86FEST Project AE86:</br> Don’t Call It A Comeback
Return Of The Boom Bap

Happy 8/6, everyone! It’s been a really, really long time since I last wrote anything for Speedhunters.com, but things have come around full circle and it’s a pretty cool feeling. See, I was part of the original Speedhunters team that actually launched this site from the point of concept. In fact, I still remember emailing Mike Garrett via his popular Auto Otaku website to ask him if he’d be down to join the team!

At the time, I had been contracted as a freelance consultant for the EA Games Need for Speed team’s Black Box Studios in Vancouver BC, and we had just finished working on a Need for Speed sponsored documentary film called The Birth of Pro Street, which aired on SpikeTV in the United States and Motors TV internationally. We began talking about what we should do for our next project, and that’s when the idea to create a website as a brand extension for Need for Speed came about – the goal being to connect the game’s traditional video gamer audience with car guys from different aspects of car culture throughout the world by bridging the two communities. This was back in 2007 to 2008 when the site launched. It’s crazy to think about those days now, because when you fast-forward seven whole years to the present, the early ideas we had actually became reality. Today, Speedhunters is one of the world’s most recognized and reputable car culture websites.

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Since the time I originally stopped contributing stories to Speedhunters, my career as a photojournalist evolved quite a bit. I launched a few new websites (including MotorMavens), and an event called 86FEST, which is based on a topic I’ve been passionate about for over 15 years now. That is, the the culture surrounding one of my favorite cars – the AE86. It only makes sense that I would return to Speedhunters on my favorite holiday of the year – Hachiroku Day, August 6th.

To be completely honest, 86FEST is an event that brings together both the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ crowd and the classic rear-wheel drive Toyota community, but there are usually a lot more new 86 (FR-S and BR-Z) owners at 86FEST than AE86 owners. That’s just because there are a lot more of these newer cars out there, and Scion and Subaru are still selling them brand new.

As much as I love driving the new 86 chassis, I’m still extremely passionate (or should I say obsessive) about the old boxy AE86 – the last of the rear-wheel drive Corollas. And as much as all my friends in the automotive aftermarket industry have been pushing me to build up a new-chassis Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ, I decided that I should finish building some of the AE86s in my collection first!

Enter The Cipher
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Those who follow 86FEST on Instagram might recognize my matching red AE86s – the Cipher Garage AE86 twins. Both of these cars are USDM Corolla GT-S models (1985 and 1986), but they have been modified with Japanese bumpers, lights, side skirts, and other accessories that match their model years. People ask me all the time why I need more than one AE86, and my answer is simple: I like variety. Just because a guy might have a very pretty girlfriend doesn’t mean he can’t admire beauty in another female, right? Right!

Each of my AE86s have subtle, minor differences when it comes to the exterior, interior, engine, and suspension modifications, but both have been styled to reflect the clean, period-correct, Japanese classic car type appearance that I really love. Actually, these two cars feel completely different when you’re driving them. I like to say that they have different driving personalities. I can talk about the Cipher Garage twins in more detail in another story if anyone wants to know more about them.

For now however, let’s talk about my newest project car – a bone-stock USDM 1985 Corolla GT-S hatchback with faded 30-year-old original paint…

No Tricks In 86: It’s Time To Build
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Here’s a comparison photo to show you the condition of the car. Man, is it ghetto looking! I mentioned on a YouTube video I recently uploaded that I bought this car for $500 from a junkyard, and people started freaking out about the low price. It was exactly the reaction I thought people would have, so I should come clean. I didn’t disclose to my YouTube subscribers exactly when it was that I got the car: 1999. The thing is, I bought this faded 1985 GT-S even before I bought my other red AE86s, but those cars were cleaner and were in running condition, so naturally I put this faded GT-S hatchback on the back-burner. For about 15 years, I kept this car under a car cover or in an enclosed garage. This is why the dashboard is still perfect, even though the original red paint is dull.

