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> Safari Rally inspired build, tall and off road capable 6G - GT
post Sep 23, 2018 - 1:14 AM
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oh wow modern. the led surely make everything much lighter!!! fanstastic


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post Sep 25, 2018 - 8:51 AM
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now you need a pic/video to show us how blindingly bright it's gonna be. biggrin.gif


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post Sep 25, 2018 - 5:30 PM
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There's just something about mosquito melting 130 watt Hella lamps though that LED or HID can never give you. tongue.gif


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post Sep 25, 2018 - 5:53 PM
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QUOTE (Box @ Sep 25, 2018 - 6:30 PM) *
There's just something about mosquito melting 130 watt Hella lamps though that LED or HID can never give you. tongue.gif


True, but the tiny amount of current/amperage used vs incandescents makes it worth the change.




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post Sep 25, 2018 - 8:07 PM
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Who are the light pods from? Specs? What emitters? I need answers!


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post Sep 26, 2018 - 10:23 AM
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Sep 25, 2018 - 8:07 PM) *
Who are the light pods from? Specs? What emitters? I need answers!


They are just cheap Ebay lights with amber/yellow halo outer ring to give them multiple options for output. The outer two are flood lenses and the inner two are spot lenses.
I think they were about $30 a pair shipped. I was after size and color output then maximum brightness.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2X-5-60W-5D-Amber-...353.m2749.l2649
post Oct 2, 2018 - 4:43 PM
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Past weekends work...

Cruise control wiring harness found, on the right front corner. What is it doing over there? I had to extend the harness 18-20" to reach back across the radiator to the actuator. It's working like a charm, so I'm happy.



Pulled the light pod mount back apart for final welding and painting. Got it all bolted back together, wires run through the skin of the bumper and lights wired into the car via various means. The outer lights halos' are now also extra turn signals. Floods and Spots are on two separate switches just below the instrument cluster dimmer knob.



post Oct 3, 2018 - 12:09 PM
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Sick. thumbsup.gif

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post Oct 11, 2018 - 11:00 AM
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Thats certainly a unique take on a lamp pod design, i like it.


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post Oct 12, 2018 - 12:27 PM
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Excited to have bought some better looking rims. I think this is only the 4th time in my life I've owned a car with aftermarket rims. These weren't my 1st choice, but cost, strength, right size and looks made it the choice for me at this time. I was hoping they'd be a bit lighter then they are, but should be fine. Can't wait to get the tires mounted on them, so I can see how it'll all look once I get the brakes and hubs changed out.


post Oct 14, 2018 - 5:27 PM
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Very Nice build thus far. I love the way you made the frame and attached the lights. IMO better than the original safari car.

The cruise control actuator was located on the RHS (passenger and the wiring was then run all the way to the left and inside driver side fender into the car. I have the leftover actuator and some wiring and cables if you need those. I sold my 96 Celica and some parts are left over. I also have the rear disc conversion kit (most of it). PM me if you need these parts. I dont have the car anymore.

QUESTION: How are you supporting the foglights frame on the inside? Are you running flat metal to support the front bumper? Otherwise the vibration may break the plastic Just a thought.

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post Oct 15, 2018 - 10:15 AM
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Thanks for the offer, but I've got the cruise control sorted and working.

I also have rear brakes for upgrading in hand, it's the entire rear hub assembly from an Avalon.

For now the lights and mount are only supported by the bumper skin itself. I plan on running strips under the skin and back to the core support at some point. For now, they don't bounce or vibrate at all while driving.
post Oct 15, 2018 - 10:41 AM
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I don't care much for aftermarket rims either but I will say, those definitely match your build. biggrin.gif


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post Oct 15, 2018 - 3:04 PM
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I feel like knobby mud tires are incoming.


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post Oct 15, 2018 - 4:55 PM
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QUOTE (Box @ Oct 15, 2018 - 4:04 PM) *
I feel like knobby mud tires are incoming.


Tires are getting mounted today. General Grabber AT2s, the size is going obsolete, but I was able to source a full set plus 1 lightly used spare. It'll be interesting to see it all fitted together.

I also fixed a bad TPS yesterday. Last week, all of a sudden I couldn't go full throttle, 3/4 maybe. Prior to this when the engine was cold, it would have a similar issue. Ever since I've owned the car it never went more than roughly 5000 rpms, figured, like my '84 Celica that the engine just couldn't breathe anymore. I was wrong, saw it go up to 5500 rpms after the new TPS was fitted.
post Oct 15, 2018 - 8:34 PM
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Definitely looking forward to the wheel and tire setup. What size tire are you planning on running? And regarding the suspension, how much higher are you sitting compare to stock?
post Oct 16, 2018 - 1:45 PM
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QUOTE (GuYun14 @ Oct 15, 2018 - 8:34 PM) *
Definitely looking forward to the wheel and tire setup. What size tire are you planning on running? And regarding the suspension, how much higher are you sitting compare to stock?


The tires I'm planning on make fit are 215/65R16 (that's a 27" tall tire). They won't just bolt on to any old Celica. It's going to require some major changes, bodywork most likely, possibly chopping into the firewall, etc..

I got the car while it was lowered, so I have no reference for how much higher from stock it's going. If I had to guess, just the suspension will be about 2-3" taller than stock. The tires are another 1-1/2" taller in the radius (out of center, 3" taller than stock in diameter). The final stance will certainly be higher than pretty much any rally car Celica that has been built. My reference is less rally car, more Dakar car from the early 90's. If you've never seen the cars built for the Paris to Dakar Rally back in the later 80's early 90's, dig around the internet for pictures.
post Oct 23, 2018 - 8:46 AM
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how much if you start selling those lamp pods, without lights?


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post Oct 23, 2018 - 10:28 AM
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QUOTE (njccmd2002 @ Oct 23, 2018 - 8:46 AM) *
how much if you start selling those lamp pods, without lights?


Not really interested in trying to hand make these light pods. It's a time consuming, hand fitted process, so without a jig to form them to,
it would take too long and I'd have to use the nose of my own car to work from. So, unless it was something nearly EVERY 6G Celica owner
wanted, it just isn't worth the time. If it was for one person, the cost would be in the ballpark of $350-400.

Well, I finally got back to trying to fit the new wheels and tires. (after trying to get the engine back to shape, high-idle turned out to be a
crap handmade TB to manifold gasket leak, it was made out of a piece of thick paper, not gasket material.) I can confirm that the rear hub
assemblies I got from a '97 Avalon bolt into place, giving me bigger brakes and the 5x114.3 (4.5") bolt pattern I wanted. For my particular
suspension height, I did have to lengthen the trailing rod by 1" for now. This centered the tire back in the wheel well, caused by lifting so it
so high. This is a short-term solution, eventually the chassis side mount will get a custom dropped pivot point.



post Oct 23, 2018 - 2:28 PM
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Love this build. I used to want to buy another 6th gen to build as a rally replica so this is awesome to me. thumbsup.gif


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