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Props on the build and hardtop, it made the driving experience a lot better for me so I hope you find the same enjoyment from it.

Since it seems like you're in CA, have you found sticking to the legal setup tough at all? Is there a certain whp target you're aiming for in your setup?
 

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This is a fun thread to follow. Congrats on the purchase and can't wait to see it on the road.
 

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Thanks guys. Ive wanted to build one of these for a while so Im quite excited about the process and learning as I go.

I had bought wheels quite early in the build and with the needed lugs here, I test fit one of the wheels... I dont think Im going to run these juuuuuust yet haha



With that on my mind, I took a closer look at the existing 15" OEM Wheels and Im blessed with 3 different tires all in a 195/50/15 size. One was a 7 year old Falken that was showing cracking, which is definitely on the chopping block. The other 3 had either late 2017 or 2018 dates on them. Looking at the tread, one looked nice, but sadly it wasnt the one that there was a pair of. Trying to weigh my options, I decided to get a pair of Nankang Cross Sport SP-9 205/50/15s for $115 shipped from Discount Tire Direct. This will give me a good set of tires that have nearly matching tread, but not the Extreme Tires that I plan to run on the double staggered wheels. That wont happen until Ive got some longer studs installed though.

Heres the two different tires with good tread. Can you tell which one I wanted and which one I will end up with?... a bummer, but its ok.


Edit: I had some time in the garage and got a few things wrapped up.

Per MWR guide I capped and routed the Coolant Lines on the side of the motor. Ordered a few more parts, one includes the giant line from the side of the head to the hard line under the car.



Also installed the dipstick line, installed my 1ZZ alternator and install the wires.



Pulled the Carfax on the car and it’s got a decent maintenance record, probably will sell the good known used parts from the 1ZZ...but ultimately it’s all going to go away. Gotta get my garage space back.
 

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My Innovative amounts arrived and I quickly wanted to install them. Got the side mounts installed. The driver side doesn’t have the provisions for the battery tray, so I will be looking for a better solution, also planning to use a smaller, lighter battery anyways so this didn’t really annoy me.





Slowly chugging along. There was a random T40 holding the last bolt of the heat shield of the 1ZZ exhaust manifold. Trip to O’Reillys today and I got to work trying to finish tearing down the old motor and tranny.

Got the manifold off, along with finally separating the motor and tranny. Gota few more pieces moved over to the other motor. Last thing left to move over is the 1ZZ oil pan.





Anyone know the torque specs of the bolt on the roller pulley, and the axle support? A little worried to go too tight because of the Aluminum Block. I checked the Torque Spec page but didn’t see it there.
 
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