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Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby notnilc20 » Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:11 pm

Just thought i'd start a new topic since the boards are so slow. I wanted to get some opinions and thoughts guys and gals.

Lets say a buyer goes out of his way looking for a gts...must be a gts or nothing....spends $5 to $8k on it and six months later he decides he needs to strip it out and put a 20v blacktop or sr20det in it. This happens a lot it seems. So anyway, why not buy a sr5 and do the sr20 or 20v swap ? Keep the gts original. Maybe because the rear end differences? I know there is more to it than just the engine that makes a gts a gts...but still.

Here's another one. What's your thoughts on an 100% sr5 to gts conversion having gts decals? Is this wrong? The cars are identical in every aspect except the vin. Ok so you think...only original gts can have the gts decals? What about the guys who put Trueno decals on their jdm converted Gts? Is this wrong too? Or sprinter decals or even sprinter tail lights?

My opinion is simple....i think any ae86 can wear whatever as long as it's representative of what your driving. Maybe you like the way a decal looks over another.....I know I like the way the GTS decals look over SR5 and Trueno etc. What's your thoughts....just thought i'd try to spark up some conversation since its so slow....there is no right or wrong answer.....

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby AE86Kai » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:23 am

My opinion for decals.
I had FULL (Door & Trunk) "Zenki" USDM GT-S decals on my Toyota Corolla Levin.... :oops:

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby jondee86 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:53 am

Basically, I'm a purist, and I only have the OEM stickers on my car. But if I was looking
to decorate my car, I'd go for something along these lines...

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I like the idea of turning a car into a work of art :)

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby Msanti » Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:28 am

Well.. I'd say that it's the chassis that's most important. An AE86 is and AE86

Whatever you put in it is subject to the owner

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby Jeonsah » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:59 am

As long as all the decals match, then im good.

Not sure what to say about the 20v gts vs 20v sr5. Most people gravitate towards GTS for the rare factor and less work in the long run.
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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby Kitsunami » Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:59 am

The USDM GTS purists must hate the fact that they technically don't drive an AE86...

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby aukword1 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:39 am

I like no decals whatsoever but that's just me.

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby Jeonsah » Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:22 pm

Kitsunami wrote:The USDM GTS purists must hate the fact that they technically don't drive an AE86...


elaborate?
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Postby Kitsunami » Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:34 pm

Jeonsah wrote:
Kitsunami wrote:The USDM GTS purists must hate the fact that they technically don't drive an AE86...


elaborate?


USDM GTS's carry an AE88 code.

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby zem » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:32 pm

Kitsunami wrote:
Jeonsah wrote:
Kitsunami wrote:The USDM GTS purists must hate the fact that they technically don't drive an AE86...


elaborate?


USDM GTS's carry an AE88 code.

The VIN is different, the chassis code (AE86) is the same, i don't know anybody who thinks that/cares about the VIN.

As for the question i say tinker with SR5s not GT-S, and i don't care about decals unless there's a 4AC under the hood.
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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby Jeonsah » Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:54 am

zem wrote:
Kitsunami wrote:
Jeonsah wrote:
elaborate?


USDM GTS's carry an AE88 code.

The VIN is different, the chassis code (AE86) is the same, i don't know anybody who thinks that/cares about the VIN.

As for the question i say tinker with SR5s not GT-S, and i don't care about decals unless there's a 4AC under the hood.


Had to add another quote lol. My thoughts exactly. I seriously do not understand why people believe that.
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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby Kitsunami » Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:16 am

Didn't quite mean to stir a pot here people, my bad. I equally don't understand why people think that they can tell others that they drive an SR5 even if said person went through all the trouble of fully converting one to a GTS. Purism, in my mind, is very shortsighted.

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby Kitsunami » Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:22 am

If you spend the effort and truly upgrade an SR5 to a GTS spec, you should have the privilege of calling your 86 a GTS, I guess is what I was trying to convey.

Hell, it's easy (albeit expensive) to just go out and buy a running GTS. but I think I'm going to get more value out of a swap. It teaches you a lot more about the car, after all.

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby kiosk » Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:35 am

Kitsunami wrote:If you spend the effort and truly upgrade an SR5 to a GTS spec, you should have the privilege of calling your 86 a GTS, I guess is what I was trying to convey.

Hell, it's easy (albeit expensive) to just go out and buy a running GTS. but I think I'm going to get more value out of a swap. It teaches you a lot more about the car, after all.
but one thing you don't want to do is pull a Karate_Crimson and try selling it as a GT-S and not an SR-5 with a GT-S swap.

There is more value when you say you own a legit GT-S and it's an original GT-S. You'll be the envy of everyone here.
For the owner there's more value when you poured blood, sweat, tears, and money in swapping. We'll still be envious of you. Just not as much :lol: And you're right, the knowledge learned from swapping is invaluable. You learn so much about your car and how things work.

