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post Oct 20, 2016 - 7:51 PM
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This is mainly a thread to document my GEN4 3SGTE swap and build! I feel there is still a lack of information and assured potential of this engine and feel just posting about my progress about my build may be useful in some form, so I decided to finally start a build thread about my celica!

So basically in a nutshell, the 6th gen celica has always been my favorite car. I bought this car from another member a few years back and ever since then, have been taking care and upgrading it slowly. Over here in Toronto, Ontario Canada (specifcally Downtown Toronto and surrounding areas) , with the many years I have had a celica, I noticed there are very few of them left (literally have only seen a handful) and alot of people don't know about the potential and capability these cars have. So I've been trying to keep the dream alive over here ever since! tongue.gif

Also the car's name is "ENDER" due to me growing up playing Initial D Arcade Stage and my CELICA GTFOUR's card name was "ENDER" biggrin.gif

I personally like my car's clean, so I try to keep things modest. I've won a few Celica of the months over here and have greatly appreciated it!

Here's the current list of what's on my car:

Visual Mods:
GT4 Exterior Conversion (Bumper, Riser Blocks, Hood)
TRD Style Side Skirts
C-One Lip
Custom Celica Dragon Rainguard (ThE_EnD)
Aftermarket Crystal Clear Fog Lights, side markers and front markers
JDM Headlights (6000k HID) and Tail Lights
Spree LED interior (blue) w/ Sony Double Din + Amp + Sub combo
Repainted in "Crystal Black Silica" (Pearlescent Black) Toyota/Scion/Subaru FRS(FT86/GT86)/BRZ Colour

18x9 TE37 Style custom "magnesium blue" painted rims
20mm Spacers (rear) 5mm (front)
225/40/18 stretched Nankangs

TEIN Lowering Springs
Aftermarket Header
Moog Endlinks
Injen Cold Air Intake
Magnaflow Exhaust

So after a few years, it was finally possible to be able to evolve my celica from a 5s to 3s biggrin.gif

Anyways, now for the main stuff laugh.gif . So why did I choose the GEN4 3SGTE? Well a few reasons, I feel the GEN4 fits my needs better (bottom end power, street car) and since I personally wanted to stay LHD and I'm engine swapping I should take advantage of swapping in other Gen's instead of gen3. with the only 15 year rule in Canada you can attain RHD ST205's here fairly easily and for reasonable value, So I thought if I wanted a Gen3 I can just drive one of those. Lastly, I want to be part of building up of information about the GEN4. I believe it's a great engine with hidden potentials.

So, onto the build!

Once I've decided I wanted to go GEN4, I looked for a mechanic that was capable of swapping it. I literally searched the depths of the internet for a Toronto based mechanic if anyone has swapped in a GEN4 to no avail. The only mechanics I've bumped into only swap in GEN2 or GEN3 into our cars. So as I was about to give up, even starting to search for GEN3 front clips, I decided to spread out my search to mechanics who have done 2JZ swaps. To my amazement, because of this I found a mechanic who swaps in GEN4 3sgtes and SPECIFICALLY prefers them too! So after discussing with him and wanting to swap, he notified me that he purchased a few Manual Caldina Front Clips and will be on there way at the beginning of fall. So I basically purchased one and bought things along the way to prepare. Note that I know that you don't need a front clip for this engine to swap into our car but it's nice to know that it shows the exact mileage of this engine and the price wasn't too far off in comparison to a engine,ecu,harness.

So, after a few months, my front clip has just arrived last week!

Proof of it being a Manual Caldina

114k on the engine!

It was interesting to know that it was a Manual Caldina too, I've been told they only come in Automatic. This one is completely stock and apparently the timing belt was changed at 97k (according to the timing belt cover). I also wanted to find what exactly I can take from this clip (other then the obvious) that works on our cars, so far all I know is the brake calipers are shared with the st202 so I'm able to swap those with mines. So I'll be doing that as well, if anyone else has any ideas or suggestions let me know! I literally don't know what else to take from this front clip

Here's a video of us starting it up:


Now for the list of things I have bought already that will be installed at the same time:


I was amazed he had this separately, usually it's always that you'd had to buy a beams to get this. I didn't get the e153 because he did not have one and I couldn't find one (with or without LSD). so I believed upgrading my S54 to one with LSD wasn't half bad right?

Authentic 3" HKS Hi-Power Ti Muffler

I really liked the sound of this muffler and with HKS supporting the fwd celica back in the day was a plus too! this is just a universal set up cause obviously there is no pre made one I can buy.

Authentic HKS SSQV4 BOV

Again same reason (you may notice a trend of HKS biggrin.gif)

Authentic 3" HKS Intake Filter

again this is only the filter because I need to make a custom one.

ACT Lightweight Flywheel

Purchased from PrimeMR2 since they do GEN4 swaps regularly.

Southbend S54 Clutch kit Stage 2

Also purchased from PrimeMR2 since they do GEN4 swaps regularly.

