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JoshuaM
Hello 6GC'ers,

So here it is, my project thread, or more like a details thread because I don't think it will be evolving very quickly tongue.gif

Getting my Celica:

I decided about 2 years ago that I wanted to get a Celica for my first car (I am 17 now). I was originally looking at '93 model 5th Gen Celica manual Liftback (All lift back 5th and 6th gen Celicas in Aus have the 5S-FE), but once I started saving up a but more I decided to go for a 6GC. I liked the exterior styling of a nice clean 5th gen (has to be the update model though), but I was drawn to the 6th gens for the increased safety features, tighter turning circle, and their much nicer interior. It was also much easier to find them in good condition with low mileage. And I am now completely hooked on 6GC's wink.gif

So I was on the hunt for a '96-99 model ZR Celica (This is the top-spec model in Australia, equiv. to the GT/GT-S) manual with less than 180,000kms. My preference was red, and i wanted a sunroof, but I wasn't ruling anything out.

After searching regularly for a number of months, I came to the conclusion that it was going to be very difficult to find what I wanted in my budget near me. The ONLY car that I found in my state that suited my requirements was from a dealer and felt very untidy when I test drove it, lots of rattles etc. it felt like it had been thrashed... A theory supported when I found a fire extinguisher in the passenger footwell and receipts for heavy duty shocks and coils. Very disappointingly, this was not the car for me.

I kept searching and eventually found 'the one'. A Completely stock standard Silver 1997 model Toyota Celica ZR Manual, in excellent condition, with only 140,000kms (about 87,000 miles). Optional features included being the Factory Sunroof, Air con, Tinting and an Aftermarket Alarm upgrade (update: which I have now found out doesn't work tongue.gif).

It was initially too expensive for me. I kept looking at it every day, wishing that I could afford it... And 'if only' it was $1000 cheaper.... But then one day they dropped the price by $800, and I was on the phone immediately.

The problem was, it was in a dealership in Melbourne, AUS, just under 2000kms away from me. Because of the demand for cars out of Melbourne, it was too expensive to ship, so I had to organize to fly down and drive it back myself (an entire 2 weeks after I got my license).

After a very long process of organisation and the minor inconvenience of them selling the car to somebody else when I was organizing a mechanic inspection, it was mine XD

Here it is:
















The Future:

I have always been very much a fan of the stock look on Celicas (with all of the factory goodies installed of course!), so I do not have any extravagant plans..... And since purchasing my car I am now a broke uni student tongue.gif

But I am planning a few small things:

Aftermarket head unit for iPod integration.
JDM Clear Side Indicators
Spree LED dash kit + possibly everything else as well tongue.gif

I also have a few different ideas about less common mods to do, but they will require a lot of thought and probably some forum threads wink.gif

But you never know, if I keep reading all of you guys project builds I might eventually get a proper mod bug tongue.gif

I will keep updating this thread when I do anything, but I don't imagine I will be moving terribly quickly.
SwissFerdi
The mod bug will bite. Beware.

Congratulations, and welcome to the Alpine Silver club. You'll like it here, it's shiny and sleek.
RabidTRD
Good! Stick with the OEM look! biggrin.gif

Nice to have you here. LMK if you need me to find you cornering lights. Apparently they're hard to find in AUS hah.
Box
Welcome, nice car!
CelicaZR
Welcome mate biggrin.gif
shes a beauty biggrin.gif
JoshuaM
Thank you everybody for your kind words smile.gif

QUOTE
LMK if you need me to find you cornering lights. Apparently they're hard to find in AUS hah.


I am actually looking for some at the moment, I have a post (Here) in the Buying / Selling section now smile.gif I am thinking of buying the second eBay link there, but if you could find some genuine crystal ones I would be forever in your debt tongue.gif


Car Update:

I bought and installed my new Pioneer head unit last weekend. I liked the stock one, but I could not live with no form of Auxillary or iPod in tongue.gif

It is a Pioneer DEH-3450UB (but I think the US may use different naming?). It has all the standard features, with colour changing, so i can make it match whatever dash colour scheme I finally decide on smile.gif







I used the how-to guides posted on 6GC, which I am very thankful for, but I took extra photos because I am planning to make my own, with lots of photos. Since this is many peoples first modification, I thought that some more detailed photos in one place would help smile.gif I will link when I have the time to write it! tongue.gif


This Weekend:

As posted about in the forums 'here', I have had a little trouble with Sunroof drainage. This weekend I am planning to take the headliner out and clean the rear drain lines. I may try to do a write up on that too, because I haven't seen any firm details about sunroof drains on 6GC's specifically.

