable rear camber bolts.


    Audio:
    * JVC Bluetooth USB head-unit.
    * Pioneer 6.5" component front speakers (60w RMS each).
    * Lanzar 6.5" 3-way rear speakers (95w RMS each).
    * Sony Xplod 4-channel 444w amp.


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    Hey, why is that intake pipe (ram its called, right?) still there when you got those trumpets installed?
    Agar chy bu'tt' hain Jama'at ki Aasteenon main - Mujhay Hai Hukm-e-Aazaan LA ILA HA ILL ALLAH...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollOnBigMaMa View Post
    Hey, why is that intake pipe (ram its called, right?) still there when you got those trumpets installed?
    Hey, the intake pipe was purposely placed there to act as a ram tube during acceleration. It serves no purpose at idle or at very slow speeds, but during acceleration and cruising the air rushing underneath the car gets forced up under the front left corner, into the alloy pipe that sits behind the front bumper and comes out directly next to the trumpets. So basically it's just an air supply for the trumpets while the vehicle is moving, and works better the faster I go

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    kash.. yeh corolla meri hoti... :~(

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    I changed my front lip in the weekend. Decided I wanted something slightly fatter to give the front end a 'fuller' look - The only problem was that the particular front lip I wanted was extremely hard to find. After searching the local junkyards and wreckers for about a year I finally managed to find one a week ago.


    The actual lip itself is a genuine Toyota item which was a factory optional extra for the 1997-2001 Toyota Caldina (ST215, JDM). Since they were only available as an option, the vast majority of Caldinas don't have them fitted, which is why it took so long for me to find one. Got one in the end though and did a bit of custom work to make it fit. The fitment was very close but I had to heat it up to adjust the curvature a bit.


    Here's some pics that I took today:


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    v nice bro, v nicely kept....
    BTW whats that sticker on front windscreen corner, do u have any close pic of that

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    Quote Originally Posted by usman505 View Post
    v nice bro, v nicely kept....
    BTW whats that sticker on front windscreen corner, do u have any close pic of that
    Thanks bro . Oh, they're nothing exciting, haha. They're just two labels that we need by law in order for our cars to be on the road here in New Zealand. The one in the top right corner is the WOF (Warrant of Fitness) sticker which indicates that the car has passed it's 6-monthly safety inspection and shows which month it is due to expire. The label in the bottom left corner is the registration label, which shows that we've paid a yearly fee to be able to legally be allowed to drive on the roads. If you don't have these or they'e expired you can be fined by the Police. So basically they're just a legal requirement for all cars on New Zealand roads. Fortunately they're quite small and not an eye-catching colour, so they aren't very noticeable

    Here's some close-up photos from the internet for your reference. The first one is the WOF sticker and the second one is the registration label:

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiCorolla View Post
    Thanks bro . Oh, they're nothing exciting, haha. They're just two labels that we need by law in order for our cars to be on the road here in New Zealand. The one in the top right corner is the WOF (Warrant of Fitness) sticker which indicates that the car has passed it's 6-monthly safety inspection and shows which month it is due to expire. The label in the bottom left corner is the registration label, which shows that we've paid a yearly fee to be able to legally be allowed to drive on the roads. If you don't have these or they'e expired you can be fined by the Police. So basically they're just a legal requirement for all cars on New Zealand roads. Fortunately they're quite small and not an eye-catching colour, so they aren't very noticeable

    Here's some close-up photos from the internet for your reference. The first one is the WOF sticker and the second one is the registration label:

    My 93' Corolla From New Zealand (AE100 JDM) - wof

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    oookk its clear now

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    nice lip bro.....and excellent work on the manifold

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    ^ Thanks bro

    Here's some new photos that I took yesterday:


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    Man does it EVERRR get dirty

    J/K, I am long out of words for the appreciation, I just <3 it.
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    scott bro loving these pics.........the lips are looking perfect.......i guess now just the digital cluster remains

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollOnBigMaMa View Post
    Man does it EVERRR get dirty

    J/K, I am long out of words for the appreciation, I just <3 it.
    Haha, yes unfortunately it's not immune to getting dirty , but it usually doesn't start dirty for long

    Thanks bro. I appreciate it

    Quote Originally Posted by Shehrozeae101 View Post
    scott bro loving these pics.........the lips are looking perfect.......i guess now just the digital cluster remains
    Thanks mate. Yeah now all I need is that digital cluster!!!! Will hopefully find one eventually


    Here's my latest addition which I installed yesterday - A very rare genuine Toyota Graphic Equalizer!! . This was only available as an additional option for customers who purchased the Super Live Sound System option when the car was purchased brand new in Japan. The EQ was a rather pricey add-on so there aren't many of these units floating around out there. They were available for all of the AE101 models (this particular one came out of an AE101 FX-GT) and various other models of that same era.

    When I found it the plug had been chopped off and it was disconnected, so it was a bit of a gamble as to if it actually worked, but fortunately a guy I know in Australia had also managed to get his hands on one late last year for his AE101 Levin and had already figured out which wires went where and was able to provide me with all of the info I needed to make the installation quick and easy . I had to convert the factory audio wires to RCA connectors so that it was compatible with my modern day head-unit and aftermarket amplifier, but apart from that everything else was virtually a cut-and-splice type of job.

