Hiro Protagonist

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  1. Hiro Protagonist

    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.
  3. Hiro Protagonist

    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.
  4. Hiro Protagonist

    BLZBUB has another 4AGE.

    Fixed...
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    Daphne the ZRE182

    So whilst technically this is the wife's car, I'm the one burdened with modifications, taking photos, and posting of pictures/stories in the appropriate forums. Introducing Daphne. Yes, we like to name all our cars. However, the first name my wife chose (Artoo, since she loves R2D2 and the blue is perfect) didn't quite gel when we decided after the first few days of ownership that HE was actually a SHE. So far, Daphne has come out as the likeliest alternative, but we're still not 100% sold on the name so it may change again the future. Anyhoo, Daffers is a 2018 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport in Blue Gem metallic. She is kitted out as standard with 16" alloy wheels, fog lights, 7" full touchscreen infotainment system with 6-speaker audio, Bluetooth and the optional Sat Nav pack. Interestingly, all the petrol models (which all have the exact same 2ZRFE engine) are chassis code ZRE182, which means they have a torsion-bar rear end, whilst the Hybrid is a ZWE186 which gives it the same IRS that the Auris and the US-spec I'm have. Sucks to be us sometimes. I'm yet to give her a really good wash (first road-trip to Sydney last weekend and a week's worth of daily commute for my wife has left her a little dusty), but figured I should at least get some nice photos to kick off the memories before we start doing anything serious to her. These were taken at the Walka Water Works, which is an old 19th-century Victorian/Italianate pumping station that used to supply water to the Maitland and Newcastle regions, but is now part of a public recreation reserve. Great spot for photos, although I wasn't taking too much effort and probably should have waited another hour or so for the golden hour light. by Ian Rigby, on Flickr
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    Security system install

    You might be able to pry it up with a trim removal tool but otherwise it's safer to take the back half of the centre console out (not hard, two screws on the side and two bolts inside the box) and press the clips in from underneath
  7. Hiro Protagonist

    Security system install

    FYI I've got the wiring diagrams for the Aus-built AE10x Corollas if you need any info...
  8. Hiro Protagonist

    Lower Temperature Thermostat

    FWD A-series engines (4AGE, 4AFE, 7AFE etc) have the thermostat on the bottom radiator hose to control the reentry of coolant from the radiator back in to the engine.
  9. Hiro Protagonist

    7A powered AE82

    I think he was making a joke :P
  10. Hiro Protagonist

    DeLorean Model DMC-12

    Not questioning your judgement or your eyesight, but being in an underground apartment complex is it possible that it was just a normal brushed stainless finish and the poor lighting gave it the bronze effect? Having photographed car shows in underground carparks before, the lighting is normally terrible for white-balance and correct colour matching... I've personally seen a couple of DMC-12s, there's one up at the Lost in the 50s car museum in Newcastle as well as the Gosford Classic Car Museum, both are LHD models though from memory and both are the normal stainless finish.
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    SA63 with 4S-FE

    Do you know if the gearbox came with the engine or if it is the original Celica box?
  12. Don't think the idle speed is meant to be manually adjusted via the screw on a 7AFE.
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    Rolla Attention

    Owning a 90s FWD Toyota does make me practically invisible to the cops even with an almost certainly illegal exhaust, lowered, 17s, personalised plates, and spotties in my front grille (an actual factory option, just only in Europe) Been driving for almost 15 years and I've only ever been pulled over for an RBT (as in by a cop driving around) once, and that was because I chucked a u-ey outside a pub (was picking people up). Numerous roadside booze-bus ones though (and passed all with flying colours, because I'm a good boy) but also driven past plenty too without being waved in. Car has never been searched, not even so much as had the bonnet lifted or ride-height checked.
  14. If it goes away for good, then yes it was most likely the cause :P If not, them time to keep ticking things off the list. I do notice a little flat-spot just off idle in my 7A, the old shell was worse though and could possibly be a stretched throttle cable, check to see if the butterfly moves straight away when you press the pedal or if there is a slight delay from a loose cable (you do need _some_ slack there, but not much).