AND... I should be going on my first Celica Club Cruise! biggrin.gif

Cya,
Josh smile.gif

SwissFerdi
Nice. A new receiver always feels good.
JoshuaM
QUOTE (SwissFerdi @ Apr 27, 2012 - 8:55 AM) *
Nice. A new receiver always feels good.



Haha, yes it does. It has been keeping me entertained..... It does just make me want a Spree LED kit even more though.

I am thinking about going all white for the LED's in the car, and then I can just buy some coloured accent bulbs as I decide what I want later on.

Are the SPREE much brighter than the stock bulbs in the dash?
RabidTRD
Yes they are. They're more defined too... the stock bulbs are softly lit, LED's are more sharp and easier to read when they illuminate letters and numbers.
JohanFer
Hey, what did you do with the old OEM stereo?
Euphoria
LOL this thread makes me laugh, I had a celica and my name is Josh M too lmao. That car you looked at did it have high km and was it aqua, the descriptions sounds alot like my old celica that I tracked HAHA. Otherwise I have a few other ideas whos it could be tongue.gif.

Nice car too! have fun with it, these things just don't die!
JoshuaM
QUOTE
Hey, What did you do with the old OEM stereo?


Hey, It is currently just sitting in the box that my new stereo came in. I havent made up my mind yet if I am going to sell it on eBay, or keep it, so that I can revert my car exactly back to stock whenever I want smile.gif

If you were looking at buying one though, I would strongly recommend you look inside the states to find one, as the forum proves that 6GC's are certainly not rare over there, and this stereo weighs a tone!!! Seriously though, I would guess probably 3-4kg. So with shipping costs and the current exchange rates, I think it would be much cheaper for you to shop locally smile.gif

QUOTE (Euphoria @ Apr 28, 2012 - 10:30 AM) *
LOL this thread makes me laugh, I had a celica and my name is Josh M too lmao. That car you looked at did it have high km and was it aqua, the descriptions sounds alot like my old celica that I tracked HAHA. Otherwise I have a few other ideas whos it could be tongue.gif.

Nice car too! have fun with it, these things just don't die!


Haha, Hey Josh!!! tongue.gif

Nah, I did drive one aqua one, but it wasn't yours. The thrashed one I was referring to was a red ZR with 188,000 kms, in Lota (near Brisbane). I checked the logs though, and it had lived in Melbourne previously, but I think that was before the new shocks and springs.

And that's why I chose a 6GC!!! In my wait to get money and my license I had lots of time to research cars. In all that time though, I couldn't find anything that could match its ability to feel fun, be practical (big boot), safe (airbags +ABS) and very importantly reliable. My uncle sold his 5sfe celica a couple of years ago with 330,000kms and it hadn't given him any trouble!

On another note, first Celica Club Cruise today XD
Tigawoods
the new headunit looks good!
i agree with the tough decision of getting rid of the stock. it looks natural and less gaudy. BUT. no Aux input kindasad.gif
Euphoria
Yeah they are good cars, my main problems in 3 years were wheel bearing related and a couple other little things, took it to near redline daily at 280k and had NO engine problems.
JoshuaM
Wow... This is now almost like a year in review!

Well, after fixing the sunroof problems, I moved onto more pressing issues... Spree LED's!!! I couldn't decide on colours, so I bought a blue and a red set. After a month or two with the main cluster as red, I decided I'd go with the blue and did the full dash + ash tray light. I decided against the full package, because I liked the warm colours of the stock courtesy lamps.





Had to replace the battery at this point too, old one wasn't very connect with life tongue.gif it worked, but went flat listening to the radio in acc VERY quickly, and was showing many general signs of death.

During that time I also met an ex- 6th gen Celica owner through a university project, who gave me a new intake! Just an AirHog pod filter, but it gives that bit of sound under heave acceleration that will get me through until whenever I do an exhaust system.