When I originally bought the car it was a junkyard rescue operation. A close friend told me a red GT-S had just arrived at the yard, so I called in to find out how much they wanted for the factory rear wing and front McPherson struts. The price was $150 for the struts and $100 for the wing – or I could just tow the whole car away for $500. I dropped everything and went over there with a tow truck. Luckily, the registration papers weren’t even submitted to the Department of Motor Vehicles, so the car didn’t even have a salvage title or anything. Score!

Aside from the faded paint, there were a few other things wrong with the car: the engine was blown, the front headlight cover had a dent in it, and the carpet was ruined because a cat had urinated on it. That’s it. I checked the VIN number and the car was an original 1985 GT-S with a factory LSD. Perfect! I didn’t waste much time pulling the original USDM ‘blue-top’ 4A-G engine out, but since then it’s just sat around while I’ve played with other cars, gone on trips, started websites and things like that. But playtime is over – it’s time to build.

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I decided not to rebuild the original USDM blue-top 4A-G, because most AE86 owners prefer to swap in a JDM ‘red-top’ kouki kyu-ni 4A-G from a late-model, front-wheel drive AE92 Corolla Levin or Sprinter Trueno. That engine has a stronger 7-rib block (versus 3-rib on the blue-top), higher compression pistons and integrated oil squirters. I actually have a spare 7-rib block from an engine that was damaged at a track day due to detonation sitting in my garage. I never fixed it and it’s been sitting on an old engine stand for a long time, so I figured this build would be a perfect opportunity to put it to good use. I’ll go into more details on the engine build in a future story, but for now I just wanted to introduce everyone to my 86FEST Project AE86, which will be built over at RSPEC Auto in Van Nuys, California. I don’t even have all the parts I need for the car yet, so I’m still in the gathering phase.

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As we make progress on the build, I’ll post Instagram updates through @86FEST, blog about the project here on Speedhunters.com and post vlogs about the car on YouTube.

The very first thing I ordered for this car was a 4A-G stroker kit from Brian Crower. For those who don’t know, the guys at RunBC actually produce white label engine internals for some of the most popular Japanese tuning shops, even though Brian Crower Inc. is a US-based company. This particular crankshaft I ordered increases the stroke of the 4A-G engine from 77mm to 83mm, which along with some custom-made forged pistons will enlarge my engine displacement from 1600cc to 1800cc. Increasing the stroke of the engine will give my rev-happy 4A-G engine some much needed torque, and that’s a good thing.

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I also ordered some RunBC forged 4340 billet steel H-Beam connecting rods. These rods are a lot stronger than the stock items and have a deep radial groove pin bushing and oil holes at 5 and 7 o’clock positions, which brings critical lubrication to the wrist pin area, which is very important. They also came with ARP rod bolts, which are a lot stronger than the stock Toyota hardware. I haven’t ordered the pistons or cams yet, as I’m still figuring out which specs to run (if you have any advice, please chime in), but I did order a set of individual throttle bodies.

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The first time I laid my eyes on these ITBs from Borla Induction, I was instantly in love. This setup was originally developed by the experts at TWM Induction, including Gary Polled who has a history of working with teams running the 4A-G engine in the Formula Atlantic series. Since this ITB setup comes with everything from the intake manifold for small-port 4A-G head, the fuel rail, throttle bodies, throttle linkage and polished full curl air horns, I knew I had to order it even before I had my cams and pistons figured out.

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Since the whole point of building up this 4A-G engine is to hear the glorious sound of throttle bodies at high RPM, I knew I’d need some instrumentation that could give me instant, accurate engine readings, with a tachometer that could keep going past the factory 7800rpm redline. I’m definitely not anything close to a professional race driver, so I know going wild and putting a Stack STM8130 cluster in my AE86 is probably overkill for me. But hey, it fits with the engine I’m building, so why not?

