My AE-86 Sprinter - Mods done page
- Finally got around to adding the Cusco front end bits, and the Cashiew front struts.
|Here is the picture of the strut
top camber adjusters. The is the left hand one, and as viewed from the
front of the car it looks like I've got a heap of positive camber
dialled into the car. Not so! Because the front track is about 50mm
wider than standard, I have to have the strut tops in that position
to get 1.5° negative camber. I'd like to run a little less camber
though, so I'll have to shorten up the lower control arms to reduce
Also note the blue-grey colour of the paint - This is sort-of the original colour of the car, before I painted it white. It was actually more of a sky-blue, but under the bonnet the paint is an odd colour. I'll be painting the engine bay when the new engine goes in.
|Here is a view of the front of the engine bay - You can see the radius rod support brackets, the back of the electricfan for the radiator, and the front of the engine, sans belt cover. You can't see the front anti-roll bar, of course.|
|I've added the strut tower brace and brake master cylinder brace as well. I also gutted the proportioning valve to the rear brakes, and the car stops a lot better than it did before.|
|I've also picked up some new bits for the new 4GE engine - The 'shim-under' type cam buckets, and the special valve spring retainers needed to hold the new, smaller sized shim under the bucket, instead of the larger shim-over type.|
... And here's the
exhaust by itself.
|Here's a picture of the
super-strong bits. From left to right -
- A forged steel Formula Atlantic 40mm crankshaft, considered 'unbreakeable' ... (debateable, but nevertheless a good sign)
- Forged Formula Atlantic TRD/Carillo con-rods. Used, but in excellent condition.
- Forged Formula Atlantic TRD/Mahle pistons.
- High RPM Speco valve springs
- 'Shim-under' type valve spring retainers.
- 'Shim-under' type cam buckets.
- 'Big valve' kit; 2mm oversize inlet & exhaust valves.
- A large puddle of drool around the parts. (optional!)
All the parts are new & unused, except for the con-rods.
|Here's a good view of the steel insert that the clutch plate rubs on. As you can see, there's not a lot of excess metal in it! It was fabricated by John Barbeiri, of Alloy Race Components in Melbourne, Australia.|
late than never, are the photos of the coil-over rear end that was
fitted some time ago. The rear dampers are too long, so in the fullness
of time I'll have to fit shorter ones. In the photo on the right you
see that that lower damper mount has been braced up with two small
triangles of metal, and this is to stop the lower mount from ripping
||Just to be hugely
geeky, I've got a Toshiba Libretto that I use to program & tune the
Motec M4Pro in the car whilst driving along. As you can see, the
Libretto is quite small and so is easy to carry around.
On the right is an old fuel map, with the later ones having a lot less bumps as I tune the mixtures more accurately.
The car is getting an Altezza 3SGE & 5-speed automatic gearbox conversion. The Sprinter will be more of a cruiser, and if I want to go fast I have the Starlet to do that in.
Here is the Altezza engine sitting in the AE-86's engine bay, and it's a bit of a tight squeeze. But it'll fit, one way or another! It will hopefully be a runner in a few months.
It's taken a long time but the conversion is almost completely finished. The engine is in and working just fine, the only remaining items to do are to get the speedo working, a general clean-up all round, and to fit the larger rear discs. The pics above are of the larger front discs as they went on. On the far left you can see how much larger the Toyota RAV4 discs are than the standard AE-86 discs - They're 308mm diameter, 19mm thick, and ventilated. Next is the milled alloy bracket we made to mount the four-spot Wilwood calipers to the AE-86 struts.
next three photos are of the kit fitted to the car, and they fill the
16" wheels quite nicely. We lost the splash guard that normally covers
the inside of the disc so I have to be a little careful when going
through deep puddles. The rear discs have been purchased but not
yet fitted. They're a DBA unit and 311mm diameter 9.6mm thick. I picked
those because I can keep the standard AE-86 rear caliper and so keep
the standard cable handbrake system. Using a different caliper was very
tempting but the problem of making the handbrake work was a major
concern. The big BDA discs are about 27% larger than the AE-86 ones so
that will give me a lot more braking power on the rear, hopefully
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