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Grot
12-08-2009, 06:48 PM
what would you say i should do with my first thousand dollars invested into my GTS. i already have wheels and tires. other than that she is stock. i was thinking suspension upgrade. thoughts?

cell172
12-08-2009, 06:49 PM
^^^yes.

rizin
12-08-2009, 07:03 PM
I would say suspension. Or you could be like me once I get my engine back in my celi. I will be able to go fast straight and hopefully be able to stop when I need to. Bushings, stuts, sway bars will be my next investment and looking into wheel and tires.

vip09
12-08-2009, 07:07 PM
Can't really make the 4A fast, so might as well spend the money on suspension/body/paint.

CriScO
12-08-2009, 07:29 PM
Um... Engine?

Trance4c
12-08-2009, 07:31 PM
save it

Freshnicity
12-08-2009, 07:37 PM
Can't really make the 4A fast, so might as well spend the money on suspension/body/paint.

:( liar!!! :D

GTS? What GTS?????

Since VIP said 4A, im assuming AE86???

Grot
12-08-2009, 08:24 PM
nah not a 4a its a 162 i gots a 3sge

burnyd
12-08-2009, 09:14 PM
Suspension and a complete rehaul of all the bushings! If you want this to be a race car of course.

Freshnicity
12-08-2009, 09:25 PM
nah not a 4a its a 162 i gots a 3sge

id say brakes/suspension also then. Can always upgrade to the 3SGTE down the line if you want get more HP. Or build a 3SGE down the line.

brakes/suspension

Sean
12-08-2009, 09:46 PM
I would save your money for a rainy day.

dups90gt
12-08-2009, 09:51 PM
a bucket of chicken and beer! and save the rest!

Hipster Lawrence
12-08-2009, 10:05 PM
Poly bushings
Replace all worn suspension, steering and brake parts with oem.
Consider koni dampers if you can afford it
Possibly loweri g springs, caMber kit and alignment if you have any money left.

Colossus20v
12-08-2009, 10:39 PM
save it
QFT!

Doctor Jinxed
12-08-2009, 11:58 PM
lol @ guys with swaps saying 'save it.'

of course they mean save it for a swap. derr.

METDeath
12-09-2009, 12:20 AM
Handling/brakes first, then go fast in a straight line mods.

So Koni Yellows, get in on the Ground Control group buy, upgrade the rear sway bar, and wheels and tires. Then upgrade brakes to either 165 stuff or at least race pads. Then get some nice 16s or 17s depending on your desired comfort level... which you can ignore the GCs if you want comfort since they aren't progressive spring rates.

Grot
12-09-2009, 12:21 AM
chris you gotta be more specific. engine is too broad.

celica91gts
12-09-2009, 01:04 AM
i hear those electric superchargers work wonders =P

+ one on suspension or just save it.

Trance4c
12-09-2009, 01:23 AM
lol @ guys with swaps saying 'save it.'

of course they mean save it for a swap. derr.

No actually, not at all. I think its actually showing you the guys with swaps considering it a better investment to save it, than to do the ultimate with a FWD Celica and put a turbo engine in it. So the opposite really.

donteatbugs
12-09-2009, 01:28 AM
buy a supra

Doctor Jinxed
12-09-2009, 03:06 AM
No actually, not at all. I think its actually showing you the guys with swaps considering it a better investment to save it, than to do the ultimate with a FWD Celica and put a turbo engine in it. So the opposite really.
I'm seeing that as more of a 'been there done that' kind of sentiment. Little bit of clearer hindsight too, but I'm sure its mostly the novelty of not driving something weak has faded away.

After all, talking about smart investments, there's a reason everyone isn't just driving Toyota Echos.

85gtsblackman
12-09-2009, 04:42 AM
buy a 3rd gen

or

engine, duh

Waffles!
12-09-2009, 06:04 AM
You could give the money to me and I'll come up there and let you take topless pics of me in the car?

CriScO
12-09-2009, 06:09 AM
chris you gotta be more specific. engine is too broad.
Working engine.

At least that's what I meant, but I'm not meaning it to sound as dickish as it does. I just may not be sure of your objective anymore, I might've missed something. Are we talking long-term project now? Because otherwise doing things like suspension on a non-running vehicle seems pointless. It'll sit there and rust.