Walbro 255 fuel Pump

Researched that I needed to upgrade my fuel pump with this one, so bought one.

Megan Racing 7th Gen short shifter

These work with our cars and finding a TRD short shifter kit was next to impossible and stupidly priced, so the next best thing.

The things not pictured that I also purchased were the Hose from hell, purple fin option for the ssqv and poly motor mount inserts from kikosaurus


The things that the mechanic will be installing and purchasing are:

- changing all the gaskets, hoses, sparkplugs, fuel filter etc
- potentially new timing belt and tensioner
- new water pump
- 3" custom turbo back exhaust w/high flow cat to my HKS hi power
- 3" custom Intake piping
- 3" custom downpipe (I didn't buy the one from primemr2 since my frontclip comes with a downpipe and he can fabricate a new one from it)
- Front Mount Intercooler with custom piping
- Manual Boost Controller (I will be getting an electric one next year, so just grabbing this for now)

So there's alot of extra stuff going onto the car other then the engine so I'm excited to see where I really stand after this car is up and running!

I'm dropping my car off this weekend and it will be done in a month minimum so during that time I'll try my best to document as many things as I can!


This post has been edited by DarkDeath: Jan 24, 2017 - 6:47 PM


September 2014 & July 2015 Celica of the Month
1995 Toyota "EnDeR" Celica GTS-T Gen4 3sgte swapped
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Posts in this topic
- DarkDeath   DarkDeath Celica Build [GEN4 3SGTE SWAPPED]   Oct 20, 2016 - 7:51 PM
- - richee3   Good stuff so far!   Oct 20, 2016 - 8:26 PM
- - ClevelandGaint   It's always great to see these swaps. Beautifu...   Oct 20, 2016 - 8:44 PM
- - Box   Nice to see people making really nice Celicas, the...   Oct 20, 2016 - 8:51 PM
- - jordisonjr   This swap will finish this car off nicely! Alw...   Oct 21, 2016 - 8:47 AM
|- - DarkDeath   Thanks everyone! Definitely excited knowing th...   Oct 23, 2016 - 8:40 PM
- - njccmd2002   Its gonna cost him lotsa money   Oct 21, 2016 - 7:37 PM
- - 4-eyed-freek   Awesome! best of luck!   Oct 22, 2016 - 9:02 AM
- - DarkDeath   Quick Update, removing my old engine and removing ...   Nov 16, 2016 - 11:13 AM
- - Smaay   Id like to do a Gen 4 swap to compare it yo Amy...   Nov 16, 2016 - 2:01 PM
- - HardHead93   Awesome! Nice to see another person doing a G...   Nov 16, 2016 - 9:27 PM
- - DarkDeath   Back with a few more updates, trucking along nicel...   Dec 13, 2016 - 12:31 PM
- - DarkDeath   Happy New Years everyone! More progression int...   Jan 12, 2017 - 11:18 AM
- - Wild202   With the air filter, the turbine will become expen...   Jan 12, 2017 - 12:47 PM
- - trdproven   really nice   Jan 12, 2017 - 8:03 PM
- - playr158   Take a few extra minutes and set that turbo up pro...   Jan 13, 2017 - 11:49 AM
- - DarkDeath   QUOTE (Wild202 @ Jan 12, 2017 - 1:47...   Jan 23, 2017 - 3:08 PM
- - Csober   Wow! Absolutely love it! Great work, nice ...   Jan 23, 2017 - 3:42 PM
- - cheela   congrats! you're gonna have fun once winte...   Jan 23, 2017 - 3:48 PM
- - Box   Car looks great, doesn't sound bad either for ...   Jan 23, 2017 - 4:03 PM
- - Malek   Congrats man! Hope that CEL is nothing big (...   Jan 24, 2017 - 8:57 PM
- - richee3   No intercooler pump to worry about on a 4th gen.   Jan 24, 2017 - 9:11 PM
- - Malek   ahhhh, ya got me haha that rules out the easy pump...   Jan 25, 2017 - 2:56 PM
- - BonzaiCelica   Get rid of that linguine strut bar. Otherwise nice...   Jan 25, 2017 - 6:27 PM
- - HardHead93   How did you mount the ECU? Stock, our ECU is moun...   Jan 28, 2017 - 10:45 AM
|- - Smaay   QUOTE (HardHead93 @ Jan 28, 2017 - 8...   Apr 2, 2017 - 10:27 PM
- - DarkDeath   Thanks everyone! Means alot! can't wai...   Jan 30, 2017 - 4:00 PM
- - DarkDeath   Hey everyone, been a bit since my car has just bee...   Apr 2, 2017 - 3:28 AM
- - HardHead93   QUOTE (DarkDeath @ Oct 20, 2016 - 7...   Apr 2, 2017 - 11:40 PM
|- - DarkDeath   QUOTE (HardHead93 @ Apr 3, 2017 - 12...   Apr 3, 2017 - 4:18 PM
- - DarkDeath   Edit: boosting solid 17psi peak so we good now   Apr 18, 2017 - 2:33 PM

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