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I decided to get some extra analog gauges too, just so I can easily keep an eye on things like my water temp and oil pressure without having to look down at the digital readout on the cluster. These Stack Pro Control series gauges have two buttons on the front that can be wired to control absolutely anything in the car that can use a switch. While it would make sense to wire the buttons to something like an electric fan, I was wondering what other ideas people might have? Maybe I should wire them to something crazy, like a smoke machine or oil sprayers like in spy movies. Just a thought…

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I also needed a set of coil-overs for the car, because I want this AE86 to sit low, but handle well. I decided on a set of Stance Super Sports because they come with spindles for the AE86 and use an inverted mono-tube strut, which is double the width of normal coil-over strut shafts (45mm versus typical 20mm). I currently have a set of inverted mono-tube coil-overs in my zenki (1985 AE86) and a set of normal coil-overs in my kouki (1986 AE86), and the difference in driving feel is huge. I’m no expert, and even I can tell the difference when I’m driving the cars on the street. I let my friend Robby from RSPEC Auto test-drive both cars, and he agreed – the zenki currently handles way better than the kouki with its current setup. Inverted mono-tube dampers for the win.

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These coil-overs also include roll center adjusters for restoring the lower control arms’ factory geometry. A pair of these alone usually cost about $120 when you buy them from an aftermarket suspension company, but they come included in the Stance coil-over kit for the AE86. I dig it.

I’ll delve a little deeper into the engine portion of the build in my next 86FEST Project AE86 update post. In the meantime, I made a YouTube video blog to discuss my ideas for the exterior look of the car, and get feedback about the dilemma I’m facing. I like several different styles of AE86s, so I can’t make a decision! How do you think I should style the car?

Antonio Alvendia
Instagram: 86FEST
info@86fest.com

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TarmacTerrorist

With this car you Will indeed be "puttin suckahs in fear".
Looking forward to future updates, building for fun is so much more rewarding then building for massive power, and this does look like it will be fun.

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TarmacTerrorist

With this car you Will indeed be "puttin suckahs in fear".
Looking forward to future updates, building for fun is so much more rewarding then building for massive power, and this does look like it will be fun.

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Welcome back Antonio! Looking forward to seeing more updates!

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TarmacTerrorist haha! I like how you picked up the reference! YES, I'm all about FUN. These cars aren't about massive power anyway. :)

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Taryn Croucher Thank you Taryn! I can't wait to shoot and write new updates as soon as I get settled into my new place! Happy 86 Day!

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Can I just say.... I've been waiting a long time for this update. Cheers!

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Can I just say.... I've been waiting a long time for this update. Cheers!

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Hip hop references are strong in this one.

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Hip hop references are strong in this one.

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DaveT haha yup. Hip Hop and Hachiroku life!

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DaveT haha yup. Hip Hop and Hachiroku life!

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JakWhite thank you! hopefully I'll have a cool new update for you to check out sooner than later!

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JakWhite thank you! hopefully I'll have a cool new update for you to check out sooner than later!

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Who knew Antonio would return! Welcome back, the landscape's changed a little huh?

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Who knew Antonio would return! Welcome back, the landscape's changed a little huh?

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TarmacTerrorist

I agree, I'm much more interested in getting round corners fast then I am drag, the fun is out on the edge, it doesn't matter what the bhp is because it's about the feeling....
And in answer to your queetion: left button - left light, right button - right light.
That way the car could blink, wink, look shocked, picture the memes "GO HOME HACHIROKU - YOU ARE DRUNK."

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TarmacTerrorist

I agree, I'm much more interested in getting round corners fast then I am drag, the fun is out on the edge, it doesn't matter what the bhp is because it's about the feeling....
And in answer to your queetion: left button - left light, right button - right light.
That way the car could blink, wink, look shocked, picture the memes "GO HOME HACHIROKU - YOU ARE DRUNK."

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Exterior, go full Run Free, O.G. Yamashita style
You know you want to

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And good to see you back too

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A third red AE86? Maybe think about other colors for a repaint? lol All good tho.