Oh, and I can't forget the JDM Tails!!! (They look a bit tinted in this pic, but they're not... just the light).



For a long time I have been looking for a suitable subwoofer setup for the Celica that didn't impact on the practicality of the hatch back design (I often fold the rear seats down and throw my 26 inch mountain bike in the back, or load it right up with stuff when we go camping, so I couldn't use any normal box design.

For a long time I was set on an under seat powered subwoofer - the problem being that even most of the smallest ones don't fit! (I checked it out at my local store, and even Kicker Hideaway etc. wouldn't fit - you should've seen the look on the salesmans face tongue.gif) The Pioneer TS-WX110A looked to be the best option, however it is quite a stretch to call it a 'sub'woofer, and since my aim was for balanced sound, not doof doof at 40hz, I wasn't convinced... Especially considering its $350 cost.

A few weeks ago, prompted by renewed interest when doing some sub research for a friend, I found the Pioneer TS-SWX251... A 10 inch down firing super-compact slimline subwoofer. The appeal; it fits PERFECTLY behind the spare wheel hump, meaning that wasted space gets used up... And since it is down firing there is nothing to get damaged on top, so stuff can still be thrown in the boot... On top of that, it fits well enough to not be bolted in, and has spring loaded clips, so that it can be easily pulled out and dumped in the front seat when I want to use the full space!

The downside.... They don't sell it in Australia... Which meant paying about $80 just in shipping from the states! Still cheaper than buying anything here though -.-

I then found an amp second hand for $40 that matched up very well with the power rating of the sub... The benefits of this one being it is tiny!!! With a little bit of work, I managed to mount it under the dash!!! (Between ecu and hvac)

I haven't tuned it up properly yet, so it still sounds a tiny bit muddy... But it definitely has the capability. I'll try and take a pic soon smile.gif

Ummm... I think that's about it tongue.gif

So, plans:-
- Roof getting resprayed as soon as storm season is over (sun damage)
- looking for some 16" 5 spoke 7th gen rims, or some 17" ST246 Caldina rims (I.e. matrix m theory).
- clear side indicators still on the cards.
- And... I REALLY want some projector headlights, but can't justify spending anything over about $300 on them... Which is a problem tongue.gif

AND I still am planning to write my how to on taking the sunroof out and cleaning the drains, but still haven't got around to it (well, need to find the pics first tongue.gif)

Oh, and most currently (as in right this very second, as I am typing this) I am waiting for a tow truck to take my 1990 Celica AllTrack (GT4) home!!! Well, not really home, it has a dead clutch, so it is going to a mate who is in the 5th gen scene who is going to help do an engine swap, clean it up a bit then I'll drive it for a couple of months, before selling it smile.gif Update: still waiting - stupid towie is now over 2.5 hours late on a confirmed job that was quoted and lodged over 2 business days ago. -.-

I saw a 205 on the weekend for the first time (remember, only 77 in the whole of Australia).... Soooooo nice. If only not so expensive, and not banned on provisional license tongue.gif Update: whilst sitting here waiting for the tow truck, another one went past!!!!! I think I like this side of town! tongue.gif

Note: I am writing this on my wifi only ipad in the middle of nowhere, so 'now' is when I'm typing this, not whenever it gets online tongue.gif
JoshuaM

Oh, and I forgot to mention the personalised number plates (Black with white writing) smile.gif

And I am always on the lookout for cool JDM goodies, like SSIII front grill, power folding wing mirrors etc. too tongue.gif
JoshuaM

I know I CAN get them... I just find it hard to justify $110 after shipping on a piece of plastic, or $200 + painting + effort to have mirrors that fold... tongue.gif I hadn't thought about changing the front indicators too (since they are already the clear facelift ones) but mine are a bit foggy. I'll probably go for some crystal side ones too... Eventually tongue.gif
JoshuaM
HALP!

I am having trouble deciding what I should do with rims... I can quite easily get some 7th gen 16" 5 spokes for around $250-300 (very little tread, bit of gutter rash)... But I also found a set of 17" Caldina alloys, the same as njccmd2002 was selling from the Matrix M theory, but they would probably cost $600 with reasonable tread. However, they are 45.5 offset I think, and the rolling diameter is 3.31% larger... Is this going to be a problem? (I know it will make the speedo inaccurate) I would get the right size when I next bought tires... But I couldn't afford to spend $600 on wheels AND buy tires.

