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Re: Mike's '92 ST185 Teal in New York (Daily Driving It)

Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:41 am

aus jd 2703 wrote:Mike don't scrap the coilover ideas just buy good ones.
I swear my mate 185 with teins is all most stock smooth but firmer spring rates then my bouncy bc coilovers! So I feel quality makes a difference in this instance


You're saying the Teins > BC ?? Interesting... Teins are no longer made, though, right? Well, I need to examine the carnage first to see how many of my shocks are actually blown and then go from there. The new toy took all my free/car time this weekend. ;)
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Re: Mike's '92 ST185 Teal in New York (Daily Driving It)

Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:30 am

It's tough to say "no" to so many cars I see for sale that I'd love to buy, own & mod but I have to be practical & keep my eye on the prize as far as saving up as much as possible for a new house with garage. As long as we have an AW11 & a trac then I am happy. I simply can't & couldn't go without owning & driving an AW11. It's a unique experience owning one but Joe & I have had in one way shape or form for over 10 yrs now all b/c we couldn't afford an AE86 as a project car back then lol

I love the Sherwood color scheme, very classic :)
Is he a hardtop?
I see he has a momo steering wheel, TRD ball shifter w/TRD short shift kit maybe & i'm guessing he's got uprated front & rear sway bars (high & tight or suspension techniques) and hopefully some twosrus endlinks in the rear.

Do you know the width & offset of the RPF01s on the car?

Coilover brand does make a difference to some extent, as well as the kg spring rate. Tein SS have a nicer ride than the old Tein HA. The SS are still made to my knowledge. HA was discontinued many years ago. I don't know the spring rates off the top of my head but if you can't find them lmk & I can look in my Hyper Rev.

Re: Mike's '92 ST185 Teal in New York (Daily Driving It)

Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:29 pm

mmm <3 the AW :)

Re: Mike's '92 ST185 Teal in New York (Daily Driving It)

Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:20 pm

I always knew you'd get another AW11.

Re: Mike's '92 ST185 Teal in New York (Daily Driving It)

Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:56 am

Here's my latest update-- worked on the car this past weekend when it was really warm out (50s here in New York):

http://www.coruxgroup.com/go/ST185/whee ... 4-project/

Cliff Notes Version:
1. Shocks themselves are fine: not all shocks are supposed to "pop back out" when compressed! (Difference between hydraulic vs. gas shocks)
2. Rear Right shaft threading stripped-- either fix or replace. -- Keeping Koni Yellows all around-- not going coilovers route (unless a nice used set of Teins or BCs show up (let me know if you find any! :)) )
3. Front Left Wheel Bearings will be replaced
4. Brake Pads will be replaced to Porterfield R4S
5. Loose gland nut was causing the mysterious front right clunking (90% sure)

I'm currently waiting for a few more parts-- hopefully the next warm/warm-ish weekend I'll put all this back together and get the car back on the road. The MR2 makes a terrible winter car, I need my Celica back!!

Re: Mike's '92 ST185 Teal in New York (Daily Driving It)

Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:19 am

Sorry, just getting back to responding now:

darthripley wrote:I love the Sherwood color scheme, very classic :)
Is he a hardtop?
I see he has a momo steering wheel, TRD ball shifter w/TRD short shift kit maybe & i'm guessing he's got uprated front & rear sway bars (high & tight or suspension techniques) and hopefully some twosrus endlinks in the rear.

Do you know the width & offset of the RPF01s on the car?


Yes, the color scheme is growing on me. I like how the bottom color accentuates the wheel flares (and rust)... It still looks black to me, unless under really bright light you can tell it's dark green... Yes, it's a hardtop. Yes, I actually replaced the wheel and shift knob as soon as I got it: Momo Competition + Momo Hub + TRD Round knob (hey it's cheap). The car already came with almost every goody I would have put in it anyways because like I said, the previous owner was an autocrosser and had set up the car for it: Jon-O short shifter kit, ST front sway bar, H&T rear sway bars, TwosRUs endlinks, Poly bushings all around + steering rack + motor mounts, SS Brake Lines, Porterfield R4S Brake Pads w/ATE Blue fluid, AMR Engineering coilovers, Brake booster brace, Quaife Steering Rack, Small glassmat battery, Pacesetter Quad-tip Exhaust, and probably a few other things I'm forgetting...

Oh, the wheels are Kosei K1 TS 15x7 with 205/50/15 Bridgestone RE-11s. I believe the offset is +32 on those. I actually like the wheels (lightweight and cheap) so I plan on keeping them.

Engine is totally stock, even has stock air box which I'm actually just going to keep (my old MR2 had a K&N cone filter). I believe the TVIS is disconnected, from looking at the dyno plot that she gave me (no 4300rpm dip like on a stock 4AGE w/TVIS). I've been literally driving it almost every weekend around town. Although the summer tires are terrible in the snow/ice, and the car feels way too stiff on our terrible roads, it's a blast to drive.

Re: Mike's '92 ST185 Teal in New York (Daily Driving It)

Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:20 am

hey man just wanna give you a shout i live in queens and have a 92 trac with some bcs if you ever wanted to check em out

Re: Mike's '92 ST185 Teal in New York (Daily Driving It)

Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:06 am

A feature on mike's car: https://youtu.be/tx_NocMmxB0

Re: Mike's '92 ST185 Teal in New York (Daily Driving It)

Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:32 pm

From that video I gathered the following info.....

Mike has had that car way to long, and it's time to come to my house :D

Nice looking car, I was looking for that color forever but couldn't find an alltrac with it. My old 92 gts was the same color and it looks fantastic when it's clean.

Re: Mike's '92 ST185 Teal in New York (Daily Driving It)

Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:29 pm

CMS-GT4 wrote:A feature on mike's car: https://youtu.be/tx_NocMmxB0


Hey Josh,
I saw the Youtube video interview with my friend Mike Choi. Hes such a cool dude and has an awesome Alltrac plus more.. He has a lot of knowledge with them but most importantly ours. He did mentioned me the guy from Jersey.
Keep up the good work you two.

thanks
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