Welcome To My MR2 Turbo Website
This web site features my 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo containing general information, modifications and pictures during my 25 years of adventurous MR2 ownership!
It's time for my annual update on my MR2, had an interesting year w/some part failures that happen with a 29 year old modified car, details below:
August of '19, I started hearing a grinding noise from the rear driver's side, took apart the hub, had a new wheel bearing pressed in, reassembled it & the noise is gone. Odd fact - driver's rear bearing last replaced 16yrs ago.
October of '19, now getting a grinding noise from the rear passenger's side, assume its wheel bearing too, will fix it over the winter.
December of '19, took apart the passenger rear hub, the bearing literally fell apart & the outer axle hub has chunks missing from it. So not sure what happened but either the bearing or outer axle failed damaging the other & now they both need to be replaced.
January of '20, while the passenger rear axle was apart, it made sense to take apart driver's side so I could install new OEM rear inner tie rods, TwosRus tie rod hub bearings & CRW's inner CV joint upgrade kit at the same time. Thankfully, I have a spare set of ABS LSD axles to replace the damaged outer passenger section - just need to swap the outer halves. Once I had the axles out, I couldn't get the axle halves separated so I dropped them off at Frank's Auto, my local repair shop, for Keith (the owner) to do the passenger outer axle swap, install the CRW inner CV joint upgrade kit, press in the TwosRus tie rod hub bearings & a new passenger wheel bearing.
February of '20, during the fall I noticed a burning oil smell occasionally while driving & small oil drops coming from the Garage Fuki B-pipe when she sat for a few days. The flex portion of the B-pipe has always rubbed the bottom of the oil pan since new but I was shocked when I removed it to find over the last 18yrs it rubbed enough to slowly gouge into the oil pan to cause a leak! I considered replacing the entire oil pan but thought I'd try easier fix of using JB Tank Weld. I drained the oil, cleaned up the area w/a wire wheel, applied a layer of epoxy, fiberglass patch & a top layer of epoxy. Before installing the B-pipe again, I wrapped the flex portion w/DEI heat shield for added protection. I installed the rebuilt axles, added 3.5 quarts of Pennzoil Synchromesh in transmission & fresh Castrol engine oil too. Road tested for 1hr, no leaks, so off to the alignment shop since I replaced the rear tie rods.
March of '20, in honor of my 25th anniversary of ownership, I installed new Toyota aluminum clutch, brake & gas pedals ordered from Conicelli Toyota. I also installed CRW's clutch roller bearing that replaces the square bushing on the transmission shift linkage - easy to install & of course a bearing rotates much smoother than a square bushing!
April of '20, installed a replacement KO Racing engine mirror panel, replacing the original panel that had fine scratches I couldn't buff out over the last 13yrs of use. I used the same fans, screws & wiring, just swapped the panel itself. My ancient adjustable HKS BOV was leaking so I replaced it w/a new HKS BOV4 that I picked up from KO Racing too.
New pics posted in slide show "2013-2020".
Yet again, its been too long since my last update, some details below. I keep a spreadsheet of dates, services & costs of everything I've done since I first purchased my MR2. I did some filtering & found a few cool facts of ownership over the last 24 years:
* 43 oil changes, average 3500 miles between them
* 13 sets of spark plugs changed
* 8 sets of tires on 3 different sets of wheels (OEM/Konig/SP1s)
November of '18, installed MR2 Heaven's dry fire extinguisher, mount & passenger seat bracket - functional & it looks good too.
May of '18, I commissioned Rocket Craft in Japan to build a custom stuffed model of my MR2 (see pics). The whole process only took about two months - I absolutely love it!
April of '18, installed Toyota Instrument Cluster Cover (clear plastic that covers over the tach/speedo) replacing the original scratched & hazed cover. I also installed the custom blended center console gauge panel (see pics) I made over the winter.
January of '18, installed MR2 Heaven's Ultimate Halo Shifter Surround Kit (Color is Brushed, Type 3 Holeless for under mount) & red-stitch shift boot. I had to do a lot of trimming under the surround for it to fit properly (see pics) to clear the shift cables w/my TRD short shifter. Once done, I applied a few coats of texture paint & a topcoat to match the interior armrest.
September of '17, I ruined the 255/40/17 rear Yokohama S-Drives after 1 year from the excessive camber needed to reduce the rubbing. I replaced them with the previous size I've run forever of 245/40/17 that clears the inner fenders w/no rubbing at normal camber levels.
August of '17, I turned 150K on my stock long block!!!
New pics posted in slide show "2013-2019".
Over the July 4th weekend I attended the Automass/Gridlife event at Autohbahn raceway in Joliet. It featured weekend of road racing, drifting & a car show. It was a really cool event; weather was great, met lots of new folks, reconnected w/some old MR2 friends & drooled over some fantastic cars. I entered my MR2 into the car show & to my surprise, the judges selected it as the "Best Toyota/Lexus/Scion" at the event.
The "2013-2017" Slide Show is now updated w/some pics.
Last Updated - 4/28/20
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