    The equalizer allows you to adjust the audio settings very precisely, ranging from thumping bass to ear-piecing highs, with 3 programmable user presets to select from depending on which genre of music you're listening to so that you can basically 'set it and forget it'. Otherwise you can adjust each individual setting to your liking by going through the frequency tuning screen and moving the levels up or down. As for the visualizations, there are 3 different display settings and 2 display level settings. I personally like the traditional graph-type display, however the drop-type and 'bounce' type display settings are also cool to watch. You can set it to stay on one particular display setting or have it revolve to different settings as you're driving.

    The buttons light up when the park lights/headlights are turned on and the display is able to be dimmed both night and day, regardless if your lights are on or not. The 'DEF' button beside the 'DIM' button standards for 'Definition'. When this is pressed/activated it basically helps to make musical instruments sound more defined. Once you've played around with all of the different settings and have discovered what works best for your particular taste, your whole audio experience is enhanced and everything sounds exactly how the producer of the music would have intended it to. It works really well with the four coaxial speakers I have installed and compliments the factory option tweeters superbly.

    This is the second one I've ever known of in real-life and the first one I've ever seen anywhere over here so I decided to remove the factory option Multibox and stick this in it's place. It's been a fun little unit to play around with so far

    Here are a couple of photos that I took today, and also a video that the guy in Australia made who I mentioned earlier (all credit for the video goes to him - Footage of the equalizer in action starts at 59s) -

    http://youtu.be/AfMOJdgO59k?t=58s

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    Today I installed a custom made bellmouth that I made by a metal spinner (the same person who made my trumpets). I also put the first half of the factory surge box/plenum back on so it's sandwiched between the trumpets. Should keep a bit more of the heat out and looks better at the same time.


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    Nice! (Y). Buh the trumpet splash guard gone or has it been replaced by a darker toned one which I am unable to see in these pics?
    Agar chy bu'tt' hain Jama'at ki Aasteenon main - Mujhay Hai Hukm-e-Aazaan LA ILA HA ILL ALLAH...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollOnBigMaMa View Post
    Nice! (Y). Buh the trumpet splash guard gone or has it been replaced by a darker toned one which I am unable to see in these pics?
    Good spotting . I removed the alloy splash guard because I thought it might be restricting some of the airflow entering the trumpets from underneath the car, and since heat is an issue at the moment, I need all of the airflow I can get . The bottom of the splash guard was as clean as the day it was put on so I'm not concerned about any dirt etc getting into the trumpets from underneath. The black section you see in the photos is the first half of the factory plenum/surge box. I put in between the throttle bodies and the trumpets to try and stop some of the heat transfer and because it looks a bit better


    I spent a couple of hours sound deadening both front doors today. I bought four sheets of it and did the outer skin (door handle side) with one sheet on each side. Planning on putting some inside the actual door panels/cards themselves and possibly on the inner skin of the door too.


    Pulled the window regulators and glass out which made the job a lot easier. Amazing how much of a difference it has made, not just in music quality but the whole feel of the door. Feels much nicer to open and close now and should help drown out some of the road noise when driving.


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    I just spent another 3-hours sound deadening the inner skin and the door panel/card on each side. Also installed some new component speakers. Went from 6.5" 4-way speakers with 75w RMS each to 6.5" component speakers with 60w RMS each.

    The old speakers sounded good but since I have 6.5" 90w RMS 3-way speakers in the rear deck and factory tweeters up front there was far too much treble, so the component speakers fixed that nicely. Kept the factory tweeters so I didn't have to make up a special mounting bracket for the new ones. Everything is being driven off my 444w 4-channel amplifier under my front passenger's seat.

    Here's a comparison video between the front and rear doors I took once I finished:



    And a whole bunch of photos I took during the process:


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    My latest purchase - A brand new set of BC Gold coilovers. Ended up getting them for a really good price so grabbed them today. They have 30-way damper adjustability so my spine shouldn't shatter to pieces on long trips


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    I installed the BC coilovers today. I've set the damper knobs to 5 clicks from fully soft on the fronts and 10 clicks from fully soft on the rear. The ride height has been adjusted to 300mm from the center of each wheel to the fender lip, which has the subframe sitting at bang on 100mm off the ground, the minimum height allowed by law here in New Zealand.


    I must say that I'm VERY impressed with the ride quality of the BC's. When I first went for a test drive I honestly couldn't tell that I had installed coilovers as the ride comfort was virtually the same as my old spring/strut combo, however when going around corners you could definitely notice the difference in the handling performance as it stuck to the road as if it were on rails. I've booked my car in for a full wheel alignment tomorrow so once the toe is reset and everything else aligned I'm sure it'll handle even better. All in all I'm extremely happy with these coilovers so far and I look forward to putting them through their paces over the coming years.


    Here's some pics I took after installing them, and a photo of a sticker that I bought on the way home from my test drive to finish the day nicely


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    wow wow amazing..
    Live To Ride ..... Ride To Live
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    Quote Originally Posted by born_2b_wild View Post
    wow wow amazing..
    Thanks!

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