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Welcome back Antonio! I still have SH and MM stickers you gave me at Long Beach, and have an Ebisu X MotorMavens shirt locked away for special occasions :) Glad to have both your photography and storytelling back, I've long felt they imparted a lot to the early "feel" of Speedhunters that made the site grow, and Mike and Larry have done a great job keeping it going over the years. 
   Cant wait to hear more of this project, it'll be showing a global audience how to do an 86 right, from one of the best. I say Jblood kit, Dakar rally style, or do something in the vein of Ueo's famous manji monster down to the Yuke's stickers on the dash :)

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83mm stroke on a 4A-block ? Wouldn't that somehow ruined the rod/stroke ratio because of the shorter block height , in which required shorter connecting rod than original 4A ?

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Welcome back Antonio.  :)

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RDS  Just a misprint I think man, 83mm bore would makes sense.

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83mm bore is pushing it on a 4a, 83 stroke is correct for the 5/5.5age

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MikeHayes1 Arigato Mike!

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TomRich RDS a square 83mm bore x 83mm stroke setup would be cool, but I think the reliability would be sacrificed. 83mm is pretty extreme for a 4AG. But I'd love to see someone try it!!!

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777 yup! you sound like you know a whole lot about the 4AG!

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D1RGE Thank you so much for the comment and welcome back! Don't lock away that Ebisu Circuit x MotorMavens tshirt! Rock it! :)
Thanks so much also for the compliments, but I think Mike and Larry and all the Speedhunters contributors have really taken this site and pushed it to the top. Mike is so good at noticing specific cool things about cars, and Larry's ability to capture photography from angles and viewpoints that others don't think of... that is what really wows everyone, especially me!
As for the JBlood aero, I don't think I'll be doing that. Even if I decide on full aero bumpers, I don't think I'd use JBlood bumpers... most likely something with more of a late 1990s/early 2000s feel, like Goodline or Max Force Ready!

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Hotsuye hahaha! Well I do have a 4th AE86. Maybe I'll paint THAT thing a different color? It definitely needs a paint job. I think it's soooo cool to have matching paint colors on similar cars, but hell, maybe it IS time for a change? I dunno, since the car was originally red, I figure why not keep it clean and classic with some shiny red paint?

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Hotsuye hahaha! Well I do have a 4th AE86. Maybe I'll paint THAT thing a different color? It definitely needs a paint job. I think it's soooo cool to have matching paint colors on similar cars, but hell, maybe it IS time for a change? I dunno, since the car was originally red, I figure why not keep it clean and classic with some shiny red paint?

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777 haha! The full RunFree aero setup would be more of the "new Yamashita" style, which I do think is cool, if you're running pretty big wheels! It was an honor to see this car in person and shoot photos of the build! http://motormavens.com/2010/01/center-stage-the-famous-running-free-ae86-yamashita-koichi-run-free/
I think I prefer the "old Yamashita" style, with the Goodline front bumper, no sideskirts (although I prefer OEM sideskirts), TRD wing, and OEM rear kouki bumper. I actually got to sit in this legendary car at the 1999 Tokyo Auto Salon, on my first trip to Japan! I was so excited and starstruck! haha! https://instagram.com/p/5BcfpfhVXZ/?taken-by=antoniosureshot

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777 haha! The full RunFree aero setup would be more of the "new Yamashita" style, which I do think is cool, if you're running pretty big wheels! It was an honor to see this car in person and shoot photos of the build! http://motormavens.com/2010/01/center-stage-the-famous-running-free-ae86-yamashita-koichi-run-free/
I think I prefer the "old Yamashita" style, with the Goodline front bumper, no sideskirts (although I prefer OEM sideskirts), TRD wing, and OEM rear kouki bumper. I actually got to sit in this legendary car at the 1999 Tokyo Auto Salon, on my first trip to Japan! I was so excited and starstruck! haha! https://instagram.com/p/5BcfpfhVXZ/?taken-by=antoniosureshot

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@Keith Yes sir! The landscape has changed quite a bit, and I dig it! Awesome layout, background, and functionality!