Ideas? Suggestions?
Tigawoods
it sounds like youll be better off with the 7th gens. Since you will have to get tires for them, youll end up spending less than 600 total for the wheels and new tires.

(im biased, i dont like those caldina rims haha)
JoshuaM
QUOTE (Tigawoods @ Feb 23, 2013 - 7:53 AM) *
it sounds like youll be better off with the 7th gens. Since you will have to get tires for them, youll end up spending less than 600 total for the wheels and new tires.

(im biased, i dont like those caldina rims haha)


You don't like those rims! redface.gif

I just read njccmd2002's progression thread, and now I am in completely in love with them! (and for the first time ever wish I had a black car so the would look that amazing!) Bit concerned about that offset though - dont want it to look sucked in, but don't want spacers either... Still stock suspension.

Everybody has their own opinion on wheels, personally I absolutely HATE black wheels, contrary to most people on this site.

Unfortunately whilst waiting to be emailed the Caldina rim pictures he sold them frown.gif - just my luck, he has been parting out for a month and the day after I start enquiring he sells them -.-

I think I might either wait for the Caldina Rims, or at least wait to fin the 7th gen ones locally, rather than paying for shipping now.
Tigawoods
just use the 7th gen rims to hold you over for now
Malek
Man, that Celi is clean! thumbsup.gif I wouldn't throw out black rims on silver just yet..matte black on silver is teh sex!

But yeah, 7th gen until ya find the perfect set you like!
SwissFerdi
^ Formerly had that combination, nice indeed but the appeal to me was short-lived. I always liked the color combination, but unless the wheels are perfectly clean, it looks like dirty "normal" black.
JoshuaM
QUOTE (Tigawoods @ Feb 24, 2013 - 12:06 PM) *
just use the 7th gen rims to hold you over for now


I will probably end up doing that, but there aren't too many around and I don't want to rush into paying too much for them when I know they aren't going to be long term tongue.gif And confession, I am a great fan of the OEM look, so I don't mind sticking with what I have for a bit longer... They just are a little small tongue.gif (And my grandparents Camry has the same wheels!!! redface.gif)

QUOTE (Malek @ Feb 24, 2013 - 12:18 PM) *
Man, that Celi is clean! thumbsup.gif I wouldn't throw out black rims on silver just yet..matte black on silver is teh sex!

But yeah, 7th gen until ya find the perfect set you like!


Thank you smile.gif unfortunately the paint has a fair few minor blemishes up close, but take a few steps back and it looks mint smile.gif

BUT... I'm not sure if I could ever live with myself getting black wheels... It's that bad tongue.gif

So I'll keep looking for both, with the end aim being the Caldina wheels smile.gif Thank you everybody for your inputs smile.gif

JoshuaM
They arrived biggrin.gif



Now just need to wait for the rain to stop!

P.s. And should be getting a new phone (Nokia Lumia 820) this week so my mobile uploads won't be so terrible! tongue.gif
JoshuaM

All installed biggrin.gif that has to be quite simply THE easiest mod you can do tongue.gif Just push, pull, twist and clip tongue.gif

Will get pics when it's daylight (and not raining) but everybody knows what they look like anyway tongue.gif
JoshuaM
Real news... NEW WHEELS!!!

Set of 4 16" 5 spoke alloys off a 2003 ZR Celica - including centre caps with very minimal gutter rash..... For $180 AUD tongue.gif



CAMBEEERRRRRRR!!!!! tongue.gif

2 of the tyres are completely shot, and two I will get a couple of thousand out of (if I want to). Planning to get some second hand tyres for the two shot ones on the front until I am sure I am happy with the look (and don't find any Caldina rims), before I'll get some proper dunlops or pirellie's or something.


I'm looking for some euro front splitters from the UK at the moment, and want to pick up some TRD rear splitters for the back. I find they follow the lines of the car much better than the ssiii ones, and look less stuck on.

