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No unfortunately  :( maybe 1 day il get a 4wd version tho 

I did tell the place to use 2.5 over it but for some reason they chose not to listen and it went back 3 times for adjustment fslol 

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1 hour ago, Sam44 said:

Doing a grand job there. Incredible little car. 

Cheers mate, it's nothing to look at compared to some of the starlets on here but I'm doing the best I can with limited funds and even more limited knowledge and ability lol. 

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1 hour ago, SKINY said:

No unfortunately  :( maybe 1 day il get a 4wd version tho 

I did tell the place to use 2.5 over it but for some reason they chose not to listen and it went back 3 times for adjustment fslol 

Well I've been told my local powerflow centre are pretty good so hopefully they'll nail it first time. Think space may be a little more limited over the 4wd rear axle lol

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46 minutes ago, Wardyep95 said:

Well I've been told my local powerflow centre are pretty good so hopefully they'll nail it first time. Think space may be a little more limited over the 4wd rear axle lol

Just a little less room! Mine looked the part but it knocked so much, and the backbox would fall off as it was a sleeve join.

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Great car mate. Thanks for those great under car photos of the awd system. I have been looking around for some. I really want to awd my EP71 at this point 😁.

Cant afford a Yaris GR so i will build a lighter version of a Starlet GR 😆

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On 5/1/2021 at 5:22 PM, Ep71T said:

Great car mate. Thanks for those great under car photos of the awd system. I have been looking around for some. I really want to awd my EP71 at this point 😁.

Cant afford a Yaris GR so i will build a lighter version of a Starlet GR 😆

Cheers mate, not sure how easy it would be to awd convert a chassis that wasn't designed for it. Nothing is impossible with enough cutting and welding though. 

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Not much to report, I have been waiting till the new month to tax the car as I didn't want to pay for a whole month and only use it for the last few days, will be off for it's exhaust this week. 

I did manage to get my panhard rod though so that's good. 

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Did have a one small issue, when I started her up (first time since clutch change) and ran through the gears, it was only driving the rear wheels, (car on stands). After a quick Google I found someone who had the same issue on an ep85, which turned out to be the o/s drive shaft being slightly out. Guess what, I hadn't rammed it in hard enough, lol. One good wallop and it's awd again 😁

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31 minutes ago, Wardyep95 said:

Cheers mate, not sure how easy it would be to awd convert a chassis that wasn't designed for it. Nothing is impossible with enough cutting and welding though. 

You are absolutely right mate . But thats  where the fun is 😂.  We dont have ep85 95 in our market so its hard to get one here.

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27 minutes ago, Ep71T said:

Could tou send me a pic or the transmission code from the metal tag in the engine compartment ? 

Thanks 😀

Think the gearbox code is c50f off the top of my head. 

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So today I've got it back off the stands for the first time in about 6 weeks (maybe more) and took it for a test round the block. I'm now of the opinion that the 4wd was never working since I've owned the car, it was mental before, snaking the back end even in the dry and deadly in the wet (although it is fun sending a 3dr hatch sideways 😂). Now on soaking wet roundabouts with a foot full of 2nd gear and it just won't slide. This thing is now behaving exactly as you would expect a 4wd car to, goes exactly where you point it no matter how slippy the road is 😁

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14 hours ago, Wardyep95 said:

So today I've got it back off the stands for the first time in about 6 weeks (maybe more) and took it for a test round the block. I'm now of the opinion that the 4wd was never working since I've owned the car, it was mental before, snaking the back end even in the dry and deadly in the wet (although it is fun sending a 3dr hatch sideways 😂). Now on soaking wet roundabouts with a foot full of 2nd gear and it just won't slide. This thing is now behaving exactly as you would expect a 4wd car to, goes exactly where you point it no matter how slippy the road is 😁

I can imagine it's a silly amount of fun to drive now with 4wd properly engaged. 

I took mine out for some b-road bashing yesterday, was pretty much grinning from ear to ear for the whole 2 hours I was out. 

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1 hour ago, Goldie said:

I can imagine it's a silly amount of fun to drive now with 4wd properly engaged. 

It was a silly amount of fun when it was sending the back out every time you thought about the throttle. I think it will now be a lot quicker and safer lol. The weather was atrocious here yesterday but I couldn't get any wheel spin out of it, just goes where you point it now. 

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Always wondered what these are like, as far as I'm aware there aren't any LSD's available for them, so it's just open front and rear with a viscous centre diff is that right?

How does it drive compared to a normal EP91? Notice any extra weight? What are the gear ratios like?

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2 hours ago, ste91 said:

Always wondered what these are like, as far as I'm aware there aren't any LSD's available for them, so it's just open front and rear with a viscous centre diff is that right?

How does it drive compared to a normal EP91? Notice any extra weight? What are the gear ratios like?

I don't know how it is compared to a normal ep91 as this is the first starlet I've ever owned. I'm not aware of any diffs available, however the way it was gripping on wet roads, when I was trying to break traction, I really don't think they're necessary. Not sure if someone has managed to fit some sort of lsd in the rear though as it does skip slightly at low speed on full lock, for example backing onto my driveway.it does not do it under normal driving conditions though 🤔. More investigation may be required. So yes open front viscous centre and supposedly open rear but this thing grips like no other. 😁 They're not that much heavier than a glanza if you look at the data about them, still well under 1t.

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So today's update is, full set of rainsport 5's and more importantly full alignment, the first since fitting the coilovers. The drive has been absolutely transformed, it was scary to drive although I knew it was due to alignment and wasn't using the car for more than 5-6 miles a week. Now it handles beautifully and I can really appreciate how good these coilovers actually are. 😁

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Full powerflow exhaust is booked in for a week Wednesday and I will update with pics when done. 

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23 hours ago, daniel_g said:

The early ae86 rear diff allegedly fits, but it is an 800 quid gamble.

Good work so far dude. Will be interesting to see how they do the exhaust. 

Been doing some digging, diff is fine, looks like viscous coupling is to blame, removed front section of prop so just fwd at the moment and got my importer on the case of getting a viscous from Japan, failing that I've got a plan 🤫

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