"Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby Jayrdee » Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:03 pm

Installed my coilovers this past weekend. and remember my previous post about how I decided to buy all new Pads, Rotors, Wheel bearings, etc.? I spent about 250$ for all of that stuff ... and I didn't use ANY of it Lol. When changing the suspension, noticed the pads were pretty much brand new, took the hubs off and noticed it had fresh grease, even the cotter pin was new haha.

I guess I have spare parts now?

I wrote a little review of the whole setup here:
http://www.club4ag.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21044

Turns out I maybe somewhat jumped the gun on buying new coilovers too! LOL :mrgreen: :oops: I should have taken the time to see what I actually had on there. TRD blue rear struts and potential TRD springs? I couldn't find any markings on the springs, but that dark blue color looks like TRD. Not sure about the fronts though besides the cusco camber plates.
oh well ... more spare parts

The old setup.
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I also never realized how off-center the rear axle was due to the lateral bar until I lowered it in the rear. Of course I didn't have a big enough wrench to adjust it, and then the one I bought was too small. I believe the nut is a 29mm, but of course thats not a common size. Ended up getting a 1-3/16 to fit. It was also seized up pretty bad, but nothing a good dose of PB Blaster couldn't handle.

Here is the car in its current state. Need to adjust the height some more, but its functional. Definitely not a fan of the "raked" look, but I think thats mainly due to the rear tires being larger than the front.
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Now I just need an alignment, and then roll the fenders for the new wheels :D
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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby my86mystory » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:18 pm

Love the car man! Low key jealous about the car and the experience of RHD, but not jealous of the what it takes to get one lol. Please make as frequent updates about the coilovers as possible. Im on whats possibly my last 86 and Ive always had greddys, but seeing as theyre discontinued i need to look elsewhere. Looking forward to all future updates!

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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby CloudStrife » Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:04 am

Lol dude, not to put you down but your old setup is awesome. Are the shocks even bad?

Are those Cusco camber plates height adjustable or not?

Either way you can make good money back on selling either one. It is always good to have 2 setups though in case you need to rebuild.. or want a track setup and DD setup.

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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby Jayrdee » Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:29 pm

my86mystory wrote:Love the car man! Low key jealous about the car and the experience of RHD, but not jealous of the what it takes to get one lol. Please make as frequent updates about the coilovers as possible. Im on whats possibly my last 86 and Ive always had greddys, but seeing as theyre discontinued i need to look elsewhere. Looking forward to all future updates!


Haha thanks man! and yeahhhhh ... draining your entire savings account for a 30 year old Toyota, sight unseen and on the opposite side of the globe, isn't the brightest idea Lol. Once I get the car aligned and tackle some back-roads I'll be sure to update the review thread.

CloudStrife wrote:Lol dude, not to put you down but your old setup is awesome. Are the shocks even bad?

Are those Cusco camber plates height adjustable or not?

Either way you can make good money back on selling either one. It is always good to have 2 setups though in case you need to rebuild.. or want a track setup and DD setup.


Oh dude its all good man. Total mistake on my part. They're not bad at all! I just wanted something new and to be able to adjust the rear height. Don't think the camber plates are height adjustable though.

My thought process was just like ... well, idk whats on it, they look old, I like my buddy's Lexus (he has FA on his IS300), and FA makes a set for the AE86 so ... why not? Lol

No joke as soon as I pulled off the rears and saw the Toyota part number I was like "Sh*t ........." haha

I will say this ... its odd, even though the FAs are significantly stiffer, the overall ride quality is better! The old stuff was good, but kind of bouncy. You'd think it would be the opposite.
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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby CloudStrife » Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:50 pm

Lol, next time just buy rear adjustable perches:
https://shop.battlegarage-rs.com/collec ... lover-type
*priced with springs.

Just remember that those shocks are probably old as hell and can account for the "bouncy feel". You can look up how to test shocks on the internetz ;)

I just say this because coming from Japan, you probably have a dope list of quality parts on there, and you'll be paying out the ass for new stuff.

