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Since you have it out could you take measurements of the subframe for me? I need the max width and the max length front to back. I am going to look at a new coating oven in the next day or two and that is the biggest thing I can imagine doing off the top of my head.
 

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Since you have it out could you take measurements of the subframe for me? I need the max width and the max length front to back. I am going to look at a new coating oven in the next day or two and that is the biggest thing I can imagine doing off the top of my head.
It'll be Saturday before I can get back to it.


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Well the part I dreaded the most was the easiest. The subframe bushings just about fell out with the help of an air hammer with chisel.
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Once that was done it was downhill from there. I would've gotten it back on the car tonight but gotta go see my baby girl play in band at the football game.

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Looks great! Jealous of your bushings, I've been waiting a while for mine to show up.

And Saturday is fine, I won't be near my car until at least late next week.
 

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Well it's bolted back up to the car. I got pretty worried before I let it down off the jacks about how high it was going to sit because the new subframe bushings looked a lot thicker that the originals from it. That on top of putting some stock 90 springs on there. Well it did sit really high. High enough I thought "screw that" and was about to put the other springs back on it but decided to wait and little everything settle a bit. I checked it again about 6 hours later and it has settled about a 1/4 of an inch. Tomorrow I hope to find it down a little more. I've got to schedule a wheel alignment soon before I attempt to do anything else.

They seem to create more space between the car and frame than it looked liked before. It may just be in my head. Wished I had taken some before and after pics.
Here it is complete and ready to go back on the car.
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And here's how it looked about ten minutes after it came off the jacks and settled a little. Scary
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I'll put up some pics after it aligned and hopefully settled some more.


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got to remember the subframe wont change the ride height (AT LEAST MUCH), the spring seats are Located on the body not the frame. Looks good man
Kinda feel like a dumbass after reading that and thinking about the geometry of it all haha.

After seeing it for the first time in almost two days it appears to have settled about 1/4-1/2 inch.
I was going to replace the front springs today but my other needy bitch, Mercedes, has been needing a flex disk replacement and oil change so took it to a rent a lift bay place and worked on it. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1446604226.916731.jpg

Yes I know it needs rear tires. It's gets two new rear tires with every oil change and that's no shit. Every 10k miles.
 

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Well I got it over to the alignment shop. I took back roads slowly over there. Apparently on the right rear shock I didn't tighten the nut in the middle of the strut mount tight enough because it clanked and knocked all the way over. The shop tightened it down some more but it would still do clank on the big bumps. Of course now the whole tube spins on the shock so can't tighten it anymore. I'll deal with it in the next day or so. But other than that the car rides fantastic. It's very smooth. The rear end feels very tight and it no longer leans hard when going around corners.

I'd say it was a little off in the rear.

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I'm watching this space. :)

I like it!
Thanks.

I've noticed my right rear is 1/2 higher than the left. The only difference on that side is it has a GR-2 shock and the other side is an Excel-G. Now they are both the same KYB part number and according to KYB are exactly the same. I bought both separately from the same retailer on amazon and was pissed that they sent one of each but said fuck it and put it on. Well I went ahead and bought another excel-g to put on it later to see if that makes a difference. If not I'll think of something else.

Now with a new tight rear end it makes the other loose things seem worse. I've noticed my diff is rather noisy now and my $75 carrier bearing may be toast as well. It seemed to have a lot of slack in it when I was under the car checking it out. Such is life with one of these cars.

Now I've also been working on something with the interior. I'll leave it at that for now hehe.

I've got some 89+ trim to replace the warping/rusting trim now. Trying to decide what color to paint it. Suggestions?
 

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I've got some 89+ trim to replace the warping/rusting trim now. Trying to decide what color to paint it. Suggestions?
Something to keep in mind:

89+ trim is a different style than pre-89 trim. If you install 89+ trim around the car and leave the pre-89 center panel, it'll look a little goofy. Are you planning on doing an 89+ tail light conversion?
 