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TarmacTerrorist haha

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TarmacTerrorist haha

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I dont know, but i am really fucking jealous right now!

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I dont know, but i am really fucking jealous right now!

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"no tricks in 86, it's time to build" - greatest article title....ever. Absolute perfection there

Rakim is proud

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"no tricks in 86, it's time to build" - greatest article title....ever. Absolute perfection there

Rakim is proud

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maxvr6 aw! no need to be jelly! :)

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MPistol haha! my man! *black fistbump emoji thing* hahaha

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86FEST
bore x stroke of 83mm x 83mm would give 1796.3cc , and I remember 7A is 81mm x 85.5mm to give 1762.3cc ... I wonder how big A engine usually go ?

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86FEST
83mm stroke with 81mm bore only give 1710.8cc though , or 82mm bore that give 1753.3cc ; I find out 4A-GE have a 122mm conrod only , and extra 6mm means the piston (if compression height & connecting rod length is the same) would goes overhead for 3mm ... also the rod-stroke ratio would change from 1.584:1 to 1.469:1 only .

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86FEST D1RGE Like I said, the shirt gets used on special occasions :) Goodline is always a good choice for the kit :)

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Hey mike. Great to see you back on here.
Ok so let me start off by saying I'm Australian but have lived in Nagoya, Japan and currently live in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
I just find it interesting about the US guys always going crazy for JDM and japanese dudes sometimes doing the opposite for USDM stuff. I understand the grass is always greener idea, and 10 years ago I would have also thought it was cool. Now in 2015 where magazine's have more or less been replaced by (great and FREE) car blogs, making everything so international. I feel that being original could be as easy as an American ae86 guy saying "F@?K IT, im not going jdm on this"
I think the parts that you are planning for the engine is very US so stick with the theme, building a high torque, stroker is cool.
I don't think you should paint the car (if there is rust to fix this might complicate things) the reason I say that is it's factory issue. I also feel that this old hatchi has a history and that by stripping it bare you would lose part of it's story. I even liked your idea on youtube about maybe keeping the old steel wheels and getting them widened, even just for some fun. Then you could have some te37v in White with some sticky advan tires for fun.
I guess I just want a calfornian take on what guys like motorfix do with there builds.
Also how is the interior?

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Like @blake83 said, stay USDM and faded. You cant buy history.

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Like @blake83 said, stay USDM and faded. You cant buy history.

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blake83 hello! Thanks for your comment! Hmmmmmmmm... it is SUCH a diificult thing for me to decide because I like sooo many styles of AE86s. Maybe that's why I own so many. 
As for the original paint thing, maybe I'll see how far we can restore the paint. Maybe I can even get Meguiar's involved or something like that, because they definitely know more about paint restoration than I do. I have a couple friends who work there, and maybe I can pull from their expertise?
However, this being said, I already have another red AE86 with clean original paint. And it is cleaner than this one. Sooooo... I do kinda want to paint it. We'll try the paint resto JUST BECAUSE YOU recommended it (ahah) and we'll provide another update. Maybe I should do a YouTube vlog just about that..?
Yes, I agree with you on the USDM parts theme. Since my other two cars have so much JDM Nostalgic influence, I wanted to build this thing with parts that are readily available though American parts distributors like Turn14 Distribution. They have a bunch of cool brands they distribute, so it's a really strong start!

As for Motorfix and CarPeace, I think they are EPIC.

The interior on my new GTS project kinda sucks. A cat peed on the carpet, so I stripped it. However the rear seats are still good. I have some ideas for this, and I'll discuss them later. :)

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@ginger green but if it has faded paint, it won't match the other cars in my collection, and nobody will believe it's MY car! hahaha :)

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RDS I was thinking 83mm stroke and 82mm bore. what do you think?

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RDS dude. you are a 4AG maven! awesome!!! I'm not sure what the biggest A series engine setup is...? I'd love to learn more and discover other things! I'm an engine noob, but the only way to learn is to get involved and start!

