NOTE: If you read through this thread from start to finish then you will notice that it is a little disjointed and fractured. That is because my entire account was accidentally deleted by a moderator in the early months of 2015 and all my post were lost including this entire thread. The Administrators had to recover and replace all my post from archives. Unfortunately, all the post that other members made in this thread were lost. You will see some of them quoted in my responses. It makes the thread read a bit weird but I was just happy to see most of it restored. Thanks for reading!
I decided it was time for me to do a build thread on my 2000 Super White:
First, a little history; I decided that I wanted to buy a hard top Spyder in March of 2011 after having admired them for years. Originally, I wanted a Mica Blue but once I saw Casey's white hard top equipped car for sale on Spyderchat, I changed my mind. After a couple weeks of negotiation, I booked a flight up to Burlington Vermont and drove the car the 715 miles back to Ohio. It was a homecoming of sorts as Casey had bought the car in Ohio a year earlier.
The first mod was one of necessity. I opted not to purchase the Works wheels and BF Goodrich KDWs that Casey was running on the car. The car made the trip home on stock wheels and Blizzaks.........on June 30th. A week later, the 16x7 Moda MD13 wheels and the Yokohama 205/45-16 S Drives arrived and went on the car.
I also added the TRD front strut brace and adjusted the JIC Magic FLT-TAR coilovers. The TRD bar made a huge difference in the feel of the car.
The car already had the TRD rear strut brace and Che under chassis bracing.
I have continued to mod the car over the last 18 months. My goal has always been to build a MR-S the way that I believed that Toyota should have built it from the factory. Other mods:
Black cloth Celica GTS seats
LPX rear lip
LPX front lip
2ZZ and 6 speed swap done in April 2012. LR/DDP Header added September 2012
Genuine TRD exhaust with BFT
JNZ stainless steel catted downpipe with two O2 sensors
GT86 6 speed shift knob on TRD short shifter
The car came with the soft top gutted which saves weight and adds some much needed storage space under the hard top
That brings us to how it sits today posing for a few fashion shots:
The car now has the look that I wanted and has the performance that I dreamed it would. It is close to perfect for me. Future mods.........................................................................................................................?
New mods and updates: March-April 2013
Red painted calipers
Flat black Plasti-Dipped lower front bumper
Modified 1ZZ baffled oil pan
Ishihara-Johnson oil pick-up extension
Photo from the Tail of the Dragon April 13th 2013
New Mods 2014
FR-S Pioneer Head Unit
Padded leather door armrest
Padded leather center console armrest
2003+ Rear bumper inserts
Corky's Breast Plate
One of my few pieces of pure BLING. Thought the engine bay needed a splash of color:
Photos from Tail of the Dragon SADAS XV April 2015