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Something to keep in mind:

89+ trim is a different style than pre-89 trim. If you install 89+ trim around the car and leave the pre-89 center panel, it'll look a little goofy. Are you planning on doing an 89+ tail light conversion?
Nope. I like the pre-89 tails. I will be painting that trim section in the middle to match the rest.
 

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Loving the progress. I think it is possible to swap the trims, but it's not plug and play. It would require some modifying and fabrication. Are you going to paint everything on the car like door jams and engine bay or just the exterior?
 

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Loving the progress. I think it is possible to swap the trims, but it's not plug and play. It would require some modifying and fabrication. Are you going to paint everything on the car like door jams and engine bay or just the exterior?
Hey thanks. Yeah the trim is pretty much plug/play just the center section between the tail lights isn't it. For now just paint the trim. The A pillars have a little rust on them so body wise that and the windshield will be addressed before anything else.


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Gotcha. I would paint the trims to match the car then. I was actually talking about the trim piece on the center taillight section being possible to swap maybe, but requiring some extra work. I remember someone here telling me that when I was talking about going with some JDM taillights.
 

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The other day I dropped off some interior pieces at an upholstery shop and hopefully in the next few days a buddy with a truck will help me get my old 89 leather seats over there to be recovered. Meanwhile I started working on my 91 5-spokes. I bought them a few years back but have been lazy. Anyway when I got them they were painted a nasty flat back. Well I had this idea of using Platidip on them after seeing some YouTube videos. After dipping two wheels I was like "NO". I had to buy some stuff from Platidip to re-liquify the dip to remove it. It wouldn't just peel off.
So I used my grinder with a wire wheel and stripped em down to bare aluminum. Then I applied some self etching primer and then painted and cleared. I've only completed one wheel and it was mostly experimental. The other three I stripped and shot with primer. Tomorrow I'll paint them and apply a couple of coats of clear.
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In regards to the 89 trim I have. I finally took it out of the bubble wrap and checked it out. I knew I had bought a nice set but damn! I forgot how good of shape all the pieces are in. I'll try to get a few pics tomorrow. I don't think I want to paint them now. I'm thinking of just figuring out a way to paint the one center piece to match the trim. I think I'll throw a couple of coats of clear on them to freshen it up some though.


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I drove the car today and noticed the rear felt a little easier. Before today I felt that it rode a little more harsh than it should in the rear but this evening it felt so much smoother.



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Got the wheels finished and had them put on the car today. Just had them swap the tires from the saw blades to the five spokes. The center caps are still needing a little clear coating and will get to that tomorrow. Now it's far from professional but I'm happy with how they turned out since it was my first time doing this. I ain't got no time to wet sand and repeat and all that haha. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1447469674.294978.jpg


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What's the latest? Hiding from winter? I feel due for a Supra reunion/roadtrip this coming summer.
Well get on down to the DFW area! I don't hang out with any supra folks around here though. I'm the Lone Supra in my part of the world.




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Today I got my seats back from the upholstery shop and put them in.
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I also had the extra set of inserts I had recovered to match. I've still got all the cloth stuff including the seats.
Yesterday while I was putting the door panels back on it was bothering me how much the body molding was looking like shit bubbling out and rusty. So I yanked them off and put the 89 + moldings on. I was originally going to wait for when I have the car repainted but it was bothering me too much. I haven't replaced the back pieces yet. Just didn't feel like it right and honestly it doesn't look bad the way it is.

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A section of old molding.
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Well other than control arm issue I made some progress today. I got all the bushings in all the other arms. Stripped them down and repainted them. Then I got the two bushings and parking brake pads replaced on one of the spindles.

Now you wonder why I didn't take the end links off. Well, I lost my only fitting Allen wrench in the mud outside the shop I'm guessing so just said fuck it.
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I used a balljoint press to get the spherical and other bushing pressed it. It worked pretty good.

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The finished spindle

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You used that press on the bearing that is a Toyota only part?