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1990 Camry Alltrac

PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:34 pm
by creech_r
I'm thinking about picking one up for decently cheap (~$900 with 130K miles on it) and was reading the driveline thread below. It got me thinking, I have a set of struts/drop springs from a narrow body ST185 sitting in my garage...would they work in the Camry? It already has TC rims, I think it'd look pretty good dropped and handle better with stiffer suspension.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:39 pm
by creech_r
alright, I think it's a 1989...but that shouldn't make a difference.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 3:04 am
by gt4rcdude
No, you should tell me where it is so I can buy it.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:06 am
by creech_r
is that you just telling me that so I'll be less interested? or is that a serious "no they won't work on your alltrac."

PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:55 pm
by phattyduck
They'll work just fine. You might have to work out something for the front brake lines and use the little ST165 to ST185 strut adapter washers, but that's it.

The Alltrac Camry is about 100lbs lighter than the ST185 and about the same weight as an ST165.

-Charlie

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:15 pm
by creech_r
Thanks! I will hopefully pick it up this weekend! Now, I think these are either 1" or .75" drop springs...that shouldn't cause an issue with the TC tires if I keep a low enough profile tire right? and I'm throwing stock sized steelies for snow tires so they should be fine. Also, I've never switched out suspension, it should be pretty straight forward since the springs are already mounted on the struts. Just bolt, unbolt and then take it in for an alignment, right?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 1:36 pm
by creech_r
it's mine now. Curious...how would I know if I need the spacers? and where exactly do they go... do they go in the holes the strut connects to the hub assembly?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:11 am
by creech_r
i meant "washers" instead of "spacers" in the post above.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:40 pm
by gt4rcdude
creech_r wrote:is that you just telling me that so I'll be less interested? or is that a serious "no they won't work on your alltrac."


Nah, just kidding. I want a Camry alltrac.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:03 pm
by creech_r
mine is ok, the tc rims help it look less icky. The drop springs should help it out as well. The whole 1" lift or whatever it got with those rims makes it a little tall.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:15 am
by Captainkickass
does the all trac tranny bolt up to the 3sgte? or would it be better to just run fwd?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:32 pm
by creech_r
From the research I've done, everything bolts in, including the awd tranny. The one thing I'm curious about is driveline wear and stressing. I know people have converted the camry alltrac's driveline to the various versions of the celica driveline, but will the st185/205/etc tranny mate nicely with the rest of the camry driveline? I don't know that one...

It's mostly the wiring that gets a little tricky. I've heard great things about Dr. Tweak though and will be going through him if I decide to do that swap (I'm also going to go through him for my 20v swap into my Celica ST at the beginning of next year).

PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:29 pm
by phattyduck
The driveline swaps over no problem. The rear diff is the same P/N as the non-LSD rear diff on the Celica Alltrac/GT4. The manual trans is the same as the early ST165 (elec. locking center diff). One section of the driveshaft to the back of the car is about 2" longer... that's about it.

Wiring, as always, is the issue.

-Charlie