My AE-86 Corolla Page
The Altezza 3SGE conversion detailed
|I also wanted
to soften the springs all round, to make it more comfortable for road
driving. So off to Kings Springs to get some new ones. I was hoping to
just get some off the shelf from them, but to get the ride height I
wanted, they actually had to make up a new set that are about 30mm
lower than their Superlows. And here's how the rear sits right now.
It's a tiny bit low, so what I'm going to do is add the thin rubber buffers on the bottom of the springs that the factory cars have. That'll lift it up a little and make it a tiny bit softer again. The spring rate has gone from 280 lbs/inch down to 150 lbs/inch. I've yet to swap those old rear springs into the front, to soften it up from the current 390 lbs/inch.
other thing I've been doing is finally getting around to making a
muffler design that I thought up a few years ago. That's another story
in itself, but with the help of a friend of mine who's the best welder
I've ever seen, the muffler finally got built. And then fitted to the
back of the Sprinter.
The intent was the make a muffler that had no internal baffles and no real restriction, and mainly because of the way it worked to keep the engine quiet - And it failed miserably!
cunning plan behind it was to make the sharp pulses in the exhaust gas
flow break up as they enter the large internal chamber, then out again
through the exit pipe. It's those pulses that make all the noise, so if
they're broken up the engine should sound quieter. But this
unfortunately hasn't happened, and the two litre engine sounds like a
raspy 1200cc at times. Part of the reason, I think, is that
muffler is too far back in the system to get really clear pulses, but
also because it just doesn't work as intended.
It wasn't cheap to make either, so it wouldn't have been a big seller anyway if it went commercial.
|The big rear discs still
aren't on the car yet, but the kit to fit them is nearly done.
To try to save weight on the rear axle, we will be doing a sneaky trick with the alloy hat that mounts the disc and locates & spaces the wheel. Photos of that when it comes.
On the left though, is a phone-camera photo of the old disc and note the size of it compared to the new big disc. All going well the car will stop very nicely with that mod. It was mentioned to me that I could nearly use the current discs as mounting hats for the new discs. :)
Things to come:
Fit the 4.1:1 diff ratio that the Altezza's have as standard so that
the speedo works accurately.
- Make the speedo work.
- Trace electrical leak that flattens the battery every second day.
- Fit the bigger brakes to the rear, to balance the large front brakes.
- Finish off the interior panelling around the shifter.
- New carpet & and paint, and lots of other fiddly little things.
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