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April 20, 2006

The Reveal

  • - Speed Star Wheel SSR Professor SP1 wheels
  • - Continental ContiSportContact 2 tires
  • - HKS Hipermax Performer Coilovers
  • - Lexus Graphite Grey Pearl painted calipers with chrome decals
  • - Lexus Graphite Grey Pearl painted fan shroud (pics later)
  • - Modellista Designs Type 3 Front Bumper

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April 17, 2006

The Tease

Here is a glimpse of the finished product...

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March 06, 2006


No comment. =)

A couple of weeks ago, we attempted to corner balance the Supra. I say attempt, because we had to raise the driver front corner quite a bit and the cross weights still weren't where I'd like them. I, along with others, believe the suspension may be binding and the control arm bolts will need to be loosened and tightened with the suspension under load.

As you can see, the car weighs roughly 3460 lbs with approximately three-quarters of a tank of gas. Not too bad for an automagic Supra in my opinion.

For those of you who were wondering, the HKS Performers weigh 11 lb 14.80 oz and 10 lb 9.80 oz, per front and rear coilover, respectively.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to take any pics during the process, so this one was taken with flash as we were breaking down the scales and leveling pads. With less than 50 miles on the suspension, a road test review will have to wait.

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February 20, 2006

Bumblebee Joints

With the help of some friends this past weekend, I installed a set of HKS Hipermax Performer coilovers on the Supra. These are typical high-quality HKS goods with excellent fit and finish. Installation was fairly straightforward but think I've spoiled myself with a complete coilover system like this -they are direct swap out of the stock suspension, no need to compress springs and all that mess.

The spring rates are 12.0 kg/mm (672 lbs/in) and 7.0 kg/mm (392 lbs/in) front and rear, respectively. Out of the box, the front is lowered by 43 mm (1.7 in) while the rears come down 34 mm (1.3 in). I stopped by the Post Office to weigh the coilovers, but I don't have the info here in front of me.

Ride height adjustment, corner balance, alignment, and full review to come!!! More pictures of the Performers can be found in the gallery.

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November 21, 2005

Had To Put The Dawg Down

The Supie's home for the next few months.

With the temps taking a dive from unseasonably warm 70's to the 40's and fallen leaves and other debris littering the roadways, it was about time to put the ol' [Sup]dawg down -for the winter. I'd like to perform some much-needed maintenance and, ideally, upgrades over this upcoming period of inactivity.

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November 14, 2005

Got It Covered

I tried on a custom-fit "Superweave"* car cover for a stock Supra from California Car Cover Co. yesterday. My friend made the comment that you couldn't really tell what the hell was under the cover. It could be an El Camino with an airplane wing if the exhaust didn't give it away. I was really impressed with it overall. The Nextec material was very lightweight and thin while supposedly being very element and UV resistant. It seemed to fit well, with the only exceptions being the baggy mirror pockets and being a little tight up front for my Top Secret replica bumper.

*Note: It appears that Covercraft makes most of the custom-fit covers for California Car Cover Co., Big Sky, etc. and the covers made out with the Nextec material are marketed under "Weathershield" by Covercraft.

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September 26, 2005

Fleeting Nobility

A friend was kind enough to let me try on his brand-spanking-new Noble Gold Volk Racing GT-7s. Noble Gold is an interesting color, and "gold" may be somewhat of a misnomer. It is closer to a champagne or even Toyota's own Quicksilver FX. As far as I know, these are one of the first sets of Noble Gold GT-7s fitted to a JZA80.

The wheel and tire specs are 18x9.0 +43 front and 18x10.0 +44 rear with 245/40ZR18s and 285/35ZR18s, respectively. Many people ask me why I don't go ahead and get a set of Volks. The picture below right is one of the reasons why. The widest 18-inch wheel Volk offers that fits a stock-bodied Supra is 10-inches. That is only a half-inch wider than the stockers and only reasonably allows a 10-to-20 mm wider tire.

With winter around the corner, I will be patient and wait for SSR -and 11-inch widths- to rise again with the help of Tanabe.

Left: Flushness, Right: Comparison of 285/35ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sport on 18x10.0 GT-7 versus 275/40ZR17 Toyo T1-S on 17x9.5 stock wheel

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June 08, 2005

Taco Meter

It looks like I've been getting some hits for the TRD 10,000 RPM Tachometer and turning up some false results due to my CSS tach icons. Well here are the pictures of my "TACO METER". I think something was lost in translation there.

I'm very glad I purchased this rare and discontinued item around the time of the second wave of popularity and availability. It appears that the last sets of tachs sold for for $450 -zing!!! Needless to say, I could sell my mint tach and make a significant profit.

The white balance was obviously off in the shots, but the strong yellows work with the orange and red in the redline portion of the tach in my humble opinion. Images are copywrited and property of hungwin.com. Don't bite.

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December 29, 2004

The Power of Three

Three-sixty. M3. Three liter exotic beater.

Let's start this site off on the right foot with some great automotive photography. I wish I could take credit for them but they were taken by Anthony aka AMMO on Supraforums.

You can view the entire thread with full-size images here if you have a SF login. Some reduced size versions area also available here.

On a sad note, Jerry Orbach, probably best-known for his role on Law & Order, died today of prostate cancer. Take it easy Lenny.

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