"Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby Jayrdee » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:09 pm

So ... I finally got around to fixing that WP leak and yeah, that o-ring behind the waterpump had snapped. I also learned that taking the timing cover off the engine makes putting on the waterpump sooooooo much easier Lol.

I had a busy winter break with some trips out west so that took up all my time and money for that clutch job/rear coolant leak I've been putting off. Now my final semester has started so its looking like I'll be broke and have no free time for another few months :lol: :lol:

On the bright side, I managed to get one last good drive in before the weather gets worse than it already is.
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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby mad_86 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:28 pm

That’s awesome man , whoops thats right totally forgot about that timing cover lol after acouple time you can finesse it in but it is tight. 8-)

Same thing goes with the rear coolant neck ,
If you remove the egr and tubes theres more room to
Get it off and remove the rubber coolant hose
By bottom of the intake.

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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby scalpel » Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:20 am

wow keeps on looking good

i have to the transmission and rear end rebuild as well haha

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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby Deuce Cam » Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:25 pm

Looks perfect - wouldnt change a thing. Always preferred the zenki flava

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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby Jayrdee » Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:12 pm

mad_86 wrote:That’s awesome man , whoops thats right totally forgot about that timing cover lol after acouple time you can finesse it in but it is tight. 8-)

Same thing goes with the rear coolant neck ,
If you remove the egr and tubes theres more room to
Get it off and remove the rubber coolant hose
By bottom of the intake.


I sh*t you not, it took me about an hour or so trying to get that thing mounted the first time. I know the o-ring got pinched in the process, so thats why I made sure to take the cover off this time around :lol: :lol:

scalpel wrote:wow keeps on looking good

i have to the transmission and rear end rebuild as well haha


Deuce Cam wrote:Looks perfect - wouldnt change a thing. Always preferred the zenki flava


Thanks fellas!
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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby Jayrdee » Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:23 am

Minor update, I broke down and went elsewhere to have that coolant leak fixed and the clutch replaced. Long story short, I'll be daily driving the 86 for a little while after I graduate college until I can save up some cash to buy something else to drive. I'm glad I went elsewhere to get the job done, the two bolts holding that coolant housing on the head had snapped, as I anticipated, and the dude had a hard time getting the housing off! That job would have been a nightmare on jackstands in my garage :lol: :lol: Its going to be dope being able to drive around town and not have coolant leaking all over the transmission though! Lol.

Side note, the guy who fixed it is a fellow AE86 dude. Matt Moore, a local legend around these parts. I know I've posted his car on here before but here's some pics of it. If anyone is in the central KY area and needs work done, this is the guy to go to. He goes by @roller_ae86 on instagram
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I also got a vibrant ultra-quiet resonator and their streetpower universal muffler. Looking to have someone fab it all up for me so I'm excited. Looking for something a little more aggressive sounding over my fujitsubo without it sounding raspy.

And as usual, pic of mine! I found this cool little app that makes your pictures look like old school film pics and I'm a corny like that so ....
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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby mad_86 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:15 pm

post a sound clip after you get that new exhaust, been thinking of doing the same set up.

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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby Jayrdee » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:41 pm

Finally got around to having the exhaust made, special thanks to Matt Moore (@roller_ae86) again for welding this thing up for me.

It sounds perfect. Idle/cruising its nice and quiet but really opens up whenever you get on it.
Specs:
Vibrant Ultra Quiet Resonator (#1140)
Vibrant Streetpower Universal Muffler (#1101)
Custom tip, no catalytic converter, 2.25" stainless steel piping.

I'll let the pictures/video do the talking.
https://youtu.be/ZIQclVfoOUU

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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby mad_86 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:06 pm

Thats sound just right for a corolla! Thanks for the uploads 8-)

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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby Jayrdee » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:02 pm

Damn! Its been a little bit since I've been on here!

Just a brief life update, I finally graduated college, landed a big boy job as a production engineer, which means I'm making big boy money now 8-) 8-)

For starters, I somehow managed to end up with 6 Work Equip Mesh wheels. All of them are 14x7 and i think the offset is +8?
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I also swapped out the old Recaro with a Bride Zeta I I bought from GetJpn. I was originally trying to snag an old TRD bucket seat, but I saw this one and I couldn't pass it up.
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Now the corner of my bedroom looks like this :lol:
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The 86 is still running good, just been driving the piss out of her. There's a track day coming up next month which I'm trying to drive in. Thats why I bought the bucket seat and the wheels. Now I just have to find some sticky tires. And of course, here's some eye candy! Shots come from this dude Kenta I know.
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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby mad_86 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:16 pm

195/ 60 /14 Federal 595 SS

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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby Jayrdee » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:38 pm

mad_86 wrote:195/ 60 /14 Federal 595 SS


I've always heard good things about those, but I just pulled the plug on some Toyo R888Rs, 185/60r14. Thats what I have on the car now. I think for a while the only 14" sizes they had were either 205/55 or 225/50.

Side note, Sezzle is f*ckin doppppeee. I bought my seat from GetJpn and paid via Sezzle. Basically you sign up and register a credit card, and then you can make interest free payments on whatever you're buying. There's a tire vendor called Tire Agent who uses Sezzle too, so .... ur boy is making 4 interest free payments on a set of sticky tires :lol: :lol: :lol:

Some more shots, but from a different guy. If anyone here is in the central KY area, hit up my dude Corbin Miranda. He does awesome work.
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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby Jayrdee » Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:32 am

I attended my first ever track day yesterday! And let me tell ya, that was seriously the most fun I've ever had with a car in my entire life. It was at the NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green KY and their Grand Full course.

It was so cool to be able to go full throttle around a legitimate race track and push the car/myself to its full potential. I've never done that before, so I learned A L O T about what works and what doesn't. I experienced first hand at how un-forgiving these cars are when it comes to making mistakes, but now I know what to do next time around.

The TOYO R888s I got did awesome, never really drove on a sticky compound tire before so that was fun. Oh, and I have ZERO brakes now :lol: :lol: In fact, my brakes started fading during the 2nd iteration Lol. Thats on me though, I never upgraded the pads or anything so who knows whats on there or how old they are.

Its crazy to me how I beat the crap out of this 35 year old Toyota, 20 minute sessions of wide open throttle, around a 3.15 mile track, elevation changes, etc. And literally the only thing I broke was a bleeder valve on my caliper.

Very good day. Photos were taken by my buddy Kole Grove who also drove the event in a RHD Levin (20v swapped)
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Re: "Kentucky AE86: A Levin Story"

Postby Jayrdee » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:29 am

No update, just some more pictures of the track day!

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