Hiro Protagonist

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    Thought the area looked familiar...my FiL lives just outside of Kyogle, been up that way a few times now.
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    Daphne the ZRE182

    So we've managed now to roll over a good 6 months before resisting the temptation to do any modifications (wife at least wanted it to get to the first service completely stock, and OEM floor mats/boot liner/weathershields don't count as mods in my book). First thing on the cards was to give it a little more oomph in the noise department, however one problem about the Aus-spec ZRE182 is that the exhaust system is different from the ZRE186 that most of the world got (due to torsion-beam vs IRS) which means tracking down aftermarket parts can be quite exhausting (pun intended). However, it does actually share a lot of things in common with the previous model ZRE152 (including suspension and exhaust), and by sheer coincidence someone was selling a 152 TRD axleback (that they had on a 182 so I knew it would fit) - couldn't say no to that. After a few weeks of sitting in my mate's shed (too far for me to pick up and too expensive to post) I finally got my hands on it, only to then have to jet off to China for work for two weeks, only getting back less than 24 hours before I had to leave again for Toyotafest. Took another 2 weeks before I managed to jag a break in both my schedule and the weather, but fortunately as far as mods go this was probably the easiest I have ever done (2 bolts and one rubber exhaust hanger). by Ian Rigby, on Flickr Comparison between the stock axleback and the TRD unit - interestingly the TRD muffler is actually smaller, and the exhaust tip sticks out quite a bit further (which is good since the stock one is hidden way up behind the bumper). The TRD tip sits quite low too, no doubt to take in to account the TRD bodykit for the ZRE152 (which obviously the 182 doesn't have) - only really stands out if you're looking dead level at it, from head height or one the road it looks fine. Sounds is nicely improved without being intrusive or obnoxious, and would easily pass even current stupidly stringent noise tests. Most noticeable off the line as well as during engine-braking and coming to a stop, very little booming or resonance at highway speeds which is also nice (always worse in a hatchback) and at some speeds/engine-loads you can barely tell it is there. Next step is probably some kind of lowering, but that'll probably have to wait until bonus-time next year.
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    Location of knock sensor 1994 Toyota Corolla 1.8

    Aus-spec 7AFE AE102s have the knock sensor, 4AFE AE101s don't. The EPG you listed too is technically for the Jap-built AE102 Sprinter (which were imported here in limited quantities for only a few years, the actual Aus-built AE10x doesn't appear in most of the online EPGs), and does call up the knock sensor anyway in the Electrical/Switch and Relay and Computer tab Also, '94 could mean a late-model AE9x 7AFE Ultima/RV.
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    Sport seats AE112r?

    There are Bride/Recaro etc rails (both genuine and knock-off) that will bolt in and allow fitment of a bunch of aftermarket seats
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    Sport seats AE112r?

    Get a set of front seats from an AE101 or AE111 Levin/Trueno, they bolt straight in (just swap the seatbelt buckle over) and are much better than the stock seats.
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    BLZBUB has another 4AGE.

    Sounds like Braden left you quite a few little surprises to find...
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    Battery Terminal

    Not sure about charging but a loose (or tight but decaying) positive terminal 100% will give you intermittent starting problems, usually when it is cold as things shrink and the tiny bit of contact is lost.
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    Supercharged rolla

    You can over-bore and then sleeve them, Bill/Xoom did this in his turbo ZZE123 Sportivo. I lucked out and got an engine with only 127,000k on it, should still be factory-fresh.
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    Supercharged rolla

    Big problem with RWD-converting 2ZZs is that there aren't spots on the block for the engine-mounts, since they were only ever a transverse installation (in the Corolla/Celica/Lotus/MR2 3 of the 4 "engine" mounts actually attach to the gearbox) Assuming that could be sorted, J160 would be a no-brainer. 2ZZs _need_ a 6-speed behind them to keep them on the boil, even with the stock C60/64 gearing they drop out of lift going between 1st and 2nd unless you slam the change and slip the hell out of the clutch, which is why most people fit aftermarket ECUs/piggybacks to lower the lift engagement point (that, and Toyota deliberately programmed it higher so that the kick was more pronounced, not faster)
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    Supercharged rolla

    I'm tempted to go supercharged on my 2ZZE102 but I need to see how much clearance there is to the radiator (plus I actually have to do the conversion first, baby steps....)
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    AE112r oil, 10w30 or 10w40

    10W40 is fine for a 7A, I've run mine with anything from 10W30 all the way up to 20W60. 10W or 15W40 is probably the sweet spot for affordability vs modern thin oil, 10W30 just seems like a waste for what is essentially a 25yo engine design (the 7A is essentially unchanged from when it was first introduced in 1993).
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    BLZBUB has another 4AGE.

    Yeah the skateboard-bearings-for-linkage-bushes idea was based around AE92 and JDM-spec shift linkages which had equal-sized bushes, for some reason the Aus-spec AE101/102s had unequal-sized ones (despite being essentially the same 'box) so most of the kits out there on the internet don't fit the bigger eyelet.
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    BLZBUB has another 4AGE.

    I will never not point out the difference. Won't really mean much to you since the biggest difference between the two is the engine (AE101 is 4AFE/4AGE, AE102 is 7AFE), but there still are some trim differences as well as things like brakes etc.