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86FEST RDS you can stroke out a 7a to a bit over 1900cc, MRP in new Zealand sell a kit.Theoretically I've heard roughly 1990cc can be achieved but reliability would be compromised

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86FEST RDS you can stroke out a 7a to a bit over 1900cc, MRP in new Zealand sell a kit.Theoretically I've heard roughly 1990cc can be achieved but reliability would be compromised

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all quality components and stance coilovers? i was expecting something better on the suspension department........

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MPistol " don't call it a comeback" ...Antonio's been hear for years!

I think LL Cool J is smiling too.

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86FEST
1mm oversize piston , 1753.3cc . But I wonder how much piston wall thickness would left , after you did 1mm oversize ? I fear it might compromise the reliability .

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86FEST
1mm oversize piston , 1753.3cc . But I wonder how much piston wall thickness would left , after you did 1mm oversize ? I fear it might compromise the reliability .

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86FEST
1mm oversize piston , 1753.3cc . But I wonder how much piston wall thickness would left , after you did 1mm oversize ? I fear it might compromise the reliability .

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86FEST
I'm just calculate some theoretical things , lol
I think 7A engine might able to go more , because it have taller block (I heard) + it have longer stroke by default at 85.5mm , so if you go 83mm bore on a 7A block with 85.5mm stroke , you get 1850.4cc already .

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777
MRP or Manon Racing Products' 1.9L kit for 7A still have 1.52:1 rod/stroke ratio , that is pretty good ! But they didn't mention the bore x stroke , or the exact capacity , hmm .

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vroomtothetomb MPistol hahaha

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vroomtothetomb MPistol hahaha

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vroomtothetomb MPistol hahaha

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RDS I think 1mm OS is totally fine. That's only from 81mm to 82? Should be just fine?

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777 RDS HO LEE SHHHHH. 1990cc??! With that much displacement, my 4AG might even be able to get 150hp to the wheels! LOL

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RDS I haven't tried messing with the 7A blocks yet! I'm still playing with 4A and 5A stuff!

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RDS I haven't tried messing with the 7A blocks yet! I'm still playing with 4A and 5A stuff!

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@candamo what would you suggest? have you had personal experience running Stance coils? The construction looks pretty quality to me, and I've seen (and still currently own) a lot of coilovers for AE86. I dig the inverted monotube design.
Even though I'm not a race driver, I can feel the difference when driving an AE86 with inverted monotube coilovers vs an AE86 with normal coilovers. Aside from the coilovers, both cars are very similar in terms of engine and suspension and wheels and tires. Even exterior appearance, haha.

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Cool man. Faded crappy paint is fine with me. Does not need a full resto. You could even get it pinstriped or sign written then polish/wet sand it. Kinda patina it up a bit (it is considered a classic, just not to most of the western world) Then get it cleared over to seal in the goodness.
If you hate it then paint it.
Thanks for listening to my rant. End of the day its your $500 1985 corolla

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Cool man. Faded crappy paint is fine with me. Does not need a full resto. You could even get it pinstriped or sign written then polish/wet sand it. Kinda patina it up a bit (it is considered a classic, just not to most of the western world) Then get it cleared over to seal in the goodness.
If you hate it then paint it.
Thanks for listening to my rant. End of the day its your $500 1985 corolla

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A change is as good as a holiday.

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86FEST @candamo Stance works, Im sure Antonio will probably jump around different setups to better fit his needs.  One thing I've heard about Stance's is that they don't go all that low in the rear with the rear spring height adjustment thing.  But it may work for Antonio...  I just like my corollas nice and llooowww.

How about putting together a more sporty twin to your already super clean hatch?  Something you can beat at the track with the other corolla track dudes and not worry about keeping the cosmetics up.