I guess either way my answers would be similar though. If it needs to run soon, find a decent used(but known running) 3S-GE. If it doesn't, save for whatever swap you want. But the way I see it I'd make sure I had what I needed to make the car go before I worried about anything else. The engine doesn't have to go in first, but it should be ready to.

cell172
12-09-2009, 06:45 AM
You could give the money to me and I'll come up there and let you take topless pics of me in the car?
This!!!!

Shadowlife25
12-09-2009, 07:20 AM
I 100% agree with CrIsCo's last post.

Make sure your engine is sound and ready to go. THEN start looking to upgrades.

I personally wouldn't worry about much more than that for the time being.

Engine, well... don't worry about a swap or anything fancy. Make it run. WELL.
Suspension, won't be an issue until it runs.
Learn to drive it on what it's got and then you can appreciate any future upgrades, as you will KNOW both what and how they are working for you.

I hope none of that sounds condescending, I know you're an intelligent fella. :)
Hopefully you take it in the helpful spirit in which it was intended.

METDeath
12-09-2009, 12:48 PM
Hey, as long as I get my 30% of the cash, I'm good :lolhittin

lburner
12-09-2009, 05:44 PM
suspension

Nitro_Alltrac
12-09-2009, 05:54 PM
I'm with Chris and Mario Aaron. Get the engine together and in the car. Get it running good and then see what you've got to work with. Slapping a bunch of parts on the car before you've gotten reaquainted with it might end up being a waste of money. You may find out you're relatively happy with what you've got. At least you'll have base line to work from and really figure out what you want/need.

And going with Vafalla's suggestion would be a great idea as well! :D

burnyd
12-09-2009, 05:57 PM
boobies

Waffles!
12-10-2009, 12:49 AM
I win. When is the photo shoot.

Grot
12-10-2009, 01:21 AM
Thanks for all the advice.

I have another longblock i got for $300 bucks. It is rebuilt but sat for 2 years after the rebuild. My intentions are to disassemble the engine relube it and then install.

I also agree that upgrades are second to getting the car running. Getting her running and reliable is my first priority, and once i get used to driving a car again after driving my truck forever i plan on updating the entire suspension including all bushings.

I know once i get it running she needs to be detailed badly. The paint is ruining just sitting there.

And Mario the advice on getting used to it before any upgrades is a good idea, i didnt think about that. but i have OEM suspension on a 23 year old car. so it needs replaced anyway, so i figured i might as well upgrade now then waste money upgrading later.

Jasmin i would love to accept you offer but im pretty sure my GF would be pissed i spent so much money on it.. i might be able to pull some strings and call it a tax deductable donation. :hehe:

dups90gt
12-10-2009, 12:45 PM
I say go boobies and share the wealth of pics with us!

METDeath
12-10-2009, 01:53 PM
If you pay $1000 for boobies, you aren't likely to share... Otherwise you just devalued your product.

rizin
12-12-2009, 01:44 AM
Damn it some reason I thought you had everthing back together. Ya save it make sure everyhting is good and go from there.

Hey how about we get a Jasmin fund going then maybe she will have to share pics with anyone that donated. :lolhittin

Waffles!
12-12-2009, 05:37 AM
Hey how about we get a Jasmin fund going then maybe she will have to share pics with anyone that donated. :lolhittin

I might be convinced to do this.

dups90gt
12-13-2009, 02:11 PM
how about a $5 preview... :D

Shadowlife25
12-13-2009, 02:20 PM
Sorry to be the buzzkill here, but we need to get back on topic. This isn't OT guys. :)

METDeath
12-13-2009, 04:47 PM
So yeah, once you have the car moving under it's own power then it's not rolling downhill, then build the suspension/brakes. I'd do suspension first, then brakes, then go to town on the motor.

Grot
12-13-2009, 10:17 PM
that is the plan marshall. what brake upgrades are out there other than 165 calipers? and as for motor i intend to run my stock 3s while building a forged 5s block so i can make a rev happy 5sge and maybe eventually a 5sgte.

METDeath
12-14-2009, 12:36 AM
165 twin piston is the easy not terribly expensive route... other options involve custom brake kits that run 2k+

Grot
12-14-2009, 01:32 AM
I will probably go with the 165 option then