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby Kitsunami » Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:48 am

kiosk wrote:
Kitsunami wrote:If you spend the effort and truly upgrade an SR5 to a GTS spec, you should have the privilege of calling your 86 a GTS, I guess is what I was trying to convey.

Hell, it's easy (albeit expensive) to just go out and buy a running GTS. but I think I'm going to get more value out of a swap. It teaches you a lot more about the car, after all.
but one thing you don't want to do is pull a Karate_Crimson and try selling it as a GT-S and not an SR-5 with a GT-S swap.

There is more value when you say you own a legit GT-S and it's an original GT-S. You'll be the envy of everyone here.
For the owner there's more value when you poured blood, sweat, tears, and money in swapping. We'll still be envious of you. Just not as much :lol: And you're right, the knowledge learned from swapping is invaluable. You learn so much about your car and how things work.


Ahh yeah, I mean if you're talking about it from a resale point of view, it would be important to note it wasn't originally a GTS. In an alternate universe where I was to sell it, I wouldn't try to hide that fact. But now that makes me wonder what value I would place on a purchase if I had a choice between two [nearly] identical GTS AE86s, where one was originally an SR5 but fully converted.

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby aukword1 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:35 am

Well there is definitely more value in keeping an actual GTS stock nowadays. They are going for like 8k or something like that. If you want to modify your car in anyway I think the SR5 GTS swap is the best route. At least that is the route I took. I don't think I would want to do an SR5 GTS swap and keep it stock.

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Postby kiosk » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:51 am

I would keep it as stock as possible for the sleeper look. Decals and all!

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby notnilc20 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:12 am

kiosk wrote:but one thing you don't want to do is pull a Karate_Crimson and try selling it as a GT-S and not an SR-5 with a GT-S swap.

Wow! Just read that whole ordeal. That's messed up. On a side note...where did he get that intake plenum on the 20v silvertop? I've not seen one with the intake opening toward the front on a rwd setup. Is it from a different car


Kitsunami wrote:USDM GTS's carry an AE88 code.

Watch this video....he does a pretty good job of explaining things about this mis-conception. https://youtu.be/F6s9l6a_f5Y

zem wrote:The VIN is different, the chassis code (AE86) is the same, i don't know anybody who thinks that/cares about the VIN.

As for the question i say tinker with SR5s not GT-S, and i don't care about decals unless there's a 4AC under the hood.

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aukword1 wrote:Well there is definitely more value in keeping an actual GTS stock nowadays. They are going for like 8k or something like that. If you want to modify your car in anyway I think the SR5 GTS swap is the best route. At least that is the route I took. I don't think I would want to do an SR5 GTS swap and keep it stock.

Excellent points given.

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby kiosk » Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:15 am

notnilc20 wrote:where did he get that intake plenum on the 20v silvertop? I've not seen one with the intake opening toward the front on a rwd setup. Is it from a different car.
He posted that it was an AE101 Airbox, modified for RWD application

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby ToeKnee805 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:02 am

People like to start with GTS chassis because theyre already setup for EFI and a 20v will work with minimal modification. To do a GTSR5 swap its no longer a 1k dollar ordeal. Rear ends alone can go for 1k. Its expensive to GTSR5, almost as expensive as finding a true GTS.

As far as decals, put what you like, as long as it matches what you run. If you got a GTSR5, run GTS decals. If you got a JDM aero setup, run JDM stickers. If your car is a Pop up light, of course you wont run LEVIN decals... etc etc.
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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby notnilc20 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:46 am

ToeKnee805 wrote:People like to start with GTS chassis because theyre already setup for EFI and a 20v will work with minimal modification. To do a GTSR5 swap its no longer a 1k dollar ordeal. Rear ends alone can go for 1k. Its expensive to GTSR5, almost as expensive as finding a true GTS.

As far as decals, put what you like, as long as it matches what you run. If you got a GTSR5, run GTS decals. If you got a JDM aero setup, run JDM stickers. If your car is a Pop up light, of course you wont run LEVIN decals... etc etc.


That makes sense on the 20v conversion. About gtsr5 conversion costing about as much as a gts anyway.... I can definantly testify to that.

I totally agree with you on the decals. Thanks.

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Re: Opinions on Sr5 20v swaps vs GTS 20v swaps and conversions and everything else

Postby aukword1 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:08 am

Thankfully I did my GTSR5 swap many years ago when it was cheap to get a GTS coupe and swap it all over to a hatch. Let's face it though, the cost for parts and just these cars in general will just continue to rise. Imagine what an unmolested stock GTS will be worth in another 30 years lol.

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