Hiro Protagonist

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  1. You can download whole albums but I've found it to be really hit-and-miss, I've got albums with ~50 photos in them that PB reckons "doesn't contain any images" and then just freezes the download window or makes it unresponsive (and does the same for any other album I try and download until I close and re-load the site) I've got basically all of mine backed up anyway but my PB account had it sorted the way I wanted to keep them, so wanted to try D/Ling them first
  2. Had a go at trial-fitting the ST204 pad carrier brackets today in conjunction with the twinpot calipers, unfortunately I've got the 54mm SS AE101 discs rather than the 55mm SS AE111 discs so I couldn't quite get everything to sit snug, looks like I'll either need to machine the pad carrier a couple of mm on the mounting face or get a spacer for the rotor (which I'd prefer not to do as aftermarket rotors are all 55mm). Brand new seal kit and 4x cylinder pistons from Toyota, grand total of $130 +p/h through Amayama Showing the 54-to-55mm step on the AE102 hub - disc needs to be 55mm, wheels need to be 54mm. ST204 caliper bracket on the stock 255mm disc, the rotor just skims the inner face but there's too much room on the other side, wouldn't want a pad falling out... How the 275mm disc sits inside the carrier - since the rotor doesn't want to sit all the way in on the hub (due to the step) it actually lines up almost perfectly in the carrier, however the rotor can rock around a bit and would be dangerous to attach a wheel in this configuration No need to trim the factory heat shield, fits perfect SS pads fit snug in the ST204 carrier and line up millimetre-perfect with the edge of the disc No machining of the pad carrer where it bolts to the hub either (unlike the SS carrier) - perfect fit How it looks all assembled - if it wasn't for the mis-matched paint you'd swear it was a factory fitment Diameter comparison of the AE102 to SS AE101 discs Since the 14" spare wheel will no longer fit over the SS caliper (Superstrut models came with 15" wheels as standard) I decided to get a set of what I believe are facelift ZZE122 15x6" steelies.......that also happened to come with Advan A048 R-comp semi-slicks :D Might just keep those in the back pocket for Toyota Nationals next year... Even with the bigger wheels, clearance was pretty tight. Back side of the caliper was fine, but the clearance between the face of the rim and the front of the caliper is as about as tight as I'd be comfortable with And just for laughs I fitted the ST204 pad carrier and an SS pad to the stock AE102 disc.....yeah, these brakes are going to be heaps better :D
  3. Helps a lot with trucks too as it gives them a second or two to get off the line
  4. Nope, they just slide on - the wheel being clamped on by the lug nuts holds it in place. Very common. Remember that 4x M12 wheel nuts done up to 100Nm torque gives you ~13 tonnes of clamping force on to the face of the rotor hat - that sucker ain't going anywhere. The two tapped holes you see are for jacking screws to help remove the disc if it happens to get seized in place by rust or brake dust.
  5. Twinkies are getting too old for wreckers to care about, still plenty of enthusiasts around that have parts or are wrecking spares cars etc. Best way for the brake upgrade is to simply grab everything you can off the donor car (hubs, calipers, rotors, lower arms, handbrake cable, bias valve etc) and it'll all swap in - it is when you try and mix-n-match that things might need to be modified. http://www.toymods.org.au/forums/threads/142-AE82-AE92-and-AE101-Brake-Upgrade-Guide There's even a complete AE102 rear disc conversion on eBay at the moment for $200 http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Toyota-Corolla-AE102-7-1994-7-1998-Rear-Disc-Brake-Setup-Conquest-Ultima-/263101635721?hash=item3d42145c89:g:3ioAAOSw5UZY~Igo
  6. AE82 Twincams aren't rarer than hens teeth, yes they're getting harder to find in good condition but there are plenty of them around. The rear disc conversion using AE92/AE102 gear is pretty well documented though, not expensive and not difficult at all if you're halfway competent at working on a car.
  7. Step 1 of Project Twinpot - test fit of AE101 SS calipers on to ST202/204 pad carriers complete. SS pad carrier shown in centre for reference. This should allow me to bolt on the SS twinpots whilst still retaining the 275mm rotor diameter. Next step will be a trial fit to the car (hopefully this weekend) to see how much the rotor will need to be spaced or the pad carrier ground down, followed by a clean and paint (and probably a rebuild, no reason not to). This post also marks my first test of Flickr as an alternate hosting site to Photobucket. Here's hoping it lasts...
  8. NRMA has gone down the road of "no need to list modifications, they're covered as long as they are road legal" but you just know they'll try and find the hidden loop-holes or grey areas wherever they can. Plus there's generally not enough flexibility in the agreed value to be able to actually cover a significantly modified car.
  9. Nothing?
  10. That's the ground...
  11. Suck it and see...It's a one-way valve, you want the air flow to be able to go from valve cover to intake manifold
  12. The bumpers look right for a pre-facelift KE55, from what I remember KE30s had short all-chrome bumpers, 78-80 KE55s had short chrome with rubber end caps, and 80-81 KE55s had long chrome with rubber dagmars. Either mine had been changed or the 80-81 SEs kept the round-light bumpers
  13. Gotcha. I think the fact that it's a KE55 isn't in doubt (since it's a '79) though
  14. I had a square-light '81 KE55 with the rubber end caps, but it was only an SE
  15. Early KE55s were round headlight with the square lights coming in the '80 facelift.