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malibuguy HalfDork
7/30/21 8:26 p.m.
Sgt_Sizzle said:

malibuguy your threads are an inspiration, I have been reading a TON of GRM threads lately (work is slower then traffic in a Georgia snowstorm) and finally got up the gumption to make myself a profile so I can finally tell people how cool their crap boxes are. I have a buddy with a 2 door 5 spd Tercel that I will definitely be sending these build links to. These make me look at my sisters '96 that's rotting in my parents back yard with a renewed interest.  Keep up the great work and I cant wait to see where these go from here.

I appreciate it dude.  This car has really blossomed this year and I have a lot of plans for it next year.  Floyd, my pink tercel is nearly road ready again, so that is very exciting (for me at least) and I will keep posting about all of them.  I have a hot motor lined up for the 4dr Tercel lurking in my garage, but that is not a priority project atm.

These cars in general fly under the radar, plus there is a lot of autozone tuner variants that keep the mere suggestion of one a joke to most people.

If your sisters 96 aint rotten, get it back on the road!

malibuguy HalfDork
7/31/21 8:07 p.m.

Had an opportunity to get the bastards together 


Also installed some new shifter bearings that replace the rubber bushings.

malibuguy HalfDork
8/6/21 3:19 p.m.

New falken rt660 tires on Enkei RF02 wheels and a made a new quieter rear section using a modified DynoMax SuperTurbo that I dub thee "Super Duper Turbo"


Turbo_Rev New Reader
8/6/21 4:12 p.m.

Awesome thread. I had a 4th-gen with a 4-speed manual back in high school (~2006). Still kick myself for selling it. 

Once put 4 new tires on it for about $110. 

malibuguy HalfDork
8/22/21 8:46 a.m.

some pics from the last event




malibuguy HalfDork
9/11/21 3:56 p.m.

New clutch from Action to hopefully handle the abuse.  The ebay clutch started slipping after boost exceeded 5psi.

Got a new friction for my old Aasco aluminum flywheel (from an old build) and then had it balanced with the new Action plate. 

Put the clutch in this morning along with a new boost gauge from the home land.


malibuguy HalfDork
9/28/21 3:51 p.m.

Begun work on my a2w chargecooler today.  Only got the discharge done.  Hope to work on the inlet soon.

And no I was not going for perfect welds (i rarely do on my cars lol)


Also been messing with zener diodes since my bleed valve on the MAP doesnt react fast enough sometimes since Ive taken off the "backdoor" springs on the wastegate and it boosts fast and hard now and occasionally sends me into fuel cut.  So after a 4.3, I tried a 4.7 and its perfect.  Fueling is absolutely unaffected in boost.  The 4.3 basically went lean as soon as I hit positive pressure.  This will do for now until many other things come into play like new bottom end, ecu and other things.

Inbetween welding...I am getting drill happy


1SlowVW HalfDork
9/28/21 6:34 p.m.

Good sir are those parts from the jaaaag? 

malibuguy HalfDork
9/28/21 7:03 p.m.
1SlowVW said:

Good sir are those parts from the jaaaag? 

Yessir thats the core Dustin originally sent down

Agent98 Reader
9/28/21 9:47 p.m.

What are your thoughts on the Echo and the Yaris (older 3 Doors) in comparison to the Tercel in terms of basic corner carving and mods?

malibuguy HalfDork
9/29/21 5:57 a.m.
Agent98 said:

What are your thoughts on the Echo and the Yaris (older 3 Doors) in comparison to the Tercel in terms of basic corner carving and mods?

My daily is a Yaris sedan, and in reality...its better...given it weights nearly 2500lbs (the car is heavier then stock).  

HOWEVER, I am always happier in my Tercels FWIW, Echo and Yaris you sit like a minivan.  Tercels have nicer interior materials as well.  You really cannot go much wrong with any of the 3...just find the nicest one for the money.  In stock form...Tercel & Echo have weaker transmissions...more current aftermarket availible for the Yaris, unless your in Canada...they used to have an Echo/Vitz racing series.

malibuguy HalfDork
10/9/21 8:20 p.m.