Also, I've talked to many smart dudes about rear adjustability, and the consesus is it's not really neccesary for anything non-track. But I also never see N2 with em' on so who knows.

Christ, I think you even have authentic TRD RCAs LOL.

Btw, Cusco height adjustable camber plates are hard to find; Project Mu (not going to find the micro greek symbol) is easier to come accross.

Either way FA/ BC or custom is the best way to go so you're doing fine either way!

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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby Jayrdee » Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:48 pm

I saw those on their website! haha I almost bought them but was unsure on how much lower I could go in the rear. Thats when I saw the Fortune Autos for sale on their website and later found that review from a few years ago.

Also another thing I should add, I'm kind of weird when it comes to organization. I like things to "match" Lol. So when it comes to cars, mismatched parts and/or uneven ride heights is a big no-go for me haha.
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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby CloudStrife » Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:41 am

No worries man, I'm a Cusco slut so that's what I buy. Even if there is no evidence that using the same company for everything creates a better car, I still like using the same line.

I even color match lol.

I might have to pick your brain about the JDM automatic climate control. I bought one because I like the gauge face better, but I doubt the USDM Corollas come from the factory with the plugs for this...

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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby EvoSolley » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:00 am

Just had a chance to look at this update. Car sits perfect and those new coils look soooo clean! also, not to shabby of a "spare" setup too hahaha. Also thanks for the write up and I'm looking forward to another review later on down the road. Keep p the progress!

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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby Jayrdee » Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:47 pm

CloudStrife wrote:I might have to pick your brain about the JDM automatic climate control. I bought one because I like the gauge face better, but I doubt the USDM Corollas come from the factory with the plugs for this...


I'll be working on the 86 this weekend so I'll try and snap some pics while I'm at it.

EvoSolley wrote:Just had a chance to look at this update. Car sits perfect and those new coils look soooo clean! also, not to shabby of a "spare" setup too hahaha. Also thanks for the write up and I'm looking forward to another review later on down the road. Keep p the progress!


Thanks homie!





a little side note. These came in the mail today ...

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Brand new. Fresh off the boat.
RS-Watanabe B Type
14x7.5 +1.5

I also bought tires.
195/60r14 Falken Azenis RT-615K

Lets hope I can get them mounted and the car aligned this weekend!
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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby Jayrdee » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:20 am

So ... Tried to get it aligned this past weekend and turns out my inner tie rods are worn and need to be replaced. Unfortunately it took 3 different trips to 2 different shops for this to be confirmed. Whats even more unfortunate is I am no longer bringing my vehicles to my own workplace and letting them touch the car(s).

On a different note, I got the wheels and tires mounted.
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And then tried to put them on the car Saturday. The goal was to roll the fenders and have them on for this little car show / drift event on Sunday but I ran out of time. The fitment is exactly what I was shooting for, but I under-estimated how much I needed to modify the fenders. I think I could have made it work with 185/60r14 tires but these 195/60 Falkens are meaty. I ended up putting the gold wheels back on


"dayum gurl, you thick af"
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I need to roll / pull the fronts more, cut off the bumper tabs, and grind the rears some more. My fender roller is too tall to roll the rears. Plus the upper inner layer was starting to rot due to rust so even if I did roll them it would crumble. When I run into cases like this I just take a flapper wheel grinder and take layers off little by little until there's enough room, while rounding off the edges so it doesn't cut the tires. Tape off the outside quarter panels and then spray paint the inside of the lip to somewhat cover the exposed metal.

Gonna give it all another shot this week so we'll see what happens.
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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby KYHachi » Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:58 pm

That is a gorgeous Levin, man; great find! I'm living in Tokyo at the moment and there's one near my apt I see 2 or 3 times a month that looks almost exactly like yours...pretty jealous ;)

Anyway, always awesome to see another addition to the KY community...mine's been off the road since 2012, so the Lexington "chapter" is a bit diminished hahaha
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