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Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop

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2014/02/17 18:18:19 (permalink)
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Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop

Hi all
 
Well I thought I might start a thread of my new MR2 I have had it for a bit over a month now and just slowly doing a few things that needed doing maintenance wise and plan to gradually start doing a few upgrades. I had been looking for a JDM turbo hardtop for a while and this one came up for sale up in Cairns and after talking with the shop that had been servicing the car and coming to a deal with its previous owner I flew up to Cairns to purchase the car. When I got there and saw the car I was very impressed with the condition of the car as the photos I had seen didn't do it justice after looking over the car and a quick drive I handed over the money and was the proud owner of my first MR2.
 
now for a few pics
 

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    Dudeman
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    Re: Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop 2014/02/17 19:52:23 (permalink)
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    Is that the 1997 one? One of The later jdm's in the country, looks awesome.

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    Re: Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop 2014/02/17 20:05:30 (permalink)
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    very nice Nik, have fun with it!
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    Re: Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop 2014/02/17 20:42:49 (permalink)
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    Dudeman
    Is that the 1997 one? One of The later jdm's in the country, looks awesome.


    No it's a 94, which I was after as well because I wanted the update model but wanted one before they had all the air bags.
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    Re: Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop 2014/02/17 21:46:20 (permalink)
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    Nice buy! Saw it on carsales for a while & it's prolly one of the lowest mileage best original condition gen3 turbos in the country. Congrats.

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    Re: Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop 2014/02/17 21:56:33 (permalink)
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    MR2QIK
    Nice buy! Saw it on carsales for a while & it's prolly one of the lowest mileage best original condition gen3 turbos in the country. Congrats.


    Thanks MR2QIK

    Yeah I had not seen any others that ticked all the boxes I wanted like this one did and the previous owner was the first owner since it was imported and he had every receipt for every service since he bought it.

    I'm really enjoying the car :)
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    Re: Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop 2014/02/18 06:39:21 (permalink)
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    So since owning the car I have been doing some maintenance and just tidying up a few things, I had to replace the rear left wheel bearing as that started making some noise and I am also now ordering a full set of silicon coolant hoses to replace all of the coolant hoses. I had one heater hose fail on me when I was driving the car back from Qld so that was enough prompting for me to want to replace all of the hoses.
     
    I gave the car a service last weekend and have just processes the engine oil sample and i am very happy with the results from the oil test. the previous owner had been running Mobil 1 10W-30 and from the results it has been protecting the engine very well.

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    Re: Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop 2014/02/18 12:20:19 (permalink)
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    Very very nice. I really like the hardtops. Just that bit cleaner in style and lighter too. Congrats on the purchase.  You mention a heater hose failure during the trip from Qld. Im keen to know which one.? And where?  Thanks. Hope you continue to enjoy your car. Cheers.
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    Re: Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop 2014/02/18 13:00:37 (permalink)
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    Hi Falcon
     
    Yeah I agree with you on the cleaner style of the hardtop and less weight is always good :)
     
    The heater hose that failed on the trip home was a 90deg bend below the water distribution housing off the back of the engine. I have attaches an image to try and enplane it better.

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    Re: Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop 2014/02/18 17:39:52 (permalink)
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    Any other plans for it? Maybe 17's, suspension & bolt on engine mods
     
    Btw, if you're ever in Sydney for the monthly meet, it'd be really nice to see this in person.

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    Re: Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop 2014/02/18 17:50:22 (permalink)
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    So a couple of other little things I have done to help tidy up the look of the car. I got my set of personalized plates for the car and I also did the quad tail light mod on the tail lights so I think that lifted the look of the car at night. I find it very strange the way Toyota had set up the tail lights from factory.
     
     

     
    post edited by Nik_Lee - 2017/09/08 10:46:37

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    Re: Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop 2014/02/18 17:59:57 (permalink)
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    MR2QIK
    Any other plans for it? Maybe 17's, suspension & bolt on engine mods
     
    Btw, if you're ever in Sydney for the monthly meet, it'd be really nice to see this in person.




    Yeah I have a few plans, will slowly do a few mods, I am planning to change the wheels as soon as it is due for tyres I am thinking of possibly going for 18's got a couple of rims in mind that I am trying to decide between.
    I have also been planning what I want to do tuning wise, I would like to upgrade the turbo, go to a WTA cooler and look at getting haltech engine management so I can get it remapped and take advantage of any engine upgrades.
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    Re: Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop 2014/02/18 19:04:37 (permalink)
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    Sounds good.

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    Re: Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop 2014/02/19 16:29:20 (permalink)
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    So I had a little bit of scrubbing on the rear tyres when I hit bigger bumps or cornered hard and with future plans of fitting up a set of BC coilovers that I purchased and with plans to fit bigger rims later down the track I decided to get my guards rolled. I contacted Nelson from Sydney guard rolling and he fit me in on a Sunday to roll all four guards and I was quite happy with the job he did, the only hiccup is he found it was missing one bolt from the rear left trim strip and it is now sitting out a slight fraction just at the edge of the guard so I'm now just chasing up a new bolt for that.
     
    Once my guards were rolled I was very keen to fit up my new coilovers and set up the car on stands and got to work.
     
     

     
    Spent a few hours installing the BC's everything mostly went ok, the only issues I had were a couple of the sway bar link nuts that were seized and stripped out the alan key holes trying to get them undone.
    once I had them all installed I set up the heights and then initially set up the shocks to front 10 clicks and rear 16 clicks which I had read someone else on the forum with BC's had set theirs to, but after driving it for a couple of days I felt the shocks were set slightly to soft and were not quite controlling the rebound enough so I have since adjusted them again to 15 clicks front and 21 clicks on the rear and so far I am happier with the feel of them on the road now.
    post edited by Nik_Lee - 2017/09/08 10:48:56

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    Re: Nik_Lee's JDM Turbo Hardtop 2014/04/27 16:20:09 (permalink)
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    Well this is not really an update but during the week we bought a new set of rims for our STi and whilst the weather has been a bit wet over the weekend I decided out of curiosity to steel one of the new rims off of the STi and see how it would look on the MR2.
    I didn't mind the look of it but I think I will stick to what I originally wanted which is a rim with some dish.
     
    Anyway here is how it looked (before my partner told me to put it back on the STi and to not get any ideas of steeling them..... lol)
     

    post edited by Nik_Lee - 2017/09/08 10:53:15

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