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MikeYee @candamo Yup, Exactly Mike! I actually had several manufacturers I can choose to work with, since I have good relationships with a lot of manufacturers. These Stance coilovers were the most intriguing coilovers on the market IMO, because they offered the inverted monotube setup here in the USA. All the other inverted monotube offerings I've seen for the AE86 were some rare and hard to get coilovers from Japanese companies that I didn't have a relationship with and couldn't communicate with easily. 
I actually have some rare high end JDM coilovers for one of my cars, and I absolutely love them. However, what happens on the day (cross fingers) that the dampers need to be rebuilt or if something breaks and I need replacement parts? I found that for certain things, it's easier to work with US based companies.
My goal for this particular build is to create a car that looks super cool, but with parts that anyone can easily buy, so they can replicate certain aspects of the build if they want to.
Mike, I'm going to do exactly as you suggested. I'm going to make this car a sporty triplet that I can drive at the track when I want. This being said, I do have an AE86 race car with a welded cage in it, and race engine, etc. But it is too hard to drive since it doesnt have door windows and needs to be trailered everywhere. I want a streetable sporty AE86.
So wait. How LOW is your car exactly??

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MikeYee @candamo Yup, Exactly Mike! I actually had several manufacturers I can choose to work with, since I have good relationships with a lot of manufacturers. These Stance coilovers were the most intriguing coilovers on the market IMO, because they offered the inverted monotube setup here in the USA. All the other inverted monotube offerings I've seen for the AE86 were some rare and hard to get coilovers from Japanese companies that I didn't have a relationship with and couldn't communicate with easily. 
I actually have some rare high end JDM coilovers for one of my cars, and I absolutely love them. However, what happens on the day (cross fingers) that the dampers need to be rebuilt or if something breaks and I need replacement parts? I found that for certain things, it's easier to work with US based companies.
My goal for this particular build is to create a car that looks super cool, but with parts that anyone can easily buy, so they can replicate certain aspects of the build if they want to.
Mike, I'm going to do exactly as you suggested. I'm going to make this car a sporty triplet that I can drive at the track when I want. This being said, I do have an AE86 race car with a welded cage in it, and race engine, etc. But it is too hard to drive since it doesnt have door windows and needs to be trailered everywhere. I want a streetable sporty AE86.
So wait. How LOW is your car exactly??

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blake83 LOL ok. I'll consider keeping it faded for a little while

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blake83 LOL ok. I'll consider keeping it faded for a little while

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86FEST
But you need like 84mm bore x 90mm stroke to get near 1990cc though .

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86FEST
The "5A" you mention is actually the 1.5L 5A , or ?

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86FEST
Hmm , I guess so ? Gotta ask someone who actually done it before , to see what's the experience with it , haha .

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StephonFazalKhan

so hyped for this one !

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Brayden Pimlott

cool will look good when done what colour is it going to be 
cant wait to hear that 4ag breath through those intakes

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Exactly the type of story I love reading! Thanks so much Antonio

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Panda with black Watanabes!

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Panda with black Watanabes!

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Brayden Pimlott OEM red to match my other cars!

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StephonFazalKhan me tooooo!!!!

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Brentonmartian thank YOU for your comment! i hope you like the next update on the build!

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Brentonmartian thank YOU for your comment! i hope you like the next update on the build!

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TylerHorne ahh, the classic initial D look. That's cool, but I don't want to repaint an OEM red car in a different color. I prefer to keep red AE86s red. :)

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TylerHorne ahh, the classic initial D look. That's cool, but I don't want to repaint an OEM red car in a different color. I prefer to keep red AE86s red. :)

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What happened to brads 86?

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How much would you guess an AE86 in similar condition would go for today? And how would you go about selling it?

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Any news about this project? I would like to see the end result..specially on the engine side! :)

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Afonsoae82gt still working on it! Will post up an update soon!

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@SeattleDream it would be pretty damn expensive, I think. Wait, are we talking about an original clean one? A restored one, or a bone stock, original-but-needs-resto AE86? There are 3 different ones in this story.

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MOTORMAVENS I have me a stock, original-but-needs-resto AE 86 and I'm trying to research the best way to put it on the market :)

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mouthwatering :)

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