Changes (hopefully for the better) to the Corolla

Alpine sound via a classic 5902 head unit.

When I first picked up the Corolla it had an original OEM AM/FM Cassette deck that the previous owner had meticulously put together from pieces of other units as I was told.  The drive back with the car told me that one rear channel worked pretty good, and the other three not so much.  The Cassette portion didn’t seem to work at all, but to be fair I only had a cassette adapter and not a real cassette to test…

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Raybrig Lighting Upgrade.

While most of the 80’s technology is perfect for my needs, the lighting is one of the few things that I might occasionally admit is a bit lacking when compared to modern options. Now the question becomes how do you improve the light output with out ruining the vibe of the car. Back to back stock VS Raybrig.  So that leaves HID’s and LED’s and all that modern shit off the table. Enter the Raybrig housings.  They offer quite a…

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after sand blasting and painting.

New Techno Toy Tuning Suspension

To say I hated the Megan Racing Coilovers under the car would be a severe understatement.  The only reason it took me so long (6 months) to replace them is the lack of “easy” options for the Corolla.  While I was turned on to T3 from the very beginning, I was a bit reluctant to purchase a set up.  I was really looking for a full set up single manufacturer.   In my past experience I’ve had better luck with…

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Exedy Carbon Single clutch upgrade.

The stock clutch was on its last leg to put it nicely.  A quick shift or the old higher gear high load test would cause it to slip, so I have been taking it very easy on the Hachi thus far. In the shop hanging out with its Supra sibling waiting to get this party started. One step closer … and ewwwwww…. greasy.   I didn’t think Mike Rowe was going to stop by anytime soon, so I had to…

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Amp install: Rockford Fosgate PBR300X4

The vintage Alpine 7801 deck I previously installed started having some issues with the internal amplifier.  Resulting in an annoying popping noise occasionally to frequently depending on well who knows.  Obviously a new deck would have been the easiest, but finding late 80’s to early 90’s working stereo gear in good shape is a bit tough to start with and even tougher if you are looking for a deck with an amp.  Most of the higher end decks of the…

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More TRD (Plug Wires)

Out of the most recent changes to the car this was by far the most simple in nature.  I debated about doing it, but after having so many problems with water filling in another (MR2) project I wanted wires that actually fit. You can tell by the comparison how much better the “stock” TRD wires fit compared to the aftermarket ones.  Well worth a few more dollars going to Lithia Toyota.  Ignore that rear view mirror in the pic, it…

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