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Hey all,
This is my latest project, a 2001 Celica SX, codenamed "Dorisu" which is the nane Doris in Japanese

The car is stock as a rock at the moment, and it needed a really good clean/polish, there was areas that had build up of dirt in areas around the lights, in the sill between the doors and near the bonnet hinges (amongst countless other areas lol)

It drives beautifully, the gearbox is nice and tight. 4th gear syncro on down gear is a bit meh but I fell in love with the rest of the condition of the car which is really great. The clear on the bumper is a bit average (whats left of it lol) but I had hopes to replace the front bumper with either a trd one or another white one with a front lip already installed, and the rear bumper would be replaced also.

I've got some ideas for mods but I have left it open enough for some of the boxes to get ticked off below but don't mind if not all are done:

Current Mods
Whiteline 20mm Rear Sway Bar
King Spring Lows
2.5" Cat Back Exhaust with Redback Muffler
ZR Scuff Plates
ZR Pedal Set
TRD Sideskirts


Prospect mods for Dorisu
White TRD Sideskirts
White TRD Front Lip (will buy complete with white bumper
White TRD Rear Lip (will buy complete with white bumper
Aftermarket Rear Sway Bar
5x100 Wheels (preferably 17" 7.5" wide and 35 offset)
Short Ram Intake
Extractors and Cat Back (or complete) exhaust

Unlikely but still probable Mods for Dorisu
DD Intake Manifold
Power FC
Stage 2 MWR Cams





Bag was placed over battery to keep the water off it while I was detailing the engine bay :)





 

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go with a wider wheel width, youll be more happy.
 

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Wheel width fitment is obviously often dependent upon factors such as the wheel diameter & offset, intended tire size and your intended drop... but you should be able to mount some types of 8.5" wheels on the rear at least, without rolling fenders (if that is what you mean by guards). Fronts might be limited to 8" without fender rolling, if dropped enough. In almost all cases though 8" is workable all-round on the 7th gen all the way up to even a big 19" diameter.

I am dropped all the way down on Tein SSP coils in the front & nearly all the way in the rear, with 8.5" front and 9.5" rear, but my rears are rolled and tires are stretched a bit.
 

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Thanks very much for your recommendations.

I've always enjoyed the short ram intake on my previous car. I must admit I didn't mind a power drop due to heat. haha

Got some bits over the weekend. Should be off to a great start.

Got a rear lip, pair of sideskirts, pair of zr scuff plates, a zr foot rest (brushed alloy) and a zr accelerator pedal.


Had a chance to buy some wheels (didn't know the offset at the time) at the same time, they ended up being 18x8 with an offset of 45+. I wonder How bad will these look?
 

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Thanks very much for your recommendations.

Had a chance to buy some wheels (didn't know the offset at the time) at the same time, they ended up being 18x8 with an offset of 45+. I wonder How bad will these look?

No worries, glad to help if I can.

I think you will find the 18x8 +45et wheels to be very sunken looking, especially in the rear. You could use adapters to get them out more if you want, or just go with another set for that. You may also find that they are a bit closer than you might want to the lower arm in the rear.
 

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No worries, glad to help if I can.

I think you will find the 18x8 +45et wheels to be very sunken looking, especially in the rear. You could use adapters to get them out more if you want, or just go with another set for that. You may also find that they are a bit closer than you might want to the lower arm in the rear.
Thanks again :)

Your not wrong there regarding the offset. After thinking about what you said I decided to take my time a bit more and find another set of wheels. They are pretty scratched up and not worth the time to fix em up.

Not too much done to the car today, finally got around to installing the 2 new struts on the rear, got 2 zr scuff plates and a zr foot rest and accelerator pedal so far. Need to find an alloy brake and clutch pedal and i'm set haha.

Hoping to lower the car this week.
 

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Oh man, those are the exact scuff plates I'm always looking for and can never find. Gray plastic with red lettering! Hook me up with a set too will ya?
 

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IMO, the car is worth taking your time on and fixing up nicely. So far, you have some nice parts and a good looking car, so good luck on your build and feel free to contact me if you have any need of further help. I'll keep checkin in to see how she's lookin though. :gap:
 

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Oh man, those are the exact scuff plates I'm always looking for and can never find. Gray plastic with red lettering! Hook me up with a set too will ya?
Hahaha they are awesome aren't they. We have them on the "ZR" model in Australia, I was lucky someone had a set on the car they are wrecking.

IMO, the car is worth taking your time on and fixing up nicely. So far, you have some nice parts and a good looking car, so good luck on your build and feel free to contact me if you have any need of further help. I'll keep checkin in to see how she's lookin though. :gap:
Thanks for your really nice comments. I found out that the rear tabs on the rear lip I bought were actually snapped off on one side, since I still need to spray them white I am not sure if I will keep them or buy a white set (might take quite a while). One of the tabs (that clicks into side of car) had broken on the sideskirts too. I don't really want to let them go hahaha.

I have a few small updates so far, trying to do all the small cheap things first that add to the car being more me.

Hoping to get a new exhaust this weekend. I didn't end up keeping those wheels (sold them last night).

Got the Shiny Scuff plates installed:


Also got around to installing my gaiter boot. Definitely needs a new gear knob still.


And managed to install the foot rest and accelerator pedal (could only get these as the car was auto, will hunt for a set of brake/clutch alloy pedals hopefully in the next few weeks)



I also ordered a 20mm Whiteline Rear Sway bar which I am hoping to put on after the new exhaust is on (much easier to do).
 

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How much to get and ship a set to the USA? Zipcode 60449 with the cheapest shipping, I'm a patient man.
 

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How much to get and ship a set to the USA? Zipcode 60449 with the cheapest shipping, I'm a patient man.
Thats a great question, I will have to keep a look out if I know of any for sale in Australia. Are there any factory models that come with them in USA? Do you have 2 models of GTS like we do? We basically have a GTS SX and a GTS ZR (but its not called a GTS, all zzt231 in australia have the 2ZZGE).
 

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NOTHING in the US came with sills like that, all models came with plain gray (or black after 03) sills with no metal plates. We simply have the ZZT230 which is a GT that has a 1ZZ and 5spd/4spd auto with rear drum brakes or a ZZT231 which has a 6spd or sport-shift 4spd auto with rear disc brakes. Either could be optioned with wing, sunroof, leather, premium audio, Toyota VIP alarm/entry system, and 16" wheels but most GTS came loaded with all options. I've been hunting these door sills (what we commonly call them) for several years off and on with no luck. The blue with black or red with black pop up from time to time from people in Europe but the red with gray are very uncommon to see. I like unique OEM parts, I just recently got some OEM HID headlamps and installed custom made one off LED turn signals in them.
 

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I don't know if they sell Lexus down there but up here Lexus come with chromed door latch strikers that really class up the car, the little details you know?

 

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I have those Lexus strikers on my Celi, great simple addition that makes the car feel a little nicer overall.
 

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Yep, something small and simple that really cleans it up and makes it unique.
 

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NOTHING in the US came with sills like that, all models came with plain gray (or black after 03) sills with no metal plates. We simply have the ZZT230 which is a GT that has a 1ZZ and 5spd/4spd auto with rear drum brakes or a ZZT231 which has a 6spd or sport-shift 4spd auto with rear disc brakes. Either could be optioned with wing, sunroof, leather, premium audio, Toyota VIP alarm/entry system, and 16" wheels but most GTS came loaded with all options. I've been hunting these door sills (what we commonly call them) for several years off and on with no luck. The blue with black or red with black pop up from time to time from people in Europe but the red with gray are very uncommon to see. I like unique OEM parts, I just recently got some OEM HID headlamps and installed custom made one off LED turn signals in them.
Oh I see, I will have to keep a look out for the red/black ones if I see some in Australia I will be sure to let you know. I love OEM parts too, I would love to get OEM HID Headlamps (I guess those might have been from the TRDM model?) I'd love to drive a TRD-M zzt231, personally I reckon a stock ZZT231 goes well enough (especially with some bolt ons), let alone with all that structural improvement and engine work haha.

I don't know if they sell Lexus down there but up here Lexus come with chromed door latch strikers that really class up the car, the little details you know?

Your not wrong there, I bet they look superb on the car. Have you ever noticed these bolts that hold the strikers on are really tight? Can't remember what car it was but I tried taking them off on one car and even though I used a perfect fit screw driver bit, it was actually rounding off the screw thread. Are there any lexus models in particular that I could try source these from at the wreckers? Maybe you might have a OEM part number that would help heaps.

I have those Lexus strikers on my Celi, great simple addition that makes the car feel a little nicer overall.
I reckon they would look really nice too. Pity there is no way to make metal black without it flaking off. I reckon black would look great too.

Yep, something small and simple that really cleans it up and makes it unique.
Its definitely on my list now hehe. Now to look out for a pair haha.
 

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Also got around to installing my lowered springs. Actually thats technically a lie, we only got the fronts in hahaha. I had to use my current shocks as the ones that came with the king springs were pretty stuffed. Eventually i'd love to find the money for some AGK shocks one day but this option will definitely help for now.

Also got around to plastidipping my sideskirts white so I can fit them without looking a bit strange (they are silver from factory). Its awesome fitting OEM stuff because they fit so well. I think I need to take them off again and hit them with the heat gun as one side isn't sitting against the front 1/4 panel 100%.


I didn't get around to fitting the rear lip yet. I was going to ask if anyone remembers how to know where to drill the 2 holes on either side of each wheel?
 

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Did your 00-02 get black or gray interiors? I'm gray so looking for gray sills with the red plates.
 
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