I'm also negotiating with a couple of people in AUS about possibly getting some projectors and a front grill smile.gif

P.s. they're currently hiding in my grandparents shed until I break the news to my dad (and get new tyres) - he still thinks I'm the perfect child with a completely stock car tongue.gif
richee3
Your dad has it pretty good if the worst thing he had to worry about is you changing the rims on your car. smile.gif
Timmyface
LOL, the first thing i seen was the photo at a glance and went, wow, super stance. hahaha.
Nice pick up though dude, $180 was a steal thumbsup.gif

And have fun finding euro splitters, took me ages to find mine, than i sold them tongue.gif
And in the end, if you bought the car, you can do what you want. My dad is a highway patrol cop, and he/i know my car is defectable tongue.gif
JoshuaM
QUOTE (richee3 @ Mar 10, 2013 - 10:15 PM) *
Your dad has it pretty good if the worst thing he had to worry about is you changing the rims on your car. smile.gif


Haha, well I haven't told anybody about the gt-4 yet either.... tongue.gif But I do take your point smile.gif

QUOTE (Timmyface @ Mar 11, 2013 - 6:46 AM) *
LOL, the first thing i seen was the photo at a glance and went, wow, super stance. hahaha.
Nice pick up though dude, $180 was a steal thumbsup.gif

And have fun finding euro splitters, took me ages to find mine, than i sold them tongue.gif
And in the end, if you bought the car, you can do what you want. My dad is a highway patrol cop, and he/i know my car is defectable tongue.gif


Yeah, I'm still on stock suspension, but that doesn't stop me from playing trick photography! tongue.gif

$180 was a good deal I think; there are a couple of sets on Gumtree in Melbourne and Sydney for $250 that have a bit better tyres, but rims not as good and I would have to pay shipping too. These ones were listed at $250 last night on Gumtree too but only about 35 min from home, but I still managed to bargain him down (I do that a lot - you have all been forewarned tongue.gif).

I have joined Celica Club UK for that sole purpose tongue.gif they do come up there every now and again for about 30 pounds, but I have no idea how much after shipping and painting. I am certainly not expecting to find them overnight though (unfortunately tongue.gif).

And I find that hilarious about your dad tongue.gif I can just imagine him cringing every time you leaving the house with your 3mm *exageration* of ground clearance tongue.gif

And we are yet to cross paths officially on here, but I have stalked your build thread many times - I have loved many aspects of your design and at many points it has been by far my favorite pre-face. (However as noted above I have an irrational hatred of black rims, and although you pulled it off very well I still loved it more before you went black, and you had the euro splitters on - there is one photo I have in mind at that stage that is simply stunning). You should expect a lengthy reply on your thread at some point when I have the spare time, both about the build and the awesome photography! smile.gif
JoshuaM
Another very minor update; new shift boot. eBay job for about $11 including shipping from UK. Fitment is reasonable, but not perfect. In any case, looks much neater than the worn out original.



I'd like to give bigger updates but I need to find people to buy it off first! tongue.gif (Without paying fortunes on international shipping on inflated eBay prices tongue.gif).
JoshuaM
Well I was going to wait to wash and get good pics with my SLR, but mid-semester exams + cold means that might be a little while so here it is;



They look nice smile.gif However I still jump every-time I walk outside because i'm not expecting to see them, and it looks weird after being so used to the stock wheels tongue.gif I'll still keep half an eye out for the Caldina wheels, but these are nice and the ride on the 16's is quite reasonable.

I mayyy have bought a second set of these same wheels (no centre caps though) during the week tongue.gif I got them for $75!!! The guy didn't know what he had, they were a gift for an old Camry that he had that he never put on, I lowballed him $75 expecting a huge counter-offer and he jumped on it! So that worked out cheaper than a set of 2 second-hand tyres tongue.gif

It is quite sad really that these tyres have much better grip than my old ones; which were brand new when I bought the car ~12,000kms ago, however they were fitted by the dealer and are pretty much the cheapest chinese **** you can get (Insert whatever derogatory 4 letter word you like tongue.gif). The tyres i'm running on the fronts on the 16's (Hero Milanza brand) have plenty of tread but are showing a small amount of crazing and small cracks in the tread and have gone a bit hard, and the ones on the back are in better shape but only just above the tread indicator (Kumho), yet these have many times better dry and wet weather traction then my old set!!! I will keep these on for a few weeks to make sure I am happy to keep these rims before i go out and spend big money on proper tyres tongue.gif

Bit of a scary experience last night, we had a huge storm come over and since we don't have a carport I jumped in my car and headed off to the local undercover shopping centre (They can't lock it - win tongue.gif), however the storm hit hard about half way there and I ended up driving the rest of the way by memory - visability was 0 with the wind and rain, the street lights were cutting in and out and the traffic lights were all down. It was so bad that I couldn't see white traffic islands in the middle of the road, even when I was right next to them. Luckily got there safely and waited out the storm. When i returned home there was a tree across the driveway about where my car was parked before, so a good move even if I left my run a little late.