Finished building the charge cooler the other week.  So now I need to figure out a holding tank and a cooler.  For a pump I plan to use a Bosch gt500 unit

Also realized my rear mount was trashed (filled stocker) so I got a 'street' powerflex insert.  I nearly forgot I had did it on the drive home.  Very respectable manners.


Ran the last event with WDCR last weekend.  Got 1st again.


But Ive noticed in the last couple weeks the car...just lost its edge.  Still makes power but just didn't feel 100%.  Also a few people at the event sad the car seemed to smoke even more then usual LOL

Yesterday I confirmed my suspicions.

205, 208, 213 and...

I already had plans to go to an earlier motor to get better rods and more rpm anyways so its just w/e I didn't want to hurt the motor but it smoked so damn bad anyways

Also new wheels arrived yesterday too.  15x8 et20 KE Motorsports Pro


V6Buicks Reader
10/11/21 7:17 a.m.

That intercooler is sweeeeeet!

Too bad about the engine.  Luckily fun car season is almost over anyway.

malibuguy HalfDork
1/28/22 10:21 a.m.

No real news.  Gearing up for spring time upgrades

Got a Speeduino based ECU


Got to messing with a distributor that will be modified to provide a cam signal for sequential ignition and fuel


So now I gotta start cataloging what connectors I need to build a fresh harness.   

And get the motor off my loft...





malibuguy HalfDork
4/3/22 7:35 a.m.

Alot has happened last month.

Had a very large job that compressed my available time to get my car ready for the season.

So I made a lateral move with the engine.  I replaced it with another 5efe DIS.

I refreshed all the bits, valve seals, timing belt, water pump etc etc.  BTW the Lilse valve keeper tool does not work on these motors and actually resulted in me damaging a lifter bore.  But I was able to save that with some careful filing.


The only real improvements are a better downpipe (last year I still had it blowing through a stock donut connection) with a recirculated wastegate because I hate that noise.  And I also built a trap door baffled oil sump.







malibuguy HalfDork
4/3/22 7:58 a.m.

So from that I made a new 2.5" front pipe to lead into my existing 2.5" 'catback'


This obviously helped spool and response immensely.  Not that it was bad before and well I had 2 reasons why I did the things the way I did previously.

I also got a short harness and a denso header to make a temporary jumper harness to run the SpeedyEFI Speeduino-based ecu on my existing harness to start learning.  It works perfectly and I even had the car running within a few hours messing with it.  I still do not have it fully sorted out but I made things so I can quickly go back to my stock ecu.  I am still learning how to use tunerstudio.  I had the most luck NOT using autotune.  It seemed to punch holes into my map and made the car run rough.  I will revisit it after national tour.


Next was a spring upgrade.  With the sticky tires I was running out of SR on my gen5 FortuneAuto coilovers, which came with Swift 6k front and 4k rear springs.  So I ordered some 7s for the front and moved the 6s out back.  So far it is working very well.


and yesterday finally got the new wheels on the car with matching 225/45 Falken rubber




malibuguy HalfDork
5/27/22 9:13 p.m.

Car drove well for National Tour, me not so much.  Coned away 1st on Saturday, and Sunday I was simply out driven.

The FedEx lot beat up the car and wiped out my right balljoint and control arm bushing.  So that allowed me to upgrade to some poly graphite replacements, I had a cheap set of BJs and put them in until japanese units showed up.

Decided to try a different venue and ran with the Susquehanna region up in Harrisburg.  The Elmerton lot is one of the nicest surfaces Ive raced on.  I used the "little" tires for this one.

decided to go all in and switch to the SpeedyEFI Speeduino ECU and larger RX8 "yellow" injectors.

Had it running "ok" enough to drive and part throttle boost.  Sent to my tuner to iron it out and he couldn't make things happen as he was unfamiliar and uncomfortable pushing the set up.

This is a set back with the next event in a week, Ill be racing my Yaris in its place.

I am also taking the time to build a different a2w charge air cooler using a core from an M4.


So I have about a month to get that done and the ECU fully figured out

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