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    Default The Fruition of Obsession -- 310,000 mile makeover/GTE swap --

    After 3 years and counting of obsessing over the MK3, I've owned 3 (2 turbo, 1 NA) and only gained enthusiasm. I'm finally ready to build a BPU MK3.

    After 310,000 miles my 7MGE is going to be separated from its body after 20 years of more or less "loyal" service. I'll be documenting some of my swap process here and providing as many pics and tips as I can. The whole car will be undergoing a slow, but hopefully steady makeover.

    The donor motor is from another member and has gone through a BHG repair within ~3500 miles. I'll be doing the bottom end bearings, but the rest will be left as is. I will start conservatively but will add mods as $$$ as time allow.

    The Goal: 340 rwtq in a clean and reliable daily driver

    The Parts List:
    Rebuilt 7MGTE motor (except original rings)
    -Greddy HG (1.5mm) Toyota HG
    -ARP Studs
    -ACL Bearings
    -Polished 6M crank
    -New Toyota Oil Pump shimmed ~6mm
    -Port matched manifolds
    -New oil squirters
    -New gaskets and seals throughout
    Rebuilt W58
    Raptor Racing 3" exhaust Ceramic Coated
    Raptor Racing 3" Divorced Downpipe Recirculated Ceramic Coated
    Apexi Intake
    3" Hi Flow Metallic Magnaflow Cat
    50 trim CT-26 from Driftmotion
    Lexus AFM/550 injectors/SAFC or MAFT Pro
    Boost Controller Greddy ProFec B Spec 2
    Fitted Hardpipes (universal kits really bother me)
    Bosch 110 BPV

    Non-Power Goodies:
    Competition Stage 2 Clutch
    Tanabe Springs
    Koni Yellow Shocks
    Black Floor mats including trunk
    Recovered steering wheel

    Prosport Gauges (Oil Pressure, Boost, Water)
    Brembo or Powerslot Rotors
    Viper Smart Start
    8 or 10" sub in custom spare tire enclosure

    Die Hard Platinum Battery
    AEM Analog Wideband



    Have yet to purchase/install

    Here are some before shots from a year ago. Car is currently 100% stock. Slow and reliable.




    More shots to come as I start to prep the GTE motor and start the swap in the coming weeks.
    Last edited by suprarx7nut; May 17th, 2014 at 06:35 PM. Reason: update parts list

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    Default Re: The Fruition of Obsession -- 310,000 mile makeover --

    Quote Originally Posted by suprarx7nut View Post
    Lexus AFM/550 injectors
    MAFT Pro or Apexi SAFC
    Looking forward to seeing your build. You won't need a Lexus AFM and a MAFT Pro though. IMO MAFT Pro would be the best way to go.

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    subscribed! maft pro is good, but if you want to keep it simple just keep the lex/550 and tune with a safc.



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    Default Re: The Fruition of Obsession -- 310,000 mile makeover --

    Quote Originally Posted by Supra87T View Post
    Looking forward to seeing your build. You won't need a Lexus AFM and a MAFT Pro though. IMO MAFT Pro would be the best way to go.
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    subscribed! maft pro is good, but if you want to keep it simple just keep the lex/550 and tune with a safc.
    Good catch. I should've put those all on one line. I'm still debating which route to go. The MAFT Pro would be ideal, but is more involved and more costly. I have a feeling I'll be settling for the SAFC with the Lex AFM and 550's, but we'll see. CRE is in my area and knows the MAFT Pro setup as well as anyone so I may recruit his expertise...

    Anyone have boost controller recommendations? I was considering the Profec by Greddy, but have heard a few instances where the controller failed. Is that a reliable choice or is there a better electronic controller?

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    Default Re: The Fruition of Obsession -- 310,000 mile makeover --

    Maybe save some money on the boost controller and use the MAFT Pro. The boost solenoid for that is pretty inexpensive and you won't need an additional controller.

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    Default Re: The Fruition of Obsession -- 310,000 mile makeover --

    also subscribed. im ready to see how this goes. keep us updated

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    Good luck with the build!

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    Default Re: The Fruition of Obsession -- 310,000 mile makeover --

    All basic parts are here and the build is under way! New squirter bolts installed and the crank mains checked out at .035 to just under .05mm.

    Oil pan has a fresh coat of high temp silver paint and the factory new oil pump is shimmed and ready to go.

    Tonight I'll get measurements on rod bearing clearances. Let's hope they all fall in line as well.

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    Default Re: The Fruition of Obsession -- 310,000 mile makeover --

    Great body to start out with.Man 310,000 miles and it still looks like that.Thats awsome

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    Default Re: The Fruition of Obsession -- 310,000 mile makeover --

    ^^Ya, I lucked out with the chassis. ZERO rust, a few small dents and overall good paint. And of the 3 mk3's I've owned, the black NA with 300+k miles has the least blown suspension out of any of them, haha. I wonder if somewhere one of the previous owners snuck in a shock replacement without keeping record of it.

    Rods checked in just under .038mm clearance on 1-6.

    Oil pan is on and sealed. Most the top end is assembled and installed, now I need to do some helicoiling... The used head I have has studs pulling out left and right. My guess is the aluminum is toast. Since I'm time-crunched, I have to use the head anyways, but down the road, I'll buy a new head from Toyota for the next build up, which will have a much higher hp goal.

    On a good note, I FINALLY GOT A REAL JOB!!! So my budget will be much bigger than expected.

    Pics:
    $70 worth of squirter bolts...




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