I'm now just really hanging out for a set of euro front splitters and TRD rear splitters tongue.gif

JoshuaM
I came accross a couple of old images that I didn't ever have a chance to upload too;

This is one when I went out on a drive to fetch a new camera lens and I wanted to try it out on the way home:



And this one is on a Brisbane Celica Club cruise from last year:



And I remembered that I didn't upload any photos of my new subwoofer. I am very happy with it, and it is a great option if you want that full range from your audio setup without sacrificing the practicality of the lift back celicas.

(Excuse the mess tongue.gif)





It is very durable too, I had no concerns about chucking a full set of wheels on it and driving a considerable distance tongue.gif

Due to eBay canceling my bid on me for unforeseen technical reasons I missed out on the TRD rear splitters I really wanted... But I have a shopper trawling through Japanese listings for me, and in discussions with a couple of private sellers, so there should be a few JDM goodies coming my way shortly ;D

P.S. for splitters and *spoiler alert* mirrors I am looking at some are being advertised in Europe / UK as Lucerne Silver, is there different silver mixes for our generation Celica in different regions?

SwissFerdi
Lucerne is alpine, I suppose, but the only factory color I know of is Alpine Silver. It is also, coincidentally, my city of birth.
JoshuaM
QUOTE (SwissFerdi @ Mar 31, 2013 - 4:13 PM) *
Lucerne is alpine, I suppose, but the only factory color I know of is Alpine Silver. It is also, coincidentally, my city of birth.


Haha, so that's why you like it so much wink.gif

But that is good, I don't want to pay a lot extra for getting silver ones that don't need painting only to find they are a completely different shade tongue.gif
JoshuaM
Guess what time it is…. PHOTO TIME!!! biggrin.gif

I was down on the sunny Gold Coast today, so I cleaned the car and took some photos to show off my new wheels!

Since nobody is going to read what I write here with the photos below I guess I’ll just link now and talk later…















I want to finally enter a Celica of the month competition… Please help me choose!  OR, tell me to go home and take better pictures / get more JDM parts first tongue.gif

QUOTE (SwissFerdi @ Apr 23, 2012 - 6:51 PM) *
The mod bug will bite. Beware.


Ohhh… OUCH! MAKE IT STAHHHPPPP! tongue.gif Yeah, I go to buy one or two tiny little things and here I am buying almost everything I have ever dreamt of…. Love prices ordering direct from Japan wink.gif

The sad thing is that with my new wheels and a couple of good, regular cleans I have fallen back in love with it just the way it is anyway tongue.gif BUT… who can say no to JDM goodies.

CelicaZR
I hope you got some jdm projectors on order smile.gif
JoshuaM
QUOTE (CelicaZR @ Apr 2, 2013 - 9:52 PM) *
I hope you got some jdm projectors on order smile.gif


Mayyyyyybe wink.gif
Rusty
looks tidy/clean well done thumbsup.gif
sr666
Heya mate car's looking sweet biggrin.gif

If I were thinking of entering a pic for COTM I'd be using the 3rd from bottom pic, there's a fair bit less clutter in the pic although the one with the palm tree thing (I don't study trees LOL) I think would be better suited if you were parked a tad further forward smile.gif

Out of interest is it yourself who was over on CCUK regarding the splitters I can't remember?
cheela
That's a very clean looking celi. Keep up the good work. love the 7th gen GTS rims, I got a set myself.
JoshuaM
QUOTE (sr666 @ Apr 5, 2013 - 7:27 PM) *
Heya mate car's looking sweet biggrin.gif

If I were thinking of entering a pic for COTM I'd be using the 3rd from bottom pic, there's a fair bit less clutter in the pic although the one with the palm tree thing (I don't study trees LOL) I think would be better suited if you were parked a tad further forward smile.gif

Out of interest is it yourself who was over on CCUK regarding the splitters I can't remember?


Thanks for your thoughts smile.gif When I get a chance I might have a go at a bit of light editing with that pic and see how I go smile.gif

And yes, I have been stalking CCUK in the hopes of picking up some euro front splitters and TRD rear spats, both of which don't exist in Australia tongue.gif I bought some silver TRD spats last night (one small crack and missing mounting brackets for $89 - a bit steep but it was an eBay sale), but I am still on the lookout for the euro fronts.

QUOTE (cheela @ Apr 5, 2013 - 8:12 PM) *
That's a very clean looking celi. Keep up the good work. love the 7th gen GTS rims, I got a set myself.


Thanks smile.gif I'm slowly falling in love with them tongue.gif I was initially indifferent, after a day I liked them, and now I just stare tongue.gif I still really want some 17" Caldina rims, but I have definitely now put that on the back burner after getting these! (Now I just need to buy some decent tyres for them).
sr666
Ok mate I'll keep an eye open for you smile.gif

There's nothing wrong with your pics by the way I was just going from if it was me as opposed to you mate
JoshuaM
QUOTE (sr666 @ Apr 5, 2013 - 10:43 PM) *
Ok mate I'll keep an eye open for you smile.gif

There's nothing wrong with your pics by the way I was just going from if it was me as opposed to you mate


Haha, thank you. I know they're not that uncommon, and theoretically they're not really worth any more than 30-35 pounds, but when you actually ask for one then breakers yards suddenly think they're worth 80 tongue.gif

And I didn't take it the wrong way, it is appreciated that somebody actually let me know what they thought! I was simply referring to the fact that if you liked that one then I would use it as a base to hopefully make something even more attention grabbing smile.gif
Payne
Love your celica man it's so clean! I've been looking on gumtree for ages and haven't come across any 7th gen rims in Melbourne, let me know if you find any! smile.gif
The_enD
Nice Celica
JoshuaM
QUOTE (Payne @ Apr 28, 2013 - 5:37 AM) *
Love your celica man it's so clean! I've been looking on gumtree for ages and haven't come across any 7th gen rims in Melbourne, let me know if you find any! smile.gif


You mean like the set I'm just about to put on Gumtree tongue.gif

It probably won't be worth shipping though, and I'm missing the centre caps in my spare set. I saw some in Melbourne about a month ago, but I think they're gone now. I'll let you know if I notice any down in your neck of the woods smile.gif
Payne
QUOTE (JoshuaM @ Apr 28, 2013 - 6:06 AM) *
You mean like the set I'm just about to put on Gumtree tongue.gif

It probably won't be worth shipping though, and I'm missing the centre caps in my spare set. I saw some in Melbourne about a month ago, but I think they're gone now. I'll let you know if I notice any down in your neck of the woods smile.gif


Yeah shipping would be a killer, appreciate it!
JoshuaM
Sooo, little update...
My TRD splitters arrived about 2 weeks ago, but I have been too busy with uni to find time to fit them (...Well, that’s my excuse anyway... I was just chicken of drilling a couple of holes in my bumper tongue.gif). Thanks Richee3 for the advice for fitment smile.gif

They went on this morning before uni, and I just washed the car in complete darkness and popped off to the local shops to get you guys some pics... don’t ever say I don’t look out for you guys wink.gif













I generally like the look... but it is now tempting me to try out how spoiler-less would look (Note TRY, I don't intend for this to be permanent tongue.gif)

Also, I am very pleased to announce that over the past two weeks I have picked up a set of 205/50/16 Yokohama C.Drive part-worns (Practically new... maybe 5,000kms on them?) which were a phenomenal improvement... which got me sucked in and I rotated them to replace the very worn out Kumhos on the back and got some new Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres for the front. I must say, this is THE BEST performance modification you can do to any car... up to this point I have only ever experienced rather terrible budget tyres... but I am NEVER going back. These tyres don’t spin at all when taking off at the lights, don’t chirp if you dump it into second and give a much greater general confidence and stability on the road.

Still waiting for some bits on a ship from Japan, and still waiting on replies from sellers in the UK for various bits and bobs, but everything in good time smile.gif
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