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#61 anhphuongvu

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:03 PM

junkie has a rear bar

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:06 PM

Ive never done it, but i recall reading its a massive PITA
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:28 PM

I'm sure that the muffler has to be removed first , and I think there is a guide on newcelica.
Also have you made any progress with the door lock actuator problem?
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Got the whole new door of ebay for $100, owner didn't realise how much the actuator was worth. I couldn't find a buyer for the rest of the door so I ripped out actuator and gave the rest to scrap. Yes the muffler will have to be removed ... sigh... why must toyota make it difficult

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:47 PM

Got the whole new door of ebay for $100, owner didn't realise how much the actuator was worth. I couldn't find a buyer for the rest of the door so I ripped out actuator and gave the rest to scrap. Yes the muffler will have to be removed ... sigh... why must toyota make it difficult

How difficult was it to replace the actuator ?
Gen 7 celica is a lot easier to work on than the new 86/brz , to change spark plugs on the brz the engine and gearbox mounts need to be removed and engine lifted and moved forward.
LOL- still a lot easier than porsche.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:32 PM

the 7th gens is an awesome design i reckon, every job except the OPV filters has been a breeze!
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:28 PM

The actuator is really easy to replace if you have the window wound up. I didn't and wasn't about to wire in the door so I just cut metal. Literally a 20min job. Everything so far on the 7th gen has been quite easy. I have not one complaint about the car. Wait till I bitch about sway bar haha. I'll make a guide and post here

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:25 PM

Ryde toyota has reduced the new actuator price to $255 , still expensive , i will look into the option of replacing the little motor.
How is the progress with sway bar / muffler ?

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:37 PM

I have a whiteline adjustable front strut brace and a TRD solid 3 point rear brace. the rear made a very noticeable difference, the front not so much.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:43 PM

I've had a look under the car, all that has to be done is the muffler and heat shielding dropped, the soft mounts will be the hardest part. Then the sway bar can go on. I'll do a guide just for the lolz and in case someone would like photos

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:46 PM

I've had a look under the car, all that has to be done is the muffler and heat shielding dropped, the soft mounts will be the hardest part. Then the sway bar can go on. I'll do a guide just for the lolz and in case someone would like photos


Oh are we talking sway bars, I thought this was about strut bars. my bad
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

Oh are we talking sway bars, I thought this was about strut bars. my bad

Lol no this is a Strut brace post I Hijacked it searching for information about a rear sway bar because I was advised to move away from the rear brace as it lessens practicality, have you found that you have had difficulty due to it?

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:59 PM

nope, it took me a little bit to get used to, but the rear brace helped turn in amazingly. first time it over steered in a corner I almost shat myself. But its so much better balanced with the rear trd 3 point brace. I have sway bars to go in as well, but havnt done them yet.
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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:00 PM

Anyone brought the Japspeed front brace? Going only for £49.99 (Excluding shipping)

I've delt with them when I had my MR2 and were great. Just wondering if anyone has delt with them with Celica's who may have some feedback?

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 12:17 AM

i had one that looks just like that
did not go well as bashing the bonnet skeleton was required

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:16 AM

Hmm.. You'd think brace's made for Celica wouldn't require any bashing of the skeleton.

Guess that's why the Ultra Racing strut looks flat to sit lower.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:25 AM

Still have my Ultra racing front strut bar here if anyone is interested?
Also have whole doors that I can remove actuators from for the RIGHT price, not $20. Not looking at $225 either.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:42 AM

I honestly think it makes 0 difference the strut brace, i left it off for a few weeks while i was fixing my amp and the wiring and i couldnt tell it wasnt there from when it was. I think if it was critical Toyota would have put one on from factory. I realise some cars do come with them, but it doesnt really seem to make any difference.

I think your better off putting that money towards a Sway bar, which actually did make a difference.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:07 PM

I think my ultra racing strut bar does make a difference, with the stock suspension I could feel the slightest change in rigidity when taking a corner in anger. 7/10 would reccomend. The only thing which makes it less valueble is the ridiculous price tag haha

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:30 PM

on stock suspension + lowered springs
i felt a difference when taking corners.

these are cheap and easy to install

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:50 PM

From what I understand, a front strut brace makes little difference in these cars due to the strut towers being so close to the firewall.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 03:12 PM

I thought I felt a very slight difference, like the front wheels were working together more as opposed to one doing something slightly different due to the loads involved when cornering heavily.
But then it could just be placebo effect lol.
But yeh, I wouldn't go spending much money on a strut bar and yeh probably better places the money can be spent.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 03:59 PM

Yeah. Not gonna buy one just yet. Just came across Japspeed's one and price was cheap. I was thinking "too good to be true"

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:16 PM

i wouldnt bother with a strut brace unless its a 3 point brace.
triangle shape
same with the rear.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:34 PM

Would definitely recommend a strut bar. But I'd say new suspension and shocks are the way to go first.

I felt the improvement of the strut bar. Well worth it.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:17 PM

i wouldnt bother with a strut brace unless its a 3 point brace.
triangle shape
same with the rear.


This.

Although, if it is a 2 point, make sure it is a solid single piece brace, other wise it isn't doing much as the pivot points essentially bend with the car.
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 01:06 PM

I mean do the strut towers really flex that much ? Why wouldnt Toyota chuck one on from factory, i mean they did on the AE92 GTi/SX but thats a pov pack corolla.
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Posted 11 April 2016 - 07:17 AM

Its interesting to see that on one of the best motoring videos one of the drivers actually removed the strut brace during a race, I think hr said he didn't like the balance of the setup that the mechanics had done that day and removing the strut bar was going to make it more neutral.




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