Welcome To My MR2 Turbo Website
This web site features my GReddy TD06SH-20G powered 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo. Inside you'll find general information, modifications and pictures during my 23 years of adventurous MR2 ownership!
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.
It's been waaaay too long since my last update. I still dream about an ATS stroker engine, maybe even w/an AW-IC setup, but I can't justify it because my original 26yr old long-block is still running just fine. Here is a quick summary of updates over the last few years...
Fall of '16, I found chunks of yellow foam lying on the drivers floorboards. Turns out my steering column seal on the frunk firewall simply dried out & fell apart in a bunch of pieces. I ordered a new one, disconnected the column & replaced it; took just over an hour to install.
The 9yr old TwosRus links were worn out, making a "clanking" noise over small bumps that sounded really terrible. I disconnected them & the "clank" was gone so I replaced the front TwosRus sway bar end links w/another set.
Summer of '16, on the way into work, some road debris kicked up by another car smacked my front nose, spidering the paint & putting a big dent where the license plate would be. My re-spray was 10yrs old so I used this as an opportunity to refresh the front end. I had the nose repaired, front lip & hood refinished & blended into the front quarters.
My A/C was blowing warm air, considered converting to R34 but I decided to take a chance & bought some cans of R12 on eBay to refill it myself. The R12 wasn't cheap but equal to a conversation price w/much less hassle. My 2 took the R12 & stayed cold all summer; I'm hoping it stays "put" in the system (fingers crossed).
Spring of '16, the Dunlop Direzza tires were worn out so it was time for new tires. I decided to go with a less aggressive tire, Yokohama S-Drives...upsizing to 255/40/17 in the rear. I do rub over medium bumps so I added in some negative camber to save the tires. I plan on rolling the fenders some more to help reduce the rubbing.
Spring of '15, I had a decent crack in my lower windshield, called State Farm who ordered a $908 OEM windshield (only a handful new/old stock left in the USA). It was a $0 out of my pocket but it was a "claim" against the insurance; a no-brainer decision for me. I was shocked that SF would replace it w/an expensive OEM windshield & not an aftermarket one for half the price. I didn't expect to "see" such a huge before/after difference by replacing the original windshield...I just didn't realize all the pits & scratches of the original windshield over the years. Replacing it was one of the most satisfying changes I've done on my 2 in years.
October of '14. my yellow "low oil" light level was flickering on the way home from work & eventually stayed on. I got home, parked the car, went to check the oil level, found oil everywhere, dripping & pooling under the car - never a good sign. I let her sit overnight, started her the next day, no oil was dripping at first but it eventually started to drip & got much worse as the engine warmed up. So I figured it was pressure related with some type of oil seal. So My 2 was parked for the season to rebuild over the winter. Over the next four months I did A LOT of degreasing & "while I'm here, I might as well..." maintenance. I eventually found the leak was coming from the cam seals; both were dried out & one pushed itself out of the head. I ended up replacing the oil & water pumps, oil return hose, thermostat, all the belts (timing/alternator/AC), HFH & HFHOE, tensioner & idler pulleys, plastic engine & valve cover gaskets, cams & rear main seal, spark plugs, wires & cap/rotor, re-sealed the oil pan & flushed the coolant too. The oil leak is gone (thankfully) & added bonus is my oil pressure went up by 20lbs.
I also installed some JDM OEM horns I picked up from Chris on the MR2 board; much louder & deeper sound that bolted & plugged right in....gone is the wimpy "beep-beep" sound.
August of '14, random puffs of white smoke started coming out of my exhaust w/a heavy oil smell so I figured the turbo seals were gone; time to rebuild the 8yr old GReddy TD06 turbo. I ordered a complete Mitsubishi TD06 superback rebuild kit & heat shield from G-Pop Performance Turbo & dove into the my first turbo rebuild. I was a bit worried about not being able to rebalance the assembly but read enough online that said it wasn't needed so I figured I'd give it a shot. My turbo was a mess, dried up seals/rings literally falling apart to the touch & lots of baked on oil everywhere so I had lots of cleaning & degreasing. The hardest part for me was reassembly, getting the huge c-clip back in place, I ended up buying a ratchet ring plier tool from Napa that worked perfectly. Once the turbo was back together, smoke was gone & my butt dyno could feel more power in every gear.
Summer of '13, installed Chico Race Works shifter cable bearings, replacing the 10yr old Speed Source shifter bushings; a nice simple upgrade that smoothed out the shifting.
Fall of '12, installed EMS polished fuse box cover plates & a Cusco front OS strut bar, powder coated the brackets gloss black.
I have lots of pics that I'll post soon in a new slide show "2013-2017".
So what has changed in the last 2yrs since my last update?!? My MR2 is now legal to drink, turning 21yrs old this past June. I did install the Koni struts (replacing the KYB's) in '10 & they transformed the cars ride!! I didn't realize the KYB's were so ridiculously firm until I replaced them w/the Koni's...I wish I would've swapped them out years ago. Don't buy the cheaper KYB's; just spend the extra cash up front & buy strut inserts from either Koni or Tokico.
This year I've made some interior changes by adding '98 OEM red stitch steering wheel, shift knob & boot, cruise control stalk & a custom shift surround. Also, my Yokohama AV1 tires were shot so I thought I'd try a sticky, aggresive tire & chose the Dunlop Z1s. A good tire so far but be warned that they do run a bit "wide"; I had to roll my rear fenders again to eliminate tire rub that I didn't have w/the same-sized AV1s.
The "2008-2012 Pictures" Slide Show is updated w/recent pics.
Last Updated - 7/27/17
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