WTB: ST185 Front ABS Sensors

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WTB: ST185 Front ABS Sensors

Postby gt4play » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:46 pm

Does anybody have a set of front ABS sensors for a ST185 (may be the same for ST165) they'd like to sell? My right one is destroyed, but would be a set if available.

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1988 ST165 [<23k miles]
1988 MR2 SC
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1993 Supra TT Hardtop [my other baby]
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1994 ST205 GT4 (x3)
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Re: WTB: ST185 Front ABS Sensors

Postby Magroo » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:11 am

They are basically unavailable. I have tried for years to get some. I e seen them listed for around $300 each a few times but limited to no stock. Best bet is to buy some cheap Camry sensors and make them fit.

I did notice that Evo lancer sensors are very very close in size shape and orientation, and I purchased som e but haven't been able to make time to fit them.

These are the ones I bought.

Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/302527556274

Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/253319860930

I'm not suggesting it but it's the closest match I've found after looking at a few hundred sensors.

The other option are the ls300/Camry sensors you'll have to make smaller.
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Re: WTB: ST185 Front ABS Sensors

Postby 93celicaconv » Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:25 am

89542-20020 is the OEM front right ABS sensor part number for 90-91 ST185's. That same part number was used on 90-93 Celica GT-S models equipped with ABS (of which I have a 1992 version that has this same part number). I would think the used availability would be good for GT-S models in salvage yards (although not all came equipped with ABS). It also appears that Amazon has one available (which seems extremely unusual):

- https://www.amazon.com/Toyota-89542-200 ... B00KTKYYP8
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Re: WTB: ST185 Front ABS Sensors

Postby Magroo » Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:48 pm

It's still almost $200 and it also says ships and sold by amazon in 1 to 3 months, meaning they don't have it.

Finding used sensors in decent condition is going to be extremely difficult because after 25 years of heat cycling they usually break if you try to remove them. End up having to buy an entire knuckle with the ABS sensor still attached.

Best option is still to modify some cheap $10-$15 Camry sensors and swap the plugs. When the weather warms up a bit I'm going to try those lancer sensors to see how they fit.
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Re: WTB: ST185 Front ABS Sensors

Postby Domspun » Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:18 pm

Magroo wrote:It's still almost $200 and it also says ships and sold by amazon in 1 to 3 months, meaning they don't have it.

Finding used sensors in decent condition is going to be extremely difficult because after 25 years of heat cycling they usually break if you try to remove them. End up having to buy an entire knuckle with the ABS sensor still attached.

Best option is still to modify some cheap $10-$15 Camry sensors and swap the plugs. When the weather warms up a bit I'm going to try those lancer sensors to see how they fit.


Which model do we need? I also need a front ABS sensor.
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Re: WTB: ST185 Front ABS Sensors

Postby gt4play » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:23 pm

Domspun wrote:
Magroo wrote:It's still almost $200 and it also says ships and sold by amazon in 1 to 3 months, meaning they don't have it.

Finding used sensors in decent condition is going to be extremely difficult because after 25 years of heat cycling they usually break if you try to remove them. End up having to buy an entire knuckle with the ABS sensor still attached.

Best option is still to modify some cheap $10-$15 Camry sensors and swap the plugs. When the weather warms up a bit I'm going to try those lancer sensors to see how they fit.


Which model do we need? I also need a front ABS sensor.


I tried my luck with Amazon, but that one sits in limbo. I might have found a used replacement for the right side and actually (by some stroke of luck) found an affordable NOS sensor for the left front. It does appear a ~1993 ES300 sensor is pretty damn close (and widely available), requiring some modification of the support brackets. Personally I'll probably pick one up, cut the sensor off near the base and splice it into the Alltrac loom.

I'll provide an update on how successful that is.
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1988 ST165 [<23k miles]
1988 MR2 SC
1993 ST185 [my baby]
1993 Supra TT Hardtop [my other baby]
1994 MR2T [back together]
1994 ST205 GT4 (x3)
2001 Tundra Ext Cab, V8 [work horse]
2010 Highlander Limited [family vehicle]
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Re: WTB: ST185 Front ABS Sensors

Postby hoys » Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:35 pm

I just ran into this issue myself on the front right side.

Ordered an ABS sensor from RockAuto for a 1992 Camry. Looks to be the same connector and wire length. I'll check tonight.

The bracketry and metal tube that the wire runs through is certainly different, but to swap to the stock Celica tube should just mean de-pinning the connector and routing the cable out of the Camry tube and running it into the Celica tube. The wiring isn't special like a knock sensor wire or something with a shield, so if it isn't long enough should be a simple cut and splice.
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Re: WTB: ST185 Front ABS Sensors

Postby One-TracMind » Wed May 29, 2019 2:29 pm

I wanted to post in here to confirm that the front ABS sensors for a 1992 Camry or a 1993 ES300 (same part # on RockAuto) discussed by the previous posters will work on a Celica with slight modification. The metal tube that houses the wiring just needs to be straightened and re-bent to conform to the wheel well a little better (you can probably cut/splice or de-pin and re-route as well, but I didn't find it necessary and only more work/materials involved). The smaller 1-bolt mounting bracket should be removed since it has nowhere to really go, it's easily pried off with a flat-head screwdriver. Lastly, the connector just needs to be swapped over from your Celica harness. I was somewhat careful and managed to do it without breaking it (those tiny eyeglass flat-heads work great for this). That's all there really is to it! I also recommend taking a small wire wheel and cleaning out the mounting hole for the sensor itself goes in since mine was pretty crusty.
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