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My '06 Toyota Aurion Sx6 Sportivo

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Welcome, and cheers for viewing my build thread! I bought this car in May '15 and didn't really plan on doing any mods to it, but as we all know, things often don't stay standard for very long. I've always liked these cars, so when I finally had the chance to buy one I opted for this '06 SX6 Sportivo model.

 

It came with 18" TRD wheels, but apart from that it was all stock. It's not very often you see modified Aurions here in New Zealand so it leaves people wondering what the hell it is, while still blending in as a family sedan at the same time. The car now wears 19x9.5" Vertini Magic concave wheels, along with an array of other mods that contribute to the overall look of the build.

 

This post will stay updated with the most recent mods & photos, but the rest from post #2 onward are in chronological order.

 

So far the spec list is as follows:

 

Engine:

* Stock 2GR-FE V6 3500cc 24v Dual VVT-i engine.

* Custom made 3" cold air intake setup.

* Simota extra long pod filter behind LH fog light.

* Potent Booster throttle controller.

* Aurion 2012+ GSV50 full metal VVT-i oil line.

* Aurion 2012+ GSV50 full metal oil cooler line.

* TRD style billet aluminium oil cap.

* Custom bronze carbon fiber wrapped engine cover.

* Large 2L polished aluminium oil catch tank.

 

Exterior:

* Aftermarket ducktail roof spoiler.

* Carbon fiber bumper lip extension.

* Aftermarket colour coded reversing camera.

* Aftermarket concealed front bumper camera.

* Genuine Toyota optional towbar & wiring.

* Genuine Toyota optional weathershields/monsoons.

* 35% opacity window tint.

* Bodykit Kingdom headlight eyelids.

* CREE LED headlight, park light and fog light bulbs.

* Chrome trim around fog light surrounds.

* Aftermarket red 'Heat Emblem' in Toyota boot badge.

* Aurion 2012+ GSV50 'AURION' 1-piece rear boot badge.

* 2009+ Toyota Landcruiser Prado 'V6 Dual VVT-i' sticker.

* 'V6 24 VALVE' stickers on rear doors.

* Aftermarket Japanese Mitsuba Alpha dual front horns.

* Lexus GS450h engine bay horn for factory alarm system.

* Personalized license plates - 00 01 00.

* Facelift Aurion extra-long license plate bracket.

* Carbon wrapped Euro style license plate frames.

* Smoked vinyl wrapped lower tail light sections.

* LED rear bumper reflectors.

 

Interior:

* Eonon GA5164F Android GPS/USB/Bluetooth headunit.

* Aftermarket Bluetooth mic mounted in roof console.

* Genuine Toyota optional LED blue footwell lights.

* Toyota Blade Master G leather steering wheel.

* Lexus IS-F genuine Magnesium working paddle shifters.

* Genuine Toyota optional carbon fibre steering wheel logo insert.

* Custom bronze carbon fibre wrapped centre console.

* Custom bronze carbon fibre wrapped A/C controls.

* Aurion ZR6 silver door trim and chrome handles.

* Chrome trim around silver dashboard inserts.

* Aurion Grande carpeted centre boot trim.

* Genuine Toyota optional rubber moulded boot tray.

* Aftermarket 6x9 to 6.5" front speaker adapter pods.

* Lexus GS450h Mark Levinson 6.5" front speakers.

* Aftermarket white LED door courtesy light units.

* Aurion Grande auto dimming rear-view mirror.

* Valentine One radar mirror mount & hardwire kit.

* Novatek A118 HD dashcam concealed behind mirror.

* UltraGauge OBDII display unit (speed, RPM, temps etc).

* Altezza aluminium footrest pedal (to match OEM pedals).

* Carbon fiber dash vent surrounds.

 

Wheels/Suspension:

* 19"x9.5" (32p) Vertini Magic Concave alloy wheels.

* 225/40/19 tyres (front) & 235/35/19 tyres (rear).

* Rolled rear fenders.

* Rays chrome wheel nuts and lock nuts.

* SPC 17mm front camber bolts.

* SPC 15mm rear camber bolts.

* Znoelli dimple drilled/slotted rotors front & rear.

* Bendix GCT stealth brake pads.

* PBR brake calipers painted red.

* Dobi Sport SL springs (front), King Spring SL springs (rear).

* Aftermarket shocks & swaybar links.

* Alutec aluminium front strut brace.

 

 

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I really like these. I'd get one for the missus but she can't keep the rav clean.

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I had the ZR6 (06 as well). It's nice but I missed the fun of driving an older RWD car. I found it a bit boring unless I was over 150km/h.

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The Aurion got some attention in the weekend, starting off with wrapping the center console in a bronze/gold carbon fiber vinyl. The console had to be disassembled in individual pieces to be wrapped properly, so lining up the stripes was a bit of a pain, but with a bit of patience the end result was worth it.

 

Continuing on with the carbon theme, I chucked this billet aluminium TRD style oil cap on. I really like the design of this cap, and although it's purely aesthetic, I think it compliments the rest of the engine bay nicely.

 

After wrapping the center console, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to try and wrap one of my spare engine covers. Well, lets just say it was considerably more difficult than the console, and cutting around the non-removable letters wasn't fun, but the end result looks pretty sweet so the effort paid off :)

 

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Ever heard of water transfer printing? If not YouTube it

 

Yep, very familiar with hydrographic printing - Chose to go with vinyl as it's the cheaper, non-permanent solution ;)

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Yeah well you would have covered up your lettering with that too then had to somehow scape it off.

 

Saw an aurion mark x at a cruise last week. Would love one of those as a family bus.

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Saw an aurion mark x at a cruise last week. Would love one of those as a family bus.

 

No such thing as an Aurion Mark X, two very different cars that happen to have sort-of similar styling...

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I may as well post these photos I took today of my partner's 2004 Toyota Wish while I'm here too :)

 

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Happy New Year!! :D

 

Got a couple of upgrades done on the Aurion over the weekend :)

 

First thing was the installation of some Euro plate style license plate surrounds and the second was applying some pre-cut tint film to the lower sections of the tail lights. I wasn't 100% happy with the blandness of the plate surround so ended up using some of my left over bronze carbon fiber vinyl to wrap the sides and make it a little more interesting.

 

Here's some photos of the process and some before vs after shots:

 

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A few small updates:

 

* 'V6 24VALVE' stickers fitted to the rear doors.

 

* Bought a 1:43 scale model of an Aurion (Asian Camry) from eBay.

 

* Received some Rays wheel nuts from Japan. Watch this space ;)

 

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And I decided it was time to upgrade my brakes, but I didn't need want to go for bigger calipers or larger rotors since my daily commute to work is only 10km and it's mostly straight, lol, so I settled on these Znoelli dimpled drilled and slotted rotors front and rear, combined with Bendix brake pads all round.

 

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The Aurion got some new wheels today. They're Vertini Magic (concave) 19x9.5 front and rear, +32 offset and wrapped in 235/35/19 rubber. They get custom drilled for the stud pattern and shaved for the offset you want so I had to wait about a week for them to get machined, but it was worth waiting for :). Being concave they bow in the middle, giving that very dished effect.

 

The rear guards needed to be rolled as there was slight scrubbing around corners, but apart from that the fitment was pretty straight forward. I just have to get some camber bolts for the front so I can give it some negative camber and tuck the wheels in a bit more, but apart from that the fitment is great and I'm loving the new look :D

 

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