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Not exactly a Celica but I thought you guys might get a kick out of this thing.

We do most of our work on the 2ZZ and 1ZZ based Celicas, MR2-S, Corollas and Lotus cars. These are all 2WD vehicles but being in Detroit, it's nice to have a fun AWD car for the winter. Sure, I could have just bought an Alltrac or I could have converted a 7th gen Celica but I though this would be a little more unique.

97 Rav4 4WD 5-speed 120hp, 2650 lbs


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99 Caldina 3S-GTE with AWD 5-speed trans 260hp stock


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The point was to build a simple, low budget AWD vehicle that would be nimble and fun in any sort of low traction situation. We've already had it out ice racing on a frozen bay and rallyx racing around a dirt course. It is an absolute blast. The wheelbase is tiny at 86" so it takes a bit of work to keep it straight but the flipside of that is that is is extremely nimble and responsive. The power is fantastic- at 18psi this thing really moves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Q216Ewb60

The 350hp number on the video may be a bit optimistic :) I have not had it on the dyno because we have a 2WD Dynapack. It's running on a stock ECU which works great. Wiring was not what I'd call easy but it's doable if you know wiring. A ST205 swap would have been much easier.

Current engine mods include a full 3" exhaust, 3" cold air intake, front mounted intercooler and AVC-R boost controller. I'm planning to run it this way until the stock turbo gives up then upgrade to something slightly larger. I have no interest in going 200mph in this thing so a large turbo would be a waste. 350-400whp would be plenty.

Suspension mods include Koni adjustable shocks and modified H&R springs which lower it about 4.5". I did an aggressive street alignment. Currently riding on 17x8 wheels with Blizzak tires. I can't complain about the handling.
 

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were you rubbing in the video souned like it
 

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Low budget fun setups like this are awesome, the 17's look a bit large to me for this application but overall nice work!
16's are the smallest that'll fit. The 17's popped up on Craigslist with brand new snow tires on them. I couldn't resist. They do rub a little up front over big bumps when cornering hard. No rubbing on the street even in hard corners. I plan to revalve the shocks to tighten up the suspension a bit at some point.
 

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Wow surprised 16 was the limit... Did you install larger rotors or are they just that big from the factory? I understand not being able to resist a deal though, and I've heard the blizzaks are really awesome. Best of luck with it, and keep us posted!

16's are the smallest that'll fit. The 17's popped up on Craigslist with brand new snow tires on them. I couldn't resist. They do rub a little up front over big bumps when cornering hard. No rubbing on the street even in hard corners. I plan to revalve the shocks to tighten up the suspension a bit at some point.
 

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Nice. Looks great lowered. Wanted one of these when the 1st came out. This is better. ;)
 

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nice! what'd that project cost?
The boost controller was used... the parts probably total about $3.5k. I didn't track labor because I'm not planning on building another one. I'll probably recoup $500 or so selling off the original engine and trans.
 

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^ You must be building a Toyota museum. :chuckles:
 

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i want one